2020 Presidential Election

The Trump-Sanders parallel

Featured image Jim Geraghty compares the 2020 Democratic nomination battle to the one Republicans waged in 2016. In 2016, he recalls, Trump profited from the fact that a crowded field of Trump rivals focused their fire on one another. Geraghty writes: [T]he other candidates were all convinced they could be the last man standing against Trump, and then beat him in a one-on-one matchup. Perhaps one of those non-Trump candidates could have »

Video: The “Authentic Frontier Gibberish” of Joe Biden

Featured image As Scott notes below, sleuths have been unable to find a direct film source for Joe Biden’s inexplicable recall of “lying dog-faced pony soldier,” but I think for Joe’s next rhetorical trick, maybe he’ll let loose with “sallywagin’ hornswogglin’ cracker coaker” from Blazing Saddles, which was duly pronounced “authentic frontier gibberish.” In fact, this scene looks like pretty faithful rendition of Biden’s increasingly senile campaign (just 1:48 long): Now who »

Whence a lyin’ dog-faced pony soldier?

Featured image Joe Biden did the weird Joe Biden thing to the young lady in Hampton, New Hampshire who asked him an honest question about his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses. He acknowledged it was a good question. He asked her if she had ever attended a caucus. Relevance to her question? Not entirely apparent. When the young lady answered in the affirmative, Biden called her a lyin’ dog-faced pony soldier »

Looking Ahead to New Hampshire

Featured image The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday, as the Democrats hope to rebound from their awful performance in Iowa. What should we expect? The Real Clear Politics poll numbers are here. I take it as a foregone conclusion that Bernie Sanders will come out on top. He averages in the upper 20s in the polls, and should be strong in the state that adjoins his native Vermont, with lots of essentially »

Videos: Chris Matthews’ Turn at Berniephobia (Updated: Biden Unplugged?!?!)

Featured image Yesterday we brought you the concerns of James Carville that the Democratic presidential campaign is veering too far left, but sit down and get a load of the always excitable Chris Matthews going off on Bernie—and note especially how fast host Chris Hayes tries to shut him up and change the subject; I’d love to hear what the producer was yelling in Hayes’s ear about stopping Matthews (just 1:18 long): »

Pete Buttigieg, Interior Decorator?

Featured image Joe Biden’s hard-hitting new ad targeting Pete Buttigieg is drawing a lot of attention, in part because a number of commentators–Ann Althouse is one–detect a tinge of homophobia. See if you can spot it: To me, the ad is an appropriate attack on Buttigieg’s obvious lack of experience. I would criticize it for grossly exaggerating Biden’s own importance; throughout his political career, he has been a mediocrity at best. The »

Can Bloomberg buy it?

Featured image In his most recent column Rich Lowry expresses disgust in contemplation of Michael Bloomberg’s “naked bid to buy the White House,” but Rich doesn’t get at the dimensions of Bloomberg’s effort. Axios reporters Alexi McCammond and Stef W. Kight provide a glimpse in “Bloomberg’s big bet on the power of money.” In yesterday’s Axios AM newsletter, Mike Allen summarized their findings including the following believe-it-or-not items: • In just over »

Warren goes full weasel after campaign is accused of racism

Featured image Six African-American staffers from Elizabeth Warren’s Nevada campaign have resigned. They accused the campaign of “tokenism” and racial insensitivity, and claimed that their work environment was “toxic.” There are two possibilities here. The first is that the allegations are true. Warren wouldn’t be the first liberal to treat African-Americans as tokens or, indeed, affirmatively to mistreat them. And even if Warren herself doesn’t discriminate against African-American staff members, it’s certainly »

Why Trump Will Be Re-Elected, In One Data Point

Featured image Gallup has some fascinating poll data on Americans’ views of their own financial well-being. The headline sums it up: “Record-High Optimism on Personal Finances in U.S.” Gallup finds that 59% say they are better off than they were a year ago, as opposed to only 20% who say they are worse off. Those are great numbers–interestingly, we are so divided that political affiliation makes a big difference even on a »

Observations on the State of Things

Featured image • Back in 2008, Rush Limbaugh conducted his “operation chaos” to prolong the Democratic nomination struggle between Hillary and Obama. Now Democrats are doing it for us for free. (Or maybe we are seeing one of Will Rogers’s best old jokes come to life: “I’m not a member of an organized political party; I’m a Democrat.” • The big winner of the Iowa caucus debacle may well be Michael Bloomberg. »

Who won the Iowa caucuses? We still don’t know

Featured image 97 percent of Iowa’s roughly 1,700 precincts have now reported, but we still don’t know who won the caucuses that were held on Monday. The latest results show Bernie Sanders ahead of Pete Buttigieg in the raw vote count by 2,500 votes. However, Buttigieg leads Sanders in the delegate count, 26.2 percent to 26.1 percent. I take it that Sanders’s vote margin is less likely than Buttigieg’s delegate lead to »

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

Featured image To no one’s surprise, the Democrats’ impeachment drive fell flat in the Senate today. Both articles were decided on a purely party line vote, but for Mitt Romney, who switched sides on the first article (“abuse of power”). The only mild surprise is that no Democrats voted against removal. Doug Jones of Alabama, for one, can forget about any possibility of re-election. But with Jeff Sessions waiting in the wings, »

A Great Night for Trump and the Republicans

Featured image Before tonight’s State of the Union, the White House told reporters to expect a low-key presentation by the president. That was what we got, in style–relatively subdued. The content, on the other hand, was dynamite. More than anything, the speech was a reminder of what an excellent record the president has to run on in November. In both domestic and foreign policy, his achievements are essentially unarguable. This puts the »

Finally, meaningful Iowa results

Featured image Approximately 24 hours after the Iowa caucuses began, we finally know who did well and who didn’t. Pete Buttigieg did well. With about two-thirds of the vote counted, he leads with 27 percent. Bernie Sanders did pretty well. He’s second to Buttigieg at 25 percent. Sanders apparently turned out significantly more caucus-goers than Buttigieg did. But the former mayor picked up significantly more support in the second round of caucusing, »

Impeach This: Trump Surging After Winning Iowa Dem Caucus

Featured image If displaying total ineptitude worthy of the Obamacare website in the Iowa caucuses isn’t enough, on the day before the final impeachment vote Gallup has released its latest weekly tracking poll showing Trump’s job approval rating at 49 percent, his highest since taking office. If he can maintain that level, the November election is over. Notice when Trump’s approval line breaks sharply upward. Yes, right around the time the impeachment »

Tom Perez looks back

Featured image Just before the Democratic meltdown in Iowa last night, the Democratic Party tweeted out Chairman Tom Perez’s reflections on the reforms that have been instituted under his leadership. If only Perez had waited a few hours, he could have elaborated on the Iowa fiasco. Quotable quote: “Some of our major changes this year have to do with how states administer their caucuses — and they are all geared towards making »

Idled in Iowa

Featured image The meltdown in Iowa has me wondering. Did anybody really win last night? Everyone declared victory in his or her own way, yet Democrats lost. The form of the meltdown expresses the ideas they advocate. What wonders they might work if only they can seize control of our health care system. Politico’s report on the “total meltdown” offers hypothetical if counterintuitive “winners” and “losers” as no results trickled in, but »