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The Democrat's roster for a Trump - beater in 2020

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Remember the topic of Trump's age versus Hillary last election?

Do you realize that DJT is the youngest male candidate running in the Presidential race this election?  Warren is 70, but Democrats managed to have not one, but three male presidential candidates older than Trump: Michael Bloomberg (78), Joe Biden (77), and Bernie Sanders (78).

Buttigieg was the youngest candidate in the running so his drop from the race then made Trump the youngest male candidate at 73. 

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16 minutes ago, Impartial_Observer said:

This is the man who's going to take Trump to the woodshed!

 

"All men and women are created by the....#&)1, oh.....You know the thing" 🤣  Good ole Uncle Joe.....

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4 minutes ago, Impartial_Observer said:

So Bloomberg is out, AND endorsing Biden, hmmmmm

 

Hoping for a VP bid, you think?   And was that just about the quickest waste of $500,000,000 in human history?

 

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1 hour ago, Impartial_Observer said:

So Bloomberg is out, AND endorsing Biden, hmmmmm

 

Seems like someone has told them to put all their eggs into one basketcase 

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Well the debates should be interesting. I told IO a couple days ago, this will be like watching two old men at a memory care facility who cannot hear each other arguing. 

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9 hours ago, Muda69 said:

And was that just about the quickest waste of $500,000,000 in human history?

 

A few exploded rockets are in the running, but still.

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Joe Biden Is No Moderate: https://reason.com/2020/03/04/joe-biden-is-no-moderate/

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Super Tuesday, which vaulted former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), looks like a victory for the Democratic Party's moderate forces. 

In the days leading up to the vote, the party's less progressive voters and candidates consolidated around Biden. Both Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had cast themselves as moderate alternatives to Sanders, ended their campaigns and endorsed Biden. Biden surged in national polling, and Democratic voters largely ignored former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent hundreds of millions of his personal dollars attempting to portray himself as the candidate of moderate consensus. (So much for buying the presidency.)  

In the end, however, Biden claimed that mantle. With Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) flailing and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) barely registering, the Democratic primary is now a de facto two-man race, with Sanders the favorite of the socialist-friendly left and Biden representing the party's moderate, centrist voters. Even President Donald Trump, who has loudly criticized Democrats for appearing to embrace Sanders-style socialism, seems to essentially accept this frame. 

But there is a problem with this view: Biden is a moderate compared to Sanders, but he is notably to the left of previous Democratic standard-bearers. To describe Biden as a moderate without this context is to ignore the specifics of his agenda and the leftward shift in Democratic Party politics it represents. 

Consider Biden's health care plan. Although he has criticized Medicare for All, the fully government-run system favored by Sanders, Biden has proposed a significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act that his campaign estimates would cost $750 billion over a decade, nearly as much as the original bill signed by President Barack Obama. Although it would not nationalize the financing of health insurance, as the Sanders plan would, Biden's proposal would nevertheless set up a new, government-run insurance plan, expand eligibility for insurance subsidies well into the middle class, and make benefits available to people who can access coverage through their employer. If enacted, it would represent a major increase in government spending on health care and a substantial increase in the government's involvement in the health care system. 

Beyond health care, Biden has proposed a $1.7 trillion climate plan that is similar in scope to many candidates on his left and a $750 billion education plan that would be used, among other things, to increase teacher salaries and provide expanded access to pre-kindergarten. He favors an assault weapons ban and other gun control measures, a national $15 minimum wage, and a raft of subsidies, loans, and other government-granted nudges designed to promote rural economies. Has proposed $3.4 trillion worth of tax hikes—more than double what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed when she ran in 2016. 

To some extent, this just makes Joe Biden a Democrat in 2020, a successor to President Obama whose approach to policy could be summed up as, "Obama, but more." 

That alone puts him to the left of previous presidential nominees. As a recent article in Vox put it, over the course of his campaign, Biden has "outlined a suite of policies that, taken on their own terms, would be the most ambitious governing agenda of any modern Democrat." If he won, he would "be the most progressive Democratic nominee in history."

Biden, in other words, would be the leftmost presidential nominee in memory even while representing the party's center. And that tells us something important—not just about Biden, but about the Democratic party. 

Biden, arguably more than any other contemporary American politician, has long embodied the Democratic establishment consensus, from its tough-on-crime days in the 1990s to its wrong-about-Iraq days in the early 2000s to its technocratic economic policy gambles under Obama, when Biden played pivotal roles in the stimulus, the auto bailout, and high-stakes congressional budget deals. Biden is an avatar of the party's self-conception, the closest thing capitol-D Democrats have to a mascot. 

Biden's leftward drift is thus the party's leftward shift. He isn't a Sanders-style socialist, but he is, as I wrote last year, a big-government liberal, a candidate whose current incarnation was shaped and informed by progressive politics, if not wholly captured by them. That he looks moderate relative to Sanders is just another sign of how the party center has moved. If, as now seems plausible, he bests Sanders in the primary, the party's current moderates will have won—but true moderation will have lost.  

 

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Warren ends 2020 presidential bid, not endorsing anyone yet: https://apnews.com/7b475643fb3faf2ab543b68da8743308

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Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, days after the onetime front-runner failed to win a single Super Tuesday state, not even her own.

For much of the past year, her campaign had all the markers of success, robust poll numbers, impressive fundraising and a sprawling political infrastructure that featured staffers on the ground across the country. But once voting began in February, she never found a reliable base of supporters as Democrats coalesced around Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her progressive rival, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who established himself as the leading centrist in the race.

“I refuse to let disappointment blind me — or you — to what we’ve accomplished,” Warren told her campaign staff on a call Thursday. “We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together — what you have done — has made a lasting difference. It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters.”

Outside her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home Thursday, Warren said she wasn’t going to endorse anyone right away.

“I need some space and I need a little time right now,” she said, standing next to her husband, Bruce Mann, and golden retriever, Bailey.

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And then there were two.

 

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48 minutes ago, Muda69 said:

And then there were two.

I was told old white guys were the main problem in this country.

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4 minutes ago, Impartial_Observer said:

I was told old white guys were the main problem in this country.

Uni-party to the max.

 

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44 minutes ago, Impartial_Observer said:

I was told old white guys were the main problem in this country.

They’re not the problem with the country, they’re the problem by deciding the future of our country they won’t even be alive for. 

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59 minutes ago, gonzoron said:

They’re not the problem with the country, they’re the problem by deciding the future of our country they won’t even be alive for. 

I'm referring to the ones running the Government.

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https://www.953mnc.com/2020/03/09/buttigieg-to-fill-in-host-late-night-tv-show-thursday/?fbclid=IwAR3eTFWMqtUHgm5umWoTyydgLf7xoF3cN-qn4Om4VSqytIwcT0d_rU1ro4c

No need to worry about former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, he may not be running for president any more but he is staying plenty busy.

This week he will even have the spotlight back on him–quite literally–as he will be gust hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live. The announcement came Monday during Today. While the guest list isn’t completely set it will include seasoned actor Sir Patrick Stewart fresh of the debut of his new Star Trek series and an animal trainer.

As far as the opening monologue, Pete says “hopefully some funnier minds than mine will be doing some writing for that.” Past this week though he said he plans to travel to thank supporters, take a vacation and then “make myself useful in new ways”.

Yep, he got what he wanted.  Methinks he is done with Indiana.....

 

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