The Democrats’ youth problem

This presidential election features a major rift in the Republican party, as conservatives are threatened by the Donald Trump insurgency.  But Democrats have a rift of their own:  the under-30 cohort of the party is repudiating old-school, establishment liberalism in favor of the Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.  This does not bode well, says Chris Deaton, for the party moving forward. [Read more…]

It could really be Trump vs. Sanders

Donald Trump really could win the Republican nomination.

Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic nomination.

What if either one of them were elected?  If you support neither of these candidates, if they were the nominees, which would you vote for?  Of the two, which one do you think would win?

Democrats debate on Saturday night

The three remaining Democratic presidential candidates (Clinton, Sanders, and O’Malley) will debate on ABC Saturday at 8:00 Eastern Time.  Go here for details.  I’m not going to try to live blog this one.  If you want to comment on it, you can do that here.

But, like most Americans, I have other things I’d rather be doing on Saturday night.  According to the articles linked to after the jump, the Democratic party establishment intentionally scheduled the debates so that few people would watch them.

UPDATE:  There may be some drama to this debate after all.  A Sanders staffer accessed computer files of the Clinton campaign. Though he was fired for it, the Democratic National Committee has blocked the Sanders campaign from access to the entire computer system, including its own files!  So Sanders is suing the Democratic party!

UPDATE:  Sanders and the Democrats worked out a deal, giving the candidate access to his computer files, in return, presumably, for dropping the lawsuit.

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The Democrats’ war on youth

Democrats accuse Republicans of waging a war on women.  Republicans could come back with the charge that Democrats are waging a war on youth.  So argues W. James Antle in the Washington Examiner.  Not only are the Democratic party’s leadership and presidential candidates much older than those of the Republicans, but Democratic policies are proving especially harmful to young people.

For example:  Obamacare forces healthy young adults to buy insurance to subsidize health care for old people.  Democrats resist Social Security reform, jeopardizing young people’s retirement plans.  The burgeoning national debt will have to be paid by today’s children and young adults.  Democrats’ fealty to the teacher unions is preventing educational reform, leaving young people with inferior educations.  Income and job prospects of younger workers have taken a huge hit during the Democratic management of the economy.  Democrats also have a fanatical commitment to the most lethal assault on the young:  abortion. [Read more…]

The marijuana strategy

No less than 17 states will be voting on legalizing marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, on Election Day, 2016.  (For details of the various state initiatives, see this.)  Democrats are reportedly counting on left-leaning younger people who don’t normally vote coming to the polls to legalize marijuana, and while they are at it, casting a vote for the Democratic presidential candidate.  (The Democrats are apparently unaware of libertarians, who tend to vote Republican.)

The Democrats are counting on the stoner vote to carry battleground states like Ohio and Florida, both of which will be voting on legalizing the weed.  Meanwhile, of the Republican candidates, only Chris Christie and John Kasich are making a big deal of opposing it.  Even social conservative Ted Cruz says he would leave it up to the states.  And libertarian Rand Paul positively supports it.

What do you think about this?  Should Republicans make it an issue?  What does this strategy tell us about today’s Democratic party?  Do you think the Democrats’ strategy will work, or will the measures bring out just as many Republican voters? [Read more…]

So where are the Democratic debates?

There are, as of this date, five candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination:  Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb.  Why aren’t they debating like the Republican candidates are?

There will be some Democratic debates–six of them, the smallest number in a modern race without an incumbent–but they will be late in the primary season at unusual times that would seem to guarantee the smallest audience.

Could it be that the Democratic National Committee is trying to arrange a coronation of Mrs. Clinton, rather than a legitimate contest between all of the candidates?  Those candidates think so, as do lots of grass root Democrats, who have been protesting at the DNC headquarters. [Read more…]