Dems In 2020

I have been writing about he Dems and the choice of the party to lead them to victory……and no I am not convinced the Biden can win……and if he does actually pull this election out of his butt then NOTHING will change for the average American.

Let’s be honest.

The Dems hand is weak….about all they have is “Beat Trump”…..did I say weak?  Read PATHETIC!

Before this year, it was almost unimaginable that anything could be a bigger story than a U.S. Presidential election.

However, COVID-19 has seriously disrupted the 2020 election—not only because it distorted or delayed many primaries, and eliminated in-person campaigning; but also because the candidates organized their campaigns and platforms around a world that doesn’t exist anymore, the world before the pandemic. And yet, because the public health crisis has effectively marginalized the election, there’s been little pressure to adjust to the new reality.

This will have to change by November. Democrats across the country, and presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, must make major adjustments. The social and economic impact of the pandemic far outstrips any domestic crisis in our lifetime. If Democrats want to win, the writing is already on the wall: they have to move in a strongly progressive direction.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-partys-hand-weak-only-progressives-can-strengthen-it

The big problem is that the DNC has nothing to offer the voter as a new direction for the country…..there is NOTHING new…..they keep going back to the failed issues that keeps them in second place…..

So what is to be done? There are several possible paths forward.

One path is a return to the failed and discredited supply-side trickle-down economics espoused by Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, whose policies during the Reagan administration drastically increased economic inequality in this country, in part by relentlessly attacking labor unions and cutting taxes for the wealthy.

Another path is a return to the “normalcy” that characterized the Obama/Biden era of milquetoast Democratic party governance. During that time, the Obama/Biden administration refused to hold Wall Street and corporate America accountable for the massive consolidation of wealth by the 1 percent at the expense of working families. Joe Biden’s recent appointment of Larry Summers, an architect of Clinton-era Wall Street deregulation, as an economic adviser, is an ill portent for the future.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-party-cannot-defeat-trump-returning-past-failures

New polling shows that this election may be a replay of 2016…..Trump could lose the vote but win the electoral college…..

New polling from CNN shows the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden trailing President Donald Trump in crucial battleground states even as the former vice president continues to lead nationally—portending an ominous repeat of 2016.

“I hope everyone understands that Trump could lose the popular vote by an even bigger margin in November and still pull off the same narrow electoral college win,” tweeted Vox writer David Roberts. “In fact, that seems the most likely outcome.”

Roberts added that he was “really getting ‘reliving the exact same nightmare all over again’ vibes lately.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/14/bad-news-biden-new-battleground-states-poll-shows-trump-could-lose-popular-vote-win

Dems in 2020 should adopt a new slogan…”Same As It Ever Was”…..

A snooze of an election…..If you are looking for change then sadly you will be disappointed.

We can change the person in the White House but that does not mean society will change…..

Not to worry…..my readers will see this post again as the election creeps nearer.

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Joe’s Our Man

How many of you think that Joe Biden was the nominee of the Dems? Well he was the presumptive nominee but now it is official (as if we needed this now)……

After primaries and caucuses in 42 states and the District of Columbia, Joe Biden won the last few delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president late Friday, per the AP. Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island were among the eight states holding elections Tuesday, but a huge increase in vote-by-mail ballots meant election officials were still counting ballots Friday. As the states that voted Tuesday updated their results, a team of analysts at the Associated Press parsed the votes into the correct congressional districts so the delegates could be allocated between Biden and Bernie Sanders. The former vice president now has a total of 1,993 delegates—it takes 1,991 delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention.

Biden became the party’s presumptive nominee two months ago, following decisive wins over Sanders in several March primaries and in Wisconsin on April 7. The Vermont senator, the final major challenger in the race, dropped out the next day. Biden would have wrapped up the Democratic nomination much earlier, if not for the coronavirus pandemic—15 states, along with Guam and Puerto Rico, postponed their nominating contests due to the outbreak. Still, it’s not unusual for a Democratic nominee to clinch the party’s nomination in early June. That’s when Barack Obama in 2008 and Clinton in 2016 reached the milestone.

Seems kinda subdued for he, Joe, has been acting like the crowned king of the DNC since the start of the pandemic.

So for me it is official…..I need to start looking harder for a candidate that I can actually support.

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RFK Dead!

There is lots of history happening around us but we should not lose sight of the history that preceded today’s situations….

Today 06 June 1968…the probable next president was shot and killed…

Senator Robert Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He was pronounced dead a day later, on June 6, 1968.

The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history. Both the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were peaking. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in the spring, igniting riots across the country. In the face of this unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to seek a second term in the upcoming presidential election. Robert Kennedy, John’s younger brother and former U.S. Attorney General, stepped into this breach and experienced a groundswell of support.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bobby-kennedy-is-assassinated

Americans lost their best chance of ending the war when RFK was killed.

Let us look into the possibilities if he had lived and become the president….

Historians have long wondered what would have happened had Robert F. Kennedy lived. What if he had continued his 1968 presidential campaign 50 years ago? Could he have forged a working-class political coalition that might have cauterized the nation’s racial wounds, arrested the slide into polarization and won working-class white support for the Democratic Party? Could RFK have built a multi-racial coalition featuring African-Americans and working-class whites?

These what-ifs have received more than modest attention from historians. In 1968, RFK was “the last liberal who could reach both races as well as both generations,” wrote historian John Morton Blum. At the time of his murder, Kennedy was beginning to construct “coalitions of supporters that cut across race and class lines,” historian James T. Patterson has argued. But beyond animating decades of historical scholarship and political analysis, the questions also emerged from a series of developments in 1968 that had begun to make Kennedy the unlikely face of a black-white lower-income political coalition.

https://www.history.com/news/rfk-what-if-he-lived

More thoughts of a what if…..

Most of us take history as a given, that things had to turn out as they did. But that assumption ignores the question, “What might have been?”

What might have happened if America had continued its World War II alliance with Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam instead of siding with French colonialists in the postwar world? What if President Eisenhower had embraced the Brown vs. Board of Education decision the day after it was issued and ordered school desegregation to start within a year? And would there have been an invasion of Iraq if Al Gore had been elected president in 2000?

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/390629-what-would-the-world-look-like-if-robert-kennedy-had-lived

I believe the world would look a lot different if RFK had lived and made it to the presidency.

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Biden On Trade

Looks like all the hard work the media and pundits have done is giving Biden the inside tract to the nomination….we can only hope that it is not so…..well he made it….Biden is the man with a plan…..at least that is his story.

But since Trump will probably run on his trade policies I thought maybe a look at those of Biden would be helpful…..

“In terms of the coming general election we don’t have to predict what [President Donald] Trump will be saying about Joe Biden, because he is already making those attacks. Trump—who won Michigan, who won Wisconsin, who won Pennsylvania—made one of his major campaign tenets his opposition to NAFTA and PNTR [Permanent Normal Trade Relations ] with China,” said Sanders.

“In 2016, he criticized those trade policies as being disastrous—and just yesterday, he made that claim,” Sanders continued. “The truth is, and we have to be honest about this, that NAFTA and PNTR cost this country well over 4 million good paying jobs. In Michigan alone, these disastrous trade agreements led to the loss of more than 150,000 good paying jobs. And not only job loss—when good paying jobs go, you are involved in a race to the bottom and employers can pay lower wages.”

“These trade agreements have been a disaster for the people of Michigan, the state of Vermont, and for the entire country. Joe Biden and I have very strong and different positions in terms of how we reacted to NAFTA and PNTR,” Sanders said.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/06/will-bidens-trade-policy-record-come-back-haunt-him-midwest

To be fair to Biden…..OnTheIssues.org asked some question to Biden…..if you are considering voting for Joe Biden then maybe get to know his policies before doing so…..https://www.ontheissues.org/International/Joe_Biden_Free_Trade.htm

Another look at Biden’s trade policies…..https://www.csis.org/analysis/what-former-vice-president-bidens-policy-trade

I would give you his website but they want my email and I refuse to give it….so if you can find another way into his policies I wish you luck.

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Biden’s VP

The time is nigh (I always wanted to use that term)….the time is approaching when Dem. presidential candidate Joe Biden must choose his running mate, the VP candidate.

I gave my thoughts a few months back on who I thought he would choose…….https://lobotero.com/2020/04/28/vp-the-2020-64-question/

My thought was Amy Klobuchar…..but apparently black activists do not like the idea of her being the pick for VP…..

