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Say goodbye to Steve. And say hello to Stacey.
Two years ago, Democrats picked Steve Beshear to deliver the party’s response to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. Mr. Beshear, a 72-year-old moderate former governor of Kentucky, sat in a diner in his deep-red state, surrounded by a bipartisan group of onlookers, and tried to plant seeds of regret among Trump supporters.
How things have changed. On Tuesday, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, announced that the duty of giving this year’s State of the Union response would fall to Stacey Abrams, the 45-year-old, progressive, African-American candidate for governor of Georgia, whose tight race (and narrow loss) electrified the party.
Mr. Beshear represented exactly the demographic Democrats struggled with in the 2016 election — older, white, Southern men. The voters Ms. Abrams represents — young, diverse and female — won the party control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
The shift from Steve to Stacey is a powerful statement for a party that has spent much of the past two years debating what, exactly, it wanted to be in the Trump era. Should the party focus on recapturing the “Clinton Democrats,” the moderates who won them the White House during the 1990s? Or should it lean into the ascendant liberal wing, and the far more diverse, far more female coalition inspired to action by their strident opposition to Mr. Trump?
Ms. Abrams’s selection tells us a lot about where Democratic leaders see their future. She will be both the first nonsitting public official and the first black woman to deliver the rebuttal.
The former minority leader of the Georgia House, Ms. Abrams ran on a staunchly liberal platform in her red state. She has refused to concede defeat in the race, blaming voting irregularities for her loss — a stance that has only added to her reputation among Democrats.
“As a leader, I should be stoic in my outrage and silent in my rebuke,” she said in her nonconcession speech. “But stoicism is a luxury and silence is a weapon for those who would quiet the voices of the people, and I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”
Since losing her race, she has begun a voting rights group to challenge Republican policies, joined a liberal think tank and embarked upon a statewide “thank you tour.” She will even make an appearance during the Super Bowl, popping up in a 30-second ad for her organization, Fair Fight Action.
Her approval rating is 15 points higher than the man who beat her, Gov. Brian Kemp, and the Democratic primary field is essentially frozen as she decides whether to challenge Senator David Perdue in 2020 — a contest national Democrats would like her to enter.
“We were sitting around thinking about this three weeks ago, and her name came up,” Mr. Schumer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Immediately, everyone in the room said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Delivering the response to the State of the Union speech may be the most thankless job in politics — the addresses are largely remembered for what goes wrong. (See: Rubio, Marco, and his water bottle.)
But for Democrats, the potential for missteps might not matter. The choice of a speaker can say more about a party than the content of the address.
It’s possible this whole newsletter was really an excuse to link to this documentary-style video that Democrats produced to respond to President Ronald Reagan’s 1985 address. The graphics! The 1980s synthesizer soundtrack! An up-and-coming governor from Arkansas named Bill Clinton as narrator!
Can’t get enough State of the Union address? We’ll be postponing Monday’s edition of On Politics until Tuesday, to deliver a post-State of the Union newsletter. To get ready, here’s where you can find your State of the Union drinking game.
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One of our biggest pet peeves at On Politics is the way stories often seem to fade away, without any follow-up. With that in mind, we wanted to update you on some of the stories we covered this month.
• We brought you the story of Júlia Quintanilla, a contract employee cleaning federal government buildings, who worried about how she would pay her bills — or even afford groceries — during the government shutdown. The government has reopened, but Ms. Quintanilla’s fight isn’t over. Democratic lawmakers in the Senate are pushing a bill that would ensure low-wage workers get back pay. So far, the legislation has failed to attract any Republican co-sponsors.
• Since we wrote about the former Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz’s difficult path to the presidency, his troubles have gone from tall to venti. Over the past three days, it has come out that Mr. Schultz has voted in just 11 of the past 38 elections. He doesn’t know the price of a box of Cheerios, the country’s No. 1-selling breakfast cereal. And he was heckled at a book event in New York City, with another protest planned tonight in his hometown, Seattle.
