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This Week’s Dem Polling in Arrested Development Gifs

Another week, another poll- this one by CBS News/YouGov. We’ve turned to Taylor Swift and Archer for help remembering which candidate is which in the past and, this week, we’re looking to Arrested Development for help.

How’s the field looking in general? Most voters seem downright delighted with the options they have going into 2020.

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In first place, as always, is Joe Biden (at 25%). He’s got a couple of pretty big problems, though.

First of all, he’s white and male.

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Second, he’s handsy.

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These are supposed to be the things they hate about Donald Trump, so it’s going to be hard to run a candidate with the same attributes.

Maybe they’ll find better luck in their second place candidate (who is 5 points behind)- Elizabeth Warren. She is, umm, also white. And doing surprisingly well considering the whole thing where she lied about that.

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That’s some hard core appropriation, Liz.

Kamala Harris brings in 16% of the vote in this poll and, with it, takes third place. With her record on criminal justice, it’s truly incredible she’s in the double digits.

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Bernie Sanders is just one point behind Ms. Harris with 15%. Here he is explaining his economic theories to anyone who understands math.

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The gap between 4th and 5th place is huge. Pete Buttigieg has less than half the votes of Bernie in this poll with only 6%. Maybe don’t brand yourself as “Mayor Pete” when you were mayor of a failing crime-ridden city. Doesn’t send a great message to viewers.

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Poor BetoIn 6th place with only 4% of the votes, he’s longing for the days when he was running against Ted Cruz and was the DNC darling. Now he’s walking around like:

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Julian Castro. 2%. What else is there even to say? I honestly keep forgetting he exists. So, just one question for those 2% of voters:

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At 1% and, for the purposes of this list, in last place, we’ve got Amy Klobuchar:

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With 1% of the vote, she’s tied with “Someone else.” Literally anyone else.

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Morning Consult: Biden keeps on keepin’ on

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Joe Biden had the most to lose heading into the first Democratic presidential debate, and he took a significant hit. However, he’s already begun to rebound, and no one else is getting much closer either. A report out from Morning Consult’s tracking poll shows the former VP still getting nearly a third of all support from Democratic primary voters, 32%.

Here’s their graph over time with all candidates listed:

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In this series, Biden lost almost all of his post-announcement bump after the debate. That’s still not putting him in any real danger of losing the lead, as he’s more than ten points up on Bernie Sanders, who has barely budged since Biden got in the race. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren benefited from strong debate performances, but their modest gains still put them nearly 20 points behind Biden and still trailing Sanders. At best, the race is looking as though it has developed three tiers, with Biden in a league of his own.

Of course, this is just one poll series. What about other national polling? The RCP average tracking graph shows a very similar picture — with the main difference being bad news for Bernie:

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In this aggregation, Biden appears to have lost a little more ground with primary voters, dropping below his pre-announcement floor, but also seems to be rebounding. Fifteen points below, though, Harris and Warren have caught up with Bernie for a tie in second place. Warren’s numbers have been ramping up steadily since May, but Harris’ spiked after the debate, a clear signal to the field that attacking Biden on race will at least get you noticed.

Noticed may be all it gets, though. Harris’ numbers are already drooping slightly, and at best it looks like she plateaued after the debate. Warren seems to have more momentum, and it seems as though the debate isn’t the only thing fueling her rise. If anyone has the inside edge at being the Not-Biden at this point, Warren’s more organic gain makes her the most interesting candidate in that middle tier.

Let’s not kid ourselves, however. Biden’s still the person to beat, and taking a brief beating in the debate didn’t change that. Neither did the two rounds of the first debate do anything to lift any of the bottom-tier candidates out of the mire, which should give them reason to reconsider their 2020 plans soon … very soon.

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Trump’s Main Competitor Launched a Major Platform Yesterday and Not a Soul Noticed

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While we’re all parsing out Trump’s tweet storm, analyzing every word to death and raging into the wind on one side or other the rest of the world has just kept turning.

The path to 2020 is unfolding and with dozens of Democrat presidential candidates it is more important than ever for each one of them to be able to grab as much of the media spotlight as possible. However, at this point only one candidate is polling with numbers high enough to be considered any type of threat to Trump – Joe Biden.

