The Slatest for Jan. 24: If Biden Doesn’t Change His Strategy, He Will Lose to Trump

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New Hampshire should have been the state most predisposed to Nikki Haley, the one she could win. Instead, last night she lost to Donald Trump by 11 points. Her campaign insists she has not yet begun her fight against Trump—but, well, she’s wrong. She’s not going to beat him. “General election 2024 is underway,” Ben Mathis-Lilley writes. “May God help us all.”

So! To mark the spiritual start of the 2024 general election, David Faris examines the flaws in Biden’s strategy, identifies lessons the president needs to take away from 2017 and 2012, and lays out how he should refocus his campaign.

Plus: Alexander Sammon looks at why Dean Phillips is “ready to keep this baby going,” even after losing to Biden in a race where he wasn’t even on the ballot.

And What Next considers how Trump managed to turn multiple indictments into a nigh-unassailable lead in the Republican primary.

Speaking of the general election … we’ve learned a lot in the years since Jan. 6, but so have democracy’s opponents. A new documentary that premiered at Sundance on Monday, War Game, shows a simulation of a coup after the 2024 election. Sam Adams watched it, and the results are not reassuring!

Brett Kavanaugh in his justice robe, grinning like a doofus.
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Brett Kavanaugh voted in favor of Texas’ rebellion against the federal government, going against “a principle established explicitly in the Constitution, enshrined by centuries of precedent, and etched into history by the Civil War.” Why would he do such a thing? Mark Joseph Stern examines what on Earth is going on with the justice, who usually “expends tremendous energy assuring the nation that he is reasonable, moderate, and inclined toward compromise.”

Plus: James Heilpern and Michael Worley look at the argument Trump is making at the Supreme Court about why he should be kept on the ballot—and find it should probably be laughed out of the room.

Woman holding up a glass.
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Welcome back to Advice Week! We’re looking back in the archives and digging into how much has changed since Slate began giving advice in 1997—and how much hasn’t.

Today, we have fresh advice in response to our favorite letters sent to Dear Prudence in the 2010s, including:

Help! I Think My Mother-in-Law Is Poisoning Me.

I’m This Close to Secretly Vaccinating My Grandson Against His Mom’s Wishes.

Help! My Husband Is Trying to Involve Me in a Devious Disneyland Scam.

Help! I’m a Rebel Fighter for Space on Airplanes. My Girlfriend Just Threatened to Turn Me In.

Plus, we take a trip down memory lane since Slate started giving advice in 1997, pulling out letters that relate to major events in U.S. history since then. (If only Monica Lewinsky had written to her Aunt Prudie!)

Gavin Newsom just caved on banning tackle football for kids in California. Noah Cohan explains why change is coming anyway.

Stephen Fry as the host of the U.K. edition of Jeopardy.

What in God’s name have the British done to Jeopardy!? “They have taken the greatest trivia show ever made—evidenced by its decades’ worth of continued syndication—and altered its DNA in small yet momentously stupid ways,” Luke Winkie writes. He explains why this new version of the show was doomed from the start.

All right, all right, you’ve got us—we’re not. But an internet personality named Mr. Sausage did play a bit part in the recent drama rending the Michigan GOP in two. Ben Mathis-Lilley catches us up on all the details.