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Monday, February 11, 2019

David Leonhardt: A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees. One was a candidate whom the voter agreed with on most issues but who might struggle to beat President Trump. The other was the reverse -- a strong candidate with different views from those of the person being polled.

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The big question in my mind for the upcoming campaign --- how much will voters be swayed by Pres Trump's twitter feed? Will Pres Trump be able to use Twitter to sway the all-important moderates away from the Democrats and into his tent?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-11 11:00 AM | Reply

"Trump's Nightmare Opponents"

Tweetstorming Oompa Loompas.

#2 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-11 11:04 AM | Reply

Klobo is a co-sponsor of the "Green Dream Whatever" plan. Brown hasn't endorsed it. Advantage: Brown.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-11 11:08 AM | Reply

Yes, good article.

Democrats can't have a candidate who uses language like "Basket of Deplorables." Dems need someone who talks like a human being.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-11 11:11 AM | Reply

To me it's not a matter of softening views on issues like healthcare, taxes and living standards simply to win the middle. Where most of the candidates have similar philosophy, and that philosophy consistently polls well with the American people, the candidate that is best at selling said philosophy to the electorate is the best choice. It's called leadership.

The American people want universal healthcare. The American people want to tax the rich to pay for a number of social, educational and infrastructure issues. The American people want to address climate change. The candidate that can stay in front of these issues and continue to convince most of the people that these ideals are as important as simply "winning", is a clear winner.

Once again, it's called leadership.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-11 11:39 AM | Reply

"It was a rout. About 56 percent preferred the more electable candidate, compared with 33 percent who picked the more ideologically in-sync candidate."

Quick, someone hide this from Speaks!

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 11:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

-The American people want to address climate change.

Global warming doesn't rank in the top 10 issues in public opinion polls.

news.gallup.com

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-11 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats can't have a candidate who uses language like "Basket of Deplorables."

So Obama wouldn't do either? 'cling to guns or religion'

Dems need someone who talks like a human being.

Thats a tall order ...

The American people want universal healthcare.

American people, and people in general want someone else to pay our bills ... this is why FREE everything is such a draw for the uninitiated.

Imagine graduating from college with a BA in intersectional basket weaving, and working at TacoBell, with 100K in debt. The kid is looking at 30-40 years of low wages.

Then some candidate says, hey cancel all student debt, Universal Healthcare and UBI for everyone.

Game over .... How do we pay for it? Who cares?

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-11 11:56 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"this is why FREE everything is such a draw for the uninitiated. "

go sail on the boat your dads money bought. you seriously have ZERO insight.

Born in third, think you hit a triple.

#9 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-02-11 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"The differences among most of the leading Democratic presidential candidates just aren't very big right now."

Hint? Hint. HINT!! For the love of whatever you believe in, PLEASE TAKE THE HINT!

#10 | Posted by humtake at 2019-02-11 12:04 PM | Reply

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this is why FREE everything is such a draw for the uninitiated.

Game over .... How do we pay for it? Who cares?

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Funny enough.. the majority of people that I see suggesting these ideas are "FREE" are conservatives simply trying to muddy the issue. Most liberals/progressives understand these things have to be paid for.

You want to talk about 'free'? Let's talk about the unfunded tax cuts that go mostly to the top 10 percent ...all that free money to dividend earners and shareholders.

Republicans.. party of fiscal responsibility.. My ***!!

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-11 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

mAndrea got his tax cut for free, and the rest of America pays for it, with interest.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 12:22 PM | Reply

Most liberals/progressives understand these things have to be paid for.

Um, I dont think they do. They just know there's a big pot of money in the federal government and they just think money flows from that.

#13 | Posted by boaz at 2019-02-11 01:15 PM | Reply

I'll pay for things by making Fat Andy Mattress' Daddy and his friends pay for it thru higher taxes. Time for the 1% and the CEO/executive class to start paying their share, they've been free loading off the American taxpayer for far too long.

#14 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-11 01:33 PM | Reply

"Dems need someone who talks like a human being."

Does "This is a big f---in' deal" Biden qualify as someone who talks like a human being? I'd say yes, but sometimes he talks too much.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-11 01:42 PM | Reply

Republicans.. party of fiscal responsibility.

#11 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

NW!!!

;-)

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-11 01:48 PM | Reply

Quick, someone hide this from Speaks!

#6 | Posted by Corky

Quick somebody ask corky the best way to lose another general election!

Your strategy was perfect in 2016.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 01:57 PM | Reply

-The American people want to address climate change.

Global warming doesn't rank in the top 10 issues in public opinion polls.

news.gallup.com

#7 | Posted by nullifidian

Where did tax cuts for the rich rank in those opinion polls, since repubs made them their HIGHEST PRIORITY?

