The Note: Democrats face challenges posed by own diversity

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Democrats already have the most diverse field in presidential primary history – with more declarations pending.

But some of the party’s own diversity of background and opinions are presenting candidates with their biggest challenges in the early phase of the 2020 campaign.

Rather than training their fire on President Donald Trump, Democrats are caught in thus far unresolved arguments over the fate of three top elected officials in battleground Virginia.

Some of their energetic freshmen, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, are making the kinds of mistakes that require denunciation. Others are providing big new potential political targets in the policy realm. The record number of female candidates, meanwhile, has revived discussion of double standards and unfair treatment of women who run for office.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential candidate who is separating himself from other possible rivals by declining to endorse some progressive policy goals, is expressing concern that Democrats are being forced to confront questions of candidate treatment and fairness all over again. (read more)

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