December 5, 2018

Looking Ahead to 2020

We're officially on Insta! Did I throw on a blazer at 5 am for all you lovely people? You bet I did!

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that “Beto O’Rourke, weighing whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with ­Barack Obama.”

Washington Post


Meanwhile, “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first” and “Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

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From the Left

The left is weighing its options.

Let's dispel with this fiction that Joe Biden isn't running for president... The bigger question I have is not whether Biden will run but whether the pitch he is planning to make to Democratic voters is the right one for this moment, against this President. Is being the ‘most qualified person’ the way to sell yourself to Democratic voters desperately in search of someone who can beat Donald Trump?”

CNN

“In the 2020 election, an age-old question looms... At issue are three candidates in particular: Former vice president Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). On Election Day 2020, they will be 77, 79 and 71 years old, respectively...

"[It’s worth noting that] Democrats have had more luck in November when the nominee has been younger than the average age of the field. The four times that the Democratic nominees have been older than the average age of the field? 1984, 1988, 2004 and 2016 — years in which the Democrats lost the general election.”

Washington Post

There’s “John Kasich, the stalwart never-Trumper who says he may or may not run for president in 2020—maybe as a Republican challenging Donald Trump or maybe as an independent, because all options are open unless they’re not—[who] stopped in Philadelphia on Friday to practice his Art of the Tease...

"Is ‘the middle,’ assuming it still exists, firm enough to afford him footing? Or was the poet W. B. Yeats correct when he wrote, ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold’?”

The Atlantic

Meanwhile, “the former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering running for president as a Democrat – a prospect that has horrified many progressives... Between his stale politics, his stiffness as a campaigner, and his identity as a restrained elite in an era of raucous populism, Bloomberg’s bid to secure the Democratic nomination seems destined to fail spectacularly...

"Progressives should hope the centrist billionaire runs: he would showcase exactly what Democrats shouldn’t do.”

The Guardian

“For better or worse, it’s safe to say Trump will... routinely insert his advisory and critical tweets into the the other party’s process, which will delight media and suck oxygen from Democrats, as designed...

“No doubt he knows how to play an audience, to string it along and keep it coming back, as he did for 12 years of good ratings with ‘The Apprentice.’ But that reality show was weekly. Trump’s current executive producer gig is daily, sometimes hourly. The turmoil. The firings. The ego. The palace intrigues. The abrupt reverses. It bothers both establishments, which pleases Trump’s base. But it’s also exhausting for a mass audience that might just want a competent president free of boastful drama.”

McClatchy

“In theory, there’s no reason why a bad businessman can’t go on to become a good president. But a commander-in-chief whose signature legislative achievement expanded tax loopholes that he himself describes as grossly unfair is pretty much a bad president, by definition.”
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

From the Right

The right calls for the GOP to appeal beyond Trump’s base in order to be successful in the next election, and offers thoughts on potential 2020 Democratic frontrunners.

From the Right

The right calls for the GOP to appeal beyond Trump’s base in order to be successful in the next election, and offers thoughts on potential 2020 Democratic frontrunners.

As the electorate becomes more diverse, “unless the GOP does better with black and Hispanic voters, the only way the party of Lincoln can win would be to gain an even larger share of a smaller white voting bloc... The best way for President Trump to improve his job approval – and therefore the likelihood of his re-election – is to speak and act as president of all Americans, not just his base.”

Fox News

“While the city-dwelling bourgeois liberals and women are flocking to the left, there’s a huge working-class electorate tired of feminist overreach, Me Too-era insanity, the left’s obsession with transgender politics, and the injustice perpetuated by college kangaroo courts...

“It is not just white men who are becoming disillusioned with these parts of the Democratic Party, but non-white men––Hispanics, Asians, and especially blacks––as well as their mothers, sisters, and wives.”

The Federalist

“Republicans need to work much harder to find viable congressional candidates for 2020 — including female candidates who are not necessarily Trump loyalists — to run in districts where the president is unpopular...

"The problem isn’t policy. It’s the way Trump’s personal conduct and continued willingness to troll his opponents on Twitter have alienated voters who were prepared to embrace him in 2016 as an alternative to Hillary Clinton and the political establishment she represented.”

National Review

Many note that “everyone’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, apparently including their previous nominee, Hillary Clinton. Normally, primary voters want some proof of success in electoral politics before nominating someone to run for president, but Donald Trump didn’t need it for either the primary or the general election... That could be how [Stacey] Abrams and [Beto] O’Rourke pull off an outsider charge in 2020 for the nomination too!”

Hot Air

Some suggest that “Bernie, who can make a persuasive case that he was robbed of the nomination in 2016, has an idealistic and energized constituency to build a candidacy on. What’s more, pitting a socialist against a nationalist might be the most honest race Americans can hope for in 2020.”

Washington Examiner

Others, however, posit, “I can sort of imagine a scenario in which Bernie is ruled out as too old and Biden stumbles over issues relating to insufficient wokeness... and Democrats are forced to take a second look at Hillary. What I can’t imagine is why, having taken that second look and remembering that she’s the only candidate who’s proved she’s capable of losing to Trump, they wouldn’t keep on looking.”

Hot Air

Counterpoint: “after the War of 1812, President Madison… enacted the Tariff of 1816 to price British textiles out of competition, so Americans would build the new factories and capture the booming U.S. market. It worked. Tariffs [also] financed Mr. Lincoln’s War. The Tariff of 1890 bears the name of Ohio Congressman and future President William McKinley, who said that a foreign manufacturer ‘has no right or claim to equality with our own… He pays no taxes. He performs no civil duties’… [A tariff’s] purpose is not just to raise revenue but to make a nation economically independent of others, and to bring its citizens to rely upon each other rather than foreign entities.”
Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

A libertarian's take

“The scoop reflects poorly on Trump, who willfully misled the public for a decade in hopes of fraudulently representing himself as a man with a Midas touch. But he could not have succeeded without the assistance of many Americans, some mercenary, others over-credulous, who helped to spread the deceit and deception, generating countless newspaper articles, magazine stories, and TV segments that misinformed the public about the publicity hound’s record in business. New evidence of his staggering losses in that decade therefore provides an apt occasion to reflect on the media’s complicity in Trump’s brazen deceit and deception… Let [this] be a lesson for today’s tabloids, gossip columnists, over-credulous or mercenary journalists, and reality-television producers.”
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

On the bright side...

Burger King has a new penny Whopper deal – but you need to head to McDonald's first.

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