John Peeler: It’s possible that Attack/Divide/Demonize, a pattern of behavior that we’ve seen from him many times, is actually the only way he knows how to behave.
Michael T. Hertz: Not only is Senator Harris caught in a cross-fire in which she accepts campaign contributes from the very attorneys that she criticizes, but the Trump cabinet is wrecked because Acosta did the deal with Kirkland & Ellis!
Thom Hartman: Literally every week—virtually every day—since Trump was elected, he’s gotten the media to put his name on the front page of the nation’s newspapers and at the top of the TV news shows.
Walter G. Moss: Demonstrate more pragmatism. Show voters that he is not only a good, passionate, caring human being, but one who can work with others, including Republicans, to get things done.
Alvaro Huerta: To defeat Trump—following the valiant example of the boxer Andy Ruiz Jr., who demolished Anthony Joshua to become the first Chicano heavyweight world champion—Democrats should be ready to knock out, politically speaking, the “man baby” Trump in 2020!
Thom Hartmann: Might Trump and McConnell hope they’ll intervene in our election to keep in power a political party that now disdains democracy and a free press, and embraces dictatorial behavior like calling for the imprisonment of Trump’s political rivals, and of individuals in the intelligence agencies who have investigated him and the GOP?
Norman Solomon: Being preferable to Joe Biden is a low bar, and Kamala Harris clears it. But, like Biden, she stands to lose potential support from many self-described liberals and progressives to the extent they learn more about her actual record.
David A. Love: Americans should not seek ‘middle ground’ with those who support racist, anti-democratic policies.
Norman Solomon: After the leading blue chip closed sharply lower at the end of last week, even declaring “my time is up,” many top investors felt overexposed and looked for shelter.
WJ Astore: The only direct mention of the military-industrial complex that I recall hearing was by Bernie Sanders. Otherwise, the tacit assumption was that soaring defense budgets are appropriate and, at least in these debates, unassailable.
Peter Dreier: The format is crazy, making it difficult for any candidate to say much, but some candidates made the most of a bad situation.
Lance Simmens: Over the past 40 years, however, partisan rancor has risen to such a level as to make our system of governance and policy-making largely dysfunctional. I attribute this to the lost art of compromise.
Norman Solomon: Biden shuttles between the billionaire class and the working class—funded by the rich while justifying the rich to everyone else. His aspirations are bound up in notions of himself as comforter-in-chief.