Even by the low standards of electability arguments, Bernie’s is bad. Because Democrats are so focused on beating Donald Trump in November, debates over electability have been more heated than usual. Everyone—candidates, pundits, and Facebook friends—seems to have their own theory. But unfortunately, most of them are based on little more than some combination of … Read more The Glaring Flaws In Bernie Sanders’ Electability Argument
In 2020, Democratic voters have the most difficult choice they have had in years. Not only are the stakes of the election exceptionally high with Donald Trump in the White House, but there is a large field of candidates to choose from. Whether you identify as a progressive or moderate, or prioritize experience or electability, … Read more Why Democrats Should Choose Amy Klobuchar
In fifth grade, I ran for mayor of my elementary school on what I thought was a bold, but feasible platform: getting candy sold in the student store and expanding the size of the school carnival. I wasn’t necessarily the coolest kid in school, but I was optimistic about my chances. But the moment my … Read more How Bernie Sanders Broke The Democratic Primary
Our recent electoral history suggests they don’t. In December, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich released a video arguing that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren represent the Democrats’ best chance of beating Donald Trump in 2020. The Clinton alum’s reasoning was that only progressive candidates have the big ideas and grassroots energy necessary to drive high enough … Read more Do Democrats Need a Progressive to Excite the Base?
A compelling author makes an unconvincing case. It is easy to root for Ibram X. Kendi. In 2018, Kendi found himself in the battle of his life after being diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, which has a twelve percent survival rate. After months of chemotherapy and surgery, Kendi was thankfully cancer free and able … Read more Is Antiracism the Answer to Racism?
Making sense of a messy situation. As I wrote in Washington Monthly, if ever there was a scandal that was tailor-made for conflicting views or nuanced opinions, Katie Hill’s was it. While that piece focused on the hypocrisy in how extreme partisans responded to the scandal, now I want to focus on the conflicting truths … Read more Three Uncomfortable Truths Of The Katie Hill Scandal
Fewer candidates on stage at a time. Giving every candidate a chance to lay out their views on major issues. There are many ways to improve the democratic primary debates. My latest piece in Washington Monthly: https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/mayjune-2011/how-to-improve-the-democratic-primary-debates/
Many Democrats are angling to pack the Supreme Court. But the same partisan gamesmanship that goes us into this mess won’t get us out. Instead of packing the Supreme Court, we should fix it for good. Read the full story in Washington Monthly: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/10/07/dont-pack-the-supreme-court-fix-it-for-good/
If we keep judging debates as performances, we’re going to keep electing performers. If you believe the media consensus, Julián Castro and Kamala Harris were the “breakout stars” of their respective Democratic debate nights. In the sense that they both gained favorable media attention, that’s true. But there is a reason candidates who do well … Read more The Danger of Analyzing Political Debates As Theater
I wanted to share a quick update for those who are curious why I haven’t posted any articles recently. It’s primarily been due to focusing more intently on other things. Most importantly, I was recently in DC meeting with Congressional offices to build bipartisan support for the Restore Democracy Amendment. No big announcement yet but … Read more Update on upcoming articles, book, and getting big money out of politics.
And saying so is a recipe for disaster in 2020. In 2018 Democrats sent 67 new representatives to the most diverse Congress in American history. The Party’s freshman class wasn’t just not predominantly white and male; it was dominated by women (38) and persons of color (23)—many of whom represent mostly white districts. By contrast, … Read more No, The Democratic Party Is Not Racist or Sexist
One of the most common arguments defenders of the Electoral College make (other than that it protects small states) is that the institution protects us against the tyranny of the majority or against mob rule. The idea is that if our President were elected by a popular vote, it could lead to a form of … Read more Why The Electoral College Does Not Protect Against Tyranny Or Mob Rule
The idea that the Electoral College was designed to protect small states and protects them today is a myth worth busting. As a plan to elect our next President by popular vote—the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact—progresses toward its goal, proponents of the Electoral College are speaking up in its defense. A substantial chunk of … Read more Why The Electoral College Does Not Actually Protect Small States
A quick, informal post with some thoughts and hopefully, some feedback from you regarding Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang’s candidacies. I’ve read up on these two candidates and studied Yang’s extensive platform. The fact that O’Rourke is considered a top tier candidate and Yang is getting surprising traction (in betting markets at least) makes me … Read more Are Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang Really Presidential Material?
What’s in HR1, what are it’s chances for success, and can it withstand the Supreme Court’s scrutiny? Last week House Democrats passed HR1, the For the People Act, on a strict party line vote. Here’s what you need to know about the bill’s content, chances of success, and constitutionality. What does HR1 do? HR1 contains … Read more Everything You Need To Know About HR1, Democrats’ Anti-Corruption Bill
Punishing people for decades old non-criminal behavior sets a dangerous precedent. In a society with rapidly changing norms, any of us could be next. When a 35-year-old photo surfaced showing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressing up in either blackface or a Klansman’s outfit, or at least putting the image of two people in those costumes … Read more Blackface, Outrage Culture, and The Risk of Punishing Past Behavior
The plan to fix the Electoral College and make every vote count equally is closer to the finish line than you think. Amidst early speculation about the 2020 presidential election, something that has been largely ignored is the structural flaw that determined the outcome of the last contest: the Electoral College. For the fifth time … Read more Here’s How We Can Elect Our Next President By Popular Vote
The Senator’s political “evolution” may lead voters toward candidates with a more consistent track record in a diverse Democratic primary. After Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her presidential candidacy, social media made sure she and Al Franken were trending together. The fault lines in the debate that has been raging for over a year were predictable. … Read more Kirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.
We need an amendment because no matter what we come up with, the out-of-touch Supreme Court is standing in our way. Most Americans understand that there is too much money in politics. Polls show that a vast majority of Americans want to reform our campaign finance system and support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens … Read more Got An Idea For Campaign Finance Reform? This Supreme Court Can Strike It Down.
By committing to just one term, Biden can improve his chances of winning in 2020 and bring much needed stability back to the White House. With Senator Elizabeth Warren’s announcement to kick things off last week, the field of Democratic presidential candidates promises to grow quickly. Senators Kamala Harris and Corey Booker are likely to … Read more If Joe Biden Runs, It Should Be As A One-Term President
Trump could have delivered on his signature campaign promise. His ineptitude is standing in the way. Throughout his life Donald Trump has touted himself as the ultimate dealmaker. He literally wrote “The Art of The Deal” of which the Chicago Tribune wrote “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way … Read more The Wall Is Proof: Trump Is Bad At Making Deals
Earlier this week I published When #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later. The reaction was mixed, maybe 65/35 favorable/unfavorable, though some groups skewed heavily one way or the other. Because so many people commented or raised additional questions, I thought it’d be useful to respond to common criticisms and share … Read more Final Thoughts On The Al Franken Controversy