Hillary Found Her Footing Thursday Night [www.slate.com] It’s taking time, but Hillary Clinton is inching toward a theme. “I am not a single-issue candidate, and I do not believe we live in a single-issue country,” she said at the close of the Democratic d…
Hillary Clinton Needs a Better Message for Black Voters [www.slate.com] As soon as the polls closed in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was aiming for the next two contests—Nevada and South Carolina. Todd Rutherford on a Wednesday conference call with reporters.
Hillary's Time to Fight [www.slate.com] MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE—Even if you’re favored, even if you’re in good shape for the long haul, losing hurts. It feels awful—like there’s more to come, and more to endure. Yes, Clinton took a knock.
Why Do Young People Have Such Visceral Dislike for Hillary? [www.slate.com] That Democrats have a generational split in their presidential primary isn’t a surprise. What’s different about this primary is the size of the gulf between young Democrats and the rest of the pa…
Marco Rubio Wants to Assure New Hampshire Voters That He Can Lead [www.slate.com] NASHUA, New Hampshire—“For a brief fleeting moment I was a Rubio supporter,” said an older man named Bob in the parking lot of Nashua Community College in Nashua, New Hampshire, “But that …
Marco Rubio Was a Disaster [www.slate.com] Some politicians, unlucky ones, make mistakes that define their entire careers. For Dan Quayle in the 1988 presidential election, it was a brief comparison with John F. Kennedy. That’s not leadership.
Bernie vs. Hillary Is Good for Democrats [www.slate.com] Substantively, it’s hard to say there was much new in Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, other than the timing (a weekday!) and the format, which—with the departure of former Maryland Gov.
What Is a Bernie Sanders Progressive? [www.slate.com] On Monday, speaking to supporters, Hillary Clinton called herself a “progressive who gets things done.” And on the other side of Des Moines, Iowa, at the caucus-night celebration for Sen.
Donald Trump Torpedoed Rand Paul [www.slate.com] Sen. Rand Paul, once the “most interesting man in American politics,” has dropped out of the Republican presidential race. And that’s true. Paul had an answer: But Trump changed the game.
Democrats Won in Iowa [www.slate.com] DES MOINES, Iowa—Around 9 p.m. on Monday night, a video from the Iowa caucus made the rounds. At one unnamed precinct, there was a tie: Both Sen. They flipped a coin. As for Martin O’Malley? Why?
What Bernie Sanders Has Already Won [www.slate.com] DES MOINES, Iowa—“There is a huge grassroots movement,” explained Jeremy Schafer, one of many people who traveled from California to support Sen. Sanders knows his crowd and they know him.
Bernie Sanders’ “Revolution” Isn’t Good Enough [www.slate.com] Bernie Sanders might win Iowa. The polling shows a virtual tie, and Team Sanders has built a formidable operation for turnout and organization. But, now Sanders is a contender. He could.
The Democratic Primary Has Echoes of 2008 [www.slate.com] Unlike debates, candidate forums aren’t the place for political combat. At the same time, the candidates weren’t disarmed. They drew contrasts and highlighted differences among one another.
Why Michael Bloomberg Could Make Donald Trump President [www.slate.com] By now, the Michael Bloomberg presidential trial balloon is a ritual. Bloomberg won’t run—it was just a trial balloon, after all—and we’ll move on. If Republicans nominate Sen. Ed Rendell.
Why GOP Elites Prefer Trump to Cruz [www.slate.com] Donald Trump is a nativist demogogue who attacks racial and religious minorities and heaps praise on authoritarian leaders abroad. Trump is vulgar, but singular—he stands for no one but himself.
Bernie Sanders Is Right That Reparations Would Be Divisive [www.slate.com] Last week, at the Fusion-hosted Black and Brown Forum, moderators asked Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders if he supported reparations for black Americans. But how does the political argument fare?
Why Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pose a Critical Threat to Hillary Clinton [www.slate.com] When Sen. Bernie Sanders entered the fray, few thought he would make a sustained and serious challenge to Hillary Clinton. And the reason isn’t hard to understand. This, in itself,…
The GOP Is Learning to Love Trump [www.slate.com] Donald Trump had the line of the night at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate—the only thing anyone will remember. “I will gladly accept the mantle of anger,” he said, rebuking a critique by So…
Nikki Haley’s State of the Union Rebuttal Was Anti–Black Lives Matter [www.slate.com] On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley lived up to the hype. Besides her skill and comfort in giving a televised address, the secret to her success isn’t hard to parse.