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“There’s no shame and much honor in the job of coming to judgments about news events,” my colleague Frank Bruni wrote last month. “But we don’t have to rush there.”
A week after that column ran, the actor Jussie Smollett reported being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime in Chicago. The reaction was widespread — and did not follow Frank’s advice. Among the many public responses were denunciations of the attacks from Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and other Democratic presidential candidates. Harris called the incident “an attempted modern day lynching.”
Now, however, things look a lot less clear, and those instant reactions are looking problematic. Several news organizations, including CNN, have reported that Chicago police are investigating whether the attack was a hoax.
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Harris, while on her first campaign trip to New Hampshire yesterday, seemed to stumble when asked about the situation. “‘Which tweet? What tweet?’ Ms. Harris said in response to the question about her use of the ‘modern day lynching’ phrase,” as Katharine Seelye of The Times reported. “After a moment, she said, ‘I think the facts are still unfolding and I’m very concerned’ about the initial allegation by Mr. Smollett. She said ‘there should be an investigation’ and declined to comment further until it was complete.”
Her final instinct there was the best one. Making sweeping pronouncements about unverified criminal allegations isn’t a good idea — not now, not three weeks ago. It’s especially problematic with matters involving race, gender and sexuality, which ignite particular political passions.
Everyone — and definitely anyone running for president — should know by now that it’s O.K. to wait before weighing in on a hot topic. As the most recent Democratic president famously said, “I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”
For more on the Smollett case, Noah Rothman has an Op-Ed in the Times.
The bigger picture
I think this story is worth mentioning because Harris is the closest thing right now to a Democratic front-runner. The launch of her campaign has been impressive, with large, excited crowds. She also seems (along with Beto O’Rourke) to have the clearest potential to knit together different Democratic Party constituencies in a primary, as Nate Silver has explained.
Still, Harris remains a relatively inexperienced politician for a presidential candidate. Not so long ago, she was the California attorney general, with little national exposure or scrutiny.
If she has shown one weakness in the campaign so far, it’s been her overeagerness to please the more left-leaning parts of the Democratic base. She seems to have done so with the Smollett tweet. (Of course, it’s still possible Smollett’s original story will be vindicated.) Harris also showed an instinct to go strongly left in a televised town hall when she came out in favor of the elimination of private health insurance, before walking back her remark shortly thereafter.
Given this eagerness, I was encouraged by her answer in New Hampshire yesterday when she was asked about Bernie Sanders: “I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist,” she said.
Every successful presidential candidate of the past generation, and probably longer, has shown a willingness to appeal to swing voters by disappointing parts of their base. Donald Trump did it by talking about trade and Medicare as if he were a blue-collar Democrat. Barack Obama did it by saying, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America.” George W. Bush did it with the term “compassionate conservative.”
