2020 watch: Buckle Up for Bumpy Convention
“Bernie Sanders’ unexpectedly narrow victory in New Hampshire underscored the splintering of the Democratic presidential field,” notes The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein. Joe Biden’s losses in Iowa and New Hampshire have “many Democratic strategists questioning” whether he can recover. Liz Warren suffered a “catastrophic collapse.” Mike Bloomberg, meanwhile, risks “ideological and racial obstacles” as “the media and other candidates zero in on his record.” And Pete Buttigieg will have to deal with his “negligible support from African-American and Latino voters.” Even Sanders has a “more narrow and more shallow” voter base than he did in 2016. That leaves Democrats “beginning to contemplate what seemed unimaginable not long ago”: arriving at the party convention “without anyone laying claim to a majority of delegates.”
Iconoclast: Why Sanders Will Win Dem Race
After Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire win, “every storyline” suggests Democratic voters are scrambling for an alternative, reports Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. “I saw this movie in 2016 “and have a fair idea of how it ends.” Back then, GOP rivals vowed to stop Donald Trump “but accelerated his victory by staying in too long.” Now it’s “happening all over again, only this time it’s Democrats” committing “ritualistic self-abuse.” Joe Biden “shouldn’t be driving, much less running for president.” Dems are suffering from “the same identity crisis” that hit Republicans: “Because neither donors nor party leaders nor pundits could figure out what they should be pretending to stand for, they couldn’t coalesce around any one candidate.” Sanders, meanwhile, will keep “grinding” to victory: “When you know where you’re going, you tend to get there.”
Liberal: Dems’ Looming ‘Electoral Disaster’
Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire victory is “a move that could pull the Democratic Party to the far left and prompt a repeat of its 1972 electoral disaster,” warns Mark Penn at The Hill — but “the contest between the left and moderate wings of the Democratic Party is far from over.” In reality, Sanders’ socialism only “rings true to about 20 percent to 25 percent of the electorate,” who are Democratic primary voters. More moderate candidates are still doing well — and Warren’s promise to “soldier on” constrains Sanders. Usually, “the first two states clarify the primary contests” — but these contests have only shown that this race will likely “go on for months, with no winner in sight.”
From the left: RBG’s ‘Death Knell’ for ERA
“The most important feminist lawyer in American history” just sounded “the death knell” for the Equal Rights Amendment, grieves Ian Millhiser at Vox. Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week conceded that “one of her life’s goals — writing a strong prohibition against gender discrimination into the Constitution — must be put on hold.” Virginia recently became the 38th state to approve the ERA, but Congress set a 1982 deadline for ratification, and “Ginsburg’s comments” suggest “she believes this 1982 deadline should be considered binding.” Though Congress could “start the ratification process over again, it’s also hard to imagine two-thirds of the House and Senate agreeing to do so in an age when Congress often struggles to perform basic functions like funding the government.”
From the right: Will Coronavirus Wake Up Millennials?
“Millennials love socialism,” sighs The American Spectator’s Melissa Mackenzie — partly because they “didn’t live through the Cold War” or “see Stalin’s gulags.” Yet China’s “totalitarian actions” to stop the spread of coronavirus should be a wake-up call: Leaks show “soldiers dragging citizens away to who-knows-where, public-health officials boarding people into their homes, brick walls built to keep people in cities, bars on hospital rooms, people dropping dead on the street, people being turned away from multiple hospitals, images of what looks like mass burials.” Meanwhile, the Communist regime is feeding the world “constant lies” and has “ceased sharing real data.” Yet despite all this, laments Mackenzie, it’s “unlikely” young people will “wake up to the reality of totalitarian, Communist regimes” any time soon.
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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