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has many qualities Joe Biden is looking for in a running mate. She’s experienced and aligned with the former vice president on the issues. They get along and didn’t have any ugly clashes during the primaries and debates. But she won’t help him beat President Trump, black and Latino political leaders say. Klobuchar didn’t attract the support of minority voters in the primaries, Politico reports. The sentiment that the Minnesota Democrat has ignored black voters is so strong that after a speech in South Carolina in February, the Rev. Al Sharpton publicly told her to address it. “Y’all need to talk to the black press,” he told Klobuchar in front of the audience, per the Washington Post, pointing to a journalist in the crowd. In Nevada, just 4% of the Latino votes went to Klobuchar.

Putting her on the Democratic ticket would “risk losing the very base the Democrats need to win,” said Aimee Allison of She the People. An op-ed in the Post by a group of black activists and strategists argued that picking Klobuchar would “only alienate black voters.” Many see Klobuchar as embodying the party’s larger dilemma: whether to focus on getting voters of color to the polls who sat out the 2016 election, or on the white voters in the Midwest who went for Trump. She “represents that tension,” Sharpton said. The senator recently has taken steps, working to pass legislation sought by black and Latino groups. And Klobuchar took part in an NAACP town hall about the pandemic’s toll on minority Americans. But one activist cautioned that building such relationships takes time. “It isn’t something you can do in a matter of weeks,” she said.

Amy is a perfect fit for the mamby-pamby policies of Biden….will be interesting to see who Joe listens to in this process.

Speaking of Afro-Americans……In familiar territory…..Biden speaks and has to remove foot from mouth and walk back the statements…..and he had a really monumental FU recently…..

Joe Biden made inadvertent headlines during an interview that aired Friday with Charlamagne tha God, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club. The exchange came near the end of the interview, when the African-American host asked Biden to make a return visit because we’ve “got more questions,” reports NBC News. To which Biden responded:

  • “You got more questions? But I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
  • Walking it back: After a day of negative reaction, Biden tried to do some damage control in a call with black business leaders, reports the Hill. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” he said. “I don’t take it for granted at all and no one should have to vote for any party based on their race, religion, or background. There are African-Americans who think Trump is worth voting for. I don’t think so and I’m prepared to put my record against his, that was the bottom line. … I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”
  • Testy interview: During the interview, Charlamagne pressed Biden on a number of issues, including the 1994 crime bill he co-authored, calling it “damaging to the black community,” per Politico. Biden defended himself: “Take a look at my record, man! I extended the Voting Rights [Act] 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run. I mean, come on.” The Hill has more on the overall interview, which it calls “at times contentious and awkward.”
  • Biden adviser: “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest,” tweeted Biden adviser Symone D. Sanders, “but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.”
  • Trump adviser: “It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes Black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking,” writes Trump adviser Katrina Pierson.
  • Sen. Scott: Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only African-American GOP senator, faulted Biden on Twitter: “1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black,'” he wrote. “I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and browbeat those that don’t agree.”
  • A key issue: A New York Times story on the controversy suggests that Biden’s words “exposed wounds among Democrats that date to 2016, when many leaders felt the party took black voters for granted.”
  • A solution: At the Root, an exasperated Stephen A. Crockett Jr. makes clear he’s still voting for Biden. But that’s only because he’ll vote for anyone other than Trump. On Biden: “He’s the old white guy at the job who always wants to talk with you about basketball or hip-hop to prove that he’s not like the other white guys who mistake you for the valet.” Crockett’s solution to all this: “All Biden has to do is announce that his running mate is a black woman and then get out of her way. We know who Joe is and nothing he’s doing is making it better; in fact, he’s only making things worse.”

That interview should tell black people everything they need to know about Biden.

But are they listening?

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Let’s Talk Biden

Well the virus has done all it can to help Biden weather any challenge to his likely nomination….but let us look at him and his campaign…..

Before we go any further…NO I will not vote for Biden…..

First Biden has been an opponent of Medicare For All….but is that the best place to be especially n ow with Covid-19 pulling all the strings?

A new poll showing nearly 90 percent approval among Democratic voters for Medicare for All has stirred fresh calls for Joe Biden, the party’s presumptive nominee, to end his outdated opposition to the healthcare solution that would cover all Americans at less overall cost than the current, more wasteful for-profit system.

