The 2020 Democrats don't have to be nice to one another

Let them tear each other apart. It's the best way to win.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Back before Donald Trump won the presidential nomination, and then the presidency, by laying waste to every rival in sight, the GOP used to have an informal rule: "Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican."

It was known as "the 11th Commandment," and it was popularized by Ronald Reagan as he unified a fractious party on the way to winning the White House. It's been legend in the GOP ever since, even if most Republicans — including Reagan himself — have only falteringly followed the ideal.

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Joel Mathis, The Week US

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who has spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His work also regularly appears in National Geographic, The Kansas City Star and Heatmap News. His awards include best online commentary at the Online News Association and (twice) at the City and Regional Magazine Association.