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"[Kamala] Harris is not, of course, alone in possessing 'baggage' that will attract criticism from within her own party and intense media scrutiny."

"Joe Biden famously has enough baggage to derail a train’s luggage car. Critics of Bernie Sanders always suspected that conservatives built a massive oppo research file on the Vermont socialist that they would have pushed with hundreds of millions of dollars of negative 'stories' and ads had he won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, matching or exceeding the damage they did to Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren has struggled to overcome the stupid but pervasive 'Pocohontas' taunt, along...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Ed Kilgore, Hillary Clinton Elizabeth Warren, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala -RSB- Harris

I will ignore... and resist...

It's sentence-diagramming time at Althouse. Today's sentence comes from Roger Cohen in a NYT column titled "The Strange Persistent Troubling Russian Hang-Up of Donald Trump": I will ignore the hermetic sealing of Trump’s personality against decency, and resist the temptation to riff on Abraham Lincoln’s brooding portrait in the White House dining room above the buffoon in chief with his burgers, to ask a simple question: If President Donald Trump is a Russian asset, what would he be working to a...
Tags: Writing, Law, Punctuation, White House, Russia, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Ann Althouse, Roger Cohen, Trump derangement syndrome, 2020 Campaign, Althouse Today

Making Beto go away.

They know they have to do it. Here's what the early-stage ousting looks like on Drudge:Reading the links (in order):1. "MEDIA TURNING AGAINST 'BABBLING' BETO..." = "Preseason is over for Beto O'Rourke" (Carter Eskew in WaPo, reprinted at CT): The nation's best and toughest reporters have his number and want nothing more than to take his measure and knock him down.... The love bubble surrounding O'Rourke is leaking. To his would-be Democratic rivals, he's no longer the scrappy, truth-telling, uni...
Tags: Music, England, Texas, London, Law, Scotland, Senate, White House, Wikipedia, Cnn, The Who, Yale, Jack Kerouac, The Washington Post, BETO, Ray

"Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’/The senator was often on the wrong side of history when she served as California’s attorney general."

Writes lawprof Lara Bazelon in a NYT op-ed.Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent. Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors....In “The Truths We Hold,” Ms. Ha...
Tags: Law, California, America, Kamala Harris, Trump, Democratic Party, HARRIS, Kamala, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Lara Bazelon, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign, NYT pushes Kamala

Good news for the old men.

Screen shot taken at Real Clear Politics.Click image to enlarge and clarify. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

The 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard is running for President.

Politico reports.Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Sanders....During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat met with then-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 fo...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, Syria, Hawaii, Catholic, Biden, Donald Trump, Hinduism, Pacific Ocean, Kuwait, Bashar Al Assad, Sanders, Trans Pacific Partnership, Bashar Assad

Can't be allowed?!

"Bernie Sanders' fans can't be allowed to poison another Democratic primary with personal attacks" — writes David Brock (at NBC News) with ludicrous disregard for the freedom of speech. And is Bernie's participation in the 2016 primaries to be characterized as personal attacks?I'm hardly the only political observer who blames Hillary Clinton's general election defeat to Donald Trump in part on personal attacks on Clinton first made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his backers. Those attacks fr...
Tags: Law, Nbc News, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Brock, Bernie, Rourke, David Brock, Donald Trump Donald Trump, Sen Bernie Sanders I VT, Hillary 2016

"I’m a big fan of Sen. Harris, and I work with her. But she’s brand-new here, so it takes a little bit of time to get to know somebody."

Said Dianne Feinstein, endorsing Biden (L.A. Times):“He has the experience, the drive, he was chairman of [the Senate Judiciary Committee] when I came” to the Senate, Feinstein said Thursday. “I worked with him closely on a number of different things. I have a great respect for his integrity as well as his ability. And I think experience is really important at this particular point, where our world is today.”That's a very bland endorsement, based entirely and openly on the length of her personal...
Tags: Law, Senate, Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Sen Harris

The NYT looks for the Democratic Party candidate who "matches the moment," tells us what this "moment" is, and nudges the non-moment-matching would-bes to stay out of the way.

