Here is a look at the 5 big storylines that will be seen this week in the 2020 campaign.
. 1 What's the second week of Beto?
There is no candidate for whom there is more interest – and hot takes – than O & Rourke. The first few days of his candidacy were VERY patchy – he attracted a lot of media attention and crowds, but also made some dumb statements (about his marriage and family as he was born president) that both point to a lack of discipline and one maybe not very primetime ready. (His followers will, of course, depreciate these early hick cups for his authenticity, his opponents will be less charitable.)
O & Rourke will be very busy this week ̵
Judging by his performance in the early days of his candidacy for 2020, Beto can use the repetitions he receives with this busy schedule. But it also speaks to one of his advantages in this area: he does not have a day job, so he can do full-time campaigning all the time.
. 2 Is Biden's Bonhomie Sold?
The debate over whether the former Veep is running or not is over. He is – and all evidence suggests that he will make it official next month. The real question is whether the decision that Biden made clearly – as a sort of relapse into a time when politics was less uncomfortable – will actually work.
Will Biden stay on course with his not-all-Republican-bad approach? And how do his future opponents react?
. 3 Stacey Abrams for president ???
Everyone had assumed that Abrams, the former Georgian state legislator who almost became the country's first black governor last November, was heavily recruited to face Sen. David Perdue (R). in 2020.
"To win in 2020, a Democrat must speak relentlessly of suppressing voters, because as Republicans over electoral fraud, they are lying, and they repeat that lie so much that it sounds like the truth," Abrams said ,
The truth is, if Beto can lose a Senate race and stand for presidency, then there's no reason Abrams can not lose a governor's race and do the same. And as a young – she is 45 – black woman with a national following, she could make a very interesting figure in the competition.
. 4 Gillibrand is officially here. What now?
To date candidacy – or, I believe, their exploration phase – was a disappointment. It is far from clear how Gillibrand, who took over Hillary Clinton's seat in the Senate, wants to excel. She is not the most charismatic candidate in this field. Or the best known. Or most liberal – or moderate.
It is still early, but Gillibrand must find a way to build some momentum. And soon.
. 5 Mayor Pete Has Momentum
Buttigieg is the youngest candidate in the field, one of the most charismatic and, above all, one of the few politicians to stand for a president who speaks like a normal person. He also has no expectations of him, which means he can play fast and easy in a way that many candidates can not do over him.
He begins to look like the dark horse – or a dark horse – in the field.