Tag: Election 2020

Joe Biden’s Half-Baked Political Gimmicks

Joe Biden knows what you’re thinking. He has seen the stories, too. He knows he’s too old: 76 years old today, and 78 on Inauguration Day, 2021. He knows that, as a senator representing Delaware for nearly half a century, his extensive ties to the banking, credit, and financial industries are liabilities in an increasingly […]

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The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party

The Democrats are about to blow it. That’s the emerging consensus of the party’s moderates, anyway. Every week brings a new Politico story in which Democrats grouse about the party’s resurgent left wing, warning that its pie-in-the-sky proposals and heterodox rhetoric threaten to squander the party’s hard-earned electoral momentum under President Trump. “As we run […]

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What Are Reparations and Why Are They a Hot Ticket Item in 2020? | Unpack That

Reparations for slavery is one of the hottest political topics on the 2020 campaign trail. But, who wants them? Who gets them? And why are they important? First things first: Reparations for slavery isn’t all about getting that bag. It’s part of it, for sure, but it’s also about acknowledging and reconciling a wrong. In […]

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The Profound Emptiness of Beto O’Rourke

After months spent teasing his supporters and the political media, Beto O’Rourke surprised absolutely no one Thursday when he officially announced his candidacy for president. “We are truly now more than ever the last great hope of Earth,” he said in a video posted on social media, channeling The Lord of the Rings. “At this […]

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The Sensible Politics of Soaking the Rich

Everybody hates taxes. That’s one of the unalienable truths in U.S. politics, and it’s been proven again as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. A drop in tax refunds this year, caused by the Republican tax cuts in late 2017, has infuriated Americans. My husband and I owed money for the first time ever, and […]

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The Overdue Death of Democratic “Pragmatism”

It’s an unwritten rule in political journalism today that Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator and Democratic candidate for president, must be described as “pragmatic.” There isn’t much mystery as to what the press means by this. Politico reported last week that Klobuchar “is pitching herself as [a] pragmatic Midwesterner who won’t over-promise liberal policies to […]

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“Socialism” Has Lost All Meaning in American Politics

On Monday, during a visit to New Hampshire, California Senator Kamala Harris was asked by a reporter if she considered herself a democratic socialist—just as Bernie Sanders, an independent who won the Granite State’s last Democratic primary, does. “The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire, but I […]

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Will the Democrats Kill the Green Party by Stealing Its Best Idea?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the wunderkind congresswoman from New York, has been getting most of the credit for the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to fight global warming that has become increasingly popular among Democrats. But Howie Hawkins wants to set the record straight. “A lot of people think AOC thought it up,” he told me […]

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The Democrats Stole the Green Party’s Best Idea

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the wunderkind congresswoman from New York, has been getting most of the credit for the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to fight global warming that has become increasingly popular among Democrats. But Howie Hawkins wants to set the record straight. “A lot of people think AOC thought it up,” he told me […]

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The Media Is Blowing Its Coverage of Warren’s Native American Claim

The Iowa caucuses are still more than a year away. The first Democratic primary debate won’t occur until this June. But some journalists are already declaring that one of the party’s 2020 frontrunners, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, is in serious trouble. After it was revealed recently that Warren had listed her race as “American Indian” […]

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What a Waste

President Donald Trump, fresh off a humbling defeat in November’s midterms and a humiliating retreat in the shutdown standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month, opted for a bipartisan message in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “Together, we can break decades of political stalemate,” he told lawmakers. “We can bridge old divisions, heal […]

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Howard Schultz Is Democrats’ Chance to Bury Clintonism Forever

Ever since Howard Schultz announced on Sunday that he was considering an independent bid for president, a kind of mass hysteria has gripped the left broadly. The overwhelming reaction was one of fear: that the former Starbucks CEO would split the Democratic vote, guaranteeing a second term for President Trump. Others responded with dismissal, arguing […]

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Presidential Hopeful Elizabeth Warren Announces Major Announcement

Photo: Elizabeth Warren (Getty Images) After more than a year of open speculation from supporters, pundits and democratic party insiders alike, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is expected to formally announce her bid for the 2020 election in the coming week, according to Politico. The announcement, teased in an Instagram post by the Senator’s official account, […]

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Howard Schultz Learned All the Wrong Lessons From His Childhood

You could say that Howard Schultz has daddy issues. The former Starbucks CEO returns to his late father again and again in his new memoir, From the Ground Up, and often with disapproval. “My father never completed high school and spent his working life ricocheting between odd, low-paying jobs,” he writes. “He had few employable […]

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Run, Howard, Run!

After months of rumors that he was weighing a presidential bid, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz finally confirmed them on Sunday. “I love our country,” he tweeted, “and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.” Why not run as a Democrat, as many had speculated he would? That would be “disingenuous,” […]

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Give Parents Money, Not Universal Pre-K

On Tuesday night, in her State of the State address, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo staked her second term on an ambitious promise. “Tonight, I pledge to be the governor who brings universal public Pre-K to Rhode Island,” she said. “By the time I leave office, there will be a Pre-K seat for every four-year-old […]

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Why Are Democrats Freaking Out About “Electability”?

Ben Terris calls it “Pundititis.” Democrats still haven’t recovered from the trauma of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, and it’s causing them to wring their hands about every candidate emerging to challenge him in 2020. So the Washington Post reporter coined this term to describe “a virus affecting the nervous system of Democratic voters that […]

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