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.

Why You Should Care that Mike Bloomberg Will Spend $1 Billion on Failing to Get the Democratic Presidential Nomination

Mike Bloomberg is not going to be the next president of the United States. But his late entry into the Democratic nomination contest -- accompanied with an unprecedented television and digital advertising blitz -- may siphon enough votes from Joe Biden to make Sanders the Democratic nominee.

What Seattle Should Expect in 2020

In terms of fundamentals, compared to other American cities, upper-middlebrow Seattle in 2020 will remain the same as it was in 2019: white, woke, wealthy, and (sigh) too wet. Plus ça change.

Who’s Right About The Democratic Party: Joe Biden or The New York Times?

Biden's advisors surmised that the real majority in the party consists of non-college-educated whites and minority voters, the vast majority of whom don't tweet, aren't woke, whose attitudes about gender relations weren’t all that affected by #metoo.

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.

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