Electability

David Gergen, who you probably know as an analyst for CNN, also served as an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. So he knows how a (functional, anyway) administration operates. And he’s calling extreeeeeeme bullshit on the Trump administration’s new claim that Donald Trump and...

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  • June 27, 2020

Some big news today: The AFL-CIO, the country’s largest coalition of labor unions, endorsed Joe Biden for president Tuesday, with the organization’s top official vowing to wage an aggressive effort to help him defeat President Trump. Union officials cemented their support for the former vice president in a vote of the organization’s...

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  • May 26, 2020

New York Magazine has a must-read piece out right now: When fourth-term senator Joe Biden built his Wilmington, Delaware, home in 1996, he had no plans to turn it into a backup office, let alone a presidential-campaign isolation bunker from which to plan a crisis presidency an order of magnitude more expansive than anything...

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  • May 11, 2020

FiveThirtyEight went there and attacked “party elites” today as the reason for the “inevitable” loss of Warren. It doesn’t make anyone feel better, except that whoever those “party elites” are, they have made the Democratic party do some very stupid things in its history. As we’ve seen, becoming the party elite...

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  • March 6, 2020

Breaking news: x BIG: the @BostonGlobe, who once suggested Warren should sit out 2020, has endorsed her for president. “Fearless and brilliant on her feet, Warren has the greatest potential among the candidates to lay bare Trump’s weaknesses on a debate stage.” https://t.co/pgRbx5M9Nm— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) February 26, 2020 Here’s...

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  • February 26, 2020

If electoral victory is a mouse to be caught, the color of the cat deployed doesn’t really matter. Matthew 21:12 He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. Screw inevitability and electability, aphorisms and purity still rule the day in what is now a lively but...

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  • February 23, 2020

The Atlantic article by Sarada Peri assumes an event will occur that is endemic. Trump has destabilized facts and their media frames. If he’s going to cheat what was he doing before this moment, starting with when he lied about the wealth inherited from his father. Democratic primary voters care deeply...

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  • February 23, 2020

I want to congratulate Bernie Sanders on his victory in the Nevada Caucus.  It is going to take some time for us to see the final tally and the data.  And I have been watching some of the coverage on MSNBC.  This is my initial read from what I can...

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  • February 23, 2020

I don’t always read The Guardian, but man oh man have they gotten a hold of the usual suspects who dump on failing political campaigns.  They have Larry Sabato, Michael Steele, and drum roll please — Bob Shrum.  They and others listed in the article tell us who questioned the foundations...

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  • February 16, 2020

I almost feel sorry for Joe Biden, especially with regards to how the Media has turned on him after he lost in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Let me explain.   Since Joe Biden got into the race for the Democratic nomination, the Media and the Biden campaign have been telling...

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  • February 15, 2020

They attempted to will a Joe Biden presidency inasmuch as he has never won a primary before after two tries. Bernie Sanders won many primaries before in difficult states. The electability quotient is just as fraudulent as one having undue privilege. Not even privilege is enough for Biden x x...

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  • February 13, 2020

So many believe that they are generally moderate or moderating because they cannot imagine themselves being so nonconforming that they cannot be sociable or civil in any situation. We are always conciliatory because we don’t really want to have someone tell us “DBAD”. We can support diversity up to and...

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  • February 10, 2020

2020 cannot be an electability choice, 2020 remains a referendum on Trump. Remind yourself that “winning” Iowa still means proportional delegate allocation. “The Des Moines Register did not include Pete #Buttigieg’s name in at least one of their telephone calls for their poll this week and it’s unclear if the...

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  • February 1, 2020

Some big news out of Texas: x Since day one, we’ve been running a campaign by and for the people of South Texas. Today, I’m incredibly proud to share that we’ve earned the endorsement of @TexasAFLCIO’s 240,000 members — who know I’ll be a true champion for working people in...

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  • January 28, 2020

Unapologetic democratic socialism will survive 2020, but if Trump wins, there could be no democracy by the 2024 election. Trumpists have been strangely obsessed with ignorant nonsense against a “radical left” Democratic party. x Omaha World-Herald: “Ben Sasse announces reelection campaign, says 2020 is 'choice between civics and socialism'“ https://t.co/SG1tkzyhlH —...

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  • January 27, 2020

Chuck Todd and his Meet The Press panel had a cogent discussion where they pointed out a rationale for a Bernie Sanders win based on Hillary and Obama. Is Chuck Todd entertaining a Bernie Sanders win? x x YouTube Video Chuck Todd pointed out that the poll in Iowa shows Bernie Sanders leading....

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  • January 13, 2020

The media has been trying to will Joe Biden as the undisputed favorite since his entry to the Democratic Primary. FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Siver's analysis should dispel that fallacy. Did he project an easier path for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren? Nate Silver all but says Biden done x x YouTube Video...

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  • January 12, 2020

Bernie Sanders brought in a huge money hall for the 2019 fourth quarter. He has been getting better coverage on MSNBC recently because his success just could not be denied any longer. Their journalistic respect was at risk. It was clear MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard could barely contain his excitement...

