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July 31, 2019 3:56 p.m.

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I’ve had similar thoughts as yours about the electoral danger of Warren’s embrace of Medicare for All. As a state-level healthcare reporter in the 1990s, I saw at close range the enormous political power of that industry. The beast will not go gently into that good night if Warren shows any possibility of winning the Democratic nomination. At the same time, I mostly agree with Warren’s policy direction and admire her political courage in taking such an unequivocal stance.

This gets me to reflect on my assumptions about electability. People win office all the time who advocate unpopular policy stances. Some even get elected – and reelected – despite considerable personal baggage. What then separates the winners from the losers?

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