There are a few vital subjects that every Democrat candidate must officially approach in order to reach their base -the border and illegal immigration, race, and healthcare.

When Obama first jammed Obamacare down America’s throat some of us who have lived under socialized medicine understood that the only thing it would guarantee is that politicians would forever be running on “fixing” the “fix” for healthcare. As a born Canadian, I can attest to that. I’ve never experienced on Canadian election in my 40-plus years in which a politician hasn’t run on fixing the broken medical system, because government doesn’t fix things.

So naturally Joe Biden’s stance on healthcare was set to be a major wind in his sails media-wise. After all, this is the man who served under the very president who brought us the “Affordable” Healthcare Act. It would be a delicate launch considering the failure of the policy. Biden needs to be able to carefully straddle the line between being proudly connected to it and admitting it didn’t really do what it promised.

On Monday Biden finally released his long-awaited healthcare platform…to deafening silence.

While Biden released the details of Obamacare 2.0, the rest of the world was raging at – or defending – Trump. Nary a soul noticed Biden’s soulless rehash of a nearly dead piece of legislation.

You can read about Biden’s plan here but it’s hardly worth the time. The bullet point wrap up is:

  • lower healthcare costs
  • expand insurance to the uninsured or underinsured
  • take on Big Pharma
  • improve healthcare quality
  • offer a public health exchange

Basically everything Obamacare was supposed to have done and didn’t.

It could have been worth at least a tiny boost in sycophant media circles…but then along came Trump. Suddenly, instead of talking about Joe Biden – the man who served as vice president to American’s first Black president – all they could talk about was Trump; and following that, the “Broad Squad” as they hogged the evening news cycle by stepping way out of their lane and into oncoming traffic.

Oh, to hear the conversations between Biden and Pelosi right now! Two of America’s most experienced politicians upstaged by a tweet-happy president and four freshman congresswomen.

It’s almost as if it were planned.

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Joe Biden, Dazed and Confused, Promises If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep Your Insurance

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You may recall back in 2009 when former President Obama proclaimed that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” Because the media felt the need to fluff the former President at all times, that obvious fib went nearly unchecked outside of right-wing sources for nearly five years. Politifact even dutifully gave it a “half true” rating twice. But by 2013, as Obamacare finally kicked in fully, they finally saw the light and rated it their “lie of the year.”

Obama even went so far as to admit he lied, in very diplomatic terms of course.

In announcing the fix, Obama again conceded he had exaggerated. “There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” he said. “It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise.  We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient.”

Given that Joe Biden was Obama’s VP at the time and helped spread the falsehood, he obviously learned his lesson and wouldn’t repeat the same lie again, right?

Nah, he just repeated the same lie again.

Are we back in 2009?

Did no one think to tell him this was a bad idea? Perhaps they did though but Joe Biden has developed a reputation in his young campaign of not listening to aids (sounds familiar) and choosing to just wing it. But come on, it’s nearly a word for word reproduction of Obama’s lie of the year. This should have been flashing red light for Biden to avoid. Instead, he stumbles right into it.

Some apologists may say things will be different this time, but nah, no chance. His proposed plan, which includes a public option and further restrictions on insurance, will undoubtedly produce even worse results than Obamacare for those with private and employer plans. As the market shifts and more people take the free healthcare option, insurance providers will be forced to drop people, raise prices, and ultimately may end up out of business. There’s no scenario where everyone just gets to “keep their healthcare” if they like it.

This smacks of him promising to cure cancer. It’s nonsensical, political garbage. There’s nothing worse than when someone running for office makes promises they know they can’t keep and Biden isn’t quick stupid enough to not realize what he was saying. Or maybe he is? Perhaps he’s just going senile and it didn’t dawn on him how big of a gaffe this is?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that Biden is really bad at campaigning. I’m not going to bury him just yet, but with Warren and Harris hot on his heels, the inevitability of Biden has vanished. He’s got a dogfight ahead and I don’t think “sleepy” Joe is up for it.

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This Week’s Democrat Polling in Archer GIFs

New NBC/Wall Street Journal polling is out on the current field of Democratic Candidates and, seeing as it’s a Monday, we will need GIFs to deal with this.

