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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Harris Slump

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's dishonesty and his record of disregarding the rule of law.   The update  -- recently published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.

At LAT, Melanie Mason and Mark Z. Barabak report that Kamala Harris had a strong start, but has since slumped.
“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities,” said Gil Duran, a former Harris advisor who is now the opinion editor of the Sacramento Bee. “What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

Other candidates have forged past Harris.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — both well-defined personalities — have staked their place as front-runners in the crowded contest. Upstart Pete Buttigieg, the brainy young mayor of South Bend, Ind., has garnered buzz and big bucks from some of California’s major political donors. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has won praise for her soup-to-nuts sheaf of liberal policy proposals.
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David Axelrod, who twice helped navigate Barack Obama to the White House, said that caution “can be a very, very perilous thing in a presidential campaign, where that can often translate into exceedingly political and calculated.” ... “She’s a brilliant person, there’s no doubt about that,” Axelrod said. “But what we’ve learned so far is that she’s great at asking questions but timid at answering them. She’s going to have to correct that to navigate this process.”