The Glaring Flaws In Bernie Sanders’ Electability Argument

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

Why Democrats Should Choose Amy Klobuchar

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

Do Democrats Need a Progressive to Excite the Base?

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

The Danger of Analyzing Political Debates As Theater

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

No, The Democratic Party Is Not Racist or Sexist

Photo of Joe Biden from Center For American Progress / Photo of Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore.

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

Are Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang Really Presidential Material?

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

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.

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