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The United States [Election] thread of 2024

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edited July 11 in Debate and/or Discourse
Here it is... your general US election thread for the year 2024. It is a critical election with two fairly unpalatable presidential candidates who should be eating tapioca pudding in a retirement home, who instead will duke it out for control of the free world. US presidential elections as of late have become a stressful and contentious time on these forums, with a lot of infighting and poor posting habits that lead to accounts being jailed and/or banned. The moderators will be watching this thread more closely than any other thread on Debate and Discourse.

Also, a lot of congressional seats and governorships will be elected this year. Feel free to discuss those, but don't be surprised if all the oxygen is sucked out of the room by the presidential election discussion. Some of these side discussions may be easier to do in the appropriate state-level political threads.

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    Snipping my dumb post to put that Sherrod Brown is polling ahead of the margin of error in Ohio and that is still amazing to me

    It’s not like Manchin in WV or Tester running concurrently in Montana- Brown is a stridently pro-labor progressive who the GOP has trouble against in a dogshit boomer-brained state where they control everything else

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    OghulkOghulk Tinychat Janitor TinychatRegistered User regular
    At this point I think Biden has to step down as the head of the democratic ticket. I'd go so far as to say the 25th amendment should probably get invoked, but that'll probably be a bridge too far for the vast majority and he'll serve out the remainder of his term.

    I will say, him stepping down and a Harris-Whitmer ticket would probably generate a metric ton of excitement and help the democrats win in November despite the "incumbency advantage" that Biden might have had.

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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    I pointed it out in the Media thread but the attacks on Harris and the calls for her to step down began last week.

    The idea that there's some candidate that is going to somehow avoid all this bullshit is a fantasy. There's always just another target.

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    Jealous DevaJealous Deva Registered User regular
    I think at this point it’s probably inevitable and he should probably go ahead and step down so everyone can get started on what comes next.

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    MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    No one is polling much better than Biden.

    The biggest issue is right now is the internal back biting and such.

    Really we need to be learning the lesson from France. Put our internal squabbles aside till the Fascist are beat. Then you just do the in fighting afterwards. The damage being done is by allowing the press to continue the feeding frenzy by Dems giving them tid bits about wanting Biden to step down.

    Also again if you want to look what happens when you have a president step down and have a contested election look at 1968. It goes poorly for the party that does it.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    Mazzyx wrote: »
    No one is polling much better than Biden.

    The biggest issue is right now is the internal back biting and such.

    Really we need to be learning the lesson from France. Put our internal squabbles aside till the Fascist are beat. Then you just do the in fighting afterwards. The damage being done is by allowing the press to continue the feeding frenzy by Dems giving them tid bits about wanting Biden to step down.

    Also again if you want to look what happens when you have a president step down and have a contested election look at 1968. It goes poorly for the party that does it.

    Of course they're not polling better, they're not campaigning. The fact that Biden isn't massively overperforming compared to them is bad.

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    OghulkOghulk Tinychat Janitor TinychatRegistered User regular
    I don't really think historical examples are useful here given the unprecedented nature of all things political today. Especially since in 1968 Nixon won with 0.7% of the vote, so it's not like it was a landslide or anything.

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    RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    Oghulk wrote: »
    I don't really think historical examples are useful here given the unprecedented nature of all things political today. Especially since in 1968 Nixon won with 0.7% of the vote, so it's not like it was a landslide or anything.

    LBJ staying in and winning maybe just leads to Reagan winning the nation on white resentment in 1972 because that shark was already lurking in the deep.

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    Jealous DevaJealous Deva Registered User regular
    Mazzyx wrote: »
    No one is polling much better than Biden.

    The biggest issue is right now is the internal back biting and such.

    Really we need to be learning the lesson from France. Put our internal squabbles aside till the Fascist are beat. Then you just do the in fighting afterwards. The damage being done is by allowing the press to continue the feeding frenzy by Dems giving them tid bits about wanting Biden to step down.

    Also again if you want to look what happens when you have a president step down and have a contested election look at 1968. It goes poorly for the party that does it.

    Yeah agreed this is being done far too publicly, but the fact is that Biden failed in a way that someone competing at his level just can’t fail. It puts everyone in a bad situation, but the people questioning and calling for him to step aside have a point. He’s the wrong person to be where he is right now.

