Abrams could be a game-changer as a Democratic candidate for president, but she is carefully weighing her options
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dont run for president.
With some two dozen Democrats officially in the race for 2020, Stacey Abrams is the only one by the starting line unsure if shell compete.
Indecision is a label most politicians will go to great lengths to avoid. George W Bush declared himself the decider, while the former White House spokesman Sean Spicer memorably characterized his old boss as unbelievably decisive.
But Abrams is leaning into her indecision, seeing it as an opportunity to more fully and intelligently explore her possible paths forward after her dramatic run for the governorship of Georgia last year ended in defeat but catapulted her on to the national stage.
We often push ourselves to make quick choices simply for the expediency of either ourselves or whoever is asking the question, she said in a private side room of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington DC, where shes just off-stage from a speech at a liberal thinktank conference.
If you havent fully investigated, you can decide in haste and repent at leisure, she said.
Whatever Abrams does next, other 2020 runners will be watching closely.
I believe she would change the game, said Aimee Allison, founder of She The People, a group that works to elect women of color. She would change the calculus for the countrys strongest Democratic voting bloc: black women and other women of color.
Thats not an uncommon opinion.