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Why Trump makes a 76-year-old white man look like the Democrats’ best chance

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The Trump era is burnishing Joe Biden’s strengths, and downplaying his weaknesses. That makes his 2020 presidential run is most viable one yetRead full story

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  • The ad Biden launched his entry into the race with is good -- focused on the issue of "character" it will be interesting to see how much money will he raise today. It's a crowded field and a pretty wide range of candidates have emerged. Early days.

  • Disagree that Joe Biden is the Dems' best chance. It's socialism or barbarism. A centrist moderate can't compete with Trump's barbarism because they won't actually challenge the status quo that isn't working for the many, but is instead working for the few. We've been there already.

    The only hope of defeating the exclusionary brand of politics pushed by Trump is to propose an alternative vision of inclusion that addresses this current political and economic system that has left millions behind. Only Sanders offers this vision.

  • Bradley Tusk
    Bradley TuskproCEO at Tusk Ventures

    Who knows? He’s the best chance if the notion that a left wing populist can’t win the general is right. That turned out not to be the case in 2016. Lots of misplaced assumptions about the voters. Not sure why this is that different.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    It is really hilarious (and sad) the front runner has a competitive advantage because of his being centrist and his notoriety for gaffes. At bare minimum he has his name recognition from having served and having been fairly low-key compared to that "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" ...

  • Is anyone else already worn thin by the cacophony of nonsense that is the early presidential race? Besides the fact that we live in an oligarchy/plutocracy reality here in the US, one controlled by the revolving door of corporate leaders/lobbyists who rotate in and out of the Whitehouse, it is also important to recognize that this one person at the top of a fickle hierarchy is the farthest thing from what is important to focus our collective attention on presently. We have a worldview largely still

    Is anyone else already worn thin by the cacophony of nonsense that is the early presidential race? Besides the fact that we live in an oligarchy/plutocracy reality here in the US, one controlled by the revolving door of corporate leaders/lobbyists who rotate in and out of the Whitehouse, it is also important to recognize that this one person at the top of a fickle hierarchy is the farthest thing from what is important to focus our collective attention on presently. We have a worldview largely still dominated by the idea of perpetual growth, measuring the health of our country by Growth Domestic Product and how low our unemployment rate is. This is absurd and needs to be reckoned with. The climate catastrophe and environmental breakdown we are in the midst of demands we shift our narrative, alter our collective mythology, and get honest about what we are facing and indeed in the midst of. Sure, Trump is not a person we should be hoping gets re-elected. But that’s not the point here. A 76-year-old white man in a country dominated by white supremacy and capitalism sure as sh$t is not what we need to be rooting for either. The systems of oppression need to be dismantled. The ‘business as usual’ that is destroying our planet needs to be on everyone’s lips, around every water cooler. Women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ need to have their voices heard and be a part of the leadership in our desperately needed transition away from the mess we’ve got ourselves in. Please, let us not get too distracted with who is going to run for president. They will all bash each other during the primaries and fill our news cycles with the same empty rhetoric that we have seen for generations. I will admit though, we do need to have free healthcare, Higher Education, and eradicate student debt. I support those ideas wholeheartedly. But we really need to alter the entire systems of our zero sum game that is capitalism and our broken form of democracy. Money rules in the US and we need to change that power dynamic and bring the power back to the people.

    Oh, and Bernie Sanders is a WAY BETTER candidate...

  • Henry Tobias Jones
    Henry Tobias JonesEditor of Dyson on: at Dyson

    Not an overly reassuring point being made here. The best beat for Trump is an old charismatic man who loves Twitter...

  • Paul O'Brien
    Paul O'BrienCEO at MediaTech Ventures

    “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," warning that if Mr. Trump is reelected, “He will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

    Not at all a Pro Trump sentiment but I can't help but note that 'character of the nation' is precisely why Trump won. Not that we *like* Trump but that what so many are frustrated with is that the Political soul of the United States is already gone, and the American people really

    “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," warning that if Mr. Trump is reelected, “He will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

    Not at all a Pro Trump sentiment but I can't help but note that 'character of the nation' is precisely why Trump won. Not that we *like* Trump but that what so many are frustrated with is that the Political soul of the United States is already gone, and the American people really just wanted anything but the Washington darlings, The Establishment, in hopes of getting hold of our government back. Doesn't seem to be the right message to essentially say the same thing Trump is saying (That Washington is a cesspool supported by media propaganda and political favors). We all want the soul of the country back. Obama's message of Change and Trump's message of Fake News and political favors won so many hearts because it wasn't The Establishment. Biden is sending the same message, but he is part of that. People wanted Trump to alter the character of this nation (to say nothing of if he is changing it the direction many want is beside the point).

