2020 Presidential Election

Trump “not happy” with Fox News because its polls show him losing

Featured image President Trump lashed out at Fox News after its polling showed him losing to all four major Democratic presidential candidates. “There’s something going on at Fox News,” Trump said, ominously. Trump even appeared to threaten Fox News. He noted that he controls which networks will host the presidential debates next year. He seemed to be saying that if Fox News doesn’t treat him more favorably, it might be shut out »

Elizabeth Warren Pulling Away In Iowa?

Featured image This Iowa-based poll shows Elizabeth Warren jumping out to a commanding lead among Iowa caucus goers: Elizabeth Warren’s early investment in Iowa is paying off. A new Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows the senator opening up a commanding lead in the Iowa Caucus. Warren was the top pick of 28% of likely Iowa Caucus-goers in the poll, an 11-point lead over the nearest competitor. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders »

Joe Biden and the black vote

Featured image Joe Biden has two huge assets in his run for the Democratic nomination. First, he’s perceived as, and polls show him to be, the Democrat most likely to defeat President Trump. Second, he has strong support from African-American voters. The second asset is related to the first, but not that closely. The main reasons why Biden has such strong support from African-Americans are (1) the fact that he was Barack »

Why has Biden tilted so far to the left?

Featured image Dan Balz of the Washington Post consulted with Ann Selzer about the 2020 Iowa caucuses. Selzer conducts the Iowa Poll for the Des Moines Register and, in this cycle, for CNN. According to Balz, she is considered the best pollster of Iowa politics. Among Selzer’s observations, as reported by Balz, is that “Iowa’s Democratic electorate might not be quite as liberal as characterized.” I suspect this is also true of »

Dem contenders run away from rare sensible past positions

Featured image It’s quite amusing to watch Democratic presidential contenders respond to attacks on their record regarding crime. They have no defense to assert that would not hurt them with their Party’s base. Thus, they respond by attacking the record of the candidate who has attacked them. There is, of course, an excellent good answer to the question of why Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg have »

Warren’s Ferguson lie

Featured image NR intern Christopher Tremoglie draws attention to “Elizabeth Warren’s Ferguson lie” (tweet below) of this past Friday. Tremoglie recalls: “Michael Brown was not murdered. Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in an act of self-defense. This is why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson for murder or manslaughter, and it was also the conclusion of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.” Shamala Kamala actually got there 30 »

A desperate de Blasio turns to Orthodox Jewish group

Featured image The presidential campaign of New York mayor Bill de Blasio is on life support. The candidate is polling at zero percent and he seems unlikely to qualify for the next Democratic debate. In desperation, de Blasio has turned to allies in New York City’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. His campaign is soliciting, in Yiddish, one dollar donations from Orthodox Jews. It hopes to obtain 10,000 of them in order to help »

After the debates, Democratic race not shaken, but slightly stirred

Featured image After last week’s Democratic debates, I predicted that the face-offs wouldn’t alter the race much, but that Elizabeth Warren might get a bounce and Kamala Harris would take a slight hit. I also said that Marianne Williamson’s position would not improve significantly, notwithstanding all of the Google searches that her new age preaching generated. Now we have a survey taken during the days following the debate. The poll, by Quinnipiac, »

Biden’s Corruption Problem

Featured image Joe Biden is being portrayed as the Democrats’ safest potential presidential nominee, despite his obvious flaws as a candidate. But one wonders how Biden’s history of swamp corruption will play if he actually faces the scrutiny of a national run. Biden’s family has gotten wealthy, like those of so many low-paid “public servants”–Tom Daschle and Harry Reid are obvious examples. How does that happen? Politico headlines: “Biden Inc. Over his »

The shameless Mr. Sharpton

Featured image Democratic candidates for president have rallied around Al Sharpton, possibly the vilest man in American public life, in response to President Trump’s condemnation of him. Seth Mandel goes over the relevant ground in his Washington Post column “Al Sharpton is not a lifelong fighter for justice.” Jewish World Review has just posted Mandel’s column at the link and made it accessible to readers outside the Post’s circle of love. See »

The Democratic debate, Night Two, where mediocrity is good enough

Featured image In a general sense, the theme of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate was the same as last night’s — skewer the the frontrunner[s]. Last night, the frontrunners were Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They came under attack from four no-hopers: John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, and Steve Bullock. Tonight, the frontrunner was Joe Biden. He came under attack, at one point or another, from Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, »

Non-leftist Democrats, they only look dead

Featured image I like this discussion of last night’s Democratic debate by Daniel McCarthy. His main point is that, although the less radical participants — John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, and Steve Bullock — have no chance of being the Democratic nominee, they typify a certain type of congressional Democrat (though only Ryan serves in Congress) with whom a Democratic president would have to work. McCarthy says: Congress is full of »

About Last Night

Featured image I was curious to see whether, in the second round of presidential debates, the main contenders would moderate their headlong flight off the leftwardmost cliff. Last night, at least, it didn’t happen. The contenders apparently think there is no point on the spectrum that is too far left for Democratic primary voters. That might be true. However, Bernie Sanders accused Democrats of being “afraid of big ideas.” The problem, I »

The debate that was and the debate that wasn’t

Featured image Of the ten participants in tonight’s Democratic presidential debate, only two — Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — have a realistic hope of being nominated. Thus, we might have expected that these two would clash, the way we expect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lock horns tomorrow night. But that didn’t happen. It was the debate that wasn’t. The debate that was turned out to be Sanders-Warren versus three »

Tulsi Sues Google

Featured image Yesterday, presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign sued Google, alleging that the company wrongly suspended the campaign’s Google Ads account during the critical hours following the first Democratic debate. The Complaint is venued in federal court in central California. Its allegations are explosive. Gabbard accuses Google of trying to sabotage her presidential campaign because she, like Elizabeth Warren, has argued in favor of reining in the tech monopolies, including Google. Here »

Democrats race to the bottom on criminal justice reform

Featured image In the second round of Democratic presidential debates, Joe Biden will share the stage with Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. This means double-trouble for the former vice president. Biden’s biggest vulnerability isn’t his opposition, nearly 50 years ago, to busing school children for reasons of race. His biggest vulnerability in terms of policy is his support in the early 1990s for the stiff sentencing of criminals. The legislation that Biden »

Will Ilhan Omar Re-Elect President Trump?

Featured image President Trump tweeted yesterday that Ilhan Omar will help him to carry Minnesota in 2020: In 2016 I almost won Minnesota. In 2020, because of America hating anti-Semite Rep. Omar, & the fact that Minnesota is having its best economic year ever, I will win the State! “We are going to be a nightmare to the President,” she say. No, AOC Plus 3 are a Nightmare for America! — Donald »