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Roll Call: “Democratic debate moderators haven’t done American voters any favors”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston on the latest Democratic Presidential Primary debate:

It’s not a surprise that the last debate didn’t move voters. Unlike the moderators, most Americans haven’t signed on to these progressive proposals that represent the largest redistribution of wealth in the nation’s history and would turn our current economic system upside down.

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Roll Call: “Pelosi’s choice: cooperation or confrontation”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the challenges facing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Congress reconvenes for the fall.

So as Congress reconvenes, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have to ask themselves some critical questions. Is it in the Democratic Party’s interest to cooperate with Republicans on a few key issues and in doing so, create a positive record to run on next year? Or is it strategically more advantageous to continue their policy of partisan confrontation and even impeachment, at the expense of actual legislative progress on issues that matter to voters?

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Roll Call: “Taxing the rich won’t pay for Democratic promises”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston on the slew of proposals being offered by Democratic Presidential Primary candidates and their hefty price tags:

Even a cursory look at the federal government’s current and future financial picture ought to caution these candidates against overpromising when voters beyond their base are growing increasingly frustrated with leaders who don’t deliver.

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Roll Call: “When we stop talking to each other, democracy dies in silence”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the intersection of social media, political discourse, and the necessity of respectful debate in a healthy democracy.

Political debate in the time of Washington and Jefferson and Adams could be harsh and personal in tone, but the anonymity of social media and its reach are rapidly changing the country’s political environment and not for the better. It’s turning democratic debate into a belligerent shouting match and that’s not good for politics or the country.

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Roll Call: “What did voters think of the Mueller circus? It wasn’t pretty”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about voter reaction to last week’s Mueller hearings.

Both the political and ideological centers responded negatively to what they heard from the hearings. The data clearly shows it wasn’t just Republicans or center-right independents who took a dim view of the Democrats’ strategic messaging. Moderate independents told us they weren’t thrilled either.

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Roll Call: “‘Squad,’ impeachment enthusiasts leave Democrats in Trump districts to fend for themselves”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the recent actions and comments of “the squad” and the potential consequences for those Democratic Members from districts that voted for Donald Trump:

Keeping the base happy seems to be paramount these days, but as Democrats reinvestigate the Mueller investigation, they seem to have all but forgotten how their fever dream of impeaching Trump might affect these 31 endangered members whose political fortunes may also determine their own.

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Roll Call: “It’s time for a cease-fire in the latest war of words”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the latest war of words in Washington, DC:

The political center, likely to pick the next president, is just plain tired of everyone and everything Washington. What they want is control over their family budgets, their health care and their futures, especially retirement.

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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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