Arriving amid the coronavirus pandemic that has thrust the nation into a public health emergency and triggered a nearly unprecedented economic calamity in the U.S., the Hill-HarrisX survey released Friday showed overall voter support for Medicare for All 69 percent but that number soared to 88 percent for registered Democrats. Among independents, voters likely to be crucial in the 2020 general election, support now sits at 68 percent while even among Republicans sits at 46 percent.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/25/poll-shows-nearly-90-democratic-support-biden-told-hostility-medicare-all-no-longer

Time for Biden to do what he always does…make is position fit the facts. (Very Trumpian of him)

I have heard many ask just how does Biden shape up against other Dem candidates?

Depending on who you listen to, you might hear one of two very different narratives about former Vice President Joe Biden. One says he’s a strong candidate: He leads President Trump in most early polls, his folksy demeanor will win back working-class white voters, and he’s moderate enough to attract ex-Republicans in the suburbs. The other says he’s a weak one: He’s gaffe-prone, his fundraising has been anemic and he’s been absent from the public eye during the coronavirus pandemic.

In reality, it’s hard to tell whether a candidate is strong or weak without knowing how he actually performs in the election. But one thing we can do is place Biden in the context of Democrats’ previous presidential nominees. So we picked four easily quantifiable, objective barometers of electoral prowess — primary performance, favorability, endorsements and fundraising — and calculated them for the past seven nonincumbent Democratic presidential nominees: Walter Mondale in 1984, Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992, Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Then we checked how Biden measures up.

How Does Biden Stack Up To Past Democratic Nominees?

One more thing…..have you heard of the woman accusing Joe of wrong doings?

Lucky for you I have written about it…..https://lobotero.com/2020/04/29/good-enough-for-donald-then-why-not-joe/

I bring this up to illustrate the hypocrisy in the DNC…..something I accuse the GOP of doing……

That coward that the DNC chose to lead it into 2020 has been very vocal on sexual abuse….but funny thing he has not been so willing to step up with the Biden thingy….

Comments made by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez three years ago about women who are victims of sexual abuse are coming back to bite Democrats as former Vice President Joe Biden faces a sexual assault allegation.

After then-Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal in 2017, Perez called for the Democrat to resign in a statement that excoriated elected officials accused of sexual improprieties or crimes.

DNC Chair’s Re-Discovered Comments on Sex Assault Spell Disaster for Joe Biden

My question is was he truthful 3 years ago?  Or was his support for women just a political prop? 

Since Joe has promised to pick a woman as a running mate….how will that play?

Now for the bad news for you Biden supporters.

Looks like Joe is losing his edge against Trump……

The opinion poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday found that 43% of registered voters said they would support Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election, while 41% said they would back Trump. That makes the contest essentially a toss-up, as the results are within the poll’s credibility interval.

Biden led by 6 percentage points in a similar poll last week and by 8 points in a poll that ran April 15 to 21.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKBN22I005

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VP, The 2020 $64 Question

We have our Dem candidate (not official until fat lady sings at convention) and that candidate is Joe Biden…..a centrist in the umpth degree…..it will be telling about his character when we see who he picks as his running mate (he has already made a off-handed prediction that it would be a woman)….but as they say…”we will see”…..

For those still keeping track, chalk up another state victory for Joe Biden. The presumptive nominee won Wyoming’s mail-in Democratic primary, the party said Sunday. Biden got 72% of the vote to Bernie Sanders’ 28%, giving him 10 of the state’s pledged delegates to Sanders’ four, reports the Washington Post. The state typically holds a caucus, but it switched to an all-mail primary this year because of the coronavirus. Related coverage:

  • Interesting guest: The next guest on Biden’s “Here’s the Deal” podcast is Sen. Amy Klobuchar, seen as a leading candidate to be Biden’s running mate, reports Axios. The 20-minute episode is now available. They don’t talk about a potential 2020 ticket, but hit a wide range of other topics, including Klobuchar’s life before politics and her husband’s diagnosis with COVID-19. Over the weekend, Klobuchar declined to answer whether she would accept a VP offer, but she made a point to praise Biden as a “great vice president.”
  • The VP search: The Los Angeles Times has an overarching look at the search for a running mate, and it notes that one vocal camp is fearful Biden will repeat what it sees as Hillary Clinton’s mistake—picking a moderate, white candidate (in her case, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine) and losing black votes. That’s why the push for Sen. Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams is active. Biden has pledged to pick a woman, and, beyond that, he says his main criteria is finding someone able to step in as president.
  • Fault lines: Politico reports that Biden’s campaign has not begun any formal vetting of contenders yet. Its story is a look at how the selection process is “taking shape along familiar fault lines” for the party—should it try to win back white, working class voters or focus on the minority-led coalition that propelled Barack Obama to two terms? In the first camp, Klobuchar, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin could work. The latter camp includes Harris, Abrams, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Masto and Grisham are Latina.

