It’s time for “Big Gretch,” “California Cool,” the “New Jersey guy,” Illinois’ “big man” or “Carolina Blue” to jump in the pool.
These are code names for Democratic governors: Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsom of California, New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker and Roy Cooper of North Carolina.
The pool is the 2024 contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. The reason: President Joe Biden looks like a general election loser. The likely alternative would be Donald J. Trump, an existential threat to American democracy.
Al Hunt is the former Washington executive editor of Bloomberg News. He previously served as reporter, bureau chief and Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. He co-hosts the “Politics War Room” with James Carville.