David Gergen has been a White House adviser to four presidents and is a senior political analyst at CNN. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and was the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Apparently on the cusp of entering the already-crowded 2020 presidential race, Joe Biden must do much more than assemble a campaign team, match Bernie Sanders in micro-fundraising, and set off on the campaign trail. He must also offer a compelling rationale for why he wants to be president. Old-timers will remember how Sen. Edward Kennedy was sailing ahead in the 1980 Democratic field until journalist Roger Mudd asked him why he was hungering for the Oval Office. To everyone's surprise, Kennedy stumbled into incoherence. His campaign quickly sank from there. David Gergen So far, Biden hasn't signaled what his clarion call … [Read more...] about If Biden runs, he should commit to just one term
MARIPOSA — California Rep. Tom McClintock showed up Tuesday and faced his constituents at a town hall meeting — something many of his fellow Republicans have declined to do during this week’s congressional break. About 900 people filled the Mariposa Fairgrounds and Exposition Center to toss pointed questions at the five-term congressman. Such a large crowd was a sign of how the resistance to President Trump has crept into the California’s Republican hinterlands — even to Mariposa, population 2,173. McClintock, first elected to Congress in 2008, has done more than 100 town halls, and his Mariposa stops typically draw 60 to 80 people. On Tuesday, every metal chair was taken 45 minutes before the event started. While a few wore “Make America Great Again” caps, the majority didn’t appear to be supporters of the president. Many of them carried signs that read, “Answer the question!,” “Dump Tom McTrump!,” … [Read more...] about GOP Rep. McClintock gets an earful at Northern California town hall
Opinion by SE Cupp Updated 1316 GMT (2116 HKT) November 13, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. SE Cupp is a CNN political commentator and the host of "SE Cupp Unfiltered." The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)It's become the political buzzword over the past few years, increasingly used to describe the root cause of our divisions and our resentments: tribalism. The idea that Americans are more divided than ever, entrenched in ideological camps and unwilling to meet in the middle, is so pervasive that one hardly goes a single hour without hearing about it on a cable news show. SE Cupp Since 2016, numerous books by very smart people, including Jonah Goldberg, Amy Chua, Steve Kornacki, Stevan E. Hobfoll, Sarah Rose Cavanagh and others have been devoted to tracing, explaining or solving America's tribalism. But is tribalism really to blame? It's more … [Read more...] about Tribalism isn’t the real reason America is divided
Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of "The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President." He served as a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Earlier this year, President Trump quipped (I'd like to believe not seriously) that he'd probably remain in office for 10 to 14 years. On another occasion, Trump spoke highly of China's President Xi being president for life and joked to great applause that maybe "we'll give that a shot someday." Aaron David Miller Though he once claimed he'd done more in his first two years in office than any other President in US history (George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, among others, might have something to say about that), Trump is certainly no great student of the presidency. As such, he is … [Read more...] about The power of incumbency: Four two-term presidents in a row?
To the editor: This article states that many Democrats are “anxious that an uncompromising progressive at the top of the ticket could push swing states into President Trump’s hands.” Perhaps this could more accurately say that people comfortable with the status quo think an uncompromising progressive will appeal to swing states in the general election. Many of those who voted for Trump in 2016 were unhappy with the policies of both parties that had steadily eroded the economic well-being of their families. That they would be particularly turned off by that pillar of the establishment, Hillary Clinton, is hardly a surprise. With all due respect, I suggest that they do provide fertile ground for an “uncompromising progressive.”Reneau Reneau, Inglewood Advertisement ..To the editor: We know that winning a presidential election requires capturing the middle ground, but that shouldn’t make us overlook the fact that the middle ground can be moved to the … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: We tried nominating a moderate Democrat in 2016. It gave us Trump