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‘Woke’ doesn’t win and other big surprises of Democrats’ 2020 race so far

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18.01.2020

Voting tells politicians, and the press if they’re capable of getting the message, what citizens will tolerate and what they won’t. The Democrats haven’t voted yet, but the candidates have been campaigning for more than a year and just had their last debate before the Iowa caucuses.

That’s time enough to learn some useful things. The first is that voters — Democratic voters — have a limited appetite for free stuff. Many candidates have been promising free college and free health care and offering free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Sounds good at first, as when Sen. Elizabeth Warren backed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal. But the refusal of the I-have-a-plan-for-that candidate to say how she’d pay for it didn’t fly. And when she did answer that question, that flopped, too, and she fell back on saying it would be delayed till her second two years or second term.

The second thing we’ve learned is related: As blogger Glenn Reynolds puts it, “Go woke, go broke.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris, former Secretary of Housing and........

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