Biden is at 27 percent support in recent polls, followed by Warren at 21, Bernie Sanders at 17, Pete Buttigieg at 8 and Harris at 5.
Biden is down from a high of 40 percent in May, when Warren was polling at just 8 percent.
I called O’Rourke’s candidacy a mistake from the start. He came close to defeating Ted Cruz in deep-red Texas in 2016. He should have run against John Cornyn, Texas’ other Republican senator, in 2020. With both O’Rourke and former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro — the two most popular Democratic politicians in Texas — running for president, chances of the Senate changing hands next year are reduced. Both men have put ego ahead of party interest.
Unlike Sanders, who is open to raising taxes on anyone but the poor to pay for national health insurance, Warren would get the money (she claims to need $2 trillion per year; a low estimate, but still a 50 percent increase in federal spending) from corporations and the wealthy. All the money employers now spend on private health-care plans for their employees would be converted into taxes. Large corporations would pay a surcharge. Wealth taxes would double from 3 to 6 percent. And Warren would keep costs down by capping what the government pays doctors and hospitals. Even Americans who support these changes (and few do) will recognize that it amount to a massive shift from the private economy to the public sector.
Jonah Goldberg argues for canceling primaries and going back to smoke-filled rooms, in which party elites pick the candidates.