The 2020 Democratic candidates will need to find ways to do so, as well.
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香港白小姐79期【坐】【在】【石】【屋】【里】【的】【罗】【杰】，【听】【到】【夜】【梧】【桐】【的】【声】【音】，【赶】【紧】【跑】【出】【来】，【看】【到】【夜】【梧】【桐】【很】【是】【高】【兴】。 “【桐】【桐】，【你】【是】【来】【找】【雄】【霸】【的】？”【刚】【才】【罗】【杰】【听】【的】【清】【清】【楚】【楚】，【夜】【梧】【桐】【说】【是】【来】【找】【雄】【霸】【的】。 “【嗯】！【我】【是】【来】【找】【雄】【霸】【的】，【雄】【霸】【呢】？【他】【在】【石】【屋】【里】【吗】？”【夜】【梧】【桐】【问】【道】。 “【没】【有】，【雄】【霸】【没】【有】【在】【石】【屋】【里】，【对】【了】，【桐】【桐】【你】【找】【雄】【霸】【有】【什】【么】【事】【吗】？【你】【和】【我】【说】，
【章】【雨】【蝶】【讨】【好】【地】【给】【宋】【凯】【民】【给】【了】【一】【串】【羊】【肉】【串】，【嬉】【皮】【笑】【脸】【地】【说】：“【呵】【呵】，【对】……【哥】……【哥】！” 【不】【对】【吗】？【之】【前】【一】【直】【是】“【姐】【姐】【我】”，【现】【在】【被】【纠】【正】【了】，【已】【经】【低】【声】【下】【气】【叫】【你】“【哥】【哥】”【了】。【还】【不】【行】【吗】？ “【哥】【哥】，【嗯】？”【宋】【凯】【民】【几】【乎】【用】【牙】【要】【出】“【哥】【哥】”【两】【字】。【之】【后】，【他】【抬】【头】，【对】【华】【峰】【换】【了】【一】【张】【笑】【脸】，【说】:“【对】，【是】【哥】【哥】。【不】【过】【不】【是】【远】
【展】【御】【颜】【又】【打】【电】【话】【叫】【了】【白】【君】，【让】【他】【在】【检】【查】【一】【下】【黎】【洛】【的】【身】【体】【状】【况】。 【因】【为】【两】【人】【打】【算】【的】【是】，【明】【天】【就】【回】【去】，【要】【确】【保】【她】【可】【以】【远】【途】【旅】【行】。 “【恢】【复】【的】【很】【好】，【要】【过】【去】【也】【不】【是】【不】【可】【以】，【但】【是】【不】【可】【以】【有】【大】【幅】【度】【的】【动】【作】，【电】【竞】【的】【比】【赛】，【暂】【时】【不】【能】【参】【加】。”【白】【君】【知】【道】【这】【句】【话】【对】【黎】【洛】【的】【打】【击】【会】【很】【大】，【毕】【竟】【她】【现】【在】【好】【喜】【欢】【的】【一】【个】【事】【情】。 “【我】【可】
【心】【有】【芊】【芊】【结】，【一】【结】【一】【菩】【提】，【待】【到】【来】【日】【化】【龙】【去】 【山】【碎】。 【月】【圆】。 【潮】【汐】。 【花】【鸟】【鱼】【虫】【闻】【声】【羞】【弃】。 【低】【声】【抽】【泣】。 【青】【山】【百】【叶】【之】【间】，【小】【青】【脸】【上】【有】【着】【一】【团】【酡】【红】，【眉】【宇】【之】【间】【尽】【显】【纯】【色】。 【然】【而】【身】【后】【时】【不】【时】【传】【来】【的】【呜】【咽】【之】【音】，【则】【是】【令】【这】【姑】【娘】【面】【上】【闪】【过】【一】【抹】【不】【耐】： “【不】【是】，【你】【哭】【个】【什】【么】【啊】？” “【呜】
【看】【着】【漫】【天】【而】【来】【的】【修】【罗】【殿】【修】【者】，【君】【非】【离】【就】lu【出】【了】【一】【丝】【冷】【笑】【来】，【眼】【前】【这】【扑】【来】【的】【阵】【势】【确】【实】【强】【悍】，【君】【非】【离】【甚】【至】【能】【够】【在】【其】【中】【感】【受】【到】【三】【股】【天】【阶】【程】【度】【的】【气】【息】，【近】【百】【人】【的】【修】【罗】【殿】【修】【者】，【在】【瞬】【间】【就】【把】【君】【非】【离】【一】【行】【人】【包】【围】【住】【了】，【冲】【天】【的】【杀】【意】，【把】【整】【片】【天】【空】【瞬】【间】【染】【的】【通】【袖】【一】【片】。 “【你】【们】【到】【底】【是】【谁】，【居】【然】【够】【胆】【来】【我】【修】【罗】【殿】【捣】luàn……【你】！香港白小姐79期【那】【些】【被】【太】【阴】【盯】【上】【的】【准】【巨】【头】，【还】【有】【那】【些】【造】【世】【境】，【一】【个】【个】【顿】【时】【全】【都】【腿】【软】【了】，【整】【个】【身】【子】，【瑟】【瑟】【发】【抖】，【不】【敢】【发】【出】【半】【点】【声】。 【虽】【然】【楚】【凌】【霄】【从】【他】【们】【面】【前】【离】【开】【了】。 【但】【他】【们】【在】【太】【阴】【的】【目】【光】【注】【视】【之】【下】，【却】【是】【谁】【都】【不】【敢】【走】。 【一】【时】【之】【间】。 【场】【上】【气】【氛】，【全】【都】【变】【的】【无】【比】【冰】【冷】【了】【起】【来】。 【不】【过】。 【这】【也】【是】【仅】【仅】【对】【这】【些】【准】【巨】【头】，【造】【世】【境】
【慕】【曦】【玥】【一】【边】【欣】【赏】【雪】【景】，【一】【边】【眼】【观】【六】【路】【耳】【听】【八】【方】【的】【寻】【找】【她】【的】【猎】【物】，【还】【一】【边】【暗】【暗】【琢】【磨】【七】【巧】【玲】【珑】【戒】【的】【化】【形】【方】【法】。 【一】【心】【三】【用】，【一】【点】【不】【耽】【搁】。 …… 【大】【屏】【幕】【前】。 【众】【人】【望】【着】【那】【唯】【一】【一】【块】【突】【然】【黑】【下】【去】【的】【屏】【幕】，【都】【还】【有】【些】【愣】【神】。 “【怎】【么】【回】【事】？【屏】【幕】【怎】【么】【突】【然】【黑】【了】？” “【难】【道】【是】【出】【什】【么】【故】【障】【了】？【主】【管】【大】【人】【呢】？【快】【去】【告】
【挂】【在】【半】【空】【中】【的】【古】【灵】【乔】，【听】【见】【一】【声】【撕】【裂】【的】【声】【音】，【还】【没】【等】【她】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【感】【得】【身】【子】【一】【沉】，【整】【个】【人】【飞】【快】【地】【往】【下】【坠】。 【吧】【唧】… 【一】【阵】【天】【旋】【地】【转】【之】【后】，【撕】【心】【裂】【肺】【的】【痛】【感】【袭】【上】【心】【头】，【忍】【不】【住】【大】【声】【喊】【道】：“【啊】…【痛】【死】【我】【了】…！” 【古】【灵】【乔】【心】【中】【悲】【愤】【万】【分】，【她】【怎】【么】【这】【么】【倒】【霉】【呀】！【明】【明】【在】【上】【面】【挂】【得】【好】【好】【的】，【怎】【么】【就】【掉】【下】【来】【了】【呢】？【老】【天】【爷】【也】
－－－－－－ 【神】【盾】【局】【第】【一】【时】【间】【就】【派】【遣】【人】【手】【飞】【出】【地】【球】【去】【和】【对】【方】【近】【距】【离】【接】【触】，【对】【方】【只】【有】【一】【个】【人】，【一】【个】【飞】【行】【器】，【没】【必】【要】【怕】【他】，【地】【球】【的】【军】【队】【可】【是】【连】【银】【河】【系】【其】【它】【帝】【国】【都】【忌】【惮】【的】。 …… “【银】【色】【的】【家】【伙】，【还】【有】【一】【个】【滑】【板】，【银】【色】【冲】【浪】【者】【吗】？” 【华】【伦】【看】【着】【屏】【幕】【上】【的】【资】【料】【自】【语】。 “【红】【后】，【调】【出】【神】【奇】【四】【侠】【的】【资】【料】。” 【立】