Democrats

The superdelegate angle

Featured image The story of the Democrats’ undemocratic superdelegates hasn’t received much attention, but Politico’s Daniel Strauss sums it up in a topic sentence: “Bernie Sanders lost by a hair in Iowa and won by a landslide in New Hampshire. Yet Hillary Clinton has amassed an enormous 350-delegate advantage over the Vermont senator after just two states.” I’ve been stumped by Sanders’s failure to make an issue of it. Like his default »

After last night

Featured image I offer the following observations and speculations in the spirit of inquiry following the results in the New Hampshire primary last night. I acknowledge that we are in the realm of opinion and that I may well be mistaken. These are my thoughts. Let me begin, however, in the realm of fact. New Hampshire runs an open primary with independents allowed to vote in the party of their choice. Turnout »

Where does the Democratic presidential race stand?

Featured image Everyone has known for a good while that Hillary Clinton would lose to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. But it was far from clear that she would lose (as apparently she will) by 20 points. Where does this leave Clinton and Sanders? It leaves Clinton behind her Southern firewall. Her theory, widely shared, is that whatever happens in Iowa and New Hampshire, she will begin to win decisively once states »

The 3 am Call at the DNC Tonight

Featured image The most astonishing thing about the result in New Hampshire tonight is not Bernie Sanders’s large margin of victory, but the exit poll result that showed a third of Democratic voters chose “honesty and trustworthiness” as the main thing that determined their vote. Sanders won these voters by a margin of more than 9 – 1. Clinton is finished. I’ll bet even Bill knows this. The DNC has to be »

Among friends illustrated

Featured image At conclusion of last night’s debate in Durham featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow graphically showed how she was feeling the love for the two of them. Fellow moderator Chuck Todd confined himself to a polite handshake, but don’t be deceived! He too was feeling the love. Via Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard. »

Clinton among friends

Featured image Did you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Is Martin O’Malley the most important man in the Democratic race?

Featured image That’s what Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post says. His assessment is based on the way Iowa’s Democratic caucuses work. The Democrats use a “viability threshold.” If a candidate doesn’t reach it at a particular caucus, his supporters are offered the opportunity to re-caucus on behalf of a candidate who is viable. (I don’t believe the Republicans use this procedure these days.) O’Malley, who is at around 3 percent in »

CNN hosts the Dems

Featured image CNN hosted the Democratic presidential candidates for a friendly town hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines last night. Chris Cuomo served as the moderator as the candidates appeared in turn to answer questions from the audience. Cuomo’s chumminess with the candidates suggests that for CNN the event was all in the family. I would have suffered through it for Power Line readers, but I forgot about it, and »

The endorsements scorecard

Featured image How important are endorsements by office holders when it comes to nominating a presidential candidate? I think the conventional wisdom is that this year, at least on the Republican side, they won’t count for much. On the other hand, Aaron Bycoffe of FiveThirtyEight cites research showing that in presidential nomination contests between 1980 and 2004, early endorsements by members of the party elites were the most important cause of candidate »

Full of Schiff

Featured image Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a smart fellow and a perfect spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s interests. Slippery and willing to say anything, he can add a vague threat of harm when he thinks the occasion calls for it. Yesterday Schiff appeared on FOX News Sunday for a segment with Senator James Lankford to discuss last week’s revelations about the information found on Hillary’s Clinton’s unsecured private server for her official »

Sanders is Making Liberals Very Nervous

Featured image Or perhaps file this under the “Civil War on the Left” series. With Sanders suddenly appearing a credible threat to Her Ladyship’s coronation, some liberals are openly expressing their worry. Start with Ezra Klein, who trashes Sanders’s advocacy of the Holy Grail of liberalism—single-payer health care, in “Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan isn’t a plan at all.” In general, I’m comfortable with higher taxes on the rich — though they’ve risen »

A desperate Hillary attacks Sanders for supporting legislation Bill signed

Featured image Under powerful attack from Bernie Sanders in last night’s debate over her cozy relationship with Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton stated that Sanders is “the only one of this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000. . .which [was] one of the main causes of the collapse in ’08.” Sanders, of course, was the only one of the stage who could have voted to »

The Dems’ debate: Another world

Featured image I don’t deprecate President Obama’s accomplishments in office. It seems to me that he has delivered to a substantial extent on his promise of “fundamental transformation” of the United States. He has also had a profound effect on the Democratic Party. Last night at the Dems’ debate in Charleston, Hillary Clinton presented herself as his heir. Bernie Sanders, well, he wants to continue the fundamental transformation too. There is nothing »

The Dems’ debate: Sanders comes on strong, but misses an opportunity

Featured image With the Democratic presidential race tightening, I decided to check out the candidates’ debate tonight. I stuck with it for an hour and a half. Here are my observations: First, Hillary Clinton turned in another strong performance. Republicans who think the GOP nominee won’t have his (or her) hands full should think again. Second, unlike in the first debate (the only other one I’ve watched), Bernie Sanders was also strong. »

Hillary/Democrats in Trouble?

Featured image How bad is Hillary as a candidate? This election cycle is the second time the Democratic establishment has tried to clear the field for her, and while her sacking by the uniquely positioned Barack Obama eight years ago is understandable, to see her struggling to overcome the challenge from a glowering grouchy grandfather socialist like Bernie Sanders tells us a lot about how far left the Democratic base has drifted. »

David Brock demands Sanders’ medical records

Featured image According to Politico, David Brock, Hillary Clinton’s surrogate, reportedly will begin airing attack ads calling on Bernie Sanders to release his medical records. Brock, who once wrote a book highly critical of Hillary, is the founder of the Correct the Record PAC, which coordinates directly with Clinton’s campaign. Clinton’s campaign gave Brock’s group $275,000 last June, according to the Daily Caller. Is there anything wrong with calling for the medical »

Happy New Year, Hillary

Featured image In our end-of-the-year podcast for 2014, I predicted that in the coming year Hillary Clinton would not “clear the field” in her quest for the Democratic nomination. (I also predicted that the Washington Nationals would play in the World Series — they didn’t even make the playoffs — and that Everton would have its worst season in almost a decade — they did, sadly). By “clearing the field,” I meant »