The strongest case for Joe Biden

I’m not thrilled with the prospect of Joe Biden winning the Democratic nomination and becoming president, and I know no one who is. That doesn’t mean I hate him. It’s just hard to get truly excited by a guy who’s a milquetoast moderate, prone to embarrassing gaffes and verbal flubs, and showing undeniable signs of cognitive wear and tear as he approaches old age. But there is a compelling case to be made for Biden — one that hasn’t been clearly articulated by the candidate or his campaign. That’s likely because the case is at bottom about process rather than policy substance, and process is out of fashion in our… Read More

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Trump just ran a two-year trade war experiment. It failed.

Fans of free-market capitalism, you have reason to rejoice. Break out those green Adam Smith neckties hanging in the back of your closet. Party like it’s 1999 — or, even better, 2000 when the internet-fueled Nasdaq hit a record high of 5000 and the U.S. normalized trade relations with China. The cause for celebration today is President Trump signing a “phase one” trade deal with China. After two years of back-and-forth tariffs that marked the world’s worst trade conflict in a century, Beijing and Washington have reached a historic agreement that accomplishes … not so much, really. It doesn’t create balanced trade between the United States and China. It doesn’t… Read More

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Is the media about to have a conniption fit over Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders might actually win this thing. A recent poll has him in first place in Iowa, and he is basically tied with Joe Biden in New Hampshire. Sanders is running second in Nevada and South Carolina, where he has vastly improved his margins among southern black voters (which doomed his candidacy in 2016), and outright ahead in California. The Democratic Party might be about to nominate the first self-identified socialist for president in American history. This is already sparking panic and anger among the Democratic Party establishment and their co-ideologues in the mainstream press. If Sanders’ polls continue to rise — and especially if he starts to win —… Read More

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