The Democrats’ Miserable Week

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While President Donald Trump gleefully consolidates both power and popularity (the latter if graded on a curve), the men and women who aim to replace him are having themselves a time. On today’s Reason Roundtable podcast, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch talk about the Iowa caucus debacle, Joe Biden’s ongoing face-plant, the identity politics wipeout, Pete Buttigieg’s tenuous deficit hawkery, and so much more.

Along the way, the gang manages to argue about—surprise!—Trump, Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah), The Irishman, the economy, and the potential meanings of “lying, dog-faced pony soldier.” And yes, we go to the Oscars, in terms of both speechifying and merit. A fun time for the whole family!

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music: ‘Black Moons’ by the 126ers.

Relevant links from the show:

Joe Biden Just Called a Woman at One of His Events a ‘Lying, Dog-Faced Pony Soldier.’ What?” by Eugene Volokh

The Iowa Caucuses Have Always Been Terrible,” by Peter Suderman

Dems Want to Run the Country, but They Can’t Even Run an Election in Iowa,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The Woke Primary Is Over and Everyone Lost,” by Matt Welch

Buttigieg Makes the Democratic Case for Cutting Debt,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Smart Debate Responses Against Drug War Lead Inevitably to Big Pharma Bashing,” by Scott Shackford

As Progressive Twitter Erupts at Joe Rogan Endorsing Bernie Sanders, a Reminder: Elizabeth Warren’s Sexism Gambit Backfired,” by Matt Welch

Trump Denounces ‘Dirty Cops,’ ‘Leakers,’ and ‘Liars’ in Post-Acquittal Victory Speech,” by Billy Binion

Senate Votes To Acquit Trump on All Charges,” by Billy Binion

Instead of Removing Trump From Power, Remove Power From the Presidency,” by Matt Welch

‘The President Is Guilty.’ Mitt Romney Will Break Party Lines, Vote To Remove Trump,” by Eric Boehm

Consultant in Chief,” by Peter Suderman

Trump Bashes Socialism While Endorsing a Status Quo Socialism of His Own,” by Peter Suderman

State of the Union: Trump Tells Tall Tales, Dems Walk Out,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Trump Is Making Criminal Justice Reform a Theme of his Campaign,” by C.J. Ciaramella

Donald Trump Stomps Bill Weld and Joe Walsh in Iowa,” by Matt Welch

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