"It is hard to recall a recent presidential primary where, at the outset of the race, there was this much genuine mystery — not only about who would eventually emerge as the nominee, but who planned to run at all," write Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Lining Up. Who Matches the Moment?" (NYT):Ms. Warren’s announcement Monday was expected. And it will not be a surprise when Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California ente...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, House, Iowa, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders

I've been seeing the simultaneous crushing of the white male triad — Bernie, Beto, Biden — and I get it, but what's with "Why the Bernie Movement Must Crush Beto O’Rourke"?

That's the headline for this Jonathan Chait piece (in NY Magazine). 2 days ago, I was strongly impressed by the NYT article that promoted the Senate Foursome (Harris, Gillibrand, Warren, and Booker) and, on their behalf, gave the BBB triad a shove:For the Senate foursome, moving quickly into the race is also a pre-emptive effort to undercut the early advantages of a duo of universally known contenders, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who may enter...
Tags: Law, Obama, Senate, Socialism, PAC, Nyt, Biden, Names, Vermont, Kennedy, Booker, BETO, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Jonathan Chait, Bernie

Elizabeth Warren is running for President.

Here's the announcement:I haven't watched that yet. Will update to give my reactions.ADDED: My second-by-second reactions:0:06 — EW begins in a dreary, ordinary kitchen. Dark cupboards. I'm just going to guess this is her actual kitchen. She intones the middle-class code words, "work hard and play by the rules." 0:09 — She's momming about with a baby and a birthday cake.0:14 — The cake says "Atticus" on it. Does EW have a grandchild named Atticus? Yes!0:49 — EW's family were able to make it econ...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, America, Wisconsin, Atticus, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon, 2020 Campaign, Tucker Carlson Sean Hannity

"We — the people who worked on Bernie 2016... request a meeting... to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harasmment on the 2016 campaign...."

Oh, no! It's a letter from "more than two dozen women and men who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign" — obtained by Politico and reprinted under the headline, "Bernie alumni seek meeting to address 'sexual violence' on ‘16 campaign/The signees are looking to change what they call a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity in the campaign world."The signees did not describe specific instances of “sexual violence and harassment” that occurred on the campaign.... Several people who ...
Tags: Law, Politico, Joe Biden, Sexual Harassment, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bernie, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Beto O Rourke, 2020 Campaign

The NYT makes its 2020 presidential choice obvious.

On the front page:Inside, the text is clear. There's Kamala Harris and there are 3 other decent choices... and those 3 other guys need to step back and get out of the way:Senator Kamala Harris of California.... Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator... Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey... And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.... These four high-profile Democratic senators are poised to enter the 2020 presidential race in the next several weeks...The speed of the senators’ efforts reflects intense...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey, Nyt, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Cory Booker

Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari

One man's ceiling is another man's floor.

It's too *late* to wonder if O'Rourke is running, because he's already running.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 29, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nate Silver, Adam Nagourney, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, O Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, SKwrazTnMj Nate Silver

"This is why Trump won (re-election)."

This is why Trump won (re-election)— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 26, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

Racial politics — 2 quick links.

1. "10 reasons to celebrate the First Step Act" by Van Jones and Jessica Jackson, CNN: "For some, it's hard to imagine anything good happening in the middle of the Trump era -- especially for black, brown and low-income people. But believe it or not, something truly beautiful is happening in Washington, DC, on the least likely of issues -- criminal justice reform...."2. "Black Voters, a Force in Democratic Politics, Are Ready to Make Themselves Heard" by Astead W. Herndon, NYT: "In 2016, Mr. San...
Tags: Law, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, Trump, Sanders, Donald J Trump, Van Jones, Jessica Jackson, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, 2020 Campaign, Black Voters a Force, Astead W Herndon

"With the prospect of upward of 20 Democrats running for president in 2020..."

"... Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez announced on Thursday that the party would split up candidates by random selection and host debates on consecutive nights if there were too many candidates.... Perez said he didn’t want any voters to feel that the party was toying with the debate or debate schedule to help out certain candidates. 'The critical imperative is making sure everyone feels their candidate got a fair shot,' Perez said... Perez is taking a different approach from wh...
Tags: Law, Gop, Republican Party, Debates, Trump, Perez, Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Reports Politico

"On gun control, criminal justice reform and now Syria, President Donald Trump is advancing policies this week that could appeal to voters far outside his much-talked-about political base."

Jonathan Allen observes (at NBC News):[And] Trump appears to be backing down from his threat to shut down parts of the federal government over Congress' refusal to give him $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.The domestic and foreign policy maneuvers are converging partly on Trump's own timetable and partly as a result of the calendar...... Trump is signaling something bigger to the American public — that he is "starting to bring Americans home from some of these wars and int...
Tags: Guns, Law, Congress, Mexico, Nbc News, Syria, Gop, Donald Trump, Trump, Jonathan Allen, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign

"You go not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s uncomfortable. And to me that means being there."

Being There! I saw that movie.The quote in the post title is from Amy Klobuchar, interviewed by The New Yorker about "How Democrats Can Defeat Trump in 2020."I'm the person who once said, "Why aren't the Democratic candidates better? I'm just going to be for Amy Klobuchar," so I guess I have to read this, even though I expect it to be boring. (I've often said I like elected officials to be boring, but that doesn't mean I want to consume their boring words, and I'm also wary that a boring candida...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Metaphor, Amy Klobuchar, Trump, Midwest, Jeff Goldblum, Klobuchar, Kavanaugh, Peter Sellers, Susan B Glasser, Ann Althouse, Insect Politics, The Fly, 2020 Campaign, I'm for Boring

"President Donald Trump is planning to roll out an unprecedented structure for his 2020 reelection, a streamlined organization that incorporates the Republican National Committee and the president’s campaign into a single entity."

"It’s a stark expression of Trump’s stranglehold over the Republican Party: Traditionally, a presidential reelection committee has worked in tandem with the national party committee, not subsumed it" (Politico). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign

I scrolled quickly through 5 of the Sunday morning talk shows.

For many years, I've DVR'd "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "State of the Union," "Fox News Sunday," and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," and I used to watch nearly all of all of them and carefully select things to blog. I'd jot down key words so I could find things in the transcript, and I'd talk about them at length here. In the Trump years, however, I've gotten to the point where I won't watch at all, and I will leave the room if someone else even starts to watch. But I did choose ...
Tags: Law, Obamacare, Cbs News, Amy Klobuchar, University Of Chicago, George Stephanopoulos, Sarah Palin, Democratic Party, Klobuchar, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard, Brennan, Barrasso, Margaret Brennan, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

I don't think this is good news for Biden.

From "Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses" (DeMoines Register). The question was: "Do you think the right person to defeat Donald Trump will be more of a political newcomer, as he was, or more of a seasoned political hand?" It's so normal to say a "seasoned hand" would be better and to be wary of a "newcomer," but not even half of the respondents had the obvious reaction to the generic question. And imagine if the question had been written in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, BETO, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Biden Sanders

"Even the olds don’t want the olds to run for president!"

Writes Peter Hamby in "'THEY’RE ALL TOO OLD': DEMOCRATS FACE A GENERATIONAL RECKONING/The choice in the 2020 primary ultimately comes down to one thing: who is best prepared to beat Trump at a time when Trump owns the culture? Someone who actually understands culture would be a start" (Vanity Fair).Is "olds" an unacceptable, ageist slur? It doesn't bother me, and I'm old. I think it's important to say "old" and not act like there's something bad about it, but making the adjective a noun might be...
Tags: Law, Aging, Trump, Peter Hamby, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign

Kirsten Gillibrand is "running for president, and invoking the language of critical gender theory, she seems to believe, will help her in the primaries."

