Magazine March 11, 2019, Issue

Tugged Left

Senator Kamala Harris launches her presidential campaign in Oakland, Calif., January 27, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)
Democratic presidential candidates risk a repeat of 2016

Every week, a few more Demo­crats are announcing presidential runs — and every week, leading presidential candidates are taking big steps to the left of where their party had previously been. It’s Democrats’ year of living dangerously.

The week she entered the race, Senator Kamala Harris of California said we should get rid of private health insurance: a goal that the “Medicare for All” bill sponsored by self-described socialist Bernie Sanders, another potential contender, would almost entirely accomplish. Soon afterward, Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts joined Harris and Sanders in

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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