This may be a week to remember when Election Day 2020 rolls around.
Sure, it’s 22 months away, but the seeds being planted now will help decide the next president. From Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s first official Iowa tour to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s forthcoming road trip to Sen. Kamala Harris’s memoir release and accompanying national TV whirlwind, potential top-tier Democratic contenders are positioning themselves in what will be a crowded primary field just as President Trump looks for a win at a critical juncture in his term.
Trump has a lot riding on his Tuesday evening address to the nation to press the need for a wall on the country’s southern border. Two and a half weeks into a partial federal government shutdown and as a special counsel investigation continues to loom, it’s recognition that this may be the president’s last chance to deliver on his signature campaign issue before the election year.
He has to hope the remarks help keep wary House Republicans from defecting on the wall demand and ensure his base remains firmly behind him—so they're there when he needs them most.
-- Kyle Trygstad