2020 candidates

What the presidential candidates could learn from George Washington

Editors, Washington Examiner

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has a realistic shot at the Democratic nomination, is premised on the idea that one group of people is deliberately acting to harm the rest. Sanders does not simply complain that businesses and wealthier Americans are successful; he calls for the destruction of their capital in service of the people. Both Sanders and Trump must learn not to campaign based on the fear of others — especially not of fellow Americans. The next U.S. president will not match up to Washington, no matter how successful he is. But that doesn't mean our first president's example shouldn't inspire those who wish to lead us now. It can, and it always should.

Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

To win the nomination, almost all the leading candidates on the Democratic debate stage now believe that they must renounce almost everything they once stood for — at least for a while. Given that most are white or affluent or children of privilege, or all three, sometimes the metamorphosis becomes low comedy. Those who have not reinvented themselves are either out of the race or shortly will be. If Trump will relax, let his record speak for itself, and avoid cul-de-sac Twitter traps and warring retweets, the various multiple and faux personalities of his opponents and the many foolhardy agendas they embrace will more or less reelect him.

Here come the Democratic nobles on parade

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The legion of Democrats who think they can take the measure of Donald Trump will go at it beginning Wednesday night, each trying to figure out a way to stand out in a crowd of mediocrities. The candidates are practicing to come up with the meanest, harshest and most colorful way to say how much more they hate the Donald than anyone else in the whole world, and certainly more than any of the others on the platform in Miami. The press will be eager to declare a winner of the debates, though if there’s anything shorter-lived than a line drawn in the sand, it’s establishing a credible favorite 17 months before an election. Events will always change perceptions. Each Democrat has flaws; there’s no sure thing left.