So, here’s how things are going with the entire field:

Just like last week (which I explained in Taylor Swift lyrics), Joe Biden comes out on top. In this poll, he’s got 26% of the vote. I guess they don’t care that he’s a creeper who just can’t keep his hands to himself.

Next, we have Elizabeth Warren with 19%. Remember how she pretended to be native American to get ahead in life and then pretended it was no biggie? She kind of reminds me of Mallory.

Kamala Harris is coming in at 13% and will promise pretty much anything to raise those numbers. She’s kind of like Cheryl Tunt.

In fourth place is Bernie Sanders, also polling at 13%. He is still as economically literate as ever, leading the electorate to beg of him, as Archer begs Lana:

(preferably one on economics)

7% of poll respondents chose “not sure”as their candidate of choice. These votes are up for grabs, so the candidates are ready to sweeten the pot.

Next, also at 7%, is Pete Buttigieg“Mayor Pete,” as he’s known spends most of his time talking about the fact that he’s gay and has a husband, which nobody really cares about, but he really really wants us to.

He wants to be able to complain like Dr. Krieger.

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In this poll, 2% of the voters wouldn’t choose any of these people. They’re like:

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This week’s honorable mention goes to Bill deBlasiowho has less than 1% of the vote, and the time he killed a groundhog by pulling a Pam.

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I would also like to welcome Tom Steyer to the race! As a billionaire, he has the most in common with railroad heiress Cheryl Tunt, and I imagine going to his house would be something like this.

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Biden ad: I’m for keeping ObamaCare — and I’m surprised that so many of my Dem rivals aren’t

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I feel like this ad, and the new health-care plan Biden’s rolling out today, is one part policy to four parts political branding. Biden’s willing to pander to lefties on marginal stuff like the Hyde Amendment but if they demand that he repudiate Obama’s signature achievement he has no choice but to double, triple, and quadruple down in its defense. His whole pitch, especially to black voters, is that he’s running for Obama’s third term. If that pitch means going to war with progressives over their top policy priority then that’s what it means.

In fact, I think it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the ad below is an 80-second excuse to air footage of Biden at Obama’s side at a moment of momentous triumph for the left. Uncle Joe and his team may have decided “We need to get this on TV” and worked backward from there on what the policy should be.

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden today will unveil a health plan that’s intended to preserve the most popular parts of Obamacare — from Medicaid expansion to protections for patients with pre-existing conditions — and build on them with a new government-run public insurance option.

Biden would also empower Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, allow the importation of prescription drugs from abroad and extend tax credits to help tens of millions of Americans buy lower-priced health insurance…

“We can’t afford the years it will take in order to write and maybe pass Medicare for All,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. “A stop in progress is unacceptable. That’s why the Biden Plan builds on Obamacare and works toward achieving universal coverage as soon as possible.”

Adding a public option is a concession to lefties, and jibes with polling showing that Americans would be receptive to a government-run plan as long as it remains only an option, with private insurance also on the menu. Price tag: A cool $750 billion over 10 years, to be paid for by rolling back the Trump tax cuts. That’s a lot but a pittance compared to Medicare for All, which, you may remember, has been estimated at $32 trillion over 10 years. Biden’s plan will cost a shade over two percent of what Bernie’s plan will.

That’s one of two compelling arguments that Uncle Joe has against MFA — but he never makes it in the clip below, instead focusing on the feasibility of getting the Sanders plan passed. Although he’s running as a centrist, evidently even Biden is reluctant to suggest that pinching pennies is a good thing during a Democratic primary, when the rest of the field is busy one-upping each other on how much free sh*t they’re willing to provide. The other compelling argument he has, of course, is the fact that enacting MFA will necessarily mean eliminating all private insurance. He mentions that in passing at the start but eventually focuses on how Medicare for All would mean getting rid of ObamaCare specifically — which is true, and again shrewdly leverages Obama’s brand to try to get O fans on his side, but minimizes the problem. Most Americans get insurance through work, not through the O-Care markets. He’s so eager to paint lefties’ support of MFA as a personal affront to Obama that he misses an opportunity to educate people on just how disruptive the new program would be.

