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Joe Biden reportedly more open to calls for him to step aside as candidate
  • LOL. Centrists aren't a majority in the coalition. Mainstream Dems are. It's not like the Blue Dogs dominate the Democrats. They're a tiny problematic sliver (waaaay smaller than the CPC).

    But I never claimed the progressives were a majority. I know dedicated progressives only made up 30-40% of the primary. I'm just asking whether we're irrelevant enough for you not to care if we vote for someone else. Because you guys sure seem upset when progressives don't vote for Democrats.

    We can be irrelevant or we can be responsible for the party losing, not both, and if we're the latter then yeah, you do need to accept that other members of the coalition actually get something from it.

  • Pelosi told Biden: You’re dragging down Democrats
  • Also, this whole campaign has really highlighted that it's Biden's stubbornness and ego that's the problem. People are tiptoeing around the issue because in the end grandpa stopping driving is his decision and if you come at him hard he's likely to dig his heels in.

  • Pelosi told Biden: You’re dragging down Democrats
  • Remember that billionaire wedding during COVID, with Nancy Pelosi front and center and happy as could be? There really should have been a Democratic rebellion at that. She was just doing everything she possibly could to undercut Democratic messaging for her stupid fucking social life. And then she went home and traded some stocks.

  • 32 percent of Americans believe a military regime or authoritarian leader would be a good way of governing the country.
  • If you check the poll it's not what you'd expect. The self-identified left had 25% support. The self-identified right had 29% support. The self-identified center had 37 PERCENT support. There's apparently a thirst for some strong authoritarian radical centrism.

  • Joe Biden reportedly more open to calls for him to step aside as candidate
  • It is conventional wisdom, but not particularly compelling if you're actually looking at presidential races. 3 of the last 7 incumbent presidents have lost. But then people will say "the ones who lost weren't popular". Except that's Joe Biden too.

    I think the answer to the "why" question is simply that Biden didn't want to step down, and a serious challenge against an incumbent president is politically terrible. Biden's defenders are getting unhinged now, after having very obvious issues everyone got to see, imagine if it were coming just because his age was a high number. That'd be a nasty affair. If the incumbent wants to run there's just no way to challenge them without massively damaging them and causing a rift. Before it was obvious Biden would be basically incapable of winning, it'd make sense to think that would obviously be worse than just having a guy who looks and acts old and might mess up some words.

  • Joe Biden reportedly more open to calls for him to step aside as candidate
  • I'm sure they were making VBNMW statements a month ago and decrying infighting since the debate. VBNMW, Trust Black Women, party unity, etc. are all just tools to defend the establishment leader, not actual statements of policies.

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Eh, we need to stop pretending like the only gettable votes are closet Republican racists. There are a lot more Democrats than Republicans, and Trump has turned off even more. Obama won twice and Clinton still beat Trump by millions of votes, and Clinton had a whole host of other issues more relevant than her gender. Non-white and women candidates are viable. Yeah, every vote is valuable, but Biden's been losing basic Democratic groups that Harris (or really any replacement) can reconnect with and juice turnout.

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Yeah, I wouldn't vote for Harris in a primary, but there's nothing egregiously wrong with her. My biggest complaints in the primary were her prosecutor-history and her unreliable policy positions. I don't even think she's a centrist, I think she doesn't really have much in the way of policy at all. A blank slate willing to tack to the center if the progressive lane is full, or tack to the left if that's where the energy is. And the law and order history is basically no worse than Biden and kind of useful when one of Trump's big issues is all his court cases.

    I wish we had a primary, I wish Biden hadn't effectively chosen the next nominee, and I wish that, if that was the intention, he would have put some effort into building her up rather than dumping shit jobs on her, but if we need to do an emergency replacement, she's fine.

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Yes, I'm sure you think you're a great proxy for the average American voter. Too shrill maybe? Maybe too much vocal fry? Or maybe some other vocal feature that only applies to women?

