2020 Democrats

Killing Biden -- to salvage Obama

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

What is this all about? It is a cover-up, plain and simple. Whom, you ask, are they trying to cover for? Their next political savior who can take down Mr. Trump? Certainly not former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. If anything, Mr. Biden has been set ablaze atop the altar as a sacrifice in this massive international cover-up by Democrats. The sleaze and dishonesty and self-dealing that oozes from the Biden name these days will leave a permanent stain on his nearly half-century political career. Do you think Republicans might like to question Mr. Brennan or Mr. Clapper under oath? Of course they would. But Mrs. Pelosi will never let them get that close to Mr. Obama.

Dem Front Runner Warren Agrees With Trump On Trade And Middle East Wars

One of the more bizarre elements of last night’s Democratic presidential “debate” was how much the leading Democrat – Senator Elizabeth Warren – agrees with President Trump, especially on endless Middle East wars and the effects of trade on American workers.

When Will The Media Ask Democrats The Hard Questions About Gun Control?

Last night’s Democrat “debate” moderators failed to ask the candidates the really tough questions on guns. The “debate” turned out to be more of an opportunity for them to show their ignorance of guns and firearms law than it was an event where the pros and cons of the candidates’ differences on policy were presented and discussed.

Whistleblower had 'professional' tie to 2020 Democratic candidate

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Under questioning from Republicans during last Friday's impeachment inquiry interview with Atkinson, the inspector general revealed that the whistleblower's possible bias was not that he was simply a registered Democrat. It was that he had a significant tie to one of the Democratic presidential candidates currently vying to challenge President Trump. Republicans will want to know more about the origins of the whistleblower complaint, especially given the unorthodox use of whistleblower law involved. There is more to learn — like who the Democratic candidate is — before Republicans will say they know enough about what happened.

Is Biden the real target for Ukraine-obsessed Democrats?

Joseph Curl, Washington Times

During the trial of the president, Republicans will target Mr. Biden and his son nonstop. It’s highly unlikely 22 Republicans will join Democrats to vote to convict, but Mr. Biden will be heavily damaged. That may have all been part of Mr. Trump’s master plan. He knew the transcript didn’t show a quid pro quo, and the whistleblower complaint, now also public, doesn’t amount to much, either. And maybe, just maybe, Democrats knew that this scandal would also take out Mr. Biden. If they did, they could well be right. Even better, if Mr. Biden gets crushed in the playout of the Ukraine scandal, they’ll have no blood on their hands.

Is Biden The Real Target Of The Ukraine Scandal?

In interviews The Daily Beast conducted with multiple progressive Democrats and Warren supporters, their chief advice to Warren was don’t rush to Biden’s defense against Trump. In other words, they’re hoping Trump and the Ukraine scandal take out Biden, but they don't want to get caught cheering Sleepy Joe's demise.

Our Privileged Scolds

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

When a progressive refers to “checking your privilege,” does he mean a young Kamala Harris ingratiating herself to an older politico, the married Willie Brown, to jump-start her political career? Or Cory Booker, child of two IBM executives, who grew up in an exclusive neighborhood? At least multimillionaire techie Andy Yang does not take too seriously the idea of disowning his own privilege. Add up the number of Ivy League degrees on the debate stage, and it becomes hard to believe that these scolds know all that much about the underclasses, at least compared with the various fast lanes that their privileged degree brands opened up.

Dem Nomination Is Warren's to Lose — and That's Dangerous

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

(If I were a Democrat I'd be embarrassed. Andrew Yang is at least good for some laughs.). Warren is the only one who has run a campaign that is even slightly effective. And it's showing. That's good news for her, but dangerous for the rest of us. Unlike the others, Warren is just possibly savvy enough to win the general. Republicans may think the phony Pocahontas nonsense was enough to do her in, but that's so 2017 (the Paleolithic Age in terms of our politics) and about as likely to sink Warren at this point as Stormy Daniels is likely to sink Trump. These things have already long been baked into our political cake.

Branding The Democrats: Trump And Rush Channel Viguerie

When this month’s Limbaugh Letter came out detailing Rush’s views on how President Trump has been branding the Democrats and it read like Rush and President Trump had read Mr. Viguerie’s memos and The Secret To A Trump Landslide. As Rush put it: It’s a marketing miracle!

Warren smartly sneaking up on weak, bloodshot Biden from the left

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Because Warren is a much better debater than Biden is, and because others also will be gunning for him, don’t be shocked if Thursday’s showdown upends the race and she soon emerges as the front-runner. At which point, Dems will have a new problem: The whiff of anti-Americanism in many of the candidates’ policies will become more pronounced without Biden at the top. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders are especially guilty of making sweeping condemnations of the shape and structure of contemporary society. Indeed, they and their fellow candidates want such radical changes that it’s hard to figure out what, if anything, they like about America.

