Saturday, September 14, 2019


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SATURDAY ESSENTIALS

Essential variable: The Wall Street Journal on how voters in the Big 3 states (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin) feel about the Trump economy, and how they connect those feelings to their view of the president’s job performance.

My take: There is plenty of data in here to cheer Democrats, and the economy could of course drift into worse territory. But most Democratic strategists believe the path to victory involves getting some Trump voters to see the economy as not working for them, and this story suggests that case is not automatically there to make in some key places.

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Essential reading: Peggy Noonan’s column on…..everything and everyone.

My take: I won’t try to pull highlights from this opus. There are just some Peggy Noonan columns that jam in countless vital truths that are hiding in plain sight.  This is one of those. Read the whole thing.

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Essential facts (via the Wall Street Journal):

“Asked by a reporter if he would release his medical records to address concerns about his age and mental sharpness, Mr. Biden responded: ‘What the hell concerns, man? You wanna wrestle?’”

“He vowed to release his medical records after his next physical exam and ‘before there’s a first vote.’”

My take: This is a good step politically for Biden and substantively for the country.  All candidates need to show transparency on their health.  Watch to see what Team Biden counts as “medical records” – how much will they release?  PS: Even if he is being jocular, the former vice president’s propensity to physically challenge reporters is problematic for at least one of his advisers.

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Essential mindmeld: Kathleen Parker (in the Washington Post) and Christopher Buskirk (in the New York Times) both say Trump won the debate and Warren is very strong.

My take: The Gang of 500 consensus about the rise and performance of Warren is quite striking.  If Biden can’t get back some of his mojo with the media, this cycle of praise for Warren is going to continue unabated, to his detriment. Not every Democrat thinks Trump won the debate, to be sure, but smart Democrats will at least read these pieces and consider if there are hard truths embedded in them.

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Top sports story: College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread for key top 25 games in Week 3
CBS Sports

Top business story: New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers
Blooomberg

Top entertainment story: Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70
Variety


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