Expect way more fighting over health care before the next set of presidential debates.
Ronald BrownsteinAmong Democrats in new @CNN poll, "A system that banned private insurance drew support from just 33% of whites, 26% of nonwhites, 27% of men, 32% of women; 37% of self-id liberals, 24% mod/cons."
The U.S. women’s national soccer team didn’t just win a match against England—they’re making the case for a different kind of patriotism.
Ronald Brownstein"Trump’s blood-and-soil spectacle on the Mall is the culmination of an era in which the right has successfully hijacked patriotism for electoral gain, branding liberals and urbanites as inimical to real America."
Elizabeth Warren set the tone for the party’s progressive wing, but others among the 10 candidates were more cautious, and proposed solutions sometimes broke along ideological lines.
Ronald Brownstein“But her unabashed willingness to terminate private health care alarmed some members of her party who fear that embracing a single-payer system would hand Republicans a political weapon in a country where nearly 60 percent of people are on private plans.”
There may be an unprecedented level of discontent with the president among voters satisfied with the economy.
Ronald BrownsteinIn his announcement rally Tuesday, Trump again stressed a problem he doesn’t have, mobilizing his base, at the expense of exacerbating the problem he does have: alienating voters satisfied with the economy but alienated by his behavior. My take
Ronald BrownsteinThink Trump behavior doesn’t matter? In 04, W. Bush, as the incumbent, won about 90% of voters who called economy excellent or good. In 12 Obama did too. But in latest @QuinnipiacPoll Trump drew only 51% vs Biden w/voters who grade economy that way
Ronald BrownsteinIn Jan 2001, 2 years after House Rs defied public opinion to impeach Clinton, the GOP held the WH, House & initially the Senate. “Having gone through all that, I think the Dems are way too skittish on impeachment," says @matthewjdowd, a top GWB aide in 00
Republican state legislatures are determined to roll back hard-fought historic voting-rights victories and place entirely new roadblocks between citizens and their government.
Ronald BrownsteinImportant look @ renewed state GOP voter suppression drive: "Democracy has always been a battle...This feels...more like a new permanent state of war, w/one side willing to bust every norm in the service of installing an enduring form of minority rule."
As history has shown with the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, such investigations can gain legitimacy only when members of the president’s own party support them.
Ronald BrownsteinFormer GOP Sen: “He is basically thumbing his nose at Congress, saying I don’t recognize you. I am surprised there aren’t more defenders of the Constitution. If they are willing to submit that to the executive, then they have no business being in office.”
The New York Daily News helped fashion a brand of right-wing populism that the president eventually rode to power.
Ronald BrownsteinTerrific look by @matt_pressman at how Trump echoes the mid-20th century right-wing populism-isolationist, xenophobic, racist & anti-elite-that he grew up w/on the pages of the NY Daily News.
Alabama is advancing a bill to ban most abortions, though exceptions for rape, incest and serious threats to the mother’s health were being considered.
Ronald Brownstein“Alabama’s measure would effectively ban most abortions at every stage of pregnancy, from conception on, and would criminalize the procedure for doctors. A doctor could be charged with a felony, and face up to 99 years in prison”
The attorney general’s performance has been catastrophic.
Ronald Brownstein“As I read them, Barr’s public statements on the report reflect at least 7 different layers of substantive misrepresentation, layers which build on 1 another into a dramatic rewriting of the president’s conduct & of Mueller’s findings about the president”
His candidacy is a proxy for the larger question of how the party can best rebuild a winning presidential majority.
Ronald BrownsteinJoe Biden's candidacy is a proxy for a major question in the Democratic Party: Can it rebuild a winning presidential majority without white working-class voters? @RonBrownstein reports
Ronald BrownsteinBiden's critics on the left target parts of his long record, but more fundamentally many have rejected the idea that Dems should prioritize a nominee who can win back working-class whites vs 1 who can mobilize their new younger/nonwhite/college+ coalition.
Ronald BrownsteinPer new analysis of Census data by @ElectProject non-college whites fell to just 39% of all voters in 2018, down sharply from 43% in 2014. Does that mean Ds can stop worrying about them so much? Maybe not.
The American family needs defending and right now men are leading the charge.
Ronald BrownsteinIn terms of actual GOP voters this just isn’t true: “Dissenters from the feminist line are > likely to be motivated by a libertarian commitment 2 equal treatment of the sexes than a socially conservative commitment to gender roles as an affirmative good”