by Alex Knepper Simply as a raw display of political power, it's hard not to admire the brutal efficacy with which the Democrats cowered their people into rallying around the idea of Joe Biden. The idea of Joe Biden isn't a terrible candidate, and as the VP of the first black president he retains a … Continue reading Super Tuesday Fallout: The ‘Establishment’ Wins Again
by Alex Knepper That the center-left is hopelessly divided in the 2020 presidential primary -- which has become something of my catchphrase for the unfolding shape of the contest -- is not an accident. The center-left is tired, ideologically and intellectually exhausted, fully accommodated to Reaganism -- and cannot prevent recurring outbreaks of fascism-lite a … Continue reading Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’
by Alex Knepper Right now, no candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has a plausible path to winning a majority of delegates. Assuming the clear winner of a plurality vote is the person to beat going into a brokered convention, however, it's unquestionably Bernie Sanders's shoes you'd like to be in -- … Continue reading The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior
by Alex Knepper Elizabeth Warren wants to win. She wants the nomination; she doesn't want 'a progressive' to get the nomination; she's in it to win it, and she intends to put everything on the table before conceding. Given the new standards for the age of presidential contenders, this might not be her last national … Continue reading What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?
by Alex Knepper From the day she launched her candidacy, Kirsten Gillibrand had me asking what the rationale was for her candidacy and who, exactly, was clamoring for a Gillibrand presidency. When observing her campaign, I could not help but frequently think of Tim Pawlenty in 2012, another candidate whose inability to gain any traction … Continue reading There Was No Rationale for a Kirsten Gillibrand Candidacy