    That doesn’t mean I won’t vote for him if he’s there, but I feel like he’s a liability.

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    LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    I posted it elsewhere yesterday, but tomorrow Mark Warner will be bringing up discussion about replacing Biden at a previously scheduled luncheon with the full caucus:

    https://apnews.com/article/77b050b1c5c39aec2ef633281d082566
    As Congress prepares to resume this week, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries convened top committee lawmakers Sunday afternoon to assess their views. Several Democratic committee leaders, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut and Rep. Mark Takano of California, said privately that Biden should step aside, according to two people familiar with the meeting and granted anonymity to discuss it.

    But other top Democrats, including members of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, argued just as forcefully that Biden remain the party’s choice. The conversation was wide ranging, with the committee leaders sharing various views on the situation, but there was no unanimity on what should be done, the people said.

    Biden was personally calling lawmakers through the weekend. He also joined a call with campaign surrogates and reiterated that he has no plans to leave the race. Instead, the president pledged to campaign harder going forward and to step up his political travel, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.



    Meanwhile, a person familiar with Sen. Mark Warner’s thinking said there will be no meeting on Monday to talk about Biden’s future, as had been previously discussed, and that those discussions will take place in Tuesday’s regular caucus luncheon with all Democratic senators. The person said a private meeting was no longer possible after it was made public that the Virginia Democrat was reaching out to senators about Biden, and that a variety of conversations among senators continue.

    Five other, different Democratic lawmakers have already publicly called on Biden to abandon his reelection campaign ahead of November. Meeting this coming week in person means more chances for lawmakers to discuss concerns about Biden’s ability to withstand the remaining four months of the campaign — not to mention four more years in the White House — and true prospects of beating Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.


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    shryke wrote: »
    I pointed it out in the Media thread but the attacks on Harris and the calls for her to step down began last week.

    The idea that there's some candidate that is going to somehow avoid all this bullshit is a fantasy. There's always just another target.

    No candidate “avoids bullshit,” but this implies all bullshit is equally effective or, arguably, interchangeable.

    The quality of the candidate is in part, the capacity to weather, deflect and turn around the bullshit, which different candidates succeed at to different degrees.

    I remind you we successfully had two terms of a man who was tarred as the stupidly paradoxical “Atheist Kenyan Muslim Socialist,” a variety of things not actually true, while Biden is being judged on things people are actively seeing with their own two eyes.

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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    Magell wrote: »
    Mazzyx wrote: »
    No one is polling much better than Biden.

    The biggest issue is right now is the internal back biting and such.

    Really we need to be learning the lesson from France. Put our internal squabbles aside till the Fascist are beat. Then you just do the in fighting afterwards. The damage being done is by allowing the press to continue the feeding frenzy by Dems giving them tid bits about wanting Biden to step down.

    Also again if you want to look what happens when you have a president step down and have a contested election look at 1968. It goes poorly for the party that does it.

    Of course they're not polling better, they're not campaigning. The fact that Biden isn't massively overperforming compared to them is bad.

    Before you start campaigning is going to be a high-water mark. Unless your name ID is low. The attacks have not begun yet.

    Well, actually they are starting up because both the Republicans and the media are just gonna do the same thing to the next person in line.

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Oghulk wrote: »
    I don't really think historical examples are useful here given the unprecedented nature of all things political today. Especially since in 1968 Nixon won with 0.7% of the vote, so it's not like it was a landslide or anything.

    There are a ton of funny similarities to 1968 though

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Snipping my dumb post to put that Sherrod Brown is polling ahead of the margin of error in Ohio and that is still amazing to me

    It’s not like Manchin in WV or Tester running concurrently in Montana- Brown is a stridently pro-labor progressive who the GOP has trouble against in a dogshit boomer-brained state where they control everything else

    Tester's been surprisingly good on the campaign trail - he put up an actual defense of abortion rights in the senatorial debate a month or so back, for example. And I think the current governor's issues with fucking with property taxes us going to be an issue that has an effect here - there's a billboard for Ryan Busse (the Dem gubinatorial candidate) I've driven by that says bluntly "GREG GIANFORTE RAISED YOUR PROPERTY TAXES" that really sums up that point.

