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Sanders’ attraction familar internationally

The Democratic Party could soon be taken over by a leftist who has never formally been a member. If it’s any consolation to Democrats, it’s a version of the same wrenching dislocation that has beset the center-left throughout the Western world. One reason Bernie Sanders winning the ...

Sanders not doing so hot

Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they ...

Campaign 2020: Democrats in big trouble

Things are not going swimmingly for the Democrats right now. President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial, and he gave a State of the Union address that made Democrats feel like the hapless Japanese military as they watched Godzilla stroll through downtown Tokyo. His polling is up ...

Trump missed opportunity at breakfast

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Not this year. One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most ...

Trump missed opportunity at breakfast

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Not this year. One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most other ...

Winning means coming in first

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...

Bloomberg campaign is offensive

The rich are different from you and me — they can buy themselves instant presidential campaigns. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has elbowed himself into the Democratic nomination race solely on the basis of his fortune. His campaign is high-handed as only a billionaire many times ...

US Senate acquittal of Trump demonstrates GOP’s gullibility

WASHINGTON — With only a single Republican senator willing to declare President Trump guilty, his party has rolled over for him and certified its nearly complete surrender to its commitment to the rule of law in his behalf. Of the 52 Republicans in the Senate, only Mitt Romney of Utah, the ...

Dems blunders create favorable winds for Trump

Are we watching a great political party commit suicide? For more than a year, Democratic candidates, up to 26 of them at one point, have been crisscrossing Iowa’s 99 counties, seeking votes in Iowa’s precinct caucuses. They were duly held on Monday night. But the Iowa Democratic Party ...

Mitt Romney’s Senate vote: A modern man for all seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...

Iowa was good for Bloomberg

The Iowa caucuses have long been nearly useless as a measure of Americans’ preferences for the next president. This year it has been more useless than usual. The next star of the Democratic contest will be New Hampshire, whose people are also overwhelmingly white and whose Democrats are ...

Iowan Dems drawn to 2 faces of change

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON — Iowa Democrats were drawn to two faces of change. After a daylong delay, partial results from the state’s Democratic caucuses showed Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with a narrow lead over Vermont Sen. ...

After Trump acquittal, what then?

Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun. Next is a campaign to ...

Bernie path will only work for Bernie

The Democratic race is shaping up as most of the candidates expected at the outset, with the campaign appealing to the most fervent progressive wing of the party showing formidable strength. It’s just that Bernie Sanders is the one running that campaign. At the beginning of the race, ...

Senate Republicans attempt pivot to the Biden diversion

jules witcover WASHINGTON — As inevitably would happen, the issue of Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been seized by the defenders of President Trump as diversion in the Senate impeachment trial. The Trump lawyers this week turned their attention on the son, who ...

Sanders sweep? Latest polls suggest possibility

michael barone The old becomes the new. It’s less than a week from of the Iowa caucuses, and Bernie Sanders, born in September 1941, three months before Pearl Harbor, leads the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls by 4 points in Iowa, 10 points in New Hampshire and 5 points in the ...

All of us have gotten used to stepping around human misery

Mona Charen Attending a meeting near Union Station in Washington, D.C., requires me to park a few blocks away and then walk under a bridge to an office building. People in business attire, like me, step carefully around the homeless men and women who have pitched tents under the bridge. They ...

Bloomberg showing Democrats a really good time right now

Democrats could use some cheering up now that their conventional politicians are locked in fierce ideological battle. The moderate Democratic majority fears that an aggressive left could saddle them with a zombie candidate sure to lose to President Donald Trump. That person could also cost them ...

Joe Biden’s worst nightmare might be in theaters Friday

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden may slip the knot of his Ukraine connection, but the more menacing of his bedevilments is yet to come. The old Joe, meaning the one who led the Senate Judiciary Committee almost 30 years ago during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is ...

Nonstop election campaigns aren’t the greatest in world

I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections, which are shorter, less costly and designed to engage citizens and boost voter turnout. On Jan. 14, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called a general election for ...