Can Biden just bide his time to the nomination?

Will Uncle Joe’s popularity carry him to the General Election?

You could say Democrats now find themselves in a hot mess or in the best of all possible worlds.

I’ve been a Democrat all my life and realize that every election is like this to some degree because this is what happens in a “big tent” party.

While Republicans used to say they needed to grow their tent to attract more non-white, non-straight, non-male and non-rich voters, Democrats in the modern era are faced with the problem of trying to satisfy the diverse makeup of its motley crew. This is why Republicans don’t want to diversify their party because if they did, they would lose their great strength of being able to make the party march in lockstep behind their candidate. I used to think eventually the GOP would break from its irrational solidarity, but no longer because any party that can be 90% for Trump is no longer a party but a cult.

It takes a fair amount of effort to understand where the Democratic Pary is at this point in the 2020 Election cycle. If you follow politics and government closely you will have a different view than the majority of voters who either don’t have the time or just don’t like to follow politics. I can’t blame the second group because to keep up with politics today you have to wade through an ocean of media bullshit that focuses on reporting on problems rather than spotlighting solutions. To be honest, it’s depressing.

Watch an hour of cable news on any channel and the majority of the time will be spent talking about problems facing the Democratic Party. Show hosts and reporters are always looking for controversy between Democrats in government or candidates on the trail or how they are being attacked by Trump. You really can’t blame anyone for not wanting to spend their precious free time watching or listening to all the negativity about their party.

I believe this is why the “average” voter likes Biden. They don’t care about Anita Hill or the Hyde Amendment or the 1994 Crime bill, they just know Biden has been around a long time. They know Biden is a fighter, was Obama’s VP and when they do see him on TV he sounds sane, full of confidence and in a way that sounds like common sense. In other words, he makes them feel comfortable and safe.

While the progressives and the more radical wing of the Democratic Party get most of the headlines in the papers and lead stories in cable news shows, the majority of Democratic Party’s voters are elsewhere worrying about living in a mean economy just trying to stay afloat. This fact is the best thing Biden has going for him and why the smart challengers are taking their campaigns to the redder, more middle Zip Codes in an effort to meet Biden voters face-to-face to pitch their ideas.

It’s a fool’s errand to make predictions about the 2020 Election but it seems to me the battle to best Biden will be won by the candidate who can connect to his base and educate them to the reality that America needs a President with a more forward vision of the future. Joe Biden has 2 strikes in his attempt to hit a home run to the White House. Despite all his positive qualities one of them is not longevity in presidential races.

That being said, remember, it was Biden who got out in front of Obama on the same sex marriage issue. We tend to forget that. Can we keep an objective focus?

We shall see.

43 thoughts on “Can Biden just bide his time to the nomination?

  1. Opinion – Bret Stephens

    Histrionics, Hysteria and Joe Biden

    Will the Democratic Party banish its democratic instincts?

    (Sometimes it’s good to read criticisms directed at you) 1

    Eastland and Talmadge were Democrats in a Democratic-controlled Congress. Biden had no choice but to have relationships with them, not least because he had to plead for committee assignments. At a fund-raiser on Tuesday, the former vice president recalled, “We didn’t agree on much of anything,” and said of Talmadge that he was “one of the meanest guys I ever knew.”

    Nevertheless, Biden added, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.”

    Cue the histrionics of Biden’s primary rivals, the hysteria from parts of the progressive base and the inevitable media pile-on. The same people who think it’s a good idea to maintain an open line to foreign enemies apparently now believe it’s appalling for Biden to have observed collegial norms with fellow Democrats. The author Ta-Nehisi Coates went so far as to call it “a secondary endorsement, as crazy as it sounds, of Jim Crow,” on the theory that Biden’s civility meant making his peace with a racist system.

    In fact, Biden made no such peace; all the landmark civil-rights legislation was passed well before he arrived in the Senate in 1973. He simply dealt with the Congress as he found it and looked for opportunities to be constructive and consequential rather than destructive and obnoxious. That is now his brand as a presidential candidate, and it’s what his critics find so objectionable: How dare he try to work with his opponents instead of seeking to shun or annihilate them?

