We looked inside some of the tweets by @SteveKornacki and here's what we found interesting.
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I feel guilty promoting my book so much here, but it's the product of many years of (fun!) work and I really hope you'll check it out. It's in stores on Oct. 2, but honestly, preorders are extremely helpful and I'd be grateful if you order one here now:
Bernie Sanders raised $6 million in his first 24 hours as a candidate. Here's how much the 1988 Democratic field raised in the first 6 months of that campaign:
Morning Consult is doing weekly Dem 2020 polling and just released their newest: Biden 30% Sanders 21% Harris 11% Warren 8% O'Rourke 7% Booker 5% Klobuchar 4% Bloomberg 2% Brown 1%
With Sanders and Warren in, this will be the third time the NH primary has two candidates from neighboring states competing with each other: 2004 Dems (VT's Dean and MA's Kerry) and 1964 GOP (ME's Chase Smith and write-in campaign for MA's Cabot Lodge) are the others.
Sanders enters the Dem race running in second place in polls behind Biden, with support somewhere in the mid/high-teens. (RCP average has Biden at 27, Sanders 17, and Harris 11). Here's how that compares to initial polling for other runners-up who tried again in the next race:
“Face it: You don’t find many Socialists in elected office in this country” Fresh off his 10-vote victory in Burlington, VT’s mayoral race, Bernie Sanders is featured on NBC’s Today on April 7, 1981:
People from Massachusetts may appreciate this juxtaposition....
Klobuchar telling Dem voters she’s not “a magic genie” reminds me of Paul Tsongas telling them, “I’m not Santa Claus.”
9/6/1979: John Chancellor introduces an NBC Nightly News piece about “a very important young man named Pat Caddell...He’s the one who wrote the memo back in April which the president finally read outlining the growing lack of confidence Americans have in their institutions.”
As @DKarol pointed out in the mentions here, Ford/Reagan isn't included. I probably should have; was looking at presidents who had been elected. Ford was at 60% with GOP voters when Reagan announced in 11/75.
(Weld's announcement is not quite the same as these others; he said he's forming an exploratory committee as opposed to explicitly declaring that he's a candidate)
Gallup approval rating for presidents *within their own party* when primary challengers emerged: Trump (Bill Weld, today): 89% Bush 41 (Pat Buchanan, 12/91): 73% Carter (Ted Kennedy, 11/79): 40% Nixon (Pete McCloskey, 7/71): 82% LBJ (Gene McCarthy, 11/67): 57%
Weld's electoral history: 1978 - lost race for MA AG 1990 - won race for MA Gov 1994 - won race for MA Gov 1996 - lost race for US Sen in MA 2006 - quit NY Gov race after losing GOP convention endorsement 2016 - lost race for VP as Libertarian 2020 - seeking GOP WH nomination?
Worth noting that Bill Weld, who is now exploring a GOP primary challenge to Donald Trump, and Mitt Romney were close allies in their MA days and have stayed on good terms through the years (with Weld pitching in for Romney's WH bids)
“Republicans in Washington exhibit all the symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome” Former MA Gov Bill Weld (R) launching presidential exploratory committee in NH now:
It has been brought to my attention that there is a political book in @YoungerTV that looks eerily like @SteveKornacki's The Red and the Blue, which makes sense because Steve and the hip publishing set have always gone hand-in-hand.
I'm getting old and out of touch culturally so I don't know the show "Younger," but if it's anything like "Night Court" or "The Father Dowling Mysteries" then I'm very excited by this!
Trump's average approval is up slightly post-shutdown and is now at 43.3% in RCP. It's been between 37% and 46% his entire presidency. In the '16 campaign, his average share in horserace polls was between 35.3% and 43.4% & his average favorable rating was between 31% and 40%
LaRouche also thought he was going to win a presidential primary in June 1992, when he and two other fringe candidates were the only names on North Dakota's nonbinding Dem ballot. Instead, he still lost to write-in votes for Ross Perot:
Lyndon LaRouche ran, or attempted to run, for president eight times, but his biggest political triumph came in 1986 when two of his adherents somehow won the Illinois Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and secretary of state:
Morning Consult has a new Dem 2020 poll: Biden 29% Sanders 22% Harris 13% Warren 8% O'Rourke 7% Booker 5% Klobuchar 3% Bloomberg 2% Brown 2%
November 20, 2002: With polls showing Gore far ahead of field, "[m]any Democratic leaders and contributors believe that sending a retreaded, made-over Gore...could be disastrous"