Booker’s religiosity could freak some people out on both the left and right. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In a potentially vast field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, one aspirant stands out for having said: “I love you, Donald Trump,” because, well, that’s what Jesus would do. That would be New Jersey senator Cory Booker, the former Newark mayor who bids fair to become the most overtly Christian Democratic presidential candidate since Jesse Jackson and perhaps even Jimmy Carter, at a time when his party is trending irreligious and the opposition claims a monopoly on all things biblical. What makes Booker different from many left-of-center figures who are “personally” religious is that he purports to be progressive because of his faith, not despite it or incidentally alongside it (e.g., the way John F. Kennedy referred to his own faith as an “accident of birth”). If this becomes central to his identity as a … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker the Candidate of the Christian Left?
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Does Joe Biden represent anything more than the ghost of a Democratic Party whose time has passed? Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images As Democrats in Washington wrangle over the extent to which they support progressive agenda items like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, and as a left-leaning 2020 presidential field is steadily shaped, it’s easy for veteran observers of the Donkey Party to feel a bit disoriented. After all, in presidential nominating contest after contest dating back to 1972, self-identified Democratic progressives have been regularly outmaneuvered by party “moderates.” And there were plausible reasons that kept happening, beginning with an electorate in which conservatives significantly outnumbered liberals, and moderate “swing voters” offered Democrats the only path to a majority. By the end of the Obama presidency and its horrible sequel, however, Democrats had reason to feel cheated by this long history of … [Read more...] about Joe Biden May Be the Last Hurrah for Moderate Democrats
But they are taking meetings… Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 2020 is really, truly here, and that means New York Magazine national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti is on the trail, tracking the intricacies of the presidential election action. Here, some of this week’s brand-new behind-the-scenes developments in campaign strategy, stagecraft, and staffing that have popped up on the road from Des Moines to Manchester to D.C. ¶ We’re about to live through what’ll probably be the first contested Democratic primary in a while where the party’s living presidents don’t play much of an active role — Barack Obama, at least, isn’t expected to endorse anyone in the primary, and it’d come as a surprise if Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter did, either. But they’re all still paying very close attention now that the action’s really started, after taking quiet meetings with the potential candidates for months. Not only … [Read more...] about Democratic Ex-Presidents Expected to Sit Out 2020 Primaries
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who announced on Thursday that he is running for president, says former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 White House bid “misses the moment.” “I think that the instinct that his campaign seems to have…to project in effect, if we just get rid of the incumbent, we can go back to doing what we used to do, misses the moment,” Patrick told reporters after filing paperwork for the New Hampshire primary contest. 2020 Watch: After filing in N.H. for #FITN presidential primary, @DevalPatrick says he's "a big, big fan of Joe Biden” BUT adds that @JoeBiden campaign "misses the moment" #2020Election #nhpolitics #mapoli #DevalPatrick #JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/r9B3zoCqml — Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) November 14, 2019 Patrick added: The one truth in my opinion that candidate Trump spoke in 2016 was when he said that conventional or establishment politics isn’t working well enough for most people. … [Read more...] about Deval Patrick: Biden’s 2020 Campaign ‘Misses the Moment’
Cory Booker can embrace it, repudiate it, or ignore it, but he’ll have to come to grips with criticism of his record of support for charters and vouchers. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Unless they are really obscure, virtually all the 2020 Democratic presidential wannabes have baggage they’d like to jettison, from Joe Biden’s crime-bill sponsorship to Elizabeth Warren’s Native American association to the various things Bernie Sanders said and did in many decades of being a proud socialist. In national terms, New Jersey senator Cory Booker is still a fresh face with an unclear identity. But for progressives and labor activists with long memories, he’s got some issues, too. He might be able to explain away his reputation for being a reliable friend of Wall Street as a matter of virtual constituent services given the financial industry’s importance to New Jersey and to the city of Newark where he served as mayor for seven years. But a … [Read more...] about Cory Booker Has a School Choice Problem