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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.