Tag: Election 2024

Trump Says the Constitution Should Be Killed So His Presidential Dreams Can Live

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to call for the immediate “termination” of apparently everything in the Constitution that allowed him to lose his re-election campaign in 2020. “A Massive […]

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Joe Biden’s Primary Calendar Is the Anti-Bernie Plan

The Biden calendar comes with two insurance policies: thwarting an insurgent candidate in the first primary in South Carolina and then, if that candidate still gets liftoff, bringing them back down to earth in Georgia, two weeks later. If past patterns hold, roughly a dozen states will then cluster their primaries on a Super Tuesday, […]

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Keep New Hampshire on the Presidential Calendar

The rest of the early calendar can more than compensate for New Hampshire’s disproportionately white electorate. Nevada, a swing state whose voting age population is nearly 30 percent Latino, has been vying to jump to the front of the line. But dominated by the casino industry and its powerful union, the Culinary Workers, Nevada is […]

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Mitch McConnell Is Really Good At Not Condemning Trump’s White Supremacy

Meadows also sent emails to Justice Department officials, demanding investigations into baseless claims of voter fraud. And in January 2021, Meadows was on the line as Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, pressuring him to “find 11,780 votes,” the amount needed to win Georgia. The rejection of Meadows’ appeal follows an earlier attempt […]

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Here’s What Every Potential 2024 Republican Nominee Said About Trump’s Dinner With Nick Fuentes

Former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, outgoing Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, former ambassador to the U.N. and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Virginia Governor […]

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America’s Post-Trump Delusion Is in Full Swing

Soul-searching, backbiting, recriminations, denunciations: This is the usual stuff of postelection seasons, though few would have predicted a month ago that all of it would be happening on the right. The “Red Wave” many expected never materialized; Republicans might have won the House, but they utterly failed to win it “bigly,” to borrow a term […]

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Voters Have Never Been More Evenly Divided Between the Two Parties. It’s Breaking Our Political System.

When a political party goes nutso, as the Republicans have done since Donald Trump descended that escalator in 2015, the American political system used to provide a simple remedy. From 1904 to 1984, there were 13 landslide elections for president. Sometimes it took a few thrashings at the polls, but eventually a political party got […]

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Want to Know Donald Trump’s Standing in the GOP? Watch Kevin McCarthy.

Nothing is too petty to evade McCarthy’s power calculus. While few of his party showed up for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s valedictory address as House speaker, McCarthy’s absence was especially notable. Not for him to go against the grain just because of fusty notions like courtesy, respect, and norms of behavior. Michael Tomasky aptly described […]

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Mitch McConnell’s Ongoing Trump Bedevilment Is Self-Inflicted

On January 19, 2021, McConnell stood on the Senate floor and said “the mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president.” But privately, he had already decided against convicting him. “We don’t disagree on the substance; we just disagree on the tactics,” McConnell reportedly told Liz Cheney that month. “Let’s just ignore him.” […]

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There’s No Happy Ending for the GOP and Donald Trump

But what if Trump loses the nomination? Here’s where we can measure the precise sharpness of horns of the GOP’s dilemma. Does anyone believe that Donald Trump will be a gracious loser? That he’d bow out and support the nominee who bested him? This is a guy who denounced both the Republican primaries and general […]

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Even Fox News Cut Away From Donald Trump’s 2024 Announcement Speech

I wrote about Emmer over the summer since I’ve covered his political aspirations off and on for over a decade now. Back in 2010, Emmer was Minnesota’s Republican nominee for governor. He became known nationally as one of the ur–Tea Party candidates defining the backlash to Barack Obama’s presidency and to the RINOs who had […]

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QAnon Is Not Very Happy With Trump’s 2024 Announcement

Former President Donald Trump announced on November 15, 2022 that he was running for president in 2024. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / Bloomberg via Getty Images) Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president who tried to overturn the 2020 elections and inspired the violent attack on the Capitol after he lost, tried his best to woo the […]

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Apparently Unable To Read the Room, Donald Trump Announces 2024 Bid for President

I wrote about Emmer over the summer since I’ve covered his political aspirations off and on for over a decade now. Back in 2010, Emmer was Minnesota’s Republican nominee for governor. He became known nationally as one of the ur-Tea Party candidates defining the backlash to Barack Obama’s presidency and to the RINOs that had […]

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Trump Is Announcing Tonight. And No, Not All Republicans Are Aghast.

It’s a mess. But even as Republicans begin to blame Trump for having a hand in disastrous outcome after disastrous outcome in the last few elections, it’s clear the former president wants to show that all of his critics are losers and suckers for defying him. What’s more, he still has enough influence within the […]

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Dear Political Reporters: Can We Please Hold Off on 2024 Presidential Predictions?

Meanwhile, in our too-much-too-soon political culture, candidates are publicly weighing their options for 2024. Donald Trump’s speech scheduled for Tuesday—in which he supposedly will formally launch his 2024 comeback tour—represents a legitimate and major news story. So are the debates within the White House over whether Joe Biden should run again for president when he […]

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Republicans Want to Blame Their Election Disaster on Trump. Don’t Fall for It.