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    MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    Oghulk wrote: »
    I don't really think historical examples are useful here given the unprecedented nature of all things political today. Especially since in 1968 Nixon won with 0.7% of the vote, so it's not like it was a landslide or anything.

    I think this map and breakdown is important.
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    First overall vote is not the big deal its the states you win. Nixon ran the field for the most part. And fuck Wallace to his right won Jim Crow land.

    If LBJ and the Dems don't shit the fence with the convention and so on Wallace and Nixon split the Republican vote enough that a Dem cruises to victory. Its like 1992 but instead Perot screwing Bush the Dems fuck up so badly Bush still wins.

    This map and that 0.7% isn't the 0.7% you are thinking. Its 14.2% since Wallace stole mostly from Nixon not Humphrey.

    Again a contested convention is basically more months of Dems in disarray and attacking each other publicly. Then hoping we can make sure the name on all the ballots in every state is the new candidate. And then hoping all that internal damage isn't enough to screw us as the Press spends the next 3 months attacking that candidate as well.

    This was never an easy election. Yes its harder now. But Biden dropping out this late will produce way more issues and weaknesses. Again the best thing the Dems can do now is circle the wagons. Get on a message. And go on the attack verse Trump and what he is planning to do.

    Because right now a convicted felon who spends his time screaming about immigrants and lying is being pushed out of the news so the press can enjoy its Dems in disarray feeding frenzy.

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    Jealous DevaJealous Deva Registered User regular
    Lanz wrote: »
    I posted it elsewhere yesterday, but tomorrow Mark Warner will be bringing up discussion about replacing Biden at a previously scheduled luncheon with the full caucus:

    https://apnews.com/article/77b050b1c5c39aec2ef633281d082566
    As Congress prepares to resume this week, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries convened top committee lawmakers Sunday afternoon to assess their views. Several Democratic committee leaders, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut and Rep. Mark Takano of California, said privately that Biden should step aside, according to two people familiar with the meeting and granted anonymity to discuss it.

    But other top Democrats, including members of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, argued just as forcefully that Biden remain the party’s choice. The conversation was wide ranging, with the committee leaders sharing various views on the situation, but there was no unanimity on what should be done, the people said.

    Biden was personally calling lawmakers through the weekend. He also joined a call with campaign surrogates and reiterated that he has no plans to leave the race. Instead, the president pledged to campaign harder going forward and to step up his political travel, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.



    Meanwhile, a person familiar with Sen. Mark Warner’s thinking said there will be no meeting on Monday to talk about Biden’s future, as had been previously discussed, and that those discussions will take place in Tuesday’s regular caucus luncheon with all Democratic senators. The person said a private meeting was no longer possible after it was made public that the Virginia Democrat was reaching out to senators about Biden, and that a variety of conversations among senators continue.

    Five other, different Democratic lawmakers have already publicly called on Biden to abandon his reelection campaign ahead of November. Meeting this coming week in person means more chances for lawmakers to discuss concerns about Biden’s ability to withstand the remaining four months of the campaign — not to mention four more years in the White House — and true prospects of beating Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.


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    shryke wrote: »
    I pointed it out in the Media thread but the attacks on Harris and the calls for her to step down began last week.

    The idea that there's some candidate that is going to somehow avoid all this bullshit is a fantasy. There's always just another target.

    No candidate “avoids bullshit,” but this implies all bullshit is equally effective or, arguably, interchangeable.

    The quality of the candidate is in part, the capacity to weather, deflect and turn around the bullshit, which different candidates succeed at to different degrees.

    I remind you we successfully had two terms of a man who was tarred as the stupidly paradoxical “Atheist Kenyan Muslim Socialist,” a variety of things not actually true, while Biden is being judged on things people are actively seeing with their own two eyes.

    This is what I feel as someone that regularly talks to independent and right leaning people. It was easy to defend Obama in 2012. You can dismiss crazy conspiracy theories and point to a record. And honestly Biden’s record isn’t bad, you can make that argument. But when someone publicly shits the bed you can’t defend that. You can’t defend against the argument a person makes against themself.

    Biden needs to do one of 2 things:

    1. He needs to fucking bring it. He needs to get his ass on TV every day and sell it. He’s in the hole, he needs to come out of it and be a fucking rockstar. Not just “oh this one interview for DC insiders or calling into morning joe and calling it a day” he needs to stand up and go to the American people and show he can do it. Do whatever it takes to get his ass on the air and be confident and competent and dominant, to show that the debate was a one time thing.