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    1. It’s hard not to fall into the narrow-minded progress focus sometimes to the detriment of the Democratic Party. Knee-jerking over touchy single interest issues is what costs us elections. I see millennials and gen X’ers often misconstrue concepts and ideas, which before their time, were and still are OK but not when defined with today’s penchant for being the victim. Again, I’m really sick of non-Fox News cable news taking a gaff, that’s not really a gaff, and turning it into a thing. 
  2. AOC: Progressive frustration with Pelosi over impeachment is “quite real”

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    In her first Sunday show appearance since becoming a member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on ABC’s “This Week” that pressure to impeach President Trump grows every day, and that frustration within the progressive wing of the Democratic Party over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s resistance is “quite real.”

    See the video and transcript

  3. Opinions
    Editorial cartoons are democracy’s canary in a coal mine

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    The New York Times’s decision to drop all editorial cartoons after publishing a controversial cartoon is another body blow to the profession of editorial cartooning. While several of my colleagues from around the world have been imprisoned by autocratic leaders over their work, American editorial cartoonists are protected by our First Amendment from governments looking to silence uncomfortable truths. Unfortunately, that protection doesn’t extend to publications that don’t understand the historical significance of editorial cartoons and their essential role in a free press.

    It’s easy to casually dismiss these “cartoons.” After all, just the word cartoon brings up images of reading the comics pages or watching Saturday morning television. But an editorial cartoon is much more than a humorous image. Cartoonists have been threatened, imprisoned and even killed for drawing cartoons criticizing powerful people and institutions. Daumier, Gillray, Nast, Herblock, Mauldin, Conrad and Oliphant all created powerful visuals that were part of the political debate of their times.

    See the cartoon essay if you can’t get behind the paywoll

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  4. GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default

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    President Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    Mitch McConnell is going to pay for his “Grim Reaper” remark promising to stop everything proposed by House Democrats to see the light of day in the Senate.

    This proves once again that Republicans and win elections but can’t govern.

    Meaty details are in the links below.

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  5. Opinions

    A Republican finally reveals the truth about the GOP tax cuts

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    We knew Republicans were lying about whether tax cuts would pay for themselves in 2017. Just as they lied about whether they paid for themselves under President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s, or under President George W. Bush during the 2000s, or in Kansas just a few years ago.

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  6. New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandate for schoolchildren

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    State lawmakers vote to repeal exemption amid country’s worst measles outbreak in decades

    New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the country’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

    The Democratic-led state senate and assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.

    After New York’s move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.

    The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered. After the vote in the assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of “shame!” One woman yelled obscenities down to the lawmakers below.

    The debate has only intensified with this year’s measles outbreak, which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.

    “I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said the Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s assembly sponsor. “If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children … then you’re the one choosing not to send your children to school.”

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  7. Opinion

    Trump to America: Who’s Going to Stop Me?

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    An unbound president invites more foreign election interference.

    That Trump has no loyalty to his country, its institutions and the integrity of its elections is not surprising. That he feels no need to fake it is alarming. With the end of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, House Democrats’ craven fear of launching an impeachment inquiry, and the abject capitulation of Republicans to Trumpian authoritarianism, the president is reveling in his own impunity.

    [Listen to “The Argument” podcast every Thursday morning, with Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt.]

    Maybe the insult of it can jolt the country out of its current stasis. Every so often, Trump says or does something so grotesque that it cuts through the despairing numbness engendered by his presidency, galvanizing the forces of decency anew. It happened after Trump defended white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, after he compared nonwhite countries to excrement, and after he bowed and scraped before Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. This should be one of those moments.

    That doesn’t mean it will be. Much of the Resistance is exhausted by last year’s push to retake the House and deflated by the anti-climactic aftermath of the Mueller report. For two and a half years, as Trump has treated his oath of office the way he’s rumored to have treated a Moscow hotel bed, it’s felt as if something has to give. But day by day, what’s giving is the will to stop him.

