Though political pundits and observers have analyzed Donald Trump’s electoral win to death, ultimately, it can be summed up in one word: complacency. Such complacency was perhaps understandable for Democrats — after all, Barack Obama was, and still is, a broadly popular president, making a Hillary Clinton administration feel inevitable, and the Republican primary often devolved into a farcical circus — but nonetheless, it was fatal.
That won’t happen to Democrats again. This primary season has so far been the toughest, most competitive, and most demanding my generation has ever seen. This means that whoever secures the nomination will have…
There is a pretty decent chance a female candidate earns the Democratic Party nomination for the 2020 election. Those favorable odds are not due to one particular female candidate’s campaign; they’re owed to the fact that several women are running high-profile campaigns. The presence of multiple top-tier, viable female candidates in a presidential race is not something we’ve seen before — and it’s having a profound impact on how voters perceive the field of candidates and the prospect of electing a female president.
Just as physicists spend decades seeking to resolve the seeming paradox that a photon is both a wave and a particle, observers of U.S. politics continue to struggle with the reality that Donald Trump is both an exceptionally weak president and an authoritarian threat. Since 2017, many commentators have treated this question as binary, suggesting that Trump’s failures as a president should invalidate any concerns over what his White House tenure might mean for the future of our democracy. But that’s an incorrect — and dangerous — assumption.
A minor miracle has happened overnight, and most of us haven’t noticed. So stop for a moment and look: As I write this article, everyone officially running for the Democratic nomination is a woman.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first to formally announce her run, in late December. Not long afterward, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) came out with a suspiciously presidential-looking book and book tour; sure enough, reports from “sources close to her” said Harris would be announcing her own candidacy on or near Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) hired a new set of aides…
As much as I’d like to be optimistic going into the new year, Elizabeth Warren’s announcement that she’s running for president reminded me of an immovable fact about America: There is no woman who will ever be seen as good enough, smart enough, or qualified enough for most men in this country.
As we did with Hillary Clinton in 2016, we will hear different iterations of the same tired, sexist refrain about Warren (and any other woman who throws her hat in the ring): I’d totally vote for a woman, just not THIS woman.
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