It’s official: on Monday, Donald Trump secured the electoral votes needed to become the 45th president of the United States. While the Senate must approve the electors’ decision on January 6th, it is practically inevitable that Trump will clear that last check and step into the Oval Office accordingly. While the media had a field day with the potential scenario that the Electoral College would not vote for Trump and instead elect another candidate into the presidency, that frenzy has since subsided, and the punditry has moved on to new stories and controversies. Amongst the debate over Russia’s involvement in the election and Obama’s last-minute initiatives in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform, there has been major discourse over the future of the Democratic Party.
Joe Biden made headlines earlier this month when he announced that he might be running for president in the next election cycle. He has since gone back on that statement, but politicos continue to deliberate upon who will lead the Democrats into the next election and beyond. A USA Today / Suffolk University poll released yesterday depicts a party eager for change, preferring “someone entirely new” to lead in coming years. An astounding 62% of respondents said that Clinton should not run in the next election, as only 22% said that she would excite them. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders fared nearly two times better than Clinton, however neither was able to garner excitement from a majority of polling respondents.
On the other hand, nearly a third of those surveyed claimed that they could be excited by a presidential run by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren or former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. These options reflect the desire amongst Democrats to abandon the party elites that have led the Party to where it is today – in the minority in both chambers of Congress and without the White House.
In a separate line of questioning, the poll addressed the country’s predicament over the Electoral College. The survey found that 50% of respondents want to preserve the institution, while 42% said they want to see the Constitution amended to abolish the Electoral College and instate a popular vote measure for the presidency. This poll comes just as Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly lambasted the Left for wanting to abolish the Electoral College, as doing so could grant a substantial advantage to Democrats who tend to fare better than Republicans in populous, urban regions such as Chicago and New York City.
With a clear preference for an unprecedented politician to lead the Democratic Party, who will step up and do so?