I'm reading another section of the Andrew Sullivan column I already linked to in the previous post (NY Magazine). Sullivan notes Gillibrand's recent tweet: "Our future is female. Intersectional. Powered by our belief in one another. And we’re just getting started." What's going on there?Gillibrand’s evolution... has been long in the works — and reveals, I’d say, where the Democrats are going. When Gillibrand was a member of Congress...He means when she was a member of the House of Representative...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Feminism, House, House Of Representatives, Emma Sulkowicz, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, Franken, Andrew Sullivan, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Senate Ethics Committee, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, 2020 Campaign

"I am a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth."

Said Joe Biden, quoted in "Biden on Biden: 'I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president'" (Yahoo News).I'm wondering whether "I am a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth" is itself a gaffe or whether, more interestingly, it is an untruth. It feels like an old brain teaser: 2 men stood in front of 2 doors. One man is a gaffe machine. The other man is incapable of telling the truth. Behind one door is a happy future for Ameri...
Tags: Law, America, Lying, Biden, Yahoo News, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Biden gaffes, Said Joe Biden

Begging Michael Bloomberg — who just gave $80 million to the Democratic Party — to run for President but as a Republican.

I'm reading "Yes, Mike, run — as a Republican: If Bloomberg tries to become President as a Democrat, it'll backfire" by David Freelander (Daily News). I wonder who it will "backfire" on? You can't know what the "backfire" is unless you know what way he's aiming the metaphorical gun.But if Bloomberg really wants to put the billion or so he can spend on a presidential run to good use, he will turn in his new party membership, re-register as a Republican, and do battle with Trump in the GOP primary...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Bloomberg, Gop, House, Republican, Michael Bloomberg, Trump, Daily News, Democratic, Democratic Party, Mike, Mike Bloomberg, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump 2020

"The fact that California delegates could be up for grabs even before Iowa’s caucuses begin has been a frequent topic of discussion among some Kamala Harris supporters..."

"... and Texas’s early potential delegate haul has not been lost on those trying to push Beto O’Rourke into the race. Ahead of a nationwide contest that could come down to a delegate-counting exercise simply because of the sheer number of potential candidates, the thinking goes, any marginal advantage counts. 'It won’t stop candidates from doing all the early state stuff, but it changes the calculus overall,' says one Democratic fundraiser aligned with Harris, who’s spoken with national strategi...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Iowa, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke

WaPo's Jennifer Rubin pushes for a primary challenge to Trump... with the end of getting — who else? — John Kasich elected.

In "Here’s what a primary challenge to Trump would accomplish," she writes:While there might be downside to the person challenging Trump, a primary opponent isn’t likely to take Trump on if he’s concerned about playing it safe and husbanding his or her popularity. The primary challenger, if you will, acts like the horse who jumps out to the lead, wears down the favorite and allows his stablemate to come from behind for the victory. And sometimes, the lead horse might actually win. Who’d do this?...
Tags: Utah, Law, Gop, New Hampshire, Mitt Romney, The Washington Post, Jeff Flake, Trump, John Kasich, Kasich, WaPo, David Weigel, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign

The audacity of hope.

"Hillary Clinton remains the Democrats best chance to defeat Trump in 2020" (Chicago-Sun Times).Clinton remains the best-known and most accomplished potential Democratic candidate in the nation. She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, bring immense star power. There is a greater determination than ever, across the nation, to elect the first women president, thanks to Donald Trump and the Me-Too movement. And millions of voters — not just diehard Democrats — believe they were robbed i...
Tags: Law, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary, Clinton, Trump, Chicago Sun Times, Ann Althouse, Hillary goes away, 2020 Campaign

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