Tag: Midterm Elections (2018)

Democrats Should Favor Voters, Not Corrupt Special Interests

Over the next few months, candidates across the country will file papers so they can run for Congress. But we’ll never know how many talented women and people of color sit out, discouraged by a rule the House Democrats imposed in March that prohibits anyone working to oust an incumbent from doing business with the […]

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Trump Can’t Resist Campaigning for Governors. But They Can Resist Him.

His grip on Republican senators has held in the lead-up to a historic impeachment trial. Members of the House have faced the prospect of retiring before going against him. And he frequently boasts about his strong approval ratings among Republican voters. Yet for a party leader who inspires fear in Washington, President Trump has been […]

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They Voted Democratic. Now They Support Trump.

Midterm victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin gave Democrats hope of retaking the Rust Belt battleground states that handed the presidency to Donald J. Trump in 2016. Yet success in the midterms might not mean as much for Democratic presidential candidates as the party might think. Nearly two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who […]

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The Democrats Are in Georgia. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

With tonight’s presidential primary debate, Georgia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief. Finally, they are saying, the national party is recognizing that demographics really are destiny, that Georgia can and should be a central part of any plan to win back the White House and the Senate. For nearly two decades now, the demographic […]

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The Danger of Elizabeth Warren

Under pressure, Elizabeth Warren has retreated from the idea of immediate implementation of Medicare for All, but she remains committed to the progressive core of her candidacy. As she put it in a speech to Iowa Democrats on Nov. 1: If we’re going to meet the challenges of our time, we need big ideas. Big […]

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Congratulations, You’re a Congresswoman. Now What?

There are not many people whom @RepSpanberger lets boss her around, but one of them, somehow, is Lois Frankel, a 71-year-old, 5-foot-3 four-term congresswoman from Florida who has a way of waving away protestations with a brisk, cheerful air, somewhere between “Don’t be ridiculous” and “This’ll be great.” Last fall, it was Frankel who told […]

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Is Politics a War of Ideas or of Us Against Them?

Is the deepening animosity between Democrats and Republicans based on genuine differences over policy and ideology or is it a form of tribal warfare rooted in an atavistic us-versus-them mentality? Is American political conflict relatively content-free — emotionally motivated electoral competition — or is it primarily a war of ideas, a matter of feuding visions […]

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Wake up, Democrats

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Maybe this is the wake-up call that Democrats need. My old colleagues at The Upshot published a poll yesterday that rightly terrified a lot of Democrats (as well as Republicans and independents who believe President Trump is […]

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Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle

On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google, hitting the kind of incendiary themes — immigrant invaders, the corrupt media — that play best on platforms where algorithms favor outrage and political campaigns are free to disregard facts. Even seemingly ominous […]

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The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash

Image Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash A moderate House Democrat who supports the impeachment inquiry now faces a district of swing voters who aren’t so sure. Days after moderate House Democrats announced they would support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, a recess began and they returned home […]

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Red and Blue Voters Live in Different Economies

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, scholars, journalists and ordinary citizens battled over whether economic anxiety or racial and cultural animus were crucial to the outcome. Soon a consensus formed, however, among most — though not all — political analysts, in support of the view that attitudes about race, immigration, sexism and authoritarianism […]

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Liz Cheney, Tart-Tongued Fighter, Is Warring With Rand Paul Over Who’s Trumpier

WASHINGTON — After becoming the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, Representative Liz Cheney, the sharp-tongued lawmaker from Wyoming, wasted little time establishing her reputation as one of her party’s most combative partisan brawlers. Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, routinely lashes out at Democrats and detractors of President Trump. She branded […]

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With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Trump’s top advisers claimed credit Wednesday for a Republican’s narrow victory in a special House election in North Carolina the night before, even as Democratic and Republican officials alike said Dan Bishop’s two-point win in a district Mr. Trump easily carried only underscored how the widening urban-rural divide is complicating 2020 […]

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Democrats, Going in Reverse

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party’s performance is moving in the wrong direction. Last year, in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, a young Marine Corps veteran and moderate Democrat named Dan McCready lost a House election by just 0.4 percentage […]

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What You Need to Know About North Carolina’s Special Election

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Voters in a Republican-leaning North Carolina congressional district will choose a new representative on Tuesday in a special election that will test President Trump’s clout ahead of 2020 and Democrats’ ability to make inroads with the sort of suburban voters who propelled them to the House majority last year. The polls close […]

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The Republican Party Is Doomed

The 2020 election will be transformative like few in our history. It will end with the death of the Republican Party as we know it, leaving the survivors to begin the struggle to renew the party of Lincoln and make it relevant for our times. It will liberate the Democratic Party from the country’s suffocating […]

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Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.

ImageDan McCready, the Democratic candidate, at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. The district voted for Donald J. Trump by 12 points in 2016. CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times Dan McCready is the kind of candidate who helped Democrats win the House in 2018. He’s a Marine Corps veteran who vowed not […]

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The Republicans Are Dropping Like Flies

There was no home for Representative Will Hurd in Donald Trump’s Republican Party. For a while he tried to make one. For a while he succeeded, if success means preserving some of your dignity while steering clear of Trump’s wrath and surviving politically. Although Hurd’s Texas congressional district voted narrowly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, […]

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More House Republicans Ask: Why Win Re-election When You Can Retire Instead

WASHINGTON — Congress’s six-week summer recess comes to an end on Monday, and a growing number of House Republicans have sent a clear message: They would much rather stay home. More than a dozen Republicans of nearly every stripe — moderates and conservatives, relative newcomers and those with decades of seniority, two of the party’s […]

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Facebook Tightens Rules on Verifying Political Advertisers

Facebook on Wednesday said it was strengthening how it verifies which groups and people place political advertising on its site, as the social network braces for the 2020 presidential election in the United States and works to reduce the spread of online disinformation. The moves build on rules that Facebook introduced last year, in which […]

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How ‘Medicare for All’ Went Mainstream

On June 17, 2016, 15 prominent Democratic Party activists and elected officials gathered in a hotel conference room in downtown Phoenix. Their job was to formulate language for the party platform, which would be adopted at the following month’s national convention in Philadelphia. But the platform-drafting committee also had an unspoken mission: to defuse the […]

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Republicans Are Studying Obama’s Campaign Playbook

Before Republicans send their organizers into early primary states, the organizers reportedly must read and pass a test on “Groundbreakers,” the story of how Barack Obama revolutionized campaigning by putting his faith in hundreds of thousands of volunteers. I was a top organizer in his 2008 campaign and trained thousands of the campaign’s staff members. […]

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