    2. If he can’t do that for whatever reason he needs to drop out. Stop making excuses, shit or get off the pot.

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    RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    If the Democrats are going to knife Biden it should be done already, because the longer this goes on the more bitter everyone is going to be come November.

    The only thing I can think of worse then a ticket with Harris at the top would be with mayor Pete

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    BSoBBSoB Registered User regular
    I think it's important to realize that when a bunch of right wing sources call for Biden to step down, it's because that is what they want to happen. They want Dems to dump the incumbent advantage and push some relative unknown forward.

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    RazielMortemRazielMortem Registered User regular
    For those that have watched Doctor Who, this feels like a 'Doesn't she look tired' moment where the perception starts to run away from the reality and undermines the candidate. Biden is stuffed because the narrative of 'too old/incompetent' is starting to get too much traction, especially when the Democrats start doing it to themselves. This infighting is going to ruin the campaign.

    But you can't replace Biden either. If you don't pick Harris you alienate a group as well as looking like aholes. And who are you going to replace Biden with at the 11th hour? And it's not even obvious if it's even legally possible, and any such candidate wouldn't be democratically chosen.

    Real rough time ahead for the Democrats it would seem. Not sure how it's going to shake out but it feels like it's handing the Trump campaign all they could ask for.

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    ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    Pretty sure the only viable replacement candidate is Harris due to campaign finance reasons and Ohio's ballot shenanigans. They probably won't win Ohio, but I don't want to live in a reality where Trump gets the popular vote.

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    101101 Registered User regular
    If Biden can counter the narrative he needs to get on doing it.

    Frankly, from what I've seen with my own eyes I don't think he's up to the job at this point. And I think that perception will only get worse as time goes on. It'll take something big for Biden to regain people's confidence, and I don't think he's got it in him. Dems need to be finding a replacement sharpish.

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    joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited July 8
    If Biden is so old he can’t do the job anymore and we want Harris instead, she’s already his VP and he can drop out and give her the job after November.

    If he drops out before November I’ll vote for the Dem. If he stays in I’ll vote for his warmed-over corpse. Anything to deny fascism the chance to succeed where January 6 failed.

    We’ve been talking a lot about how bad it’ll be if Biden wins, it’s way past time to talk about how bad it’ll be if he doesn’t.

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    enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    OK, here goes, five policy reasons and one meta reason why you as a person who is probably well to the left of center should vote for Joe Biden (or Harris I guess; personally I think the inevitable infighting before the party inevitably picks Harris will do more damage to the ticket than any gains because Harris is not old) besides the obvious reason of his opponent:

    1) Appointments.

    Obviously in the last week we've been thinking a lot about the courts. So those appointments are a huge deal. Alito and Thomas are getting fairly old. Lower courts make a billion decisions and importantly are going to have a ton more power in the wake of Chevron's repeal. Biden's appointed a ton of judges, and they have been the most diverse of any president. That's true both in terms of demographics but also backgrounds. He put a former public defender on the Supreme Court, for example. But there's also a ton of labor lawyers in the lower courts now. That never really happened before.

    Meanwhile, you also have the entire executive branch to staff. On those appointments I'd argue he's been even better. His has been the most aggressive NLRB, FTC, CFPB (short history, but still), EPA, etc. etc. etc. I can remember. Hell, DOJ has started a criminal investigation into price fixing by landlords. This has been a pro-little guy administration, consistently.

    2) Let's Talk About Labor

    This has been the friendliest administration to labor in history either ever or since FDR. But bum, what about the railroad strike that Biden prevented? It's true, he viewed the disruption to the supply chain as a big enough emergency to prevent a strike. But he kept working at it. IBEW press release.
    “We’re thankful that the Biden administration played the long game on sick days and stuck with us for months after Congress imposed our updated national agreement,” Russo said. “Without making a big show of it, Joe Biden and members of his administration in the Transportation and Labor departments have been working continuously to get guaranteed paid sick days for all railroad workers.