The House disaster for Republicans certainly can’t be blamed on Trump. Then whose fault was it? Well, how about we start with Samuel Alito and the Supreme Court? Alito’s in-your-face opinion spiking Roe, combined with Clarence Thomas’s concurring declaration of war on much of modernity, obviously spurred a huge backlash. The court could have taken […]

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A New Republican Civil War Is About to Begin

But Trump has one asset that he didn’t in 2016. Over the last six years he has built his own political establishment and situating himself as the Republican Party’s most important power broker. Stefanik’s endorsement is case in point. Fifteen years ago, Stefanik would have made a career as a moderate Republican; in 2018, she […]

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The Attempt to Anoint Ron DeSantis as Trump’s Heir Will Fail

DeSantis, to be fair, also carried Miami-Dade and received more votes than Rubio—4,609,112 to the senator’s 4,469,885. His accomplishment was in another way more impressive: A Republican gubernatorial candidate hadn’t won Miami-Dade in 20 years, whereas Rubio won it, thanks to a convoluted three-person race, in 2010 during his first campaign for statewide office. But […]

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Donald Trump Was the Midterms’ Biggest Loser

Things get worse for Trump because his main rival for the 2024 Republican nomination, fellow Florida Man Ron DeSantis, romped to a second four-year term as the Sunshine State’s governor amid cheers of “Two more years!”—a reference to his presumed forthcoming announcement of a 2024 presidential bid. Republicans sense blood in the water. Trump had […]

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The Cards Were Always Stacked Against Democrats

This is something that you will undoubtedly hear a lot as Democrats lick their wounds following the midterms: The party is simply too woke, too progressive. It’s lost touch with white working-class voters. It is in the thrall of its activist wing. It cares too much about policing speech and not enough about pocketbook issues. […]

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Democrats Have a Great Economic Story to Tell. Here’s a Three-Step Plan to Revive It.

These are not typos. Most of the gaudy Democratic numbers are due to Clinton, under whom 22 million jobs were created, the stock market boomed, and a $290 billion deficit became a $236 billion surplus. But more than 11 million jobs were created under Obama. And on the topic of job creation, we can now […]

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Our Institutions Will Not Save Us From Republican Authoritarianism

It’s not just the courts and the legislatures that are being corrupted as institutions: Virtually anywhere appointees are put in place by Republicans, there’s potential for institutional capture and replacing sound policy with extreme ideology. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the Florida Medical Board, which Governor Ron DeSantis has loaded with religious […]

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Is Gretchen Whitmer the Democrats’ Next Presidential Nominee?

But fast-forward to final months of the campaign, and Whitmer’s situation isn’t as it once was—and neither is the political dynamic of the country. To the casual observer, everything that might have gone right for Whitmer seemed to have fallen into place, setting up what should be an easy election night in November. Rather than […]

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Is Trump or DeSantis the Weaker Nominee? The Democrats Will Not Pick Their Poison.

The Democratic strategists who spoke with me say that as far as the meddling in the 2022 Republican primaries is concerned, these were strategic decisions, informed by polling and voter registration data. But they’re fully aware that Donald Trump has made a mockery of the American political junkies’ polling obsession. They also presume that if […]

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Congress Is Racing to Coup-Proof the Next Presidential Election

The House and Senate bills are substantially similar, but there are a few critical differences. Both measures would clarify that the vice president has only a ministerial role on January 6, rather than unilateral power to accept or reject state-certified electoral votes. It was Trump attorney John Eastman who suggested that the vice president has […]

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Ron DeSantis Did His Democratic Challenger a Huge Favor by Trafficking Migrants

For example, prominent Spanish-language talk radio host Roberto Rodríguez Tejera recently compared DeSantis to Fidel Castro. “Truly, this is criminal. They are using human beings to advance political points of view. This is what Fidel Castro did when he wanted to clean the Escambray. During the cleaning of the Escambray, they took peasants from one […]

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What If Ron DeSantis’s Martha’s Vineyard Stunt Wasn’t Actually Good Politics

In this line of thinking, mistreating migrants is good if it moves the electoral needle—maybe doing the right kind of crimes or scandals will help you become president. Cruelty to migrants, in this analysis, is understandable—maybe even defensible—because in the cutthroat world of GOP politics, it’s simply what it takes to succeed. DeSantis wants attention. […]

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The Republican Party Agrees With Lindsey Graham’s National Abortion Ban Even if They Won’t Admit It

There are a few problems with this theory, however, beginning with the fact that the Republican Party has already roundly rejected it. Texas Republican Senator Jon Cornyn suggested that Graham was acting alone—and recklessly. “That wasn’t a conference decision. It was an individual senator’s decision,” he said. Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, reacted, by basically telling Graham […]

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The Republican Party Agrees With Lindsey Graham’s National Abortion Ban Even if It Won’t Admit It

There are a few problems with this theory, however, beginning with the fact that the Republican Party has already roundly rejected it. Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn suggested that Graham was acting alone—and recklessly. “That wasn’t a conference decision. It was an individual senator’s decision,” he said. Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, reacted by basically telling Graham […]

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Why North Carolina in 2022 Could Cost Biden Dearly in 2024

The expectation is that Republicans would do that, and more, all over again. “The entire Republican effort on redistricting was to gerrymander Senate districts so that they can turn to a supermajority,” said state Senator Dan Blue, a Democrat.  “If you look at the past decade, the Republicans in North Carolina were on the cutting […]

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Rick Scott’s Shadow Presidential Campaign Is Frustrating His Fellow Republicans

In August, Scott was one of the headliners at a fundraiser on Nantucket, alongside the Republican nominees for Senate in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. It’s not unusual for a committee chair to co-headline a fundraiser along Senate candidates, but in August, voters and donors are usually more focused on vacation (as Scott was when he […]

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