Hello TPM members. We hope your Valentine’s Day festivities were sweeter than the news we dumped on you this week.
Post-impeachment, President Trump is on a crusade to retaliate against all who wronged him, even those who committed years-old transgressions. With the Justice Department’s sudden reversal of the Roger Stone sentencing recommendation, just hours after Trump tweeted a complaint about the initial recommendation, the alarms went off. By Friday, the Trump friend and former campaign adviser was looking for a new trial.
We published a lot of letters from members in the Editors’ Blog this week. Here are some of them.
- FB posits that the rural/suburban divide is key to understanding America’s partisan split.
- RW feels enthusiastic about Amy Klobuchar’s better-than-expected, third-place finish in New Hampshire.
- PJ writes, “we’re in a political moment where, I think, there’s a realignment going on and voters are up for grabs, including persons who don’t normally vote or think about themselves politically.”
- MRK shares some thoughts before canvassing for Warren.
- CGM writes: “If we nominate Elizabeth Warren and lose, it will confirm a deep fear and suspicion that our country as a whole is not ready to entrust our power and future to a woman, simply because she is a woman.”
- NS argues that, contrary to the popular media narrative, Sanders is “truly viable all the way to the presidency.”
- In the face of criticism of New Hampshire and Iowa’s nominating contests — both in states that do not demographically resemble the Democratic Party writ large — New Hampshirite JS defends his state: “Retail politics need to be preserved as much as possible.”
- RD shares thoughts on Warren: “I think she’s the smartest person in the race, but I have concluded that she’s not best positions to succeed in the general.”
- RS thinks Bernie Sanders is “hopelessly naive about his ability to move Republican votes in the Senate through popular mobilization.”
- Demoralized Warren supporter EH is Bloomberg-curious.
- EW writes: “Bernie is not so left wing. He’d have few differences with Justin Trudeau or Jacinda Ardern.”
- AL on Bloomberg: “I fear that by choosing Bloomberg on the basis of his advertising we would be picking him precisely because he is a billionaire who could afford to demonstrate his general election fitness, and distract from the realities of the primary.”
- BB, meanwhile, comments on Bloomberg’s appeal.
Here’s what else happened in Prime this week.
- The big picture this week: Trump has turned the DOJ into his personal instrument, to defend his friends and target his enemies.
- Is Trump’s new post-acquittal recklessness actually a challenge for Bill Barr?
- Tierney Sneed notes a dissenting opinion by a Trump-appointed judge that, were it to become law, would deal a further blow to the already gutted Voting Rights Act.
- Are moderates having trouble making up their mind?
- Why is Rudy Giuliani giving info to the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh?
- The Roger Stone debacle makes us nostalgic about those old fears of Trump influencing the Mueller probe.
- Iowa was a disaster. Now two other states want to be first in the nation.
- Trump is selling merch from the Oval Office.
- President Trump is now accusing the foreperson in the jury of a criminal case of a close associate of his of “bias” and using it to call into question a duly issued jury verdict. Here’s where that story came from.
- Jeff Bezos has a long list of Trump corruption that he claims is evidence that Trump is also targeting Amazon.