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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Debate: Democrats Still Looking for a Unifying Candidate

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All the candidates think that they are the best equipped to beat Trump in November. But pointing out the stakes might concentrate Democratic voters’ (and Independents’ and moderate Republicans’) minds on the imperative of defeating Trump.

Bernie Won; He Has Bloomberg to Thank for It

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Bloomberg is shaping up to be exactly what I suspected him to be from the moment he got in: a divisive spoiler candidate who will destroy any chances of the moderate progressive wing of the party to unify behind a single candidate.

Killer B’s: Buttigieg Too Soon, Biden Too Late, Bloomberg Too Vulnerable. So Bernie Or…

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Mike Bloomberg showed what happens when you have so much money and power that people don’t talk back to you; you’ve lost the ability and the edge to debate.

Democrats Face A Trump Scenario?

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We have a replay of the 2016 Republican primary, where one candidate with an unshakeable 25% of the party (Trump) is able to prevail against the crowded field of mainstream candidates, none of whom can dominate the field and few of whom are willing to bow out in time to fend off the putsch.

The Punishment We Deserve?

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The only clarity to come out of the competition for the loudest voice in the room was that what is needed most for a Democratic victory in November – unity – is nowhere in sight.

Bickering Wonks

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Amazingly, there was no mention of Trump firing multiple public civil servants who he could no longer “trust” as being loyal to him.

Dem Debate: Warren Debunked; Looking At Amy And Pete

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Warren's failure to answer the medicare cost issue hurts her. Her wealth tax is likewise improbable and likely unconstitutional. Time to look at Amy and Pete.

Dem Debate: It’s Simple – Follow The 2018 Template!

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Nancy Pelosi was smart. Focus on the issues where most Americans are already with he Democrats and keep it simple. So why don't some of the candidates get this?

Dem Debates: The Leftward-Ho March Is Slowing

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And Joe? God bless him. He must be related to George W. Bush. The English language is not, apparently, his native tongue.

Dem Debates: Intensifying the Civil War in the Democratic Party

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The liberals gave as good as they got, blasting “corporate” Democrats who only want to make incremental change.

Dem Debates: The Perils of Feverish Factionalism

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I fear that any of the Big Three are creating personas of self that will serve up red meat for the ravenous pit bulls to be mega-funded in the campaign to make Donald Trump not the issue.

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

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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.

Dem Debates: Mayor Pete Frames the Post-Trump World

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Meg Greenfield, the late and witty editor of the editorial page of The Washington Post, used to...

Democrats’ Debate: Let a Little Sunshine In

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The best thing you can say about Julian Castro’s taunting of Joe Biden about “forgetting what he...

Dem Debate: A House Divided?

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With so many threats to American security and democracy that every one of the 10 candidates was able to plant his or her flag on a vital issue.

Dem Debates: Down To The Big Three? Please, No!

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Axios on Monday heralded “a steady and indisputable trend: The Democratic 2020 race is a three-way brawl between 70-somethings.” Not so fast.

Get a Grip! It’s Crucial To Get First Things First

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There has to be a better way to understand these candidates than tossing them, one by one, off the island.

Biden Reasserts His Frontrunner Status

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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.

This Debate Stopped At The Border: Nothing To Say About Our Place In The...

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Apparently, for all 20 Democrats jockeying for the U.S. presidency in 2020, the world begins with sunrise on the Eastern Seaboard and ends with dusk on the California Coast.

A good/bad night for Warren

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Elizabeth Warren, like Bernie Sanders, spent the evening putting herself on a distant island and pulling up the piers.

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

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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.

Populists Versus Pragmatists: Warren Wins

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

“No Matter What You Say, Republicans Are Going To Call You A Socialist.” So...

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Nobody really moved the needle. No disasters or gaffes, no big victories. No real surprises. And here's CNN at the end, hyping the "clash of ideas," and congratulating candidates on "scoring some good hits" and trying to shape it as a prize fight. Pretty tiresome.

Two Nights and Six Women Candidates: That’s Historic

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We are not yet post gender. But watching three women presidential hopefuls in each of the debates helped normalize their presence and...

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

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

Round Two: Who Won? Who’s Done?

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“This is more difficult than last night.” That was a shared sentiment among my viewing foursome for Round Two of the Democratic...

Clamoring For Attention

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A quick take on the second 10: My overriding takeaway tonight is that the...

The Ninja Warriors Debate

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TV entertainment now deeply undergirds the forms of our political discourse.  In the year 2016 we had...

Debate: battlers versus bridgers

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Sen. Cory Booker was the real pro in the first debate, a man born to aspire to...

Let’s Be Practical

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