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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mort Kondracke

Morton Kondracke is a retired Washington, DC, journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, The New Republic, McLaughlin Group, FoxNews Special Report, Roll Call, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal) now living on Bainbridge Island. He continues to write regularly for (besides PostAlley) RealClearpolitics.com, mainly to advance the cause of political reform.

An Open Letter to John Kasich: Please Challenge Trump

History shows that when an incumbent president gets a serious primary challenge, he often loses the general election.

Dear Amy, Michael, Steve, John and Joe: Talking Points for Moderates

My agenda is different from that of many others in this race. It’s progressive, common-sense, do-able, unifyingly progressive.

Biden Reasserts His Frontrunner Status

Those who thought (as I did) that Joe Biden showed in the first Democratic debate that he had passed his sell-by date, was weak, would fade fast as front-runner—well all of us were proved wrong by his strong performance in the second.

Progressives Might Be Right, But Job #1 Is Beating Trump

Tuesday night could be called “moderate come-back night” and I hope one or more of the pragmatic realists will emerge and convince Democratic primary voters that beating Trump is more important than liberal purity.

Too Far Left? Democrats Risk Losing Non-White Voters

"There is an abundance of evidence," Thomas Edsall writes, "that the more liberal presidential candidates may be pushing into dangerous terrain, taking stands that could prove difficult to defend in the general election."

Democrats Need a Sister Soulja Moment

Before left-liberal candidates run away with the Democratic party and get Donald Trump re-elected, one of the moderate progressives has to have a breakout moment in the second round of presidential debates next week.

Looming of the Lemming Left

If the Democratic Party keeps surging to the left and nominates a 2020 candidate who can be credibly labeled “socialist,” “radical,” or just far out of mainstream, it will not only reelect Donald Trump, but unleash a cascade of nightmares on itself and the nation.

The way to beat Trump? Stay clear of extremes

The New York Times’ Tom Edsall has established himself as one of the very best political analysts in the country, consistently backing his arguments with...

Time is ripe for political reform

Fulcrum is a project of Issue One, one of the leading national groups working on saving democracy from ruinous hyper-partisanship. The movement involves hundreds of thousand...

Let’s Be Practical

He's unfortunately going nowhere and the Thursday night moderators half the time wouldn't let him talk, but I think John Delaney made...

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