THE PARAGRAPHS OF THE DAY

Today’s paragraphs – and they are truly excellent – come to us from David Siders, writing for politico.com.

In his latest commentary, Mr. Siders explains the current condition of our two major political parties; where each of them is as the 2020 presidential campaign looms:

Republicans have long believed that if only the economy held up, President Donald Trump could win a second term.

Following another spate of positive economic news — and without a cohesive economic message of their own — many Democrats are starting to fear he might.

Anxiety on the left reached new heights last week, with the government reporting that the nation’s economy had grown at an unexpectedly fast pace in the first quarter of the year. While Trump took credit for the surging economy, Democratic presidential contenders were immersing themselves in the Mueller report and debating whether incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote.

By Thursday, prodded by former Vice President Joe Biden, they were revisiting the violence at a white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his own campaign announcement video, Biden did not explicitly mention jobs or the economy once.

“We don’t really have a robust national message right now” on the economy, said Celinda Lake, a leading Democratic strategist and pollster. “We will tend to talk about things like paid leave and equal pay — and those things are all very popular policies. But they don’t add up to an economic message that is robust enough to win the presidency and beat Donald Trump, who talks about a very robust economic policy.”

She said, “You may agree or not with it, but you know what [his message] is. And Democrats, you don’t know what it is. And that’s a recipe for disaster in 2020.”

Rarely do you come across an article that lays a situation out so well in so few words.

David Siders wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for providing one of those rare instances.

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