• Before President Trump agreed to end the government shutdown last Friday, we wrote about how damaging the situation had become for his political standing. On Tuesday, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that a whopping 56 percent of Americans said they would definitely not vote for him in 2020. (Don’t count him out yet, though. We are still two years away from any ballots being cast.)
• For our first newsletter of 2019, we wrote about the “likability” question that plagues female politicians — most recently Senator Elizabeth Warren. Since then, two other female senators have entered the 2020 race. The first question Kirsten Gillibrand received at her first news conference: Is she too nice? Sigh.
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We’re introducing something new: A forum for you to share your thoughts with us and your fellow On Politics readers. We’re calling it The Soapbox. In today’s edition, readers sound off on Howard Schultz’s possible presidential run.
Steve McClam of South Carolina writes:
I’m an “actual voter” described in today’s Schultz article. I’m independent (never belonged to either party); socially moderate/liberal and fiscally conservative, residing in a super-red state, South Carolina.
I voted for Trump because I had Clinton fatigue. Now I have Trump fatigue in a big way (not to mention the embarrassment/regret factor). I feel that I have been abandoned by both parties and have nowhere to turn — until now, when Mr. Schultz showed up. There are more of us out here than you may think.
Laurel Tuttle of Washington State writes:
Maybe he is popular in his home state of New York, but he’d have to buy his own coffee in Seattle. I cannot understand how anyone but Donald Trump could have an ego so big that he would do this, knowing how harmful it could be. I hope no one buys his book and no one goes to his rallies. He deserves no more.
Seth Berkowitz of Los Angeles writes:
If he wants to be president, he should run for the Democratic nomination. He’s a got a year till the first caucus and a huge pile of money to fund his run. If he can’t make a dent in a 20-person field with that and by being the only moderate in the race who isn’t running away from his ideology, then how can he hope to be anything in the election but a spoiler?
And finally, Rebecca Manning of San Francisco, a volunteer advocate for the Center for Voting and Democracy, writes:
Howard Schultz is definitely not without a constituency. Third-party candidates are not to blame for the spoiler effect — it is gerrymandered single-member voting districts, state boards of elections’ limitations on ballot access and winner-take-all counting methods keeping us from breaking free from our stalemated government.
There are nonpartisan solutions voters need to demand from our reps. We need more choices and we need the math to stop working against us. The goal is, we reach a tipping point with those in policymaking positions respecting all viewpoints again, regardless of party or non-party affiliation. We should be encouraging more candidates to enter the race. With multi-member voting districts and ranked-choice voting, the way is open for local representation in D.C. to actually look like the diverse populations we are.
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• Think the government shutdown created uncertainty for business? Try Brexit. British companies are stockpiling products and drawing up Plans A, B and C.
• This polar vortex is the worst, and we’re not even in the Midwest. Here are some tips to survive it, from the people who really know: Chicagoans.
• B. Smith, once known as the “black Martha Stewart,” has Alzheimer’s. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren’t happy. The Washington Post offers a penetrating look into living with Alzheimer’s.
Michael Bloomberg traveled to New Hampshire, where a photographer snapped this shot of him eating a slice. We have so many questions. Did someone take a big bite near the crust? Who goes to New Hampshire to eat pizza?
