Monday, June 24, 2019

Eleven or so dirty little secrets about the Democratic presidential nomination battle that “everybody” was talking about this weekend:

“Everybody” this weekend was saying that Elizabeth Warren is going to be the Democratic nominee.

“Everybody” this weekend was reading this essential Ross Douthat column and agreeing that it does a great job of summing up Joe Biden’s vulnerabilities – and Warren’s potential.

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering if Biden has it in him to replace his backward-looking electability argument with a future-oriented explanation of policies that resonates with voters.  (“Everybody” thinks it was not a promising sign that the first words out of Biden’s mouth at Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Party event were an homage to recently deceased Palmetto State Senator Fritz Hollings.)

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering what Bernie Sanders intends to do about what “everybody” is saying about Elizabeth Warren. (His Monday announcement of a plan to erase ALL existing student loan debt is one way he can distinguish himself – while pushing the party further left.)

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering if Kamala Harris can finish high enough in Iowa to make winning South Carolina possible.

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering if Pete Buttigieg has a solution for his hometown governing challenges that is as efficient and human as his normal modus operandi.

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering how the trailing twenty candidates deal with their frustration at being asked nonstop, including by reputable journalists and anchors, “what do you have to do to break through in this crowded field?”

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering how the DNC will react after the first debate and before the second if NBC gives a disproportionate amount of time to the higher polling candidates.

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering how NBC will react after the first debate and before the second if the DNC complains about unequal time allocation.

“Everybody” this weekend was wondering who will be declared the standout media darling and second place finisher in the first debate.

“Nobody” this weekend was wondering what the president will say if the ratings for the Democratic debates are lower than they were for the first Republican debate four years ago.


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US Keeps Up Pressure on Iran

Promised new sanctions and cyber warfare intended to bring nation to its knees – and to the negotiating table.

My take: Despite his bellicose rhetoric, Trump is a talker, not a fighter.  The president sees Europe as hopelessly naïve and divided about how to deal with Tehran.  If there were a good conventional military option to deter and degrade Iran’s nuclear program, the Israelis would have used it long ago.  Trump basically believes what President Obama did: that economic and other pressure to produce regime change (better) or a negotiated settlement (ok) are the best option. The question for many, given his goals, is why did Trump abrogate the nuclear deal he inherited?

Republican System to Compete for Online Money Is Complete

GOP belatedly launches “WinRed” to answer “ActBlue.”

My take: The Democrats’ system to facilitate small-dollar donations online has been a huge advantage for the party.  If WinRed works to equalize the right’s capacity to garner web giving, Team Trump will have helped Republicans solve a long-standing tech problem, with symbolic and practical implications up and down the ballot for 2020.


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Top sports story: Dodgers sweep the Rockies with 3 walk-off home runs
USA Today

Top business story: Oil prices continue to rise as more sanctions are threatened
Bloomberg

Top entertainment story: Leaked documents reveal Ari Emmanuel was vetted for Trump White House role
Deadline

Big Four

Nevada

Kamala Harris campaign ramps up Nevada team.

Republicans in Nevada gearing up for Trump reelection.

South Carolina

TAKEAWAYS: In South Carolina, a new Democratic landscape.


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