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Trump, Carter and Democrats' 2020 Prospects

Two unlikely candidates could provide a blueprint for the party's presidential strategy. Plus, Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.


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Could it be time for another Jimmy Carter? MSNBC's Steve Kornacki tells the improbable story of how an obscure Georgia governor won the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, and suggests that one of the elements -- a very large candidate field with no obvious heavyweight -- will also be in place for Democrats in 2020.

Carter was easily the least likely presidential nominee ever until Donald Trump surprised everyone in 2016, and that sort of thing isn't supposed to happen now. At least, not according to those of us who believe that the parties have determined presidential nominations ever since Carter's shocker.