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 moreThe Danger of Analyzing Political Debates As Theater

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 moreNo, The Democratic Party Is Not Racist or Sexist

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

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