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Medved: The Power of Familiarity and the Race for the Presidency

After Super Tuesday, the choice for president narrowed to three well-known—and very elderly—candidates.

By time of November’s election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will range in age from 74 to 79; whoever wins will qualify as the oldest president ever inaugurated.

The decisive advantage for Trump, Bernie and Biden involves their name recognition.

Even before he ran the first time, Trump’s decades of celebrity status gave him decisive advantages since most citizens pay scant attention to politics, and instinctively prefer a familiar figure to names you don’t recognize. That’s particularly true at a time when most voters perceive the country’s doing well, or at least holding its own.

In that context, familiarity reliably trumps advanced age.

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Michael Medved: The Big Question No One Asked at the Dem Debate

In the nasty, ferocious, astonishingly unpleasant Democratic debate on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, no one thought to ask the contenders if they viewed any of their rivals as outside the Democratic Party mainstream.

Obviously, Bernie Sanders, self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” is far removed from the traditions and values of the party he now seeks to lead. In fact, the Vermont Independent and former member of the Socialist Workers Party has never even identified himself as a Democrat.

If his brand of left-wing extremism takes over one of our two great political parties, it will be a disaster for that party and for the country.

If the Democrats are so far gone in their leftward journey that they can’t rule out a democratic socialist as their candidate for president, then the party and its candidates have disqualified themselves from serious consideration for national leadership.

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Albert Mohler: The President Speaks at the March for Life

Last week we saw history made as President Trump addressed the annual March for Life in person.

Yes: Previous pro-life presidents had communicated support and had spoken to the March for Life in different forms—whether by letter, video, or by sending the vice president.

But not one had showed up in person.

And that’s the point:

It’s no small thing that the president of the United States showed up in person at the March for Life.

Previous presidents had considered the political calculus a bit too risky—wanting to keep a little bit of distance between themselves and the pro-life movement—especially this event.
The fact that this president added to his pro-life record his appearance at the March for Life is epic for the cause of life.

The precedent that has been set is worth highlighting as well: Future pro-life presidents will now be expected to show up at the March for Life.

That, too, is really important for the cause of life.

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Albert Mohler: As the Year 2020 Begins

Like a pristine new calendar, the Year 2020 begins without a blemish, but all too soon it will be recorded as history. We know this much: 2020 will bring a national election to the United States, and the race for president will be the main story of the year. By the end of 2020, we will know a very great deal about the political future of the United States. We already know how much is at stake.

The year will bring achievements and set-backs, storms and earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars. Millions of babies will be born worldwide in 2020, and we can only imagine the world they will know decades from now. There will be weddings and funerals and holidays and ordinary days—good days and hard days.

There will be 366 days in 2020—one extra day in February. Make every day count. May 2020 bring you and yours abundant blessings and many good days.

Happy New Year from Townhall.com.

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Michael Medved: Polls Can’t Predict Trump’s Democratic Opponent

Our fascination with polls sometimes produces premature conclusions about next year’s presidential race, including the assumptions that Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden will fight it out for the Democratic nomination. Past polling a year before elections has demonstrated scant predictive value: for 2004, Wesley Clark and Howard Dean were the clear Democratic front-runners, but neither survived the early primaries; John Kerry, who grabbed the nomination, ran fifth at this point.

Four years later, for 2008, Rudy Giuliani was way ahead among Republicans—topping the ultimate nominee, John McCain, more than 2 to 1. And in 2016, Donald Trump was a full six points behind then front-runner Ben Carson—who’s now in Trump’s cabinet. Primary contests are unpredictable, particularly with complicated races and multiple candidates. There’s still time for new entrants like Mike Bloomberg, or some other surprise latecomer, to shake up the faltering Democratic field.

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Michael Medved: Today’s Aspirants Should Heed Lincoln’s Example

Abraham Lincoln remains our most revered political leader, but even some of his admirers misunderstand his rise to power. They believe Lincoln only became president in 1860 because Democrats divided, and three major candidates split the votes against him. In fact, those three opponents drew a combined total far less than Lincoln’s hefty majorities in 15 of the 18 free states of the union—providing more than enough electoral votes for decisive victory. The only states Lincoln failed to carry were the fifteen slave states, which naturally opposed a candidate who said: “If slavery isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.”

In Lincoln’s re-election run in 1864, he won an even greater landslide: winning the popular vote by 10 percent, and carrying 22 of 25 states. His example reminds us that great presidential leadership relies on clear-cut majority support, not the cobbled together, squeaker victories that seem to obsess too many strategists and commentators as they look toward 2020.

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