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Well, so much for 2020 stand­outs. An early bird sur­vey of Demo­cratic and in­de­pen­dent vot­ers asked them to choose their pre­ferred pres­i­den­tial can­di­date among for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den; Sens. El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, Bernard San­ders of Ver­mont, Cory Booker of New Jer­sey and Ka­mala D. Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia; for­mer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The poll found that 30 per­cent of the vot­ers said “none of the above.”

A quar­ter fa­vored Mr. Bi­den, 18 per­cent gave the nod to Mr. San­ders and 12 per­cent to Mrs. Clin­ton. Ms. Har­ris, Ms. War­ren and Mr. Bloomberg each gar­nered 4 per­cent of sup­port. The Hil­lTV/Amer­i­can Barom­e­ter sur­vey of 1,000 reg­is­tered Demo­cratic and in­de­pen­dent vot­ers was con­ducted Nov. 3-4.

The pres­i­dency, some say, is evolv­ing from a lead­er­ship role into some­thing much larger in scope. On Thurs­day, the Cato In­sti­tute will host an event ti­tled “The Rise of the Su­per­hero Pres­i­dent,” which parses this phe­nom­e­non.

“Healer in chief, na­tional redeemer, fa­ther fig­ure, leader of the Free World — the modern pres­i­dent is re­quired to be all those things and more. It’s a rad­i­cal — and dan­ger­ous — de­par­ture from the Found­ing Fa­thers’ vi­sion of a chief mag­is­trate with lim­ited pow­ers, charged with faith­fully ex­e­cut­ing the laws. The de­mands we’ve placed on the of­fice have trans­formed it into a con­sti­tu­tional mon­stros­ity with pow­ers too vast to en­trust to any sin­gle, fal­li­ble hu­man be­ing,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion notes.

The event will de­but a doc­u­men­tary film ad­dress­ing this, plus a dis­cus­sion hosted by Cato Vice Pres­i­dent Gene Healy and film di­rec­tor Rob Mon­tez. Things get un­der­way at 6 p.m. EST, streamed on­line at Cato.org/live.

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