I spent about an hour listening to the WMUR interview and town hall with 2020 Democratic candidate and former Governor John Hickenlooper on my drive to work. After arriving to work, I wrote down three notes:
– Okay ideas on policing and education
– Foreign policy?
– Painful to listen to.
The last note is self-explanatory. In the interview I watched, there were no foreign policy questions asked of Hickenlooper, so I noted that I had no perspective on where he stands. And I can only barely remember what he said about policing and education.
Clearly, Hickenlooper did not come across as inspirational or even memorable.
In an effort for fairness, I looked up a few other articles that might be able to tell me why I should consider a vote for Hickenlooper, including this one from Vox and this one from FiveThirtyEight. They were not particularly compelling.
Hickenlooper is a moderate Democrat who describes himself as a “do-er” – and his record as Governor of Colorado is pretty decent. However, he doesn’t strike me as any level of inspirational, at a time when we are in desperate need of inspiration.
Anyone feel differently about Hickenlooper? There’s obviously a lot I don’t know about the guy – and with so many candidates, I’m not going to bother to do too much more research without a compelling reason. Let me know if you think there is a compelling reason.