  • Joe Lawrence
    Joe Lawrence

    The problem with the Charlottesville arguement is:

    There were people on left there protesting without a permit

    There were white supremacists there

    There were people protesting on the right in favor of not taking downcstatute for historical reasons that were not racists

    The media largely spun the circumstances that it was good people on left vs racists in right which was totally wrong. There are left leaning racists also. Trump condemned white supremacists and then said there were good people on the

    The problem with the Charlottesville arguement is:

    There were people on left there protesting without a permit

    There were white supremacists there

    There were people protesting on the right in favor of not taking downcstatute for historical reasons that were not racists

    The media largely spun the circumstances that it was good people on left vs racists in right which was totally wrong. There are left leaning racists also. Trump condemned white supremacists and then said there were good people on the right and the left specifically mentioning those that didnt want statues removed which are part of history. People that hate Trump or at least his style and personality spun it out of context and ran with it. ...this Charlottesville arguement coming from Biden who if you look at his lengthy history and positions has made a number of racist statements, positions or at least terrible gaffes.

  • Brian  Nisbet
    Brian Nisbet Retired Lens Grinder

    Well folks I’m up here in Vancouver Canada and your politics “DOMINATES” you would swear we’re part of the US at least if you turn on the radio any minute of the day in this country , if I become a US citizen I would be Republican “THAT “ being said I think Donna Brazile is hands down the greatest hope for Democrats she is amazing, sooooper smart, concise , filled with common sense & decency “ oh” maybe that’s why she doesn’t run ?

  • Ross Coburn
    Ross CoburnWriter and Publisher at Bubo Books

    The Second Amendment was intended to keep government, period, in line. Just saying.

  • Norman Crouse
    Norman CrouseSinger-songwriter

    If the 2016 election taught me anything, it was that all the pre-election pronostication was valueless. This cycle, the press is giving lots of coverage to "what I'll do if elected" without pressing the candidates on how they'll get it done. I want to know how a candidate plans to implement their plans if the opposition controls one, or both, houses of Congress. That said, I would prefer to see Biden in a Cabinet role such as Secretary of State.

  • mike pouraryan
    mike pouraryanthe daily outsider

    It will be interesting to say the least

  • Under Obama American politics became what it is today. Nothing got done, Obama care is a disaster, the national debt tripled, unemployment soared. What are you all pining for?

    In two years America is doing much better. All the data points to all aspects of Americans lives doing better. This is fact based information.

    Now, every single candidate is a bad reflection of a sit-com actor. Pandering, and saying whatever will get them elected. And now, Biden steps in... most likely a nice person, but

    Under Obama American politics became what it is today. Nothing got done, Obama care is a disaster, the national debt tripled, unemployment soared. What are you all pining for?

    In two years America is doing much better. All the data points to all aspects of Americans lives doing better. This is fact based information.

    Now, every single candidate is a bad reflection of a sit-com actor. Pandering, and saying whatever will get them elected. And now, Biden steps in... most likely a nice person, but someone who has achieved very little in terms of transformation of America. He has been in politics a very long time.

    Biden did very little while Obama tanked all aspects of Americans lives.

  • Jeff Roush
    Jeff Roush

    Why would the chairman of the committee in charge of covering up the fact that congress has no ethics be better than his criminal opponent? What is that old saying about birds of a feather?

  • I see Biden as less offensive and less divisive version of Trump, and That’s a good thing if it moderates the rampant left/right tribalism that has created so much disfunction and gridlock. If all he did was create a better tone of national unity, that would be a huge improvement.

  • Tony Basiliere
    Tony Basiliere

    Once again, we see a downplaying of the real frontrunner. Bernie Sanders has a far greater chance of knocking Mango Mussolini off his throne.

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