Though Democrats began to contemplate who might challenge President Donald Trump almost immediately after he was elected in 2016, speculation about who will fill out the Democratic primary field in 2020 has shifted into overdrive now that the 2018 midterm elections are largely behind us.
There is already talk of some 30 or more individuals throwing their hat into the ring for the party’s nomination to face Trump in 2020, completely eclipsing the overcrowded field of 17 Republican candidates in 2016.
However, at least in the view of conservative-leaning comedian Dennis Miller, Democrats can go ahead and call off their search for the best candidate to face Trump.
In an interview with Fox News to promote his new comedy special “Dennis Miller: Fake News — Real Jokes,” Miller said, “I think the Democratic candidate should be Michael Avenatti. Unless it’s Pelosi. Put Pelosi in the one slot and Avenatti in the two-hole and I think that’s your dream ticket.”
“They currently represent the Democratic Party. I would do that right now. Pelosi seems to have a way of rising back up to the top. My wife pointed out to me that Pelosi has staying power. Maybe it’s time to reward her with the big job,” he continued.
“I think the Dems would very happily go into 2020 with Pelosi as the presidential nominee and Avenatti in the two slot. It would be fitting. It’s the year of the woman. Why not Pelosi? What does it say about the Dems that they haven’t foisted her up?” Miller added.
With regard to Pelosi, Miller was asked for his thoughts on a tweet from Trump that seemed supportive of the presumed next House speaker.
“What I just did was sarcasm,” Miller said. “What he did was try to be conciliatory.”
In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
“You realize every morning, he wakes up and they say he’s insane. They say he is a bad man,” he added. “Even if he gets up the next day and goes way out of his way to say congrats to Nancy Pelosi … that will tell you how far gone it is, that some people are going to walk away from that statement and say, ‘That’s very hateful of him.'”
Miller was also asked if he thought that Trump had an overall negative or positive effect on comedy in general.
“I think comedians have just had to take sides and I understand for some of them it’s tactical. For some of them, it’s been career changing, quite frankly,” he said. “I don’t think it really impinges on comedy because, I’d say 99 percent of the comedians (oppose Trump).”
“So has Trump been good for comedians? Yeah, I guess, but it’s sort of preachy comedy,” he explained. “It’s not the sort of comedy that gets a big belly laugh as much as it gets a wizened nod. If the joke is quote unquote hilarious, it’ll receive applause. It’s been good for comedians tactically, career-wise, but do they sometimes miss the funny on the road to decrying Trump? Yeah, I think so.”
As for the late-night talk show comedians, Miller surmised that they may actually help Trump win re-election in 2020 in spite of, or perhaps because of, their incessant attacks on him and his supporters.
“You cannot just roll up a newspaper and smack somebody on the snout non-stop and tell them how bad they are, how racist they are. You just can’t do it. It’s not paying big dividends and I think they’re going to misinterpret (Democrats taking control of the House), which is more about historical structure,” Miller said.
“I think they’re going to go full-speed ahead and take that center of the map, and on the margin of the old map makers who would point to an unknown place and say, ‘There will be dragons,’ I think they’re going to point to Middle America and say, ‘There will be dragons,’” he continued.
Miller added: “Somebody ought to get out there and cruise around a little to see that everybody out there is not stupid. We’re not all racists. We’re not all idiots. We’re just people.”
Wise words from a wiseguy funnyman, words of advice that are couched in truth and should be ignored by Democrats at their own peril … well, at least the stuff about comedy.
His suggestion of Pelosi and “creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti as the best bet for the Democratic nomination? Perhaps not so much.
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