[Ed. -Multiple sources indicate billionaire dark-money guy Tom Steyer is about to throw his hat in the ring. Sadly, as noted by Ben Bowles earlier, California Rep. Eric Swalwell is dropping out.]
The billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who in the past decade has been both the top Democratic donor in the country and the prime engine for pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, appears ready to become Democratic candidate No. 26. Last week in San Francisco, Steyer told staffers at two progressive organizations he funds, Need to Impeach and NextGen America, that he is launching a 2020 campaign, and that he plans to make the formal announcement this Tuesday. …
[P]eople who’ve spoken to Steyer told me that while he still speaks fondly of Warren, he’s been frustrated that Inslee’s campaign hasn’t taken off more. (Inslee has yet to break 1 percent in the polls.) According to these people, Steyer has talked about seeing an opening to challenge Trump on the economy and take him on as a successful businessman who’s an actual self-made man and who believes in progressive economics.
Trump “has no strategy. He has an attitude: belligerence. It’s no surprise that he is failing,” Steyer tweeted on Sunday evening, sharing a New York Times op-ed about Trump’s trade war with China.