Deep electoral thoughts

Consider this: if somebody had told you a year ago that by early May the Democratic primary would be closer than the Republican primary*, without Joe Biden getting into the race, would you have believed them? I don’t think I would have. * I realize that both contests are effectively over, math-wise, but with Cruz… Continue reading Deep electoral thoughts

If it were any other candidate…

Maybe I’m missing something here, but a candidate who wins two of his or her party’s first three primaries (caucuses, whatever), and has significant, if not commanding, leads in polling for most of the next round of primaries (at least those for which any decent polling exists), should be considered the prohibitive favorite to win… Continue reading If it were any other candidate…

Foreign policy and the Democratic primary

After I wrote about Bernie Sanders and the Middle East for LobeLog, I decided to write about my irritation with the lack of substantive foreign policy discussion in the Democratic primary in general. I posted the result at Medium yesterday, and I hope you’ll give it a read: Another conclusion that we can draw at… Continue reading Foreign policy and the Democratic primary

Hillary Clinton’s dangerous (?) Syria plan

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Forget it Jake, it’s the Iowa Caucus

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What a President Sanders might mean for the Middle East

Over at LobeLog I’ve got a new piece that looks at what I could find of Bernie Sanders’s statements and record with respect to several core Middle East issues–Israel-Palestine, ISIS, Iran, etc. Sanders doesn’t have much of a foreign policy record, so apart from Israel-Palestine I was going mostly on things he’s said so far… Continue reading What a President Sanders might mean for the Middle East

The opposite effect

The Washington Post‘s editorial board wrote a pretty blistering attack on Bernie Sanders and his “fiction-filled campaign” last night. It includes a few fair points–Sanders does tend to brush off questions about the very real legislative challenges his agenda would face with a lot of way-too-optimistic talk about “political revolutions” and the like–and a bunch… Continue reading The opposite effect