Ah, Seth, we hardly knew ye. Well, we did, actually. You were the guy who was so ambitious as a rookie congressman that you tried to engineer a conservative Democratic coup against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and, having failed miserably at it, thought to yourself, well, that was a bad idea, what say I run for president instead? As a combination of pluck and utter obliviousness, it's hard to top him. From the Washington Post:
“I am ending my campaign for president,” Moulton said in remarks prepared for delivery in San Francisco on Friday at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting. “Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important.” Moulton argued that his veterans-focused campaign challenged President Trump “where he’s weakest, as commander in chief,” and worked to “take back patriotism from the Republican Party.” ...
“For the first time in my life, I talked publicly about dealing with post-traumatic stress from my four combat tours in Iraq,” Moulton said. He called those discussions part of an effort to end “the stigma around mental health.”
And good for you. God knows, there are worse reasons to run for president. ("Because Obama mocked me at the White House Correspondents Dinner" comes immediately to mind.) But, because Moulton is something of a political maladroit, he couldn't help but throw an elbow on his way out the door. From The New York Times:
Mr. Moulton suggested that most of the other Democratic candidates were also laboring in vain at this point, with only a tiny few — Mr. Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — remaining as real competitors for the nomination. He warned in the interview that if Democrats were to embrace an overly liberal platform, it could make it harder for the party to defeat President Trump.
“I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go,” Mr. Moulton said...“I’ve always said that veering too far left could result in us losing this election, and that Trump will be harder to beat than most people think,” Mr. Moulton said.
If I had to guess, I'd say he's already got a resume in the mail to the Biden campaign.
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