Elections

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden takes the stage at a campaign rally in Philadelphia, Pa., May 18, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Twenty or so are going to end this presidential-election cycle deeply disappointed. Every presidential primary ends with one winner and a lot of losers. Some might argue that one or two once-little-known candidates who overperform low
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Democratic presidential candidate Representative Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) speaks in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Tim Ryan, the Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate, said Wednesday on MSNBC that he supports scrapping the so-called Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s
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Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, April 16, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) You are just not going to believe how this week is progressing. A Yale professor contends Pete Buttigeig represents “heterosexuality without women”; the philosophies of identity politics and intersectionality leave a slew of Democratic candidates arguing that the process and media
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Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 30, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Paul Waldman of the Washington Post is unhappy that Democrats are constantly being asked to reach out to Republicans while nobody asks Republicans to reach out to Democrats. It’s “an absolutely ridiculous double standard.” Democrats are, he says,
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Sen. Bernie Sanders participates in the She the People Presidential Forum in Houston, Texas, April 24, 2019. (Loren Elliott/Reuters) Sanders seeks to kneecap what has been an astonishingly successful experiment in education. Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get
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Tomorrow is primary day in Kentucky’s statewide races. Democrats will select their gubernatorial nominee, and they feel optimistic about their chances of knocking off incumbent GOP governor Matt Bevin in November. Four Democrats are running for governor: state representative Rocky Adkins, state attorney general Andy Beshear — the son of Bevin’s predecessor, Steve Beshear — former
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Biden had a big rally in Philadelphia yesterday. As with his announcement video, it was all pretty standard rhetoric, with a memorable zinger on Trump inheriting the recovery and everything else in his life that we’ll likely hear many times again. But no one else in the Democratic field has this message of wanting to
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Former Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, April 25, 2019. (Biden Campaign Handout via Reuters) His voting record places him solidly on the left. Poor Joe Biden. The Delaware Democrat has served the liberal cause since he reached the U.S. Senate in 1973 as a barely legal 30-year-old, just
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at the She the People forum in Houston, Texas, April 24, 2019. (Loren Elliott/Reuters) An odd turn of affairs: The RNC touted a Daily Beast story that reported “Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles.” Not donations from Russians,
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Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa, May 1, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Has Donald Trump made the Democrats pragmatic? The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them
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Joe Biden joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign stop in Los Angeles, Calif., May 8, 2019. (Kyle Grillot/Reuters) I think it’s safe to say that there are many, many progressive Democrats who are more than a little surprised — and a lot chagrined — at Joe Biden’s polling dominance. Look at FiveThirtyEight’s
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It’s still very early, but Biden’s initial strength should force us to contemplate a disturbing possibility, as I wrote for Politico today: The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters) During a recent appearance on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) became the first and only Democratic presidential contender to voice opposition to the censorship of Facebook users. During the interview, Gabbard split with fellow
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Molly Hensley-Clancy and Nidhi Prakash report for Buzzfeed: Talk of replacing ICE, or even of the agency’s problems, has all but disappeared from the Democratic campaign trail, and from Democrats’ political platforms. For all the work by activists to push abolishing ICE into the Democratic Party debate, the idea was starkly unpopular with voters: By
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President Donald Trump on stage at a campaign rally in Panama City, Fla., May 8, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The times are good and his opponents are not. The full proportions of the debacle that awaits the Democrats next fall is starting to penetrate their complacent disdain and revulsion toward President Trump. Rank-and-file Democrats are so
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) addresses the North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) I’ll be off Monday through Wednesday for a speaking engagement; the next Jim-written Morning Jolt will be Thursday, May 16. Making the click-through worthwhile: If this is a “Constitutional crisis,” it’s a really boring
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I wrote today about one of the lessons of the new report on Trump’s taxes: The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump’s tax returns is that there are no real surprises. Trump’s taxes have been an obsession of the Left since he, in violation of a longstanding norm, reneged on his promise
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Campaign signs outside a polling place during early voting in Dallas, Texas, November 2, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Voters have repeatedly demonstrated opposition to politicians’ proposals for funneling money to politicians. The progressive catechism teaches that there is “too much money” in politics. A codicil to this tenet, written in fine print, is that the term
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Hillary Clinton speaks at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Over at The New York Times, columnist Farhard Manjoo urges Democrats to nominate a woman: Democratic voters say that while they themselves may support Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and other women who are running for president, they worry
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Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in 2012. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) If anyone not named Donald J. Trump were subjected to this new prosecutorial standard, it would occasion widespread consternation. The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It’s not
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Joe Biden delivers remarks at the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Del., March 16, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: The hilariously ironic implications if Joe Biden’s current polling boost continues and he goes on to win the Democratic nomination; Kamala Harris and the question of what kind of Democrat can win in
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Former President Ronald Reagan in 1991 (Gary Cameron/Reuters) Joe Biden was already in his second term as senator from Delaware when Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. What did America’s 40th president think of the man trying to become its 46th? The Reagan Diaries, edited by Douglas Brinkley and released in 2007, provides some answers.
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