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”
The special counsel’s findings validate the concerns of anyone who feared how Donald Trump would wield presidential power.
Ronald BrownsteinThe #Muellerreport crystallizes two truths about Trump’s DC: He will accept no legal or moral restraints on his exercise of power and Republicans will not meaningfully restrain him no matter the provocation.
The conversation with Kevin McAleenan took place after Kirstjen Nielsen, then the homeland security secretary, refused to close the border, saying it would be illegal.
Ronald Brownstein“Ms. Nielsen had earlier refused to carry through with Mr. Trump’s desire to close the border, telling him it was illegal. But the president encouraged Mr. McAleenan to disregard Ms. Nielsen and enforce the move himself. “
As the GOP’s political power concentrates in less diverse areas, resistance to the president’s agenda keeps on shrinking.
Ronald BrownsteinIs there still room in the GOP for voters or officials who oppose hardline resistance to #immigration or believe US must do more to achieve racial equality? Polls & Congressional votes show both those views are now marginalized in the party under Trump
Her role in terrorizing children should make her a permanent pariah.
Ronald Brownstein“Nielsen should not be permitted to launder her reputation through a fellowship at Harvard, like Corey Lewandowski or Spicer did. She should not get to follow H.R. McMaster to Stanford. There are plenty of places that will hire a disgraced child-torturer”
The heads of Trump's Justice Department and Health and Human Services Department opposed the unexpected switch in legal tactics.
Ronald Brownstein"Over lunch, the president tasked Republican lawmakers to come up with a new health care plan." Really? Trump's own budget already endorses replacing #ACA with Graham-Cassidy block grants. Suggests he hasn't read his own blueprint, no? politi.co/2FC1RHq via @politico
President Trump remains as determined as ever to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Ronald BrownsteinThe health care plan that will most affect the '20 presidential race has already been released- & it came from Trump, w/his renewed call in his budget 2 repeal the #ACA & block-grant #Medicaid, despite the voter backlash in 18 against his 1st try. My take
Ronald BrownsteinWith Trump admin now seeking to invalidate the entire #ACA in court, it’s worth repeating: His undiminished desire to repeal the law will likely affect the 2020 election more than any Democratic healthcare proposal.
And only one seems like a shoo-in with the Baby Boomer crowd.
Ronald BrownsteinYes it's early, but polls in IA, NH & nationally have all consistently shown @SenSanders leading w/younger voters (while trailing Biden w/older ones). Which means Bernie is on a collision course with #Beto2020
The biggest battlegrounds in 2020 might require very different candidates.
Ronald BrownsteinNew @Gallup results show Trump is vulnerable for 2020 in both Rustbelt & Sunbelt states he won last time. But to seize that opportunity, Democrats face very different challenges in each region. Can one candidate meet both tests? My take.
What they left out of their questioning of Michael Cohen says more about the degradation of my former party than anything they said.
Ronald Brownstein“In a sane world, the fact that the president’s former lawyer produced evidence that the president knowingly...committed a federal crime is something that even members of the president’s own party would find disquieting. But not today’s Republican Party.”
Is it more similar to the top 1 percent or the working class?
Ronald BrownsteinWhat do white collar voters want? “They want a pluralistic US that is engaged w/the world & embraces technology & future industries. What they don’t want is a backlash to diversity, a backlash to globalization, a backlash to technology.” @RoKhanna