Biden Fumbles, Harris Soars, & Bernie Appears: A Few Takeaways from Last Week’s Debates

So I wanted to reflect on some thoughts I had over last week’s Democratic Party presidential debates.  I purposely wanted to wait a few days after to get a sense of how media and poll responses to them have helped recalibrate the main candidates running, and far from an initial expectation that nobody would really … Continue reading Biden Fumbles, Harris Soars, & Bernie Appears: A Few Takeaways from Last Week’s Debates

Warren, Bernie & Biden: Strengths & Weaknesses as They Approach the Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate

On Wednesday and Thursday, NBC News will host the first two Democratic debates for the 2020 election, in association with the re-tweaked platform rules managed by the Democratic National Committee. As Julia Azari argued recently on FiveThirtyEight, debates often have the most impact on voter preference “when voters have relatively little information about the candidates”. … Continue reading Warren, Bernie & Biden: Strengths & Weaknesses as They Approach the Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate

Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

I wanted to write a few quick words on the fallout from the yet-to-be-released Mueller Report.  U.S Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report, indicating the 2016 Trump campaign had not “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government, delighted Republicans and disappointed Democrats in equal measure. For many on the right, such as The … Continue reading Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

Seven-Minute Abs, Medicare For All, and the Case for Being Bold in 2020

I’ve made it pretty clear in previous posts that I’m not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton, or specifically, her last two attempts (hopefully) running for the presidency. To some degree, I felt sorry for the many brazenly-sexist attacks she faced during the 2016 election, and thought that in some cases, her position as First … Continue reading Seven-Minute Abs, Medicare For All, and the Case for Being Bold in 2020

Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans

With African American Senator Kamala Harris now in the lead of declared Democratic presidential nominees for 2020, a roll of articles have focused on her difficulties winning over African Americans to her cause.  In Astead W. Herndon and Susan Chira’s New York Times piece, “Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama’s Success With Black Voters? It’s Complicated”, … Continue reading Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans