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Stop the bidding! This Democratic presidential candidate is about to clear the field.

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Until now, there were, by my count, 44 Democrats who have either expressed interest in a 2020 presidential run, traveled to Iowa or New Hampshire , or otherwise managed to get themselves mentioned.

But we can now stop the bidding. Because a 45th candidate has just emerged, and he is about to clear the field. Yes, the man Democrats have been waiting for, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, says he has “an obligation to consider” running for president — and tacks on a Trumpian tease: “We’ll see what happens.”

Casey is the total package — assuming the Democrats’ idea of a total package is mild, earnest and quite possibly the most boring person in politics.

This is why they should instead go with Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) — unless Democrats are concerned about their standard-bearer being a showboat who declares, with straight face, “I am Spartacus.”

In this case, I say: Go with everyman Joe Biden — as long as they won’t mind putting a 77-year-old former vice president up against a 74-year-old incumbent.

Otherwise, the best choice would be youthful Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), though the 38-year-old’s main qualification is cable news overexposure.

Hence, the need for a candidate of substance: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) — as long as her perceived lack of toughness isn’t a problem.

If it is, combative Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) is the best option. But she’s........

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