Tom Steyer could shift the center of gravity in the Democratic presidential race as others run out of money. (MEG KINNARD / AP)
A New Factor at the Democratic Debate: Impeachment
Twelve Democratic presidential candidates squeeze onto one stage tonight outside of Columbus, Ohio, for a fourth primary debate.
It’s these candidates’ first such encounter since the whistle-blower report that launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate 2020 rival Joe Biden, as well as Biden’s son Hunter.
When the consequences are the serial humiliation of Cabinet secretaries and White House aides, they are easier for Trump’s political supporters to rationalize or overlook. But as the professor Robert King once declared, “Betrayal is a garment without seams.” The danger is far plainer when the victims of Trump’s betrayal are longtime American allies facing deadly force.
+ More from Peter:In July, he dug into the evangelical support for Trump: “There’s a very high cost to our politics for celebrating the Trump style,” he writes, “but what is most personally painful to me as a person of the Christian faith is the cost to the Christian witness.”
Other Races to Watch
Jessica Cisneros is mounting a primary challenge to Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas. (COREY TORPIE / THE ATLANTIC)
In Texas: The organization that sent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the House is backing a 26-year-old immigration attorney, Jessica Cisneros, for a Texas seat. The Justice Democrats now hope to run a similar playbook with Cisneros. We spoke with Cisneros.
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