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Monday, June 17, 2019

Why have national Democrats and not national Republicans fallen under the tyranny of the 70-somethings? read more

Saturday, June 15, 2019

George Will: While today's incumbent advertises himself as an "extremely stable genius" and those who would replace him promise national transformation, attention should be paid to the granular details of presidential politics, which suggest that a politics of modesty might produce voting changes where they matter, and at least 270 electoral votes for a Democrat. read more

Monday, June 10, 2019

Catrena Norris Carter is a bundle of conflicting impulses. As a black woman, she's delighted with Kamala Harris' presidential bid. As a liberal activist, she's thrilled with Elizabeth Warren's groaning board of progressive policy proposals. But as someone consumed with defeating President Trump, Carter is determined to think with her head, not her heart, and that cold calculation is pushing her toward Joe Biden among the crowded 2020 Democratic field.

The former vice president may not excite her like some candidates. But he boasts one asset that, to Carter's mind, surpasses all others: As a white male firmly embedded in the political establishment, Biden -- more than a female or black candidate -- stands the best chance of winning the White House. read more

Thursday, June 06, 2019

In Texas, former Vice President Joseph Biden has 48 percent to President Trump with 44 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Quinnipiac reports, "In the Trump-Biden matchup, women back Biden 54 -- 39 percent as men back Trump 50 -- 42 percent. White voters back Trump 60 -- 33 percent. Biden leads 86 -- 7 percent among black voters and 59-33 percent among Hispanic voters." read more

Just six weeks into his presidential campaign, Joe Biden is running as the Democrat to beat, charting a distinct path through the primary states, taking positions that may rile the party base and working with a single goal in mind: not being lumped in with the rest of the field.

While most Democrats are preparing to battle one another, Biden is focused on President Donald Trump.

Biden's moves suggest a candidate looking beyond the Democratic primary to the general election, laser-focused on issues that could shore him up with swing voters in key battleground states even if it spurs consternation from some Democrats now. At the moment, the strategy seems to be working as Biden enjoys a sizable lead in most early polls. But that could change with the first presidential debate of the season just weeks away.


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I don't know whether this really smart on Biden's part or will come back to hurt him once the debates start, it seems to be taking a page out of Hillary Clinton's campaign strategy and while it worked for a while, the Sanders campaign brought her back to the fold, so to speak.

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I don't believe the voters gave Democrats that big majority in the midterms for the purpose of passing a dream agenda and then watching it die in the Senate. We currently have 23 presidential candidates talking about all those bread-and-butter issues every single day, and people will be hearing all about them. They sent the Democrats to Washington in 2018 for one reason: To stop Trump.

It's becoming more important every day that they focus on doing that. Trump is still the most powerful man in the world and downplaying the threat of impeachment gives him a green light to keep doing everything he's doing. It's not just about the 2016 election or even the pattern of obstruction of justice anymore. It's about what he's doing right now.

Trump does not want to be impeached. The idea that he thinks it's a great idea is absurd. No president wants that, and we know that he in particular is terrified of being exposed that way. Even if Democrats never actually vote on articles of impeachment, holding the hearings, using the power of their congressional mandate and showing the president that they will turn over all those rocks whether he likes it or not is the only way to keep him from doing his worst.

Unfortunately, I suspect this won't happen unless the people start agitating for it. I haven't heard of any movement to do this, but perhaps some of the groups that prepared for action if Mueller was fired should plan to march for impeachment. At least that would show elected officials in both parties that voters are capable of caring as much about the Constitution and the functioning of their government as they do about their personal pocketbooks.

Nancy, are you listening?

Joe is enjoying the benefits of having so many progressives running and siphoning support away from Bernie. As more and more of them drop out, these numbers will change.

I was actually looking at the numbers of Democrats in this poll to see if that was in fact the case and if Bernie got 100% of Warren's (9%), Harris' (8%) and O'Rourke's (7%) voters he would still only lead Biden 39-36% among registered Democrats. Even if Bernie got 90% of those votes, he would only be tied with Biden at this point among Democratic voters.

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