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二四六开奖记录查询【因】【为】，【顾】【夫】【人】【虽】【然】【生】【育】【了】【自】【己】，【但】【是】【她】【从】【小】【却】【过】【着】【那】【样】【颠】【沛】【流】【离】【的】【生】【活】，【生】【活】【早】【已】【经】【将】【她】【的】【棱】【角】【给】【磨】【平】，【她】【对】【亲】【情】【一】【次】【一】【次】【的】【失】【望】，【所】【以】【早】【已】【级】【没】【有】【期】【待】【了】。 【可】【是】，【当】【她】【在】【手】【术】【台】【上】【破】【腹】【产】【的】【时】【候】，【她】【突】【然】【就】【想】【起】【了】【顾】【夫】【人】【生】【自】【己】【的】【是】【不】【是】【也】【是】【这】【样】…… 【向】【暖】【的】【原】【本】【坚】【硬】【的】【心】【瞬】【间】【就】【坍】【塌】【了】。 “【不】，【不】【要】【紧】
“【我】【们】【想】【办】【法】【回】【去】【吧】。”【诺】【娲】【突】【然】【说】。 【庞】【纳】【斯】【有】【点】【惊】【讶】，【诺】【娲】【不】【止】【一】【次】【的】【向】【他】【表】【示】【想】【要】【在】【这】【里】【永】【远】【的】【生】【活】【下】【去】，【今】【天】【怎】【么】【突】【然】【说】【出】【这】【样】【的】【话】【呢】？ “【诺】【娲】，【你】【不】【是】【一】【直】【想】【要】【留】【在】【这】【里】【吗】？”【庞】【纳】【斯】【问】。 “【可】【是】，【我】【知】【道】【你】【还】【有】【很】【多】【牵】【挂】【而】【且】，【我】【想】【回】【去】【把】【穆】【尔】【他】【们】【带】【到】【这】【里】【来】！”【诺】【娲】【说】。 二四六开奖记录查询“【是】【吗】？”【殇】【聿】【见】【妹】【妹】【高】【兴】，【也】【不】【觉】【笑】【了】，【抬】【眸】【打】【量】【那】【个】【叫】【明】【珠】【的】【女】【孩】【子】，【却】【觉】【有】【些】【眼】【熟】。 “【姐】【姐】【怎】【么】【不】【识】【得】【我】【了】？”【明】【珠】【见】【殇】【聿】【疑】【惑】，【含】【笑】【轻】【语】，“【姐】【姐】【纵】【不】【识】【得】【我】，【难】【不】【成】【也】【忘】【了】【溪】【水】【边】【儿】【上】，【与】【你】【一】【同】【吃】【兔】【子】【的】【少】【年】？” “【是】【你】？”【殇】【聿】【轻】【笑】，“【你】【做】【了】【女】【孩】【子】【打】【扮】，【我】【一】【时】【竟】【未】【认】【出】。” “【姐】【姐】【是】
【海】【水】【有】【形】，【侵】【蚀】【无】【意】，【终】【于】【有】【一】【日】【海】【水】【的】【侵】【蚀】【创】【造】【出】【了】【一】【个】【城】，【这】【座】【城】【的】【名】【字】【就】【叫】【海】【蚀】【之】【城】。 【有】【人】【的】【地】【方】【就】【会】【有】【战】【场】，【有】【战】【场】【的】【地】【方】【就】【会】【有】【硝】【烟】。【当】【烽】【火】【开】【始】【蔓】【延】【的】【时】【候】，【所】【有】【生】【命】【都】【会】【被】【迫】【卷】【入】【战】【场】，【直】【到】【他】【们】【生】【命】【的】【最】【后】【一】【刻】。 【战】【争】，【都】【是】【有】【型】【的】，【可】【是】【战】【场】【却】【是】【无】【形】【的】。【那】【些】【只】【将】【有】【人】【流】【血】、【流】【泪】【的】【战】【争】
【不】【远】【处】，【正】【在】【答】【题】【的】【杜】【晴】【不】【由】【得】【心】【里】【埋】【怨】【道】：“【真】【是】【个】【傻】【子】！【你】【不】【知】【道】【高】【成】【竹】【是】【学】【校】【监】【考】【老】【师】【里】【最】【严】【的】【吗】？【在】【他】【监】【考】【的】【考】【场】【里】【作】【弊】，【真】【是】【太】【愚】【蠢】【了】！” 【考】【场】【里】【认】【真】【答】【题】【的】【同】【学】【们】【都】【是】【一】【愣】，【抬】【头】【看】【了】【看】【情】【势】，【然】【后】【又】【埋】【头】【做】【题】【去】【了】，【毕】【竟】【时】【间】【不】【等】【人】。 【说】【着】，【高】【成】【竹】【板】【着】【一】【张】【脸】，【走】【过】【来】，【一】【把】【将】【苏】【沐】【的】【试】【卷】【收】