David Rauschenberger MUG

The third Democrat debate is this week. Thank God, there’s just 10 candidates left. That’s what you’d think, but there are really nearly 20 still in the mix.

The Democratic National Committee, in its infinite wisdom, has a system (albeit crooked) to weed out the outliers. And a few on the stage in this “pivotal” third debate are already gone.

You can’t poll at less than 5 percent and truly believe that you have a chance to win the nomination.

Heck, Sen. Cory Booker performed admirably in the last debate and got no bounce. He’s just bucking for a vice-president spot.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg polls at around 6 percent. He’s another possible vice-president candidate. I’m reminded of Mad magazine in my youth, but I digress.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, while a bit more moderate than many of the other contenders, has no chance. And nine minutes on stage this week won’t turn her failing poll numbers or anyone else’s around. I think Amy will drop out, rather than play second fiddle.

Homewrecker Sen. Kamala Harris is tanking. My guess is this debate won’t change that. She’s an opportunist and loves hearing herself talk, so she’ll be in it to the bitter end, with no chance to run against President Donald Trump.

The remaining minor contenders in the debate field have no business even taking the stage at this point. Former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke has become a laughable sideshow. Democrat strategists are baffled by his tone-deaf campaign. He’s for anything that can get a camera turned on or a microphone in his face.

Beto needs to go, but he’s always good for a laugh. So, I’m glad he’s up there for the last time.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro couldn’t win if he ran as a team with his twin brother. The convoluted DNC system of picking the debate field somehow still has this guy involved. I predict he’ll disappear soon thereafter.

Andrew Yang is my favorite, but he has no chance. I’m all for anyone who wants to give me $1,000 a month! At least the man’s honest about wanting to buy votes.

The folks still in the race, but excluded from the stage, are on the outside and fading away.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are the field. A senile old white man, an old white socialist and an angry white socialist Native American woman are all that’s left. I’m good with that.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is the best candidate they have. Thank God she’s being ignored. Think …

— Rauschenberger, an accountant, lives in Orange City. Send email to drausch@bellsouth.net or info@beacononlinenews.com.