And I do mean personal affront. It doesn’t surprise me to see Republicans trying to tear down Barack’s greatest achievement, Biden says near the end here, more in sorrow than in anger, but it does surprise me to see Democrats playing along. What could you say in a Democratic primary about your opponents that’s more scathing than comparing their regard for Obama to the GOP’s? He’s begging O fans here to get indignant and defensive about their favorite president. One part policy, four parts branding.

This ad, by the way, will presumably be framed as a “Biden vs. Bernie” thing when it’s anything but. Bernie is a marginal player in the race at the moment and is likely to remain that way. This is all about Kamala Harris, who damaged Biden’s racial cred with the busing exchange at the first debate and is eager to pick off some of his black support. It’s no accident that the footage of Bernie — and Harris — raising their hands about getting rid of private insurance is included here when Biden complains about Dems eager to get rid of ObamaCare. He wants Obama fans to see with their own eyes that she’s gung ho to dismantle his health-care legacy. Hope they end up onstage together again at the next debate.

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Change in agreement keeps Biden’s Senate records secret in archives

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Joe Biden is centering his campaign to become the Democrat Party’s nominee in the 2020 presidential race on his vast experience in political life. With over 40 years in elected office under his belt, it’s a predictable theme. Forget about looking too closely into his actual record on any given topic, though, because his Senate record is sealed.

Eight years ago Biden donated a “massive trove” of Senate records to the University of Delaware, home of Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.

The collection of documents that Biden donated to his alma mater fills 1,875 boxes and also includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records. It includes committee reports, drafts of legislation and correspondence.

At the time of the donation, the university’s then-president, Patrick Harker, thanked Biden for providing “an abundance of materials that will illuminate decades of U.S. policy and diplomacy and the vice president’s critical role in its development.”

At the time of the donation, the university declared the agreement stipulated that Biden’s records be sealed “for two years after Biden retires from public office.” Conveniently, just one day before Biden announced his candidacy in the Democrat primary, the University of Delaware changed its description of that agreement.

Instead of citing his departure from “public office,” the university said the documents would not be made public until two years after Biden “retires from public life” or after Dec. 31, 2019, whichever is later. It did not define what is considered “public life.”

“The entire collection is unavailable,” said Andrea Boyle Tippett, a spokeswoman for the University of Delaware. “Its contents will become available, as the website indicates, when Mr. Biden retires from public life.”

“As he is currently running for office, he is in public life,” she said. “Since retirement for anyone, not just public figures, takes different forms, I can’t speculate beyond that.”

So, the agreement went from when Biden retires from public office to when Biden retires from public life. That’s the difference between no longer holding public office and death. After his very long public career, including a two-term stint as Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden will be in “public life” for the rest of his life. All he has to do is show up on any public street or in any public place and strangers will clamor to snap a picture of him. That makes him a public figure living a public life.

The distinction is too cute by half since it was deliberately made the day before he officially launched his political comeback. Under the original agreement, as it has been reported, the archives would be available to the public two years after he retired from public office. Doesn’t that make them available two years after 2016? Any regular person reading that description would think so if you ask me. It looks like Biden and his team thought so too, otherwise, the specific wording wouldn’t have been changed. It’s very convenient indeed.

The university is not releasing the original agreement or any changes that have been made. It cites justification of that decision because the agreement is not a public document. They do not share donor information with the public. The campaign denies they requested the change. That begs the question – why was the change made?

It’s not unusual that candidates run for office while past records are kept secret but Biden’s record is unusually long. All we have to do is look at Trump’s immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, to know that. Obama’s records from his school days and his medical records were sealed. The guy who called his administration the most transparent of any administration didn’t set that example himself.

When Mitt Romney (R) left the Massachusetts governor’s office, some of his top aides purchased and removed their state-issued computer hard drives, and emails were wiped from a server. The U.S. Senate papers of Al Gore (D) were not made available during his 2000 presidential campaign, and they remain private more than 18 years after he left federal office. In 2014, the Clinton Library in Little Rock released a large cache of records related to Hillary Clinton after questions were raised about why some 33