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  8. Opinions

    Trump just invited Congress to begin impeachment proceedings

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    By George T. Conway III and
    Neal Katyal June 12 at 5:01 PM
    George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York. Neal Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, previously served as the acting solicitor general of the United States.

    Much ink has been spilled about whether President Trump committed a criminal and impeachable offense by obstructing justice. That question deserves extensive debate, but another critical question — the ultimate question, really — is not whether he committed a crime but whether he is even fit for office in the first place. And that question — the heart of an impeachment inquiry — turns upon whether the president abuses his power and demonstrates an unfitness to serve under the defining principles of our Constitution.

    On Tuesday, Trump gave us direct evidence of his contempt toward the most foundational precept of our democracy — that no person, not even the president, is above the law. He filed a brief in the nation’s second-most-important court that takes the position that Congress cannot investigate the president, except possibly in impeachment proceedings. It’s a spectacularly anti-constitutional brief, and anyone who harbors such attitudes toward our Constitution’s architecture is not fit for office. Trump’s brief is nothing if not an invitation to commencing impeachment proceedings that, for reasons set out in the Mueller report, should have already commenced.

    The case involves a House committee’s efforts to follow up on the testimony of Trump’s now-incarcerated former attorney, Michael Cohen, that Trump had allegedly committed financial and tax fraud, and allegedly paid off paramours in violation of campaign finance laws. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump’s accountants in mid-April for relevant documents, and Trump tried to block the move, only to be sternly rebuked in mid-May by a federal judge in Washington.

    The appeals brief filed Monday by Trump attacks that decision. But to describe Trump’s brief is to refute it. He argues that Congress is “trying to prove that the President broke the law” and that that’s something Congress can’t do, because it’s “an exercise of law enforcement authority that the Constitution reserves to the executive branch.”

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  9. Sajid Javid signs US extradition order for Julian Assange

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    British home secretary says final decision on WikiLeaks founder is ‘now with the courts’

    The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.”

    Javid’s decision opens the way to the court sending the WikiLeaks founder to the US. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by the US Department of Justice, that includes charges under the Espionage Act. He is accused of soliciting and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer.

    Javid said: “It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts.”

    The 47-year-old Australian was too ill to appear last month at a hearing at Westminster magistrates court in relation to the US request. The hearing has been rescheduled for Friday, and depending on Assange’s condition, may take place at Belmarsh prison where he is being held.

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  10. How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren Cracked the Code of the 2020 Race

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    More than most of his 2020 rivals, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., grasped that the early primary race would unfold online and on television.CreditCreditAudra Melton for The New York Times

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg ran through his stump speech (six minutes on generational change), tossed bean bags with activists (in front of as many cameras as Iowa voters), took seven questions from reporters (“How does it feel to be a rock star?”) and pounded out some blues on an electric keyboard (a Miles Davis tune).

    If Mr. Buttigieg didn’t spend much time talking to voters at his campaign picnic on Sunday, he did stick to his winning formula: doing everything possible to reach bigger audiences on their screens.

    More than most of his Democratic rivals, Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has cracked the code of the early months of the presidential campaign, embracing TV appearances while mastering the art of creating moments for social media and cable news. The 37-year-old’s campaign was the first to grasp that the early primary race would unfold on mobile devices and televisions instead of at the traditional town-hall gatherings and living rooms in the early states.

    He’s not alone: Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has inundated reporters with policy proposals, prompting hours of cable news coverage and forcing fellow candidates to respond to her ideas during live interviews.

    Over the first six months of the presidential campaign, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Warren have outfoxed the other 21 Democratic candidates, demonstrating an innate understanding of the value of viral moments and nonstop exposure that drives politics in the Trump era.

