‘NONE OF THE ABOVE’
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.