Tag: Election 2020

The Democrats’ Plan to Save Abortion Rights Is Full of Asterisks

When Alabama last week passed an outright abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest, it drove home a frightening reality: The Republican Party, if given enough power, will fully rob women of their reproductive rights—indeed of their agency as human beings. The state also potentially upset a quieter conservative legal strategy across America […]

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Victory Does Not Depend on Swing Voters

Nothing captures the imagination of the political press like the all-important, quasi-talismanic “swing voter.” And so, with the 2020 presidential election now a mere 18 months away, the electorate is already being fed a steady diet of punditry carefully repeating—as if it were a mantra—why… Democrats… must… win… swing… voters… to beat Donald Trump. On […]

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Joe Biden Is the Democrats’ Safety School

At an outdoor table at a bagel shop a few blocks from the state capitol building in Concord, New Hampshire, two Democratic state representatives were gently sparring over Joe Biden. “A lot has come up about Biden’s role during the Anita Hill hearings,” said Richard Komi, first elected from Manchester in 2008. “Biden said that […]

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Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights on Biden

Bernie Sanders has a Joe Biden problem. The former vice president’s formal entry into the 2020 primary has cut into Sanders’s numbers, which have lagged in recent weeks. Already underwater with older voters, a Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that Bernie’s support among younger ones—his base—has fallen from 45 to 33 percent. Sanders […]

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Popular Move: Maine Senate Passes Bill to Give All of State’s Electoral Votes to the Winner of the Popular Vote in 2020

Photo: iStock There’s a movement afoot in some quarters to get rid of the Electoral College, the institution that really elects the president of the United States. More often than not, the winner of the popular vote also wins enough electoral votes to gain the Oval Office. But in just the last 20 years, the Electoral […]

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Democrats Already Have a Position on Tariffs… If You Know Where to Look

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is not going well. Weeks after assuring people that trade negotiations between the two countries were on the “five yard line,” a sheepish Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, admitted on Sunday that we may be months away from a deal, if not longer. Markets tumbled Monday after China […]

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Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis. Why Don’t Other Democrats?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is causing a stir in Trump country. In rural West Virginia town with a population of 400, Warren spoke to a crowd of 150—many decked out in MAGA paraphernalia—about the opioid crisis. “Anyone here know someone who’s been caught in the grips of addiction?” Warren asked. Nearly every hand shot up. […]

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The Four Dumbest Questions of the 2020 Campaign Season

Photo: iStock Your teachers all lied to you. There is such a thing as a dumb question. We are literally surrounded by dumb questions every day. By definition, a dumb question is any question where the person being asked the question couldn’t possibly know the answer to what is being asked and, moreover, any reasonable […]

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The 4 Dumbest Questions of the 2020 Campaign Season

Photo: iStock Your teachers all lied to you. There is such a thing as a dumb question. We are literally surrounded by dumb questions every day. By definition, a dumb question is any question where the person being asked the question couldn’t possibly know the answer to what is being asked; and, moreover, any reasonable […]

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Andrew Yang’s Disjointed Plan to Reform American Democracy

There are more than 20 Democratic candidates for president, and none are as technocratic as Andrew Yang. The New York–based entrepreneur and venture capitalist is running on an eclectic platform that synthesizes ideas from the party’s socialist and centrist wings. Though he’s never held elective office, he’s secured an enthusiastic following known as the “Yang […]

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Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Openly Seeks Aid of Foreign Government — Ukraine — to Boost His Boss’ Re-Election Bid

Rudy GiulianiPhoto: Getty One would think with all the drama — and federal probes — surrounding whether Donald Trump and/or his cohorts colluded with Russia to interfere with the outcome of the 2016 presidential race, Team Trump would not want even the perception that it was seeking foreign political aid. But those who think that […]

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Pete Buttigieg’s Honeymoon Is Over

It appears that the media’s long (in news-cycle terms) honeymoon with Pete Buttigieg is over. Gone are the days of flattering coverage from, well, pretty much everywhere—stories about Buttigieg’s love of Ulysses, his faculty with languages, and affection for Phish and the Dave Matthews Band (well, I guess they weren’t all flattering stories). Over the […]

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Jill Biden Adds Fuel to Joe Biden’s Anita Hill Fire by Saying ‘It’s Time to Move On’

Photo: Getty Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, stirred controversy Tuesday when she opined “It’s time to move on” from questions dogging Joe Biden about his treatment of Anita Hill during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In an interview with NPR, […]

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Democrats Need an Anti-Austerity Message

It’s a simple truth: Republicans explode the deficit when they’re in power. But, as soon as they’re out of power, they demand austerity—while painting Democrats as wasteful socialists who trade handouts for votes.  That’s been pretty much a given for a generation now, but have Democrats come up with an answer? Barack Obama spent his […]

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Democrats Can Win on Immigration

We already know the kind of campaign Donald Trump will run in 2020. Sure, there will be improvisational flourishes based on who ultimately prevails from the Democrat’s battle royal—stale riffs on Joe Biden’s intelligence, Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry, or Bernie Sanders’s democratic socialism. But facing tough elections, Trump returns to immigration, the issue that won him […]

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Democrats Have Created an “Electability” Monster

Senator Kamala Harris was supposed to be a frontrunner. According to the rules of “the invisible primary,” in which donors and party activists coalesce around their chosen nominees, sending signals about candidate quality that primary voters, more often that not, eventually validate, Harris seemed to check all the boxes of a frontrunner. Her campaign team […]

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Beto O’Rourke Won’t Demonize the Fossil Fuel Industry

Beto O’Rourke released the first significant policy proposal of his presidential campaign on Monday. “Climate change is the greatest threat we face—one which will test our country, our democracy, and every single one of us,” begins his ambitious plan to fight climate change. “The stakes are clear: We are living in a transformed reality, where […]

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For 2020 Democrats, It Should Still Be the Economy

Last week, President Donald Trump, in the midst of a Twitter meltdown that was grandiloquent even by his standards—50 tweets in 24 hours—made the case that the news media was missing the biggest story of his presidency. Not “collusion,” not obstruction, not his ceaseless tweeting or his seemingly improvised approach to both domestic and foreign […]

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Joe Biden Says Trump Is an Aberration. He’s Wrong.

In his campaign launch video, Joe Biden echoed a refrain common among establishment Democrats, retiring Republicans, and legacy media pundits since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The story goes like this: Trump is a malign interloper who swept in and “hijacked” the Republican Party, leading it astray from its true, noble ideals. Biden […]

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Empowerment for What?

Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher: I’ve known that rhyme for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight when my mother explained to me that when she was my age, all children were given free milk at school, but a mean woman who used to be prime minister had […]

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