In a story about the GOP’s political chances in 2020, please note the sophistication of the nation’s Paper of Record:
But both parties have overwhelming incentives to push next year’s election toward issues of the heart, not the head.
For Republicans, the arrival in Washington of liberal women of color such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with some top Democratic presidential candidates running toward the left, has created irresistible political temptations. With new bogeywomen to caricature, and explosive liberal issues like reparations for the descendants of enslaved blacks, voting rights for prisoners and federal benefits for undocumented immigrants, G.O.P. officials have even more fodder for the sort of scorched-earth, and unabashedly racist, campaign that Mr. Trump ran in 2016.
These new targets offer fresh material with which Republicans can galvanize their base and try to make the case to moderate voters that, while they may be uneasy with the Trump-era G.O.P., the alternative is left-wing radicalism.
Two men, according to the byline, crafted the tough prose of the one-sentence graf quoted above. In the second graf, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns can barely contain their enthusiasm.
We’re all going to die.