Andrew Yang’s candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination is generating quite a bit of interest and debate in dissident right-wing circles. Whatever your opinion on the matter, it’s helpful to frame it in the context that he’s not viable for the nomination. Here are the main reasons:
He’s Not Really A Democrat
The Republicans have an incumbent, so there was really no other choice on where to seek the nomination. In that sense, he’s similar to Trump. The big difference is that Trump had the fame, fortune, personality, and media prowess to bully the other candidates. He was able to hijack the party and run on a platform with which it vehemently disagreed. For all his faults, it was an exceptional feat, achievable only by an extremely rare person. Yang appears to be a perfectly likable fellow motivated by a set of issues. Admirable? Sure. Still, that won’t take him very far.
He Doesn’t Resonate with the Coalition of the Ascendant
The interest generated by Yang on our side of the spectrum isn’t mirrored by the conventional Democratic zeitgeist. They need a candidate who can motivate high turnout by POCs, particularly Black women. Just because Yang isn’t White doesn’t mean he generates the slightest affinity from Black and Latino voters. In fact, many Blacks in potential swing states such as Pennsylvania will be liable to associate him with the Asian shopkeepers in their neighborhoods who doll out merchandise from behind Plexiglas. He’d generate Asian enthusiasm, but that’s irrelevant given their low percentage of the population and concentration in blue states like CA.
He Doesn’t Have A Machine Behind Him
Party nominees never come out of nowhere. In this sense, people often discount just how unique Trump was despite his insider friendships. Hillary had a machine and fundraising network put together over roughly 40 years in politics. Obama didn’t build one for himself, but he was selected and manufactured by global finance. He was thus able to give the impression of being an outsider despite his anointment by the Establishment, who chose him because he gave that impression. Yang has no machine, and there’s no reason for the banking cartel to use him as a front man.
What’s To Stop Anyone Else from Adopting His UBI Proposal?
He’ll also have to confront Bernie Sander’s 2020 roadblock. In 2016, Sanders was the only candidate harping about dispensing lots of free stuff, conferring upon himself a “first-mover advantage.” That’s largely evaporated this time around now that it’s clear how much traction his stance gained. Success in politics precludes principles. Yang’s competitors will have no compunction about adopting his platform once it proves popular. Unlike him, there are other candidates who can combine UBI with POC identity. That could easily be a winning combination.