democratic primary 2020

“Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth

“Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth

We are several days now into a spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—the Democratic primary’s two progressives who, as has been widely reported, have observed a pact of
Let Them Fight!

Let Them Fight!

Nothing twitches the loins of a Beltway take-monger quite like those three little words: Dems in Disarray. Pundits have no better reason to get out of bed and race to their sun-dappled desks than to
Bernie Sanders Has Finally Got Republicans’ Attention

Bernie Sanders Has Finally Got Republicans’ Attention

Bernie Sanders is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. It is true that the primary has entered a stage where the standings could become very fluid, very quickly. It is also the case that
The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy

The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy

Remember how 2018 was the year of the grifter? We were inundated with juicy stories of amazing con artists, from Anna Delvey’s rich girl scam to Elizabeth Holmes’s other rich girl scam. The summer of
A Better Health Care Debate Is Possible

A Better Health Care Debate Is Possible

Presidential debates are not held for the purpose of informing the public about the candidates running for president and their views. They are television shows, designed to do what other television
A Man in Full

A Man in Full

Joe Biden has been through impeachment before. Not the oversexed and overhyped Bill Clinton variety, but the real 1974 Richard Nixon smoking-gun version. And for Biden, these were moments that
The End of the Ideas Primary

The End of the Ideas Primary

The first mention of health care came about two hours into Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate, the last such encounter until 2020. This was a departure from previous debates, in which
Pete Buttigieg Is No Foreign Policy Maverick

Pete Buttigieg Is No Foreign Policy Maverick

During last month’s Democratic presidential debate, on November 20, a tense moment—one of the few that night—arose when candidates Pete Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard clashed over, of all things, sending
The Media’s Disingenuous Narrative About Medicare for All

The Media’s Disingenuous Narrative About Medicare for All

The consensus among wonks is that Democratic politicians who support Medicare for All are saddling themselves with an unpopular policy. Never mind whether they’re supporting an effective policy; it’s
The Health Care Debate Has Baked Up Some Flimsy Media Narratives

The Health Care Debate Has Baked Up Some Flimsy Media Narratives

The consensus among wonks and pundits is that Democratic politicians who support Medicare for All are saddling themselves with an unpopular policy. Never mind whether they’re supporting an effective
John Kerry Endorses Joe Biden’s Delusions

John Kerry Endorses Joe Biden’s Delusions

If Nate Silver’s band of Bayesians can be believed, former Vice President Joe Biden is winning the 2020 presidential race’s “endorsement primary”—and by a substantial margin. Whether this stray
Michael Bloomberg’s Big Hedge

Michael Bloomberg’s Big Hedge

On Wall Street, traders who manage portfolios worth millions, if not billions, of dollars need a way to offset the risk of losing too much of that money. One way to accomplish this is to use a hedge.
What We Talk About When We Talk About the Middle Class

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Middle Class

Every politician defends the middle class, but none of them knows quite what it is. In August, during a town hall, Joe Biden said, “We have to rebuild the middle class, and this time we bring everyone
Joe Biden’s Frantic Defense of the Status Quo

Joe Biden’s Frantic Defense of the Status Quo

With the entry of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick into the Democratic primary race, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg exploring a bid, and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend,
Deval Patrick Volunteers to Lose Democratic Primary

Deval Patrick Volunteers to Lose Democratic Primary

Just as the potential candidacies of billionaires Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg have left us to wonder about who might be the constituency for such a transparent defense of the ruling class,
Julián Castro Is Right About the Democratic Primary Process

Julián Castro Is Right About the Democratic Primary Process

Political bravery is not often the hallmark of a Democratic presidential primary. More often, this early part of a presidential campaign is the venue for incredibly cautious, patronizing
CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.

CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.

A prominent LGBTQ rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Thursday that it will host a presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues next month. The event will air on CNN. LGBTQ
Did Gillibrand’s push for Al Franken’s resignation doom her 2020 White House run?

Did Gillibrand’s push for Al Franken’s resignation doom her 2020 White House run?

Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign may have been doomed from the start, women’s rights advocates say. Some women’s rights leaders say that the New York senator encountered something of a
Missing and murdered women is a grim, unsolved problem. Native communities are demanding action.

Missing and murdered women is a grim, unsolved problem. Native communities are demanding action.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA — Faith Spotted Eagle recalls, as if it were yesterday, the time she and three friends were viciously beaten by five white men. It was 1974, months after an armed occupation by
Native Americans had their 2020 Democratic campaign forum. Here, in pictures, is how it went.

Native Americans had their 2020 Democratic campaign forum. Here, in pictures, is how it went.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA — No one knew quite what to expect when Native American activists organized their first-ever presidential forum this week. How many candidates would attend? How read in would they be