    Biden also became the first sitting president to join a picket line, ever, when he joined the UAW picket line last September. Friendly rules towards organizer mean we've seen new unions form all over the country. The UAW finally managed to unionize one southern auto plant, though they failed at another. This is a major policy success that the left should celebrate. And we should want it to continue.

    3) Climate

    As mentioned above, this has been a strong EPA. But then what did Biden spend his most political capital on, sacrificing his relationship with the 51st vote in the Senate in the process? IRA, which was the largest investment in solving the climate crisis in history. Should we want more? Absolutely. Was it a major risk to get it passed and harm the rest of his term? Yes. Is it working? Well in terms of investing money, yeah. Which will have a ton of downwind effects, like reducing asthma. Will it "solve" the climate crisis? No. Mitigate, yeah we're starting. And it says something that he was willing to lose Manchin forever to get this bill passed.

    4) Economy More Broadly

    Unemployment rate around 4% for two years now. Speaking anecdotally, most teens I teach have a job. In a genuinely shitty economy they'd be competing against people with grad degrees for their lifeguarding, shelf stocking, serving, etc. jobs (not that I'm bitter about this). We've also seen income outpace inflation, especially in the bottom quartile, which is not a sentence I've said before about the American economy.

    5) Education

    Keeps trying to forgive student loans, despite the opinions of the corrupt judiciary. Has done so for a ton of people ($144 billion worth, obviously lots more exist). We've seen some forumers express shock and joy at how much their lives have changed as a result. He's also the first president in my lifetime to NOT fuck up K-12 education, which has been nice as an educator. I love Obama, but his Department of Education fucking sucked.

    Biden's Policy Flaws
    Are mostly the two things specifically mentioned as side eyeable in the OP and I want to respect that. Only thing I'll say is that Biden historically is movable and does figure out when he's wrong on stuff eventually. Needs to be pushed.

    Most Importantly, the Meta Reason the Left Should Vote for Biden (or Harris)

    This administration came in with let's say extremely low expectations from the left. Biden was maybe my seventh choice in the 2020 primary? (Warren, Castro, Inslee, Booker, Harris, Sanders) And while you can argue they haven't gone far enough, they have pursued a larger strategy of making policy with the idea of making things work better for people at the bottom. This means that they would accept some inflation if it meant the working class had jobs and could put food on the table. And statistically (I know there are lots of individuals who are struggling, which sucks, obviously) things are improving for people in the bottom 40% of income faster than they have before. Politically this has been... not great. Because the people who are opinion leaders are not in that group. And in fact are mostly in the group that's done a little worse (~75th-95th percentile, the truly rich are fine, obviously). That's a real risk. And if Biden loses, the lesson will almost certainly be (after acrimony about his age) that Democrats shouldn't pursue those policies again because it was not worth the political cost. That's a crisis for the ability to implement left wing policies in the future.

    Second, Biden took away the media's precious Afghan War. Again, paid a significant political cost for doing a good thing. That's a lot more brave than I expected from a man who historically is a weather vane who goes where the party goes.

    Beyond that, AOC's reason is that Biden being president means that you're in an environment where you can persuade people instead of an environment where you're fighting for your life.

    Sorry I Can't Not Say It
    His opponents are Donald Trump and John Roberts. Fuck those fascist assholes.

    The idea that your vote is a moral statement about you or who you vote for is some backwards ass libertarian nonsense. Your vote is about society. Vote to protect the vulnerable.
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    StarZapperStarZapper Vermont, Bizzaro world.Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    Replacing Biden would be capitulating the election, effectively. It would be a repudiation of the last 4 years and his entire record, they'd have no ground to stand on. Harris is not a viable candidate, the electorate does not like her (as evidenced by her poor performance in the 2020 primaries.) Frankly, name recognition is 90% of the election, and other democrats are unkown. There's nothing but bad choices here.

    They need to double down on his record and get him out there every day fighting like the republic's future depends on it (because it does.) I have no qualms with Biden, he had a bad night. Give me a cold and lack of sleep, and I'd be largely unintelligible too. This infighting is killing the whole show, however.

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    LabelLabel Registered User regular
    If November comes and Biden is still the candidate, I know I will be voting for him, for a pretty simple reason.

    We know he'll leave, one way or another.

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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    One thing I have been seeing talked about by people knocking doors is that Biden's age is not coming up much but Project 2025 is.

