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Roll Call: “Biden still leads the pack despite a bruising debate performance. Thank African American voters”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston analyzes Joe Biden’s prospects coming out of the first Democratic primary debates:

Harris may have won the night when it comes to the first debate, certainly in the eyes of the media. But there is little evidence to claim that Biden has lost the nomination, for one important reason — his continuing support within the African American community, a fact the Harris campaign must have clearly considered in crafting their debate strategy.

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Roll Call: “As the Democratic debaters chase their base, Trump has a prime opening”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the first of the Democratic primary debates, starting tonight.

For the moment, most of the Democratic hopefuls seem stuck in the reality-free bubble of their base, where anything and everything Trump does (including a good economy) is evil and bad and probably directed by Vladimir Putin anyway.

The question is, will we see something different Wednesday night?

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Roll Call: “Bill de Blasio is wrong about New York City’s schools”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the ongoing controversy surrounding admission into New York City’s specialized high schools and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed change to the system:

But to argue whether de Blasio’s solutions are right or fair or will even work misses the truly critical point that this political debate exposes about New York City’s school system. This is an educational system that appears incapable of producing minority students who can gain admission to these specialized schools through the current merit-based testing process, and nobody seems to be asking why.

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Roll Call: “Democratic voters are channeling Mick Jagger”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston in today’s Roll Call on how satisfied or not voters are with the Democratic House majority:

Democrats seem to be experiencing the same curse that plagued the Republican majorities of the past decade — a significant portion of their party base has greater expectations than their leadership can deliver. For Republicans, it was the failure to get rid of Obamacare. For Democrats, it is the failure to get rid of Donald Trump or pass “Medicare for All.”

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Roll Call: “Dinner with the Queen was exactly what Trump needed”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes for Roll Call about how Trump can be both presidential and himself:

Some would argue that we need to let Trump be Trump. That’s how he won in 2016, and you shouldn’t argue with success. But to ignore the obvious political advantages every sitting president enjoys would be a major mistake because it’s possible to do both: let Trump be himself and set a more presidential tone.

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Roll Call: “America is about to find out if ‘Lunch Bucket Joe’ is a man of steel”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about Joe Biden and the Democratic primary:

But a lead in the polls is a double-edged sword. Expectations for a front-runner are always high. One of the most difficult challenges in politics is sustaining a commanding lead. Biden is no exception to that rule. The debates are a huge wild card for him, with his lead in the polls at risk. Democratic voters and the rest of America is about to find out whether “Lunch Bucket Joe” is a man of steel ready to take on Trump or just a politician with a glass jaw and a lot of political baggage.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Australia’s election upset looks an awful lot like Trump”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the surprise election results in Australia:

What all these voters, who upended the political status quo and defied expectations in recent elections, share is a strong and sincere belief that elites, and only elites, in their societies control their government and its agenda. And they believe these elites neither respect their views nor care about their problems.

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Roll Call: “Trump should say less on trade. The stock markets will thank him”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston in today’s Roll Call on trade talks and the stock market:

Transparency is generally a good idea when it comes to governing, but there is always an ebb and flow to most intergovernmental talks, ups and downs when negotiating the details of a complicated deal, whether it’s national security or economic security. The president’s constant tweets, at times in conflict with his own economic advisers’ statements, only rattle the markets and the public at large.

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Roll Call: “Trump’s economy is booming, and Democrats can’t handle it”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes for Roll Call today:

Though they try to maintain the false narrative, the one that worked so well for them in the 2018 elections — that the Republican tax cuts only benefited the rich — the strong economy increasingly undermines their central argument.

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Roll Call: “Trump’s unlikely new best friends wear blue”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on opposition research in today’s political environment:

It’s a sad commentary on the state of politics today that so many campaigns believe that what they have to say about their opponent has more value than what they have to say about their own candidates’ ideas and proposals.

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