Steve Hochstadt: I don’t think that the big majorities who voted for Biden picked him because they thought he was more likely to beat Trump, but because they liked the idea of him being President more than they wanted Bernie.
Steve Hochstadt: Perhaps the greatest inconvenience, in my view, is the unpredictability of the end of lockdown. Shutting down our normal lives and remaining at home for a week or two is very different than for 3 months.
Steve Hochstadt: the willingness of more Democrats to embrace the liberal label does not mean that those who learned to hate liberals since 1984 will change their minds.
Steve Hochstadt: The ubiquity of guns carried by private citizens makes the US a more dangerous place with a higher homicide rate than anywhere in the European Union. But the only guns I see on a daily basis are on TV.
Steve Hochstadt: The metaphor of a circular firing squad could become accurate, if these few Democrats work so hard at tearing the others down that they collectively make all of them unelectable.
The Associated Press has counted at least 29 times since his election that Trump has said he has an “absolute right” to wield executive authority. One example is his claim that he could end birthright citizenship by executive order, even though it is assured by the 14th amendment to the Constitution.
Steve Hochstadt: Political conservatism, which once argued for objective truth, now relies on the broadest attack on truth that we have ever experienced.
Steve Hochstadt: Today hope means believing that we will soon stop going backwards, that this moment is just a hesitation on the journey toward the unity we seek. Sometimes hope makes way for despair about how things might get worse.
Steve Hochstadt: It’s been confusing, but delightful to see so many serious and skilled people with the most diverse identities making a serious run at the Presidency.
Steve Hochstadt: Our lives are more strongly influenced by state governments, which might ban or support the right to abortion, try to suppress or encourage voting, raise or lower taxes.
Steve Hochstadt: The Tea Party no longer needs to attack the Republican Party from the right. They are the Republican Party, and their desire to recreate our country in their image is non-negotiable.
Steve Hochstadt: For the few members of Congress who position themselves near the middle, who represent districts where elections are in doubt, their votes represent more than partisan loyalty – they display courage or its absence.
Steve Hochstadt: Over the next 11 months Trump will surprise everyone, perhaps many times, with unprecedented statements and behaviors. It is doubtful that any of those shocks will be pleasant.