    Which is probably why Trump is starting to run the fuck away from it.

    I think more and more this whole "Biden needs to step down" thing is looking like a political elite and media freakout.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    I think one of Biden's problems in running for reelection is that he doesn't have a flashy piece of legislation to point at and go look at what we did.

    All of his best stuff is basically just solid administration for the country and the biggest thing he tried to get done had to be neutered to make other Democrats happy. He doesn't have balancing the budget or Obamacare to run on as great accomplishments, he's asking for another four years again because Trump is bad. While true, it's not an exciting campaign to run on again.

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    BSoBBSoB Registered User regular
    He won the first time on " Trump very bad" and it has only become more true.

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    RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    Biden viciously sucking in some ways paired with typical beltway ambition are the biggest reasons we're seeing so much chatter leaking from the Democrats this go around. A handful of these idiots are convinced they can win a chaos convention and that beating Trump will be easy despite coming out of that mess covered in shit.

    If the party was worried about his ability to do his job they would get through the election and then find a way to shelve him before midterms.

    If they were worried about him winning the election they wouldn't be feeding a media narrative about mental competency, they'd be trying to keep a lid on things as maneuvering went on.

    Really just a dogshit party

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    MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    Biden needs to step down seems a mix of being driven by:
    1. New York Times who hates Biden. The Biden admin has basically given them the finger. Considering they are happy to publish and push up fascist I am not surprised.
    2. The DC bubble as a whole. I see it mostly in DC bubble press. WashPo, Vox, NPR, and such.
    3. A limited number of Dems who are worried about what the above thing. I already wrote Warner who is one of my senators a nasty but polite letter on this.
    4. A lot of staffers and anonymous sources

    On top of this we have papers publish actual falsehoods on support here.

    At the same time the news is ignoring the other candidate completely who is relishing that. So he can do his shit without coverage and attacks.

    Also if you wandering what Biden has done since then:

    Multiple rallies including in PA. ABC interview which was fine not light the world on fire. A random interview with Morning Joe today. More rallies.

    This is one of those the press latched on to a freak out. Then like all of us who have doom scrolled have pushed that doom spiral freaking more people out. Its cyclical.

    Yet we get weird polls and hard to track actual effect but also in general debates have short term small effects at most. But long term reporting cycles of circular firing squads does cause damage.

    Also if you dig stuff up, you can see the press has tried to run this before it just caught traction this time.

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    BlindPsychicBlindPsychic Registered User regular
    While I was pretty nonplussed by the debate and further spooked by the PodSave* guys also sounding so spooked, there definitely also seems to be an undercurrent of, I don't know if I'd call it ratfucking, but there definitely a major push by the nominally centrist/leftist (future I hate to do this.jpg) people to knife this guy for any misstep to the point that I'm getting a little tired of it.

    This is getting further compounded by the Dems, for once genuinely, being in disarray. I sincerely don't know who they're talking to or what they know or don't know, but these Dem Party people were wheeling out Feinstein for however long and keeping up the wall of silence around her, but one crack from Biden and they're running for the exits.

    It's cultivated such a genuinely awful environment that there's not really much left to talk about but vote for whatever Dem is on the ticket in November and not really worry about anything between now and then.

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    Jealous DevaJealous Deva Registered User regular
    I will say after listening to some if his rallies and his call in with Morning Joe thats exactly the kind of fight he needs.

    Damn shame he couldn’t have brought that to the debate because I just don’t know how many better opportunities he will get to put that infront of the American people.

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    ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    Magell wrote: »
    I think one of Biden's problems in running for reelection is that he doesn't have a flashy piece of legislation to point at and go look at what we did.

    All of his best stuff is basically just solid administration for the country and the biggest thing he tried to get done had to be neutered to make other Democrats happy. He doesn't have balancing the budget or Obamacare to run on as great accomplishments, he's asking for another four years again because Trump is bad. While true, it's not an exciting campaign to run on again.

    The Inflation Reduction Act is like 70% of a modern American political party platform in one bill.

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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    BSoB wrote: »
    He won the first time on " Trump very bad" and it has only become more true.

    Problem is everyone has forgotten Trump was bad and they think of his time in office fondly and think "it wasn't so bad" and the media is more then happy to not do anything about that issue. If they can even reach people.

