Tag: Democrats

Republicans and Democrats Have Reversed Their Roles

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, February 1, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)The ideological party has become the coalitional party, and vice versa.

For most of my life, the rule of thumb was that the GOP was the ideological party and the Democratic Party was the coalitional party.

This always was an overgeneralization. Democrats had an ideological perspective, and Republicans had coalitional interests.

Read original

Read More

The Democrats’ February Blues

President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Earlier this month, the Democrats had a disastrous four days.

All political parties and candidates have bad days. But the new progressive Democratic Party had four of its worst days in recent memory in a single week in February.

Read original

Read More

Iowa’s Big Bungle

Democratic presidential preference cards are gathered to be counted at a caucus at the West Des Moines Christian Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 3, 2020. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)Parties used to be institutions that stood for certain ideas and interests more enduring than just the next election.

One of my favorite running jokes on the Internet is “You had one job.

Read original

Read More

When There Is No Normal

From left: Activist Tom Steyer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Amy Klobuchar on stage for the Democratic primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 14, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)History lesson: Radicals eventually will need the norms and safeguards they’ve gleefully destroyed.

Read original

Read More

Inconvenient Evidence Puts GOP Senators on the Spot in Impeachment Trial

Lev Parnas exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, December 17, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)With articles of impeachment delivered and the trial set to start, Republicans in the upper chamber can no longer hedge by claiming ignorance of the facts.

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December.

Read original

Read More

Will Democrats Choose Safety or Risk?

From left: Activist Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar onstage for the Democratic primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 14, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)One story of the Democratic primary race has been the competition between the flight to safety versus the urge to splurge.

Read original

Read More

The Democrats Have Had This Primary Before

Joe Biden walks with supporters at a pre-Wing Ding march from Molly McGowan Park in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The problem with campaigning on electability is that it’s a brittle rationale for a candidacy compared with organic support from the grassroots.

As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Read original

Read More

Lovable Ol’ Bernie

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Iowa, December 15, 2019. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)He has praised totalitarian regimes and thinks billionaires shouldn’t exist. What’s not to love?

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “Okay, Boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged.

Read original

Read More

A Country of Two Minority Parties

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)One reason our politics are so chaotic is that neither Democrats nor Republicans can seem to govern as a majority party.

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party.

From an ideological perspective, majority parties are, by nature, weird.

Read original

Read More
Loading

Recent Comments