With a Potential Defeat Looming, PPFA Claims a Victory

One of PPFA's most loyal readers and commenters, "NP," recently quipped that he was hoping for twice daily posts down the stretch. It was a request I simply could not oblige. When I promised to give you daily posts for the final week, I was giving you all I could. That said, I thought on… Continue reading With a Potential Defeat Looming, PPFA Claims a Victory


Mediocre Tuesday

Have you ever had a significant other whose prior significant other was particularly good-looking or talented, leaving you feeling a little, um, "inadequate"? No? Oh. Me neither. If we had, though, I bet we'd feel a little like today's slate of primary contests. Super Tuesday spoiled us. Remember when a single state and just a… Continue reading Mediocre Tuesday

The Pivot

Super Tuesday is behind us, as are a couple dozen Democratic candidates. Now we pivot to the final stage of this protracted primary: a brawl between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, one that could drag on for months. (I feel like we should be listening to this track from Rocky II. Bill Conti, ladies and… Continue reading The Pivot

Super Tuesday Fallout

In a Beatlesesque eight-day week, every box of the Biden Campaign's Must Do List was checked. And now, quite unlike his last major opponent, he ain't got nothin' but love for the Democratic Party. From Tuesday, February 24 through Super Tuesday, March 3, Biden had an acceptable debate performance, the field finally ganged up on… Continue reading Super Tuesday Fallout

Super Tuesday 2020 Previewpalooza

Happy Super Tuesday! The first four states were less about the delegates as much as they were about momentum, media interpretations, and how those factors affect today, the day about 35% of pledged delegates are awarded. (Wishful thinking, am I right? Prepare for days of delegate-counting.) Coming out of South Carolina, Joe Biden has picked… Continue reading Super Tuesday 2020 Previewpalooza

Unpacking South Carolina — and on to Super Tuesday

It took 32 years, but Joe Biden finally won a presidential primary. On Saturday night, he won South Carolina, and he won it big. Let's get right into some answering some questions coming out of this primary and heading into the biggest primary day of the year -- Super Tuesday. How did PPFA do? Pretty… Continue reading Unpacking South Carolina — and on to Super Tuesday

South Carolina 2020 Primary: Prediction

Tomorrow we arrive at the fourth contest of the 2020 Democratic Primary: South Carolina. Before I get into the punditry and predictions, there are several pieces of important context to first address. 1. The delegate standings Even this context needs context: Bernie Sanders is winning, but some argue he's not turning out the "new voters"… Continue reading South Carolina 2020 Primary: Prediction

Unpacking Nevada — and on to South Carolina

As expected, Bernie Sanders secured a big Nevada win on Saturday, and he remains by far the likeliest Democratic nominee. And yet, perhaps -- just perhaps -- anti-Bernie Democrats were offered a glimmer of hope all the same. I'll circle back to that soon. For now, let's work our way up Nevada's results. PPFA has… Continue reading Unpacking Nevada — and on to South Carolina

Nevada Caucuses 2020: Preview

We've arrived at the third contest of the 2020 Democratic Primary: the Nevada caucuses. Just three days removed from a testy debate -- one in which the most targeted candidate is not on today's ballot and the least targeted candidate is the strong favorite to win the nomination -- we're eager to see how the… Continue reading Nevada Caucuses 2020: Preview

Nevada Debate: The Night Five Democrats Stop-and-Frisked Mike Bloomberg

"Mayor Bloomberg, there's a lot for you to respond to there." -Moderator Lester Holt, just five minutes into last night's debateLike antibodies attacking an invading virus, the five Democratic candidates who have actually campaigned and won delegates in early states aggressively defended their party from an interloping billionaire. And it didn't take long.The Nevada debate… Continue reading Nevada Debate: The Night Five Democrats Stop-and-Frisked Mike Bloomberg