Can Uncle Joe Run This Marathon?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Why is the Democratic Party apprehensive about Joe Biden? Though every poll has him running well ahead of his competitors, the Biden campaign has ranged from dull to embarrassing. If elected, at the end of his first term, Biden would be 82. If he sought and served the two terms every president seems to seek, he would, in 2028, be 86 years old on leaving office. Does the Joe Biden of the summer of 2019 look like he could be, a decade from now, the dynamic leader America could rely on to face down the successors to China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin? Prediction: Joe Biden will declare that, if elected, he will only serve one term.

Will Democrat ‘Super Delegates’ Save Gaffe-A-Minute Biden?

A significant group of “super delegates” coming out for Biden would signal donors that the Party elders have confidence in Biden’s ability to take on President Trump. Absent such an effort by the Democrats’ party leaders to tilt the nomination to Biden, it looks like Biden is fading and the race is moving toward an Elizabeth Warren vs. Bernie Sanders marathon.

Socialism never?

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

In an attempt to reach Generation Z — those in their teens and 20s — a new organization is starting this month to combat socialism’s appeal. It’s called Young Americans Against Socialism (yaas.org), according to its site, a nonpartisan nonprofit “dedicated to exposing socialism’s failures to young Americans by creating viral educational videos for social media.” Its founder, Morgan Zegers, worries that “more than half of young people believe socialism should be implemented in America.” The reason, she says, is because many of them know little about it. Her campaign will be largely on social media where she notes young people spend hours every day.

The ‘Hunt’ Only Works If Deplorables Are Disarmed

Given the constant pressure from the elite to disarm everyone except themselves, deplorables should be very skeptical that The Hunt is social satire and not a snapshot of the dystopian gun-free future that awaits us in a country run by President Kamala Harris or one of the other Far Left candidates running in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary.

Will 2020 Be a Repeat of 2004 for Democrats?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Biden, like Kerry, is an old political warhorse. For now, he poses as the Democratic establishment’s only safe bet. Like Kerry, Biden has lots of flaws, is an erratic campaigner, and is gaffe-prone. Yet Biden continues to poll as the front-runner, mostly because most Democratic voters realize that none of the scary hard-left alternatives have any chance against the hated Donald Trump. Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left and took the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man. This time around, Democrats may have no choice but to try the 2004 formula again.

Liberals have good reason to ditch Obama’s lousy legacy

David Harsanyi, New York Post

This fissure within the Democratic Party is directly tied to Obama’s legacy. The former president inflamed progressives, empowered and normalized them, but never quite delivered on his lofty promises of change. Even as Obama set the stage for his party’s hard-left shift, he was forced — to his endless frustration — to live within the realities of a representative republic. Obama is a politician who, though personally admired by many voters, is a terrible advocate for anything other than himself. Some Democrats, it seems, have tricked themselves into believing that Obama’s policies, rather than the man, are popular.

Joe Biden Gets Mugged By Multicultural Reality

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

For two hours, when the Democratic candidates were not attacking each other, they were piling on Joe. Biden eased some fears that he has lost more than a step as a presidential candidate. Yet this is not the same Joe who bested Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, in 2012. Today, much of the career record of Joe Biden—his opposition to busing, his credentials as tough-on-crime, his support for NAFTA, his backing of the Iraq War, his career-long support of the Hyde Amendment—is seen not as a record to be proud of, but a record to be ashamed of, and a record to apologize for.

Racism is the left’s only answer to Trump (and that won’t help Democrats in 2020)

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

When Democrats aren’t declaring American tradition, history, and culture inherently racist – the Democrats are promoting open borders, free health care for people who enter our country illegally, the end of private insurance and choice in health care, and the death of our economy through fanatical environmental regulations. I suspect all these ideas get 15 to 20 percent approval when you take them nationwide. But in their mania the Democrats are dragging themselves further and further to the left. As I’ve mentioned before, I believe we are heading toward another Nixon-McGovern-style landslide.

Kamala Harris Is An Anchor Baby, Not A ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Of The United States

From our perspective, the circumstances of Kamal Harris’s birth were a form of birth tourism where the child is born in the geographic confines of the United States for the sole purpose of obtaining American citizenship and then whisked off to another country, only to return when and if being an American is economically advantageous.

End is near for much of Democratic field

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates will debate Tuesday and Wednesday night. It will be the last time voters will see some of them on a debate stage. Party rules call for new qualification standards for candidates in the next debate, scheduled for September in Houston. Candidates will be required to meet a new polling standard and a new donations standard. Only one candidate has dropped out of the Democratic race so far -- Rep. Eric Swalwell of California. He took part in the first debate, but remained at an unmeasurable level in the polls. Soon other candidates will have to reach that same level of honesty. Primary contests are about narrowing the field.