Hakeem Jeffries Wants Democrats to Take a Deep Breath

first_imgParty leaders have promised a “deep dive” into Tuesday’s results to better understand how they lost five seats and counting and failed in nearly every pickup opportunity they believed was in reach.- Advertisement – That begins, he said, by “crushing the virus” and sending “direct relief” to American workers and business owners still reeling from the pandemic-battered economy.“That should be our priority, and will be on Day 1,” he said.Facing the likelihood of a Republican Senate, it will not be easy. Mr. Jeffries said Democrats believed there would be opportunities for them to partner with Mr. Biden and Republicans in the Senate to pass laws related to prescription drug pricing, infrastructure spending, and changes to sentencing and prison laws. Nov. 9, 2020, 11:33 a.m. ET Mr. Jeffries’s own theory of the case is that Democrats’ “For the People” message is the right one. The best way to win back traditionally Democratic voters peeled away by the millions by Mr. Trump and to bridge the divisions within his party’s own ranks, he argued, is to relentlessly focus on kitchen-table issues like health care costs, prescription drug pricing, defeating Covid-19, creating jobs and addressing racial inequality.“It is unlikely, absent the bully pulpit of the presidency, that someone who has mastered the art of grievance politics can have a same hold of on a significant part of the country that Donald Trump demonstrated,” he said. “So as we move forward, Democrats have a real chance to win back some of these working-class voters by making clear our implemented ideas will fix the broken American contract and improve their quality of life.”- Advertisement – Updated – Advertisement – Mr. Jeffries said he was most concerned about why the public opinion polling that guides campaigns at nearly every level systematically failed to capture the extent of support not only for Mr. Trump, but other Republicans on the ballot.“One of the things that we should take a look at is, is the polling broken, or is the polling only broken when Donald Trump is on the ballot,” Mr. Jeffries said, noting that public opinion surveys had much more accurately predicted the 2018 midterm results. “Because if it is the latter, then there are not too many adjustments to be made going forward because Trump will be nowhere to be found electorally in 2022.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Zion Williamson on leading Duke: ‘I don’t feel the pressure’

first_imgZion Williamson has played an integral role in leading Duke during the regular season and through the NCAA Tournament, but the star forward said he doesn’t “really feel the pressure.” At just 18 years old, Williamson has come up big down the stretch when the Blue Devils needed it most. Of the four conference games Duke lost this season, Williamson was out for three recovering from a knee sprain. He helped secure the ACC Tournament victory against North Carolina with 31 points and 11 rebounds. And when it looked like Central Florida was going to win the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Williamson dropped another 32 points and 11 rebounds.  But Williamson doesn’t believe he needs to have a “monster game” every night because of the depth Duke has with freshmen R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. “I don’t feel the pressure to have that every game because we have a lot of talented players on this team,” Williamson told reporters. “So like we just move the ball and attack. And whoever has the hot hand, that’s who is going to have the monster night.” Related News Mike Krzyzewski on Duke’s freshmen: ‘If you like basketball, you should like these kids’ Junior forward Jack White gave credit to Williamson for how he has handled the expectations this season.“He always handles it all in a great way,” White said (via USA Today). “Just being around him every day, if you didn’t know that, then you’d have no idea about all the attention he receives. He’s just like another guy on our team, really, in how he acts and carries himself. And as a teammate, he’s just great. He’s just all about winning. He just lets his game do the talking.”center_img Coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, acknowledged “there’s pressure on us all the time” and addressed some of the expectations that come from being a Blue Devil.“You have to make sure that you’re adapting to coaching a young group at this time in civilization, and not four years ago or five years ago,” Krzyzewski said. “And these guys have been really good to adapt to. Our program has incredibly high expectations from within and from without. And that’s good. And so if we succeed, we succeed famously. And if we do not succeed, we have tried to succeed famously. And I like that aspect of our program immensely.”East Region’s top-seed Duke will face No. 4 Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 on Friday, with tip off set for 9:39 p.m. ET. Duke star Zion Williamson explains why he never considered shutting it down after injurylast_img read more

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