Published April 12, 2020
The Democrats’ overriding imperative is to oust Donald Trump. Their other ambitions—putting a woman on the ticket, the Green New Deal, Medicare for All—should be put on hold. They are irrelevant to the purpose at hand.
The Democrats’ job isn’t to persuade the already-persuaded but to attract and reassure the unwoke—the millions of independents, conservative Democrats and discomfited Republicans who urgently seek a decent, plausible alternative to Mr. Trump. This election will be decided by the plague-on-both-their-houses center, by voters who now feel homeless.
Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be his running mate. The latest poll by Fox News shows Mr. Biden running dead even against Mr. Trump, 42% to 42%, having lost an 8-point lead since the coronavirus’s arrival in America. Twenty years after the hanging chads of Florida, the U.S. electorate is still split, with eerie precision, right down the middle.
Mr. Morrow is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.