The 2020 Democratic Primary Begins

1) Kamala Harris

The media is ready to jump-start the 2020 campaign tonight by featuring a CNN town hall with Kamala Harris. The Senator from California entered the race with a bold launch, raising $1.5 million in the first 24 hours. As an African American/Asian woman, she has a unique appeal to multiple groups. Since California is an early primary state, Kamala Harris has a strong path toward becoming a front-runner. 

2) The Women’s Vote

The women’s protest and movement against President Trump has undoubtedly inspired many women to seek higher office. For the first time in U.S. history, there will be more than one major female candidate running for office in a presidential primary. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all high-profile Senators who will make the first debate more diverse than before.

3) The Biden Factor

A big question for the 2020 Democratic primary is: Will Joe Biden run? In 2016 he took a pass due to the seemingly inevitability of Hillary Clinton, but many believe that he would have easily defeated Donald Trump. However, his 1988 and 2008 campaigns were lackluster, and Joe Biden would be 77 on Election Day 2020.

4) Elizabeth vs. Bernie

Ever since his surprisingly strong performance in 2016, Bernie Sanders has been considered the next frontrunner for the party’s left. But Elizabeth Warren is actively appealing to his base with strong arguments against inequality and detailed plans to tax the wealthy. Sanders’ entry in the race could decide who will be the Democratic Party’s “true leftist.”

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What We're Reading

This week Mike is recommending "The World Until Yesterday." by Jared Diamond.

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“The advances in technology have happened so quickly that we forget that it was ‘only yesterday’ that we all lived in traditional societies. These cultures had radically different practices on how they raised children, cared for the elderly, resolved conflicts, and more. Jared Diamond doesn’t glorify the past or champion the present; instead he explains valuable lessons that we can learn from traditional societies.”

- Mike