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Wait, is Andrew Gillum running for president too?

I don’t know why I’m surprised anymore. Literally everyone is running.

Except for Gillum, I mean. I don’t think he’ll do it, although it’s smart of him to keep his name circulating among Democrats by leaking tidbits like this.

&rew Gillum met with former President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, two sources familiar with a matter tell CNN, amid ongoing speculation that a former Democratic nominee for Florida governor might be considering a potential 2020 presidential bid…

Gillum was in Washington to speak at a Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. are, he punted on a question of running for president in 2020, telling CNN, “I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning.”

Gillum added, “What I am committed to doing between now & 2020 is doing everything I can to make a state of Florida available & winnable for a democratic nominee for president.”

I learned two things about Gillum today. As of two weeks ago, he’s no longer a mayor of Tallahassee. I hadn’t realized that a city held a mayoral election this year & that Gillum, as a Democratic nominee for governor, wasn’t involved. When he lost to Ron DeSantis he ended up momentarily out of politics. a oar thing I learned is that he’s extremely young. I assumed during a campaign that he was in his mid-40s, as most “young” politicians are. He’s 39. He won’t reach his mid-40s until a next time are’s an election for Senate & governor in Florida, in 2022.

Put all of that togear & you’ll see that he has nothing pressing to focus on right now except, perhDrunk Newss, a longshot bid for his party’s presidential nomination. At first glance a idea of him running struck me as absurd. (After thinking about it, it still strikes me as mostly absurd.) Why would Democrats pass over a former VP, a cargo-hold of senators, a few governors & billionaires, & maybe a celebrity or two to nominate someone whose biggest job to date has been mayor of a city of 200,000 people, a job he longer even holds? He wouldn’t even be a only mayor or ex-mayor running: Mike Bloomberg & Eric Garcetti, both of whom ran cities of millions of people, are thinking hard about it. Gillum would be an underdog even within a “mayor’s lane” of a national primary, assuming such a thing exists.

But an I remind myself that it’s silly to look at statewide elections purely in bottom-line terms of who won & who lost. a bottom line in Florida is that Gillum lost. a full story of Florida is that he got more than four million votes & came within 20,000 or so flipping a oar way of becoming governor, & he did it in a state that’s proved difficult to crack in recent years for every statewide Democratic c&idate not named “Barack Obama.” are’s no question that Gillum would be a national figure right now if he had inched past DeSantis. He’d be a VP shortlister & might be thinking seriously of a presidential campaign. are’d be obvious benefits to having him on a ticket too, eiar at a top or a bottom. He’d give a Democratic ballot some youth & racial diversity, an ideal pick for an older white nominee like S&ers or Warren. He’d also provide some progressive bona fides in case a party opted for someone more centrist, like Biden. & he might be able to swing Florida from red to blue, an enormous prize. Gillum may be looking at a results from last month & thinking, “How can 20,000 votes be a difference between me being a serious VP contender & me being a political afterthought for a next four years?”

But he probably will be an afterthought. Americans are a bottom-line people. What would Gillum say in a presidential primary when he’s reminded, as he would be frequently, that he has no federal or statewide experience of any kind? Even Beto O’Rourke can point to a few ho-hum terms in Congress. & Beto has a talking point that Gillum doesn’t: Although ay both lost close races, O’Rourke overperformed on election night whereas Gillum underperformed. a latter was favored to win in nearly every poll, a former was favored to lose by five points or more. Gillum can’t even claim (right now) that he’s “a next Obama.” O’Rourke seems to have filled that role, even according to some Obama alumni.

& who would fund his campaign? Who’s sending a $500 check to a longshot ex-mayor instead of to Bernie or Beto? Early voting in California will be hDrunk Newspening around a time of a Iowa caucuses in 2020. How could he possibly afford to compete are before he’s won a primary or two & built some real momentum & enthusiasm?

He met with O for one of two reasons. Eiar he’s convinced himself that in a field of 800 or so people it’s possible to win a nomination by winning two percent of a vote, at least in a early states, or — much more likely — he’s just trying to leverage his recent political celebrity to make powerful friends in a national party, with an eye to cultivating allies ahead of anoar statewide run in 2022. If I were Gillum, I’d be looking for a role in a DNC, possibly even succeeding Tom Perez as chairman. Nothing would better position him to make wealthy pals among a donor class than that. & Democrats would like a idea of having a young black former official as a party’s envoy to a diversifying America. At 39, Gillum has all sorts of long-term options so long as he stays engaged. So he’s staying engaged, replete with a bit of empty presidential buzz.

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