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How do we pay for it? Who cares?

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris

You ask that question when it comes to helping the middle class, but not when it comes to cutting taxes for the rich.
What a chump.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17

That's a caricature, not an argument about how 33 percent actually beats 56 percent.... "if we wish hard enough!".

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 02:00 PM | Reply

That's a caricature, not an argument about how 33 percent actually beats 56 percent.... "if we wish hard enough!".

#20 | Posted by Corky

My only wish is for people who want to beat trump in 2020 to not listen to the people who were WRONG about how to beat trump in 2016.

Hint - that was you.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 02:07 PM | Reply

"It was a rout. About 56 percent preferred the more electable candidate, compared with 33 percent who picked the more ideologically in-sync candidate."

That's where voters are.... which is not where you are.

Here, take two of these and call someone else in the morning to whine about last Dem primary:

www.drudge.com

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 02:10 PM | Reply

That's where voters are.... which is not where you are.

Here, take two of these and call someone else in the morning to whine about last Dem primary:

www.drudge.com

#22 | Posted by Corky

Yeah just like you lectured us all about "where the voters are" in 2016.

Your track record of understanding american voters is FAILURE.

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 02:15 PM | Reply

Just like hillary's.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 02:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My track record is of warning dems not to ignore the populism of the moment. My strategy was ignored and dems lost.

Speaks - 1, Corky - O.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-11 02:21 PM | Reply

Brown and Klobuchar are definitely in my top 5 candidates, perhaps even top 3 behind Sanders. I'd take them over anyone else being mentioned right now.

#26 | Posted by JOE at 2019-02-11 02:57 PM | Reply

Um, I dont think they do. They just know there's a big pot of money in the federal government and they just think money flows from that.

#13 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Says the guy from the "cut taxes and reduce spending increase spending... and then cut taxes more".

Seriously... where do you think all the money for your tax cuts comes from? And you are seriously trying to argue that DEMOCRATS are the ones who believe in a magical pot of money?

What is the current Republican deficit at? After two years of control over all three branches of government?

#27 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-02-11 03:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's a caricature, not an argument about how 33 percent actually beats 56 percent.... "if we wish hard enough!".

#20 | POSTED BY CORKY

Only 9% of America Chose Trump and Clinton as the Nominees

#28 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-11 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

go sail on the boat your dads money bought. you seriously have ZERO insight.

Born in third, think you hit a triple.

#9 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE

This foul, sexist comment has enraged me! Why do you assume it was the MAN who made all the money?!? 😡🤬

#29 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-11 09:11 PM | Reply

#23

You are still in denial.

As the poll shows, most voters prefer the electable candidate.... yours couldn't even win a liberal primary, much less a much more conservative general election.

Your projection of your ideology on actual voters is hilarious.

- My strategy was ignored

Yes, voters ignored your ideology over electability strategery... and guess what?

They still are.

- dems lost.

By a fraction of a fraction of a percent in the EC.... 87,000 votes. The biggest political loss in history.... well, according to you.

According to those particular voters, Bernie had pushed Clinton too far left for them.... so; Voters 1 Specious 0.

#30 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 09:38 PM | Reply

Democrats can't have a candidate who uses language like "Basket of Deplorables." Dems need someone who talks like a human being.

#4 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2019-02-11 11:11 AM | REPLY | FLAG

We need an electorate who doesn't side with the deplorables.

#31 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-11 11:23 PM | Reply

"Dems need someone who talks like a human being."

Why? Republicans don't have one.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-11 11:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#32 | Posted by snoofy Right now the number of Democrats who have announced is such a crowd none have drawn enough enthusiasm to register in the collective imagination. How many now? I remember eight but I haven't been following too closely. Unless there is a major reversal in the economy in the next 18 months, bet on Trump leaving office in 2024. The Nixon dilemma, you don't especially like the Damn Yankee, but his oppression looks like the occupants of a clown car.

#33 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-02-12 03:16 PM | Reply

Trump's Ultimate Nightmare Opponent:
Liberals actually dealing with the internal angst by seeing a therapist.

It would change the entire country and especially change the Democratic primary process.

The good news for Trump: Not many liberals will deal with their issues.

#34 | Posted by drivelikejehu at 2019-02-13 12:13 AM | Reply

November 2020 is so far away. Personally, I'm tuning out the horse race until it's a whole lot closer.

I've always liked Sherrod Brown. He can talk to the middle class like few can. Bernie's too old. So, I guess I'd go with a Brown-Harris or Brown-Klobuchar ticket.

I long for the days when we didn't hear a whole lot from or about a sitting president unless something came up. I'm sick of Trump infiltrating American life every goddamn minute with his lies, tweets, chicanery, and azzholishness.

#35 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-13 04:39 AM | Reply

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