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Dems have to avoid another Hillary in 2020 and I am not currently placing odds on that happening.

Not to rehash the past too much, but I think the biggest problem Hillary had was some failures in her campaign strategy. Her campaign took a bit too much for granted and failed to campaign sufficiently in a few states that were more borderline than they thought. Hillary herself wasn't a great candidate, but then again, neither was Trump. I think there were a fair number of people who held their noses and voted for Trump simply because he was at least running as a Republican.

Looking ahead to 2020, the biggest problem I see for the Democrats is the lack of any good candidates with some national name recognition.
--Pelosi - too old - she'll be 80 by then. (Trump is the oldest at his first election at 71. Regan was older - 73 - for his second term.)
--Warren - has said multiple times she's not interested.
--Biden - could be a good candidate, but he'd also be 78 at the time of the election. Plus he's said he doesn't want to run.
--O'Rourke - It's hard to run for President when you aren't currently in some office. (Lincoln and Trump notwithstanding) Still, he could make things interesting.
--Gavin Newsome - He just won the governorship of CA after being lieutenant governor for the last 8 years. It's been commented that every CA governor has some aspirations to the US Presidency. And he likely does. But he doesn't have enough name recognition. At least not yet.
--Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Has some name recognition, but has a different age problem. She won't be 35 yet in 2020. Give her another decade or two.
--Oprah Winfrey - Why would a successful billionaire want to run for public office??

That's just a quick list of people I know of. I'm sure there are others - but probably lacking a bit in name recognition. That's not a complete bar to running, of course. But it does make it harder to run successfully.

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