It's no surprise that at age 77 Bernie Sanders is trying again in 2020. But a significant difference this time around is that he will not be alone peddling his message of "revolution" and moving the party further toward liberal or progressive positions.
In the first days of January 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declared his candidacy for president, nearly a year before the actual balloting. This year, at least half a dozen hopefuls have already signed on for what promises to be an exhausting and costly Democratic fight.
All these Democrats vying for the presidential nomination in 2020 will likely be overshadowed in public attention in 2019 by the news media spotlight and attention on Mr. Trump's struggle for political survival in the Oval Office over the remaining two years of his first term.
The last-minute delay in Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, to allow for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him, may save the Senate Judiciary Committee from a rerun of the earlier Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill fiasco.
The allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have generated a revisiting of the 1991 confirmation hearings on Clarence Thomas, who reached the court by overcoming different charges of sexual misconduct raised against him.
Mr. Trump's invitation to the White House was largely earned by effectively disparaging his host's presidential years as an abysmal economic failure. He did so even though Mr. Obama reduced the nation's unemployment rate from 10 percent to the current 4.9 percent, adding millions of new jobs in that time and bailing out the American automobile industry.
With their presumptive presidential nominees now in place, the two major political parties face starkly different, and critical, challenges. The Democrats have already taken impressive steps toward internal unity approaching the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Republicans, meanwhile, are deep in disunity over the fallout of Donald Trump's selection and his divisive behavior.
With tempers flaring in the fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton can rejoice as her own campaign glides along in relative tranquillity, says Jules Witcover
Jules Witcover: It's not enough for the president to muse about the society searching itself. While he still has more than a year as the national leader, he needs to stir himself to much firmer actions to bring about a much more nationwide response to this continuing gun violence.
With Hillary Clinton now putting some distance between herself and the Obama foreign policies, Mr. Biden may be the best vice president he can be by defending those policies on the 2016 campaign trail.
The only circumstances that would offer Mr. Biden a non-damaging route to the presidency at this stage would be through constitutional succession in the event of a presidential vacancy, or a collapse of Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy under unanticipated circumstances, such as new developments in her email scandal.
In their sorrow over the passing of Beau Biden, his family has demonstrated again the strong ties of familial togetherness that have always characterized the Biden clan, and the spirit of perseverance that more broadly marks the American people in times of personal and national tribulation.