2020 candidates

Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

To win the nomination, almost all the leading candidates on the Democratic debate stage now believe that they must renounce almost everything they once stood for — at least for a while. Given that most are white or affluent or children of privilege, or all three, sometimes the metamorphosis becomes low comedy. Those who have not reinvented themselves are either out of the race or shortly will be. If Trump will relax, let his record speak for itself, and avoid cul-de-sac Twitter traps and warring retweets, the various multiple and faux personalities of his opponents and the many foolhardy agendas they embrace will more or less reelect him.

Here come the Democratic nobles on parade

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The legion of Democrats who think they can take the measure of Donald Trump will go at it beginning Wednesday night, each trying to figure out a way to stand out in a crowd of mediocrities. The candidates are practicing to come up with the meanest, harshest and most colorful way to say how much more they hate the Donald than anyone else in the whole world, and certainly more than any of the others on the platform in Miami. The press will be eager to declare a winner of the debates, though if there’s anything shorter-lived than a line drawn in the sand, it’s establishing a credible favorite 17 months before an election. Events will always change perceptions. Each Democrat has flaws; there’s no sure thing left.