My money is on either Amy or Tammy…they are from the Rust Belt and Dems need all the help they can get there.  Trump has already pissed off Latinos so they will vote against him no matter who the VP pick is to be……Biden thinks his support in the black community is above reproach after his blow away for Bernie in South Carolina…so he will not need Harris or Abrams (plus they will upstage him whenever possible)……he will go with the most center of the center……. Amy Klobuchar.

Those are my thoughts….anyone care to jump into this discussion?

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Biden’s Foreign Policy

As long as you are sheltering at home…..why not start learning about the candidate/s?

Well sports fans looks like Biden will get the nod for the Dem nomination……he needs to thank the media for pushing his old ass across the finish line.

I am a foreign policy wonk so I would like to look into the policies of Biden……and after years of watching him his are not all that special.

When former Vice President Joe Biden presented his vision for “rescuing” U.S. foreign policy in Foreign Affairs, his grim performance in the early election contests suggested he would never get the chance to put his ideas into practice. But now that Super Tuesday has propelled his candidacy to frontrunner status, it’s time to take a second look at what Biden is proposing.

Biden offers a proudly restorationist foreign policy. His main pitch is to bring back U.S. global “leadership” after its supposed Trumpian aberration, rather than to deliver what the American people  need and increasingly demand: a clean break from decades of policy failure, to which Biden himself has contributed.

One would expect Biden to defend the overall foreign policy record of the administration in which he served as vice president. Yet one might also expect him to tell voters a few ways in which he intends to do things differently. Biden declines to do so. His essay ignores the debacles of the Obama administration, if he recognizes them as such.

Biden does not reference the chaos in Libya to which the administration contributed by bombing the country and prolonging its civil war, still raging to this day. He says nothing about how the administration armed unaccountable, allegedly moderate Syrian fighters for years, compounding the country’s humanitarian nightmare. He does not acknowledge U.S. complicity in the 2009 military coup in Honduras that destabilized the country and sent thousands fleeing as refugees. To the contrary, Biden boasts of his success in helping to secure “a $750 million aid program to back up commitments from the leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to take on the corruption, violence, and endemic poverty driving people to leave their homes there.”

Why Joe Biden’s foreign policy vision isn’t so visionary

For years Biden has misled the public on his foreign policy bona fides……3 major lies….his Iraq war vote, the Osama Raid and his Afghan vote……

Former vice president Joe Biden has spun his foreign policy bona fides for the better part of two decades in order to make them fit with the political zeitgeist. Now, as he nears the Democratic nomination, it’s time for the media to take a closer look.

With that in mind, here are three of Biden’s most outrageous distortions of his national security record.

3 Tallest Biden Tales on Foreign Policy

His lack of showing any responsibility for Obama’s screw ups takes him off the ballot for me….plus his constant misspeaking on foreign policies……

But think about something the American Conservative brought to light…..Biden’s foreign policy help give us Trump……

For anyone who wants nothing more than to return this country to the status quo ante Trump, Biden might make for an acceptable candidate. He is, after all, a consummate political insider. He knows his lines and he recites them (or reads them off a teleprompter) with apparent conviction. Unlike Trump, he at least sounds presidential. Yet Biden is also a card-carrying member of the political establishment whose myriad failures vaulted Trump into the White House in the first place.

If elected, Biden can be counted on to take the country back to where it was before Trump showed up to spoil the party. My progressive friends are unhappy with that prospect. So should conservatives be as well.

Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Gave Us Donald Trump

Time to start looking for an alternate candidate……

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Biden And Health–Part 2

This virus has illustrated just how desperately this country needs to reform its health care systems…..with the unemployment rising the lack of adequate health care will rise as well.

