If the fantasy that Democrats are all zealots was reality, the primary campaign would have turned out quite differently.
Benjy SarlinOne point I’d add: D voters *are* moving left on issues of discrimination, but the language of the activists/academics directing the shift don’t translate so well to politicians. Biden 2019 is far more woke on substance, doesn’t talk like woke candidates.
What Congress would be likely to block, and what she could do on her own.
Benjy SarlinWe're still hearing "How will this candidate pass the Green New Deal when it contains X, Y, and Z?" when candidates have long put out their own super-detailed climate plans. The GND was a brief resolution, not the actual plan.
The good news: Fewer teens are having babies. The bad news: We're not having enough babies to replenish the population.
Benjy SarlinI know this is every @DouthatNYT column, but it seems like there's a missing space for a national politician in either party to make this trend the organizing principle for both their message and policy platform
NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the special counsel's investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It's also spawned a...
Benjy SarlinGOP lawmakers have repeatedly warned Trump pardoning his allies would be a disaster. One effect of how impeachment has gone so far is that it seems harder for them to threaten any consequences over it without being laughed out of the Oval Office.
President Trump asked hundreds of donors at a fundraiser in Chicago this week if they supported clemency for jailed former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.The president has been weighing whether to commute the disgraced politician’s sentence for...
Beto O’Rourke clarified his stance on LGBTQ rights and religious institutions as some 2020 Democratic rivals distanced themselves from comments he made last Thursday.
Benjy SarlinBeto clarified his stance on churches and same-sex marriage, with both him and his campaign indicating he would not target tax exemptions for churches who oppose gay marriage, as 2020 rivals distanced themselves from his initial remarks last week.
The candidates were largely talking past each other: Castro articulated a real divide, but Biden described his plan largely accurately.
Benjy SarlinHere’s my crack at it. There are still nuances here I’m missing or didn’t delve further into, but the tl;dr is....well, it’s tl;dr. And you need better than that to land that kind of GOTCHA moment
If Democrats took the White House and Senate in 2020, all legislative paths would run through Manchin.
Benjy SarlinI think even this underestimates how prime a position Manchin would be for WV in a D Senate. Any health or climate bill could include huge benefits targeted to rural constituents or coal regions specifically and be a drop in the bucket of overall cost
You don’t have to agree with Leif Olson’s politics to think this situation is ridiculous.
Benjy SarlinObviously conservatives are outraged on Olson's behalf, but there have also been takedowns of the story by left-leaning outlets or reporters at @voxdotcom@TPM even @mmfa. An old-fashioned bad story should annoy everyone.