    Yet another reason Trump is now scared of Project 2025 catching on in the public consciousness.

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    enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    Oh also the reason to support Democrats more broadly is look what happens they get full, unified control without any backstabbing coal barons or Effie Trinket cosplayers. Michigan and Minnesota most notably.

    The idea that your vote is a moral statement about you or who you vote for is some backwards ass libertarian nonsense. Your vote is about society. Vote to protect the vulnerable.
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    MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    Magell wrote: »
    I think one of Biden's problems in running for reelection is that he doesn't have a flashy piece of legislation to point at and go look at what we did.

    All of his best stuff is basically just solid administration for the country and the biggest thing he tried to get done had to be neutered to make other Democrats happy. He doesn't have balancing the budget or Obamacare to run on as great accomplishments, he's asking for another four years again because Trump is bad. While true, it's not an exciting campaign to run on again.

    Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure deal are both huge pieces of legislation with long reaching positive impacts for a huge part of the population.

    I mean look at EB's list of actions beyond that.

    Obamacare was considered an albatross in many ways in 2012.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    I will say after listening to some if his rallies and his call in with Morning Joe thats exactly the kind of fight he needs.

    Damn shame he couldn’t have brought that to the debate because I just don’t know how many better opportunities he will get to put that infront of the American people.

    As many as he wants he's the fucking President. He could hold a press conference once in a while and that would help instead of running the fewest of any modern president.

    He could probably get a rally on tv because people want to see if he'll fuck up like he did at the debate.

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    mRahmanimRahmani DetroitRegistered User regular
    @enlightenedbum honestly that’s a fantastic writeup and I don’t really disagree with any of it. I’ll be voting for whatever D is on the ticket come November, Biden included.

    But I know a LOT of people who voted for Biden in 20 who have sworn not to this year as a result of his unwavering support for the Palestinian genocide. I don’t know if they will necessarily back Harris but literally anyone but Biden would shore up Dem support in SE MI.

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    enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    Magell wrote: »
    I will say after listening to some if his rallies and his call in with Morning Joe thats exactly the kind of fight he needs.

    Damn shame he couldn’t have brought that to the debate because I just don’t know how many better opportunities he will get to put that infront of the American people.

    As many as he wants he's the fucking President. He could hold a press conference once in a while and that would help instead of running the fewest of any modern president.

    He could probably get a rally on tv because people want to see if he'll fuck up like he did at the debate.

    There's a scheduled press conference this week I believe. One problem is he hates the press for being vapid morons, which he's not wrong about.

    The idea that your vote is a moral statement about you or who you vote for is some backwards ass libertarian nonsense. Your vote is about society. Vote to protect the vulnerable.
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    enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited July 8
    mRahmani wrote: »
    enlightenedbum honestly that’s a fantastic writeup and I don’t really disagree with any of it. I’ll be voting for whatever D is on the ticket come November, Biden included.

    But I know a LOT of people who voted for Biden in 20 who have sworn not to this year as a result of his unwavering support for the Palestinian genocide. I don’t know if they will necessarily back Harris but literally anyone but Biden would shore up Dem support in SE MI.

    I get it. All I'd ask is work to convince them he's at least persuadable and the stakes are super high, especially for the Arab-American community. Ideally Israel shitcans Netanyahu by November and a cease fire happens.

    To me the best argument for a change in the ticket is that putting Whitmer on it wins Michigan (and probably Wisconsin and maybe Pennsylvania).

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    ArcTangentArcTangent Registered User regular
    The most absolutely egregious bit of ratfucking in the attempt to knife Biden I've seen came from The Hill.

    Their headline: "Clyburn says he's for Harris 'if Biden ain't there'"

    Actual Clyburn quote?
    "I'm for Biden-Harris. I'm going to be for Biden if Harris ain't there. I'm going to be for Harris if Biden ain't there."

    I've seen the notion gain a lot of traction the last couple months about how there is zero incentive for anybody to ever do anything but shit on Democrats. If you're right, obviously. If you're left, demonstrates your superiority. If you're center, demonstrates your objectivity. And so the media relentlessly shits on them, and any weakness gets ALL the eyes, so every little scrap and crumb must be hyper analyzed and brought out to display their hubris and foolishness and get the clicks.

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