2020 Presidential Election

When Beto met Barry [UPDATED]

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Beto O’Rourke, who is weighing whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with ­Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. The meeting reportedly took place on November 16. According to the Post, some former Obama aides have encouraged O’Rourke to run for president. They see him as capable of the kind of campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election. Some Republicans are, or »

Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Featured image Want some holiday cheer, especially after the dispiriting mid-term elections? Check out of these delightfully droll news headlines: John Kerry Not Ruling Out 2020 Bid for President Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday did not rule out running for president in 2020, keeping his name among a growing list of prospective candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee. . . “Am I going to think about it? Yeah, »

Looking ahead to 2020

Featured image It’s great that the Republicans picked up Senate seats in North Dakota, Missouri, and Indiana. However, these states won’t decide the 2020 presidential election. Judging by 2016, the most important states in two years will be Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. What did we learn about these states from Tuesday’s election? In Florida, the Republican candidates for governor and senator appear to have prevailed, though the Democrats are »

The G(r)ift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image I’ve been saying for months that Hillary Clinton, now well along in her Gollum-phase-shift craving after The Precious (Oval Office), is itching to run again for President in 2020, and all she needs is the slightest opening to make it happen. Oh please, please, may it be so. . . Here she starts off saying she doesn’t want to run again. . . and then takes it all back in »

Do the Democrats have a “Latino problem”?

Featured image NBC News thinks they do, and is concerned that they may not be able to “fix it in time” for the 2018 election. NBC News frets that “party operatives and tied-in organizations in [Texas] and across the country are seeing signs — surprising to some — that many Hispanics may sit out the midterms.” This “lack of enthusiasm among Latinos has party leaders concerned that a key part of the »

Kamala and Cory, compare and contrast

Featured image Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both treated the Brett Kavanaugh hearings as an audition for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Amy Klobuchar did too, but she’s not the same bracket as Harris and Booker — the ostentatiously left-wing, person-of-color bracket. How did Harris and Booker fare in the head-to-head competition? It depends on what Democrats, especially those who will pick their bracket from — are looking for. In »

I Left My S— in San Francisco

Featured image The late novelist Walker Percy used to wonder about why the suicide rate was so high in San Francisco, the most beautiful city in the world by his reckoning. I wish we had Percy still with us today—for many reasons—but especially to update his observations on how San Francisco’s decadence and dysfunctions are a reflections on the defects of the human soul. Even The Guardian, the British leftist rag, is »

A Tale of Two Ryans

Featured image Yesterday I noted that Republicans now dominate many old blue collar manufacturing districts that used to tilt decisively Democratic as recently as Bill Clinton’s time. And one of the Democrats who has made some noises about how the neglect of the working class in the heartland has been a mistake for Democrats is Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the House Democratic caucus »

The Ocasio-Cortez Highlight Reel

Featured image The good people at the Washington Free Beacon have compiled a highlight reel of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s greatest hits, framed by DNC chairperson Tom Perez praising Ocasio-Cortez as “the future” of the Democratic Party. I certainly hope so! Occupy the Democratic Party! Enjoy: Chaser, from the Miami Herald: Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play Leading moderate Democrats forcefully argued this week that the party can embrace a »

The Liberal Crackup (2)

Featured image The grandees of liberalism was really be starting to sweat about how #TheResistance they helped to spawn is spinning out of control. No sooner do I note here yesterday that the New York Times is worried than I see the Washington Post has apparently received the same memo from the ghost of Robert Strauss: Growing liberal agitation over a pivotal Supreme Court retirement and a simmering crisis about immigrant child »


Featured image If you think Democrats are losing their marbles now, just try out a thought experiment of what they will be like if Trump is re-elected in 2020. The cognitive dissonance—promising to leave the country while simultaneously saying we should admit migrants into this horrible oppressive country—will be off the chart. For a preview of how the 2020 campaign is likely to unfold, the Republican National Committee has produced the following »

Is Trump a Shoo-In In 2020? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I know, it’s way too early to speculate about the next presidential cycle, especially given our president’s age. We don’t even know, at this point, whether he will seek re-election. But at Townhall, Kevin McCullough is undeterred. He offers five reasons why Trump will sweep to re-election in 2020, carrying 40 states. McCullough’s reasons are cogent: foreign policy dominance, stronger armed forces yielding a safer world, the strongest hold on »

A good night for the far left

Featured image Yesterday’s set of Democratic primaries went extraordinarily well for the Party’s left-wing. Consider: In Nebraska, a liberal social worker and political neophyte who built her campaign around “Medicare for All” scored a shocking upset in a Democratic primary to take on Rep. Don Bacon (R). Kara Eastman, 45, beat former congressman Brad Ashford, 68, in an Omaha-area district that national Democrats believed they could pick up in November. Eastman advocated »

Poll: Trump’s standing with Democrats improves

Featured image Congressional Democrats are resisting President Trump with every fiber of their being. The Democratic mainstream media is also dead set against the president. But many ordinary Democratic voters appear to be keeping an open mind, and Trump is gaining a grudging respect from some of them. That, at least, is the finding of a new poll from CNN. Trump isn’t exactly killing it in the CNN poll. It shows him »

Four More Years!

Featured image It is probably too early to devote much thought to the midterms, and certainly too soon to worry about 2020. But who can resist? Two pollsters strike an optimistic note: President Trump is “well-positioned” for re-election in 2020 and is keeping his base of supporters together strongly enough to lift the Republican Party’s chances in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, according to two pollsters close to the White House. “I »

Good News! Hillary’s Still Talking!

Featured image And boy is she mad. Appearing this week at Rutgers University, Her Ladyship complained once again of sexism, claiming that no one has ever asked losing Democratic male candidates for president to shut up: “I was really struck by how people said that to me – you know, mostly people in the press, for whatever reason – mostly, ‘Go away, go away,'” Clinton said Thursday during an event at Rutgers »

Is Kamala Harris the likely Democratic nominee in 2020?

Featured image The estimable Henry Olsen makes a good case that she, at a minimum, she is more likely to be the nominee than anyone else. He bases his case on the pattern that has prevailed in the Democratic party since 1984: A candidate appealing to educated, more liberal Democrats challenges a relatively more centrist rival favored by the party establishment; the progressive wins most primaries and caucuses in New England, the »