Eric Levitz, who writes the Intelligencer column for New York Magazine, has a hot take: Baldwin for president. No, not the actor Alec Baldwin, or even Billy Baldwin. Levitz wrote on Monday that the Democrats should nominate Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
“What if there were a Democratic politician who had been championing single-payer health care for two decades, and calling for a ban on stock buybacks — and for giving workers representation on corporate boards — before it was cool?” Levitz wrote. “What if she also helped lead the congressional opposition to the Iraq War in 2002, while earning a 100 percent pro-worker rating from the the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union — and 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL?”
Another reason for nominating Baldwin, Levitz wrote, is the margin of victory over former state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) in the last election in what he says is the most important battleground in the next presidential election.
“Just for the sake of argument, what if this politician were also the first openly gay woman ever elected to Congress, the first LGBT person of any gender elected to the Senate — and had won reelection last year, in the single most important 2020 swing-state, by a double-digit margin, despite facing a barrage of Koch-funded attack ads, and refusing to compromise on her exceptionally left-wing policy commitments?” Levitz wrote.
“Wouldn’t Tammy Baldwin be a uniquely compelling 2020 candidate?” he asked.
As for her electability, Baldwin apparently has a special charm because of her desire to force cable companies to show Green Bay Packers games. “…she was able to win as an unabashed progressive because she gets her state,” Levitz wrote. “In lieu of an extended explanation of what I mean by that, I’ll simply refer you to Baldwin’s announcement video for the ‘Go Pack Go Act.'”
All she has to do is want the nomination.
Of course, while Baldwin did easily win re-election in Wisconsin, it helped her that the 2016 election occurred at a time when the president’s popularity was low in the state, the Republicans had a very expensive and divisive primary, and the Republicans ran a terrible campaign.
As for Baldwin’s campaign style, she puts the tree stump in stump speeches. If Democrats really want to put Wisconsin’s junior senator at the top of the presidential ticket, there will be a shortage of Red Bull and Kickstarter drinks at the Democratic National Convention. And aspirin.