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  • January 2, 2020

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Adam Jentleson, wrote that a quick coalescing around Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is best for a Democratic win. Indigenous Pirate Radio’s Breakdancing with the Wolves podcast’s Gyasi Ross appeared on AM Joy on MSNBC. He had a prescient message...

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  • December 30, 2019
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With yesterday’s big news about impeachment, I wanted to highlight another big thing that happened yesterday: Hundreds of veterans of Barack Obama’s campaigns and administration have signed on to endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, as multiple Democratic presidential candidates compete to claim the popular former president’s political coalition and legacy. With the Iowa...

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  • December 19, 2019

Digby asks some reasonable post-impeachment questions that are not so much about electability and fear-driven GOTV as it will be minimizing whatever negative messaging will be thrown at the Democratic nominee. The implication especially with the withdrawal of Kamala Harris is that ticket balancing could be looming, with a Biden-Harris among...

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  • December 7, 2019

In this article by multiple reporters for The Washington Post, the Post reported that Trump doesn’t have a plan to relieve millions of Americans of crushing student loan debt and fears that Warren could defeat Trump with a progressive populist campaign: President Trump is demanding aides present a plan to tackle...

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  • December 7, 2019

I’m up, and I saw this ABC/Washington Post poll on the Democratic race for president.  Let’s get to the meat of it. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health poses a concern to Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden prevails on electability and strong leadership and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is competitive on mental acuity and bringing “needed...

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  • November 3, 2019

Washington Post columnist, Jennifer Rubin, has a piece out about how Moscow Mitch’s Senate Majority is really in trouble now following the announcement of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R. GA) retirement, setting up a special election for next year: Isakson’s resignation should underscore a few observations about 2020. First, Democrats’...

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  • August 29, 2019

A friend of mine introduced me to Jim Rigby, a pastor in Austin, Texas, whom I am very impressed with because of his thought process, his compassion, and his clear thinking. When the attacks started on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he made a statement that should resonate with every progressive and Democrat....

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  • August 4, 2019

The repercussions of the 2016 presidential campaign continue to be felt on the unfolding 2020 contest. The good news is a record number of women candidates took the cue from Hillary Clinton's groundbreaking run as the Democratic nominee. The bad news is, they're being forced to deal with the media...

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  • July 8, 2019

Hello, Mr. Biden. I’ve been selected to talk with you.  OK, it was me, but still… what I have to say is important. Unlike the other advice you’ve been getting, mine will actually prove helpful. Forgive my tone, but this is straight talk that might just right the ship. First,...

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  • July 4, 2019

Since the first set of Democratic Presidential Debates, it’s been a rocky road for centrists.  The heavy weight champ of centrism, Joe Biden, took some hits.  And while some Biden supporters have been saying, “Well, it was just one poll!,” subsequent polls have shown that Biden has lost some steam.  And...

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  • July 3, 2019

I’ve been loath to criticize Joe Biden for a couple of reasons: I like him, more or less. He has a certain avuncular charm, and he’s definitely not an evil guy. Maybe he's a little out of touch and backward-looking, but he’d be a marked improvement over Orange Palpatine. He could...

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  • July 1, 2019

Well, here we are again. Sorry for the time delay, but I was tied up yesterday on personal business. But nothing in the intervening 24 hours has done anything to change my initial perceptions of what we saw Thursday night, especially where the peripheral characters are concerned. Thursday night fulfilled...

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  • June 29, 2019

Look, I am not a Joe Biden fan. There are many reasons for this. He is allowed to get away with things that many other politicians would not get away with (white male privilege or political insider or both?)  But I also realize he may be our nominee and I...

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  • June 5, 2019

Look, I am not a Joe Biden fan. There are many reasons for this. He is allowed to get away with things that many other politicians would not get away with (white male privilege or political insider or both?)  But I also realize he may be our nominee and I...

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  • June 5, 2019

Well, that was interesting. I get such a kick out of politicians these days, officially announcing their candidacy for something, making a bunch of speeches, and rally appearances, and then officially ”kicking off” their campaign a month later somewhere. It reminds me of high school, when the “homecoming” game was like the third home...

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  • May 18, 2019

Today, I announce that I endorse Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States! America needs a strong leader with strong political morals and support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and Elizabeth Warren is the strong progressive leader that America needs. Warren has...

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  • May 15, 2019

We received some very big news in New Mexico yesterday: Rep. Ben Ray Luján plans to run for the Senate in New Mexico and is set to officially announce his candidacy Monday, according to two sources familiar with the Democrat’s decision. The seat opened after Democratic incumbent Tom Udall announced Monday he would not...

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  • March 29, 2019

In a 1991 James Fallows wrote a piece in the Atlantic trying to explain what exactly he found so obnoxious about the magazine, the Economist. To do this he related an anecdote about a government official going on to him about about he’d just read on Japan’s economic miracle. This book, he...

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  • March 13, 2019

It’s very, very, very early, but so far it’s hard to find a Democrat running for president (or considering a run) who wouldn’t defeat Donald Trump were the election held today. That’s according to Public Policy Polling’s latest survey, which reveals that Trump gets just 41 or 42 percent support no matter which...

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  • January 23, 2019
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