On Tuesday, Never Trump conservative and The Bulwark editor Charlie Sykes wrote an editorial in Politico warning that Democrats could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020 — and urged them to not do anything foolish.
“Donald Trump remains historically unpopular because the past three years have cemented the public’s image of the president as a deeply dishonest, erratic, narcissistic, Twitter-addicted bully. As a result, a stunning 57 percent of voters say they will definitely not vote to reelect him next year and he trails Democratic challengers in key states,” wrote Sykes.
Even so, he warned, Trump “doesn’t need to win this thing; he needs for you to lose it … Despite the favorable poll numbers and the triumphalism in your blue bubble, you’ve already made a solid start at guaranteeing another four years of Trumpism. Last week’s pile-on of Joe Biden was a good example of how you might eat your own over the next 16 months.”
Sykes then cited a number of things that are varying degrees of popular with Democrats but could lose support with the general electorate: massive deficit spending, reparations, a health care plan that involves abolishing private insurance, packing the Supreme Court, or embracing the “socialism” label.
As for gun control and immigration, Sykes said, Democrats actually have the upper hand on these issues as Trump’s policies are broadly disliked — but that could change if Democrats lean too heavily into gun confiscation or abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sykes also warned Democrats that their now near-universal support for abolishing the Hyde Amendment could backfire with a general electorate as well, which presently prefers their stance on abortion rights but doesn’t support taxpayer funding.
Above all, Sykes warned, if Democrats want to lose the election, they should “Hold firmly to the idea that Twitter is the beating heart of the real Democratic Party” and “ignore polls showing that most Democrats, not to mention swing voters, are much more likely to be centrist.”
Beto O’Rourke says religious institutions should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose gay marriage
The Democratic presidential candidate gave an unequivocal answer Thursday night during a CNN town hall on LGBTQ rights, drawing intense criticism from Republicans and religious groups.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage, a position that sparked swift and fierce criticism from social conservatives.
The former El Paso congressman made the comment Thursday night during a CNN town hall on LGBTQ rights. Anchor Don Lemon asked O'Rourke, "Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?"
From Minnesota to Michigan, Trump aims to turn scandal into reelection fuel
As impeachment pressure mounted on Donald Trump, the president left Washington for the second day in a row Friday to rally hardcore supporters in a bid to turn the scandal into fuel for his 2020 reelection.
Framing himself as the victim of a plot between "corrupt Democrat politicians" and the "fake news media," Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
In provocative comments to an enthused base Trump insisted his Democratic rivals -- who are leading the investigation against him in the House -- were "pursuing an illegal, unconstitutional, bullshit impeachment."
After raising $4.5 million in third quarter, O’Rourke says he needs to ‘break through’ now more than ever
The Democratic presidential candidate improved on his second-quarter haul but remains in the lower third of candidates who've released their latest numbers so far.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised $4.5 million in the third quarter, his campaign announced Friday as he acknowledged it was more urgent than ever to "break through" in the still-crowded primary.
The third-quarter total is an improvement over the $3.6 million that the former El Paso congressman took in during the previous quarter, and it came despite a halt to fundraising for roughly two weeks in August after the deadly El Paso shooting. Still, the total puts him behind a majority of primary rivals who have released their third-quarter figures so far, including two leading candidates who each raised around $25 million.