Tag: Election 2020

The Media’s Irrational Obsession With Campaign War Chests

Political reporters will do almost anything to avoid making a judgment call. That’s why they revel in seemingly objective truths like poll numbers and fund-raising reports, often taking as gospel the boast of bygone Republican Phil Gramm: “I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that’s ready money.” In reality, […]

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To Lock Up a President

“Lock him up?” It’s a question that Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden both addressed at the fifth Democratic primary debate (in Atlanta, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post). Moderator Rachel Maddow had asked Sanders if, given the MAGA enthusiasm for chants of “Lock her up!” (aimed still at Hillary Clinton, years and years on), […]

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There’s Only One Way the Patrick and Bloomberg Campaigns Make Sense

I’m going to write something annoying. I’m going to write some horse-race campaign analysis. I’m going to write very broadly and subjectively about trends in the race without using hard data or discussing policy. I’m doing so because I think what I am describing has a possibility of happening, and I think people who are […]

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Joe Biden’s Frantic Defense of the Status Quo

With the entry of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick into the Democratic primary race, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg exploring a bid, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg rising in the polls, Joe Biden will likely spend the next few weeks reemphasizing the case for his presidency to party moderates. Part of that case […]

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Deval Patrick Volunteers to Lose Democratic Primary

Just as the potential candidacies of billionaires Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg have left us to wonder about who might be the constituency for such a transparent defense of the ruling class, today’s entrance of former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick into the presidential race makes alarmingly little sense—at least from the perspective of “winning votes.” […]

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Deval Patrick Is Running for President Because…Reasons

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, rumored since last year to be contemplating a run for the White House, officially joined the 2020 Democratic presidential race today, prompting untold scores of people to ask: “Sir, are you serious??” In an announcement video published online Thursday morning, Patrick stressed the need for unity and building a “more […]

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Why Wouldn’t Michael Bloomberg Run for President?

Since it was reported last week that he would file paperwork to possibly run for president, Michael Bloomberg has been the most feverishly discussed candidate in the Democratic primary, as he likely intended. But much of that discussion has been negative. The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart argued that Bloomberg had been “seduced by his past political […]

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Twitter Waves Bye To Peter King’s Racism As Black Woman Runs For His House Seat

New York Rep. Peter King’s announcement that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election next year made him the latest longtime and incumbent Republican to flee Washington with his tail between his legs as Democrats continue to flip seats that have been red for years. King, a notoriously racist Congressman who saved the bulk of his hate […]

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Why Angela Rye’s Question To Elizabeth Warren About Her Hypothetical Cabinet Deserved A Better Answer

A simple Q & A left more questions than answers. Elizabeth Warren was put on the spot this week during an event with Angela Rye, who asked hypothetically which three African Americans the presidential candidate feels like she must have in her cabinet. The question was, of course, predicated on the theory that Warren would […]

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Mayor Pete Wants To Pay for Your College — Kinda!

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Pete Buttigieg unveiled his plan to give free college to much of the middle- and working-classes — a plan that sets Buttigieg apart as the liberal-but-not- that-liberal candidate in the Democratic field. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor revealed his plan Friday to […]

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The Billionaire’s Burden: Running for President

The news that Michael Bloomberg is expected to file to be on the presidential ballot in Alabama was not greeted on Thursday night with explosions of public joy and gratitude. There were no street parties or flash mobs, no lines of cars honking cheerfully outside Bloomberg HQ. For some reason, the American public did not […]

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The Media Has a Right-Wing Bias. Politico’s Founder Just Admitted It.

Getting the headline right is often the hardest part. Politico took several stabs at the inaugural entry of John F. Harris’s new column, “Altitude,” which aims to offer “weekly perspective on politics in a moment of radical disruption.” There was “Why the Media Is Biased Against Elizabeth Warren,” which was certainly clickable but didn’t quite […]

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The “Deep State” Is a Political Party

It was, in the eyes of Trump World, the very clubhouse of the Deep State: the plush, blue-carpeted, wood-paneled 13th floor auditorium of the National Press Club, located in the heart of the Washington swamp, just two blocks from the White House. The Halloween-eve panel discussion featured a line-up of heinous perps indicted by the […]

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The Vigilante President

President Donald Trump has often flaunted the brawn of his supporters, adding a baseline of menace to his increasingly embattled presidency. “Law enforcement, military, construction workers, Bikers for Trump … These are tough people,” he said at a 2018 campaign event in St. Louis, Missouri. “These are great people. But they’re peaceful people, and antifa […]

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Stacey Abrams Has Better Odds At Being VP Than Any Other Presidential Candidate

Stacey Abrams is fighting for voting rights, especially in Iowa, but she is still apparently in good standing to be an elected official. More than any other presidential candidate, the odds are in her favor to be the Democratic Vice President pick. See Also: This Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About […]

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Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Beto O’Rourke speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio Oct. 15, 2019.Photo: Win McNamee (Getty) Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke on Friday took himself out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, bowing to low campaign coffers and even lower poll numbers. The once-darling of the Democratic Party, who won acclaim last year […]

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Biden’s Super PAC Buddy Has a Paul Manafort Problem

Earlier this week, Joe Biden’s campaign, struggling on the polling and fundraising fronts alike, finally dropped its reservations about relying on super PACs for support. The details of the new Unite the Country PAC, both in terms of reach and fundraising efforts, remain scant; a bland ad for the PAC featured little more than stock […]

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Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

The Russians targeted African Americans in the run-up to election 2016 with deceptive social media accounts and websites purporting to be legitimate sources of information, and now, it looks like they’ve taken their disinformation campaign across the ocean to Africa. Facebook says it’s shut down accounts linked to a Russian operative that were targeting several […]

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Warren’s “Plan For That” Slogan Is Getting Old

A quick scroll through the official Elizabeth Warren merch store reveals a teeming marketplace of campaign wares: branded T-shirts, lawn signs, bumper stickers, and an assortment of buttons. Ardent Warren fans can proclaim their affection in hundreds of combinations, and more than a few niches. There’s a coffee cup which reads, “I like my coffee […]

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