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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sandeep Kaushik

Sandeep Kaushik is a political and public affairs consultant in Seattle. In a previous life, he was a staff writer and political columnist at the Stranger, and did a stint as a Washington State correspondent for Time Magazine and for the Boston Globe, back in the olden days when such positions still existed.

Bye bye Kamala, Hello Pete: Why Buttigieg is Rising and Harris is History

Since September, Buttigieg has been doing what all of the Biden-lane candidates, Harris included, should have been doing from the outset but -- an abiding mystery to me -- apparently were too cowed by Twitter to do.

Impeachment: An Acela Corridor Parlor Game for the “Entertainment and Confirmation” Crowd?

House Democrat have no choice but to impeach Trump given what he's done, but they need to do it quickly, so it doesn't undermine what's really important: beating Trump in the November 2020 election.

Impeachment: The Cake Is Baked, So Get on with It

Rehashing in public the testimony, however convincing, previously given in private is unlikely to do much of anything to change the overarching dueling narratives, or rejigger the partisan divide.

Dem Debates: Warren Keeps Winning the Media Nod. But Why?

I still heard Warren being declared a debate "winner" by the talking heads, because she is queen of the Twitter-and-Pronouns educated white progressive wing of the party, and national journalists at papers like the Times and the Post are all card-carrying members of this cohort.

Seattle Primary 2019: Progressive Pragmatists Had a Strong Showing

Yes, Virginia, this is a change election. Contrary to the mistaken hot take analysis coming out of the Seattle Times newsroom, the primary night election results show that this is very much a backlash election against the current City Council status quo.

Populists Versus Pragmatists: Warren Wins

Warren won. She was disciplined, relentless, on message. And it's a simple, easy to digest populist message.

What to Expect from Seattle’s City Council Primaries (and What They’re Really About)

What we are witnessing is a battle for the soul of Seattle progressivism; between populist left activists who currently dominate the Council, and communitarian progressive pragmatists, who used to.

Et tu, Tom Steyer?

How many single-issue climate change activist candidates does it take to run for president? I suspect it's like Highlander; there is only room for one.

Debate 1, Take 2: Ten More Hot Takes about the Night of Kamala

My 10 hot takes from Night 2 of the first Democratic debate (Night 1's hot takes can be read here): Why is this...

10 Hot Takes on the First Democratic Debate Night

Ten hot takes on the first night of the first Democratic debate: 1) Warren dominated the first half of the debate. She had a clear and consistent anti-corporate message that...

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