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  11. Top voting machine manufacturer urges Congress to make paper records required

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    Top voting machine manufacturer urges Congress to make paper records required
    © Victoria Sarno Jordan
    The CEO of one of the top U.S. companies that manufactures voting machines called on Congress this week to pass legislation requiring the use of paper records for all voting systems, while pledging that his company would no longer sell machines without these records.

    Tom Burt, the CEO of Election Systems & Software (ES&S), wrote in an op-ed for Roll Call that the need to pass election security legislation to restore voter faith in elections is “essential to the future of America.”

    “If Congress can pass legislation that requires a paper record for every voter and establishes a mandated security testing program for the people making voting machines, the general public’s faith in the process of casting a ballot can be restored,” Burt wrote.

    Burt pledged that ES&S would no longer sell voting machines that are “paperless” as the “primary voting device in a jurisdiction.” By paperless, Burt meant voting machines that do not print out a paper record of each vote, which can be audited following the election to make sure there was no interference in the vote.

    The security of voting systems has been under increasing scrutiny since attempted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which cyber actors targeted the systems of at least 21 states.

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  12. Grocery store urges customers to rethink plastic with embarrassing bags

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    East West Market hopes humorous bags like ‘Wart Ointment Wholesale’ will persuade shoppers to shun single-use plastic bags

    If concern over the climate crisis or revulsion over the contamination of the food chain are not enough to change consumer behaviour, one grocery store is hoping that another emotion may persuade people to shun single-use plastic bags: shame.

    Canada will ban ‘harmful’ single-use plastics as early as 2021
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    Customers who don’t bring their own bags to the East West Market in Vancouver will instead have to carry their grocery home in bags reading “Wart Ointment Wholesale” or “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium”.

    David Lee Kwen, the shop’s owner, insisted that the plan wasn’t to embarrass customers. “We wanted to give them something humorous, but also something that made them think at the same time,” he told the Guardian. “It’s human nature not to want to be told what to do.”

    Kwen initially hoped that a fee on single-use bags would discourage their use. But when the five-cent a bag charge failed to stop people using plastic, he tried a different approach.

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  13. Facebook launches app that will pay users for their data

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    New app comes months after Apple cracked down on Facebook for similar apps that paid users for extensive data on phone usage

    A new Facebook app will allow users to sell the company data on how they use competitors’ apps.

    Facebook announced Tuesday that it is recruiting participants to download its new app Study from the Google Play store. Once it is downloaded, it will transmit data with Facebook on what other apps the users have, what features they use, and how much time is spent on them.

    Study comes after Apple cracked down on Facebook in June 2018 and again in January 2019 for similar apps that paid users as young as 13 for extensive data on their phone usage. Facebook is working to appear more transparent about its quests for user data with Study, though the service is not offered through Apple, which bans the collection of “information about which other apps are installed on a user’s device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing”.

    “We believe this work is important to help us improve our products for the people who use Facebook,” Facebook said in a post announcing the launch of Study. “We also know that this kind of research must be clear about what people are signing up for, how their information will be collected and used, and how to opt out of the research at any time.”

    Is there a way to use Facebook without giving up my privacy?
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    Only users 18 and older will be eligible to participate in Study’s data collection “at launch”, the company said. Facebook did not say how much compensation users will receive for the Study app.

    Read more here

  14. Opinions

    Elizabeth Warren is proving her doubters wrong

    Two months ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential hopes appeared to be fading. The Massachusetts Democrat’s poll numbers were stuck in the mid-single digits, placing her fourth or fifth among Democratic candidates. After swearing off high-dollar fundraisers, she had brought in less money in the first quarter than South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a relative unknown who was still building a national profile. Media coverage of Warren’s campaign focused less on her bold ideas than her perceived lack of “electability.” Summing up the conventional wisdom, one CNN headline proclaimed, “Why is Elizabeth Warren struggling? Democrats aren’t looking for policy.”

    Yet, to borrow a phrase, Warren persisted. And with the first debate quickly approaching, she has jumped in the polls and emerged as the clear leader in the Democratic “ideas primary.”

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