Biden: Former Vice President Joe Biden was supposed to announce his campaign today, but the announcement was pushed back to an unknown later date. Despite this, here’s an article talking about his strategy to not slip more in the polls than he already has; endorsements, and lots of them. Basically, he can’t win the primary on his progressiveness, so he’s planning to throw every big name and institution he can at primary voters. It’s called the inevitability strategy, and it worked for Hillary and many others over the years (though more often for Republicans than for Democrats).
The Incarcerated Proletariat: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Commissar of Deodorant) thinks that people in prison should be allowed to vote while serving out their sentences. This sounds exactly like some crazy idea that a campus lefty would have thrown around sometime in the summer of ’71. Come to think of it, Bernie probably just looked through his old college things and found this gem. The formerly tough-on-crime California Senator Kamala Harris wants to explore this as well. The big difference is that Bernie probably truly believes in the idea, whereas Harris has to appear maximally woke just to hold onto her very slim chance at the nomination.
Harris: Speaking of the maximum wokeness that’s needed to fuel the sputtering Edsall that is Kamala Harris’ campaign for President, she has now started down the long road of the pronoun war. Harris is proposing that federal IDs have a third gender option. It’s a small proposal, but look for little wedges like this to be fun litmus test questions in the debates.
Harris-Continued: One of the reasons that kamal Harris is doing so poorly is that despite being black, she’s not especially popular in the black community. A lot of black voters are relatively moderate and few are #woke outside of activists and those who also fit another intersectional box. Combine that with Joe Biden’s appeal in that community, and Harris is struggling in South Carolina, a state which should theoretically be her strongest among the early contests.
Hogan: Hopefully, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) isn’t serious about primarying President Trump next year. Like Bill Weld (and basically anyone else), he’d have no shot and only embarrass himself. Still, he seems to be moving in the direction of doing it.
Polling: Monmouth’s latest Democratic primary poll finds Biden leading Sanders 27-20. No other candidates break into double digits. However, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg continues his recent streak of being in third. it probably won’t last until the debates, but you have to give Buttgieg credit; this is a lot better than anyone thought he’d be doing at any time in primary….
The Emerson poll last week that had Sanders ahead of Sanders was suspected to have been a outlier….It WAS….