Election 2020 Chapter 1: Primary Colors

Luis A. Mendez

Luis A. Mendez

Former Political Hack Turned Author And Commentator Of All Things Cinema.

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  1. Avatar LTL FTC
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    Very thorough article. I worry about a brokered convention, which seems like more of a risk every day. My guess is that the rule makers and arbiters will matter more than anything else, and I don’t know much about those people. Some thoughts, because you cover a lot of ground:

    1. We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t figure out how to have a debate with 10 people that is the least bit watchable. Oh, and this donations+polling thing? Just something else to feed endless content beast until the actual vote. Both make me want to bang my head against a wall.

    2. One of the biggest unreported stories of the dem primary is how Warren’s supporters changed her into a Hillary-but-woker consolation prize for their 2016 deeply personal disappointment.

    3. One of the others: why was there a near-total absence of black pundits who supported Biden? I can think of one guy in the Washington post, but the go-to race-explainers in the media have been exposed as not really in touch with the pulse of the black community writ large.

    4. I can’t believe I’m the “what about Andrew Yang?” guy today, but here we are. They leave him out of infographics and treat him like a novelty, but he put fundraised and outpolled plenty of governors, senators and media darlings. Asian electoral power is coming to places like CA and NYC, and slights like the ones Yang experienced will be taken seriously.

    5. Anyone else surprised that the first significant gay candidate does best with older voters?

    6. I haven’t picked who to vote for yet, but I’m getting that generalized dread feeling about the results of the general.Report

  2. Avatar Ozzzy!
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    I just find it weird that Steyer and Bloomberg are considered ‘candidates’ and not Democratic donors by politics people.

    They are spending Koch esc levels of money in basically general party campaign ads, which Bloomberg at least has promised to continue to election.

    I don’t think they shouldn’t be allowed to do this, but it strikes an odd ring to me that no one has figured out Bloomberg is just donating to the Democratic Party here. Stayer at least made an actual try personally (debate attendance, etc)Report

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