2020 we have the presumptive Dem candidate in Joe Biden and I have written about his plans and how I cannot support any of them……if you need a refresher…..https://lobotero.com/2020/03/31/biden-and-health-care/

Now that the Covid-19 has hung around and made personal appearances of the candidate has fallen….he, Biden, has a new health plan……he wants lower the age for Medicare to 60…..this will do little to help people fight off the consequences of the pandemic……

“These policies are what I would expect from Republicans. This is not a ‘big overture’ by any stretch of the imagination.”

Progressives on Thursday were quick to call foul after it was reported that Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, put forth a pair of policy proposals—one lowering the Medicare age to 60 and the other a student debt relief program—purportedly designed to win over supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who instead saw the plans as woefully insufficient.

“We have to do more to ease the economic burden on working people,” Biden said in a tweet announcing the plan. “So today, I’m adopting two new policies to help deliver relief.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/09/why-unnecessary-6-medicare-all-advocates-warn-biden-lowering-age-60-solves-nothing

Biden will do little if elected…he will allow the insurance industry and Big Pharma run the show with our health care….keep in mind he was part of the administration that allowed the drug prices to skyrocket and he was silent then and we are to believe he had an epiphany and saw the error of his ways…..I ain’t buying.

I shall continue to point out the policies that Biden has embraced in the past and how it tallies with the promises made for 2020.

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Who Will Joe Choose?

We have had enough Covid-19 news for now….after all we have an election approaching and it looks like it will be Biden vs Donald……Trump will keep Pence as VP but who will Biden lean on in this time of need?

He has said he will choose a woman as his running mate….my thought is it will NOT be Warren or Gabbard….that leaves Harris and Klobuchar of the candidates for 2020…..there are others and fivethirtyeight.com takes a look at all the possibilities…..

One view of the vice presidential selection process, often expressed by people who themselves work for campaigns, is that the presidential nominee is making a personal choice, opting for someone whom he or she connects with and feels would be a strong partner in governing. Another view, according to research we (Adler and Azari) have done, is that the vice presidential choice often reflects broader dynamics in the party. In this view the nominee often chooses a running mate who connects with some broader goal of the party or who helps appeal to some faction or ideological bloc in the party that is not well represented by the candidate at the top of the ticket.

It’s really hard for us to establish whether Biden enjoys chatting more with Sen. Kamala Harris or Sen. Amy Klobuchar, so we’re going to take a party-centered approach to this question. We can look at the Democratic Party and some of its goals and use those as a rubric to evaluate some of Biden’s potential running mates. We have focused here on women who are either governors or senators — the traditional resumes of a vice presidential pick — but have also included a few noteworthy figures who don’t hold statewide office.

How Will Biden Choose His Running Mate?

I think it should be Klobuchar…why?  They are very similar…..will do any and everything for corporations and big money donors…..

Oddsmakers like Kamala Harris. Elizabeth Warren has made clear she’d be open to a spot on the ticket. But at the Washington Post, David Byler lays out the case for Amy Klobuchar to be Joe Biden’s pick for vice president. Yes, an all-white ticket isn’t ideal in 2020, and those in the progressive wing of the party wouldn’t be thrilled. “But nobody is perfect, and Klobuchar is as good as it gets,” writes Byler. She certainly has the resume for it—13 years as a Minnesota senator, a strong presidential campaign behind her, and no whiff of a major scandal. She’s also in sync with Biden’s brand of bipartisan, pragmatic politics, which would help deflect from the inevitable GOP attacks of a “socialist” takeover. And she has proven success at getting legislation passed.

What’s more, Klobuchar is relatively young at 59—a contrast to Biden’s 77—and her strength with swing voters would help in battleground states. Essentially, Klobuchar could not only help Biden win, she could then help him govern, writes Byler. “Maybe more important, whoever Biden picks would likely start out as the favorite in the next open Democratic primary,” he adds. “If he picks someone who is ideologically simpatico, then he could cement the Obama-Biden-Klobuchar brand of neoliberalism as the dominant strain of the Democratic Party for years to come.” Click to read Byler’s full column, but those who favor other candidates might take heart to know that he’ll lay out the cases for others in coming days.

Both are perfect for each other….for both are spineless centrists that will not change a damn thing……. only the face in the White House…..

I know…..I know…..the important thing is to beat Trump…..but that does not change my opinion of Biden and his choices.

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