    Trump's got the stupidest fucking voice there is and dumb vocal mannerisms to boot. Biden whispers half his press briefings. Her voice is fine. It's a normal woman's voice.

  • Warren: Democrats ‘will suspend the filibuster’ to codify Roe v. Wade
  • With Biden no, but both the House and Senate are in play, and if you win one you probably win the others because the same sentiment that brought out votes to claim the Senate boosted House races and vice versa. Trifectas in a new administration are common. Reagan, Clinton, Obama, Trump, and Biden all had trifectas. The only ones who didn't start with them were the Bushes.

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Yeah, I don't want them to do it that way normally, and I think a mini-primary could generate hype, but this is a unique situation and I can tolerate them doing it not-right to try to respond to a disaster. My expectations for a replacement are very low.

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Most people don't like Biden. More than don't like Harris. There was some early idea that Harris was uniquely disliked that people keep propagating for some reason. She's not a superstar, she lost the primary for a reason, but she's not some especially toxic politician. At least not for anyone who would say "keeping Biden is better".

  • 'We're close to the end': Biden world braces for the possibility that the president steps aside
  • Yes, that's how reporting with anonymous sources works. The person writing the article knows who they are and verified that they're "close to Biden". You just have to determine whether you think the author is just making it all up.

  • Warren: Democrats ‘will suspend the filibuster’ to codify Roe v. Wade

    Progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced Wednesday that there are currently enough votes in the Senate to suspend the filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade and abortion rights if Democrats win control of the House and keep the Senate and White House.

    “We will suspend the filibuster. We have the votes for that on Roe v. Wade,” Warren said on ABC’s “The View.”

    She said if Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress in 2025, “the first vote Democrats will take in the Senate, the first substantive vote, will be to make Roe v. Wade law of the land again in America.”

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    www.nbcnews.com House Republican budget calls for raising the retirement age for Social Security

    A budget by the Republican Study Committee, a group of more than 170 GOP lawmakers, highlights how many in the party would seek to govern if Republicans win in November.

    House Republican budget calls for raising the retirement age for Social Security

    A new budget by a large and influential group of House Republicans calls for raising the Social Security retirement age for future retirees and restructuring Medicare.

    For Social Security, the budget endorses "modest adjustments to the retirement age for future retirees to account for increases in life expectancy." It calls for lowering benefits for the highest-earning beneficiaries. And it emphasizes that those ideas are not designed to take effect immediately: "The RSC Budget does not cut or delay retirement benefits for any senior in or near retirement."

    Biden has blasted Republican proposals for the retirement programs, promising that he will not cut benefits and instead proposing in his recent White House budget to cover the future shortfall by raising taxes on upper earners.

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    www.commondreams.org Cornel West Responds to Criticism Over Campaign Cash From Right-Wing Billionaire Harlan Crow

    "Despite my deep political differences with brother Harlan Crow (who is an anti-Trump Republican), I've known him in a nonpolitical setting for some years and I pray for his precious family," said the presidential candidate.

    Cornel West Responds to Criticism Over Campaign Cash From Right-Wing Billionaire Harlan Crow

    Harlan Crow (of the Clarence Thomas patronage scandals) donated the max individual donation ($3,300) to Cornel West's campaign, which invited obvious criticism.

    Text of his response on Twitter: >As an independent candidate and a free Black man, I accept donations within the limits of no PACs or corporate interest groups that have strings attached. I am unbought and unbossed. Despite my deep political differences with brother Harlan Crow (who is an anti-Trump Republican), I’ve known him in a non-political setting for some years and I pray for his precious family. I find it hypocritical for those who highlight his $3300 donation to my campaign but can’t say a mumbling word about the PAC-driven billion dollars to support the genocidal attack in Gaza sponsored by their candidate! I’m fighting for Truth, Justice, and Love! Onward!

    Frankly, the pleasant words make this look much worse than just saying "if some asshole wants to send me money, I'll keep it". Sounds like someone he wants to keep on the good side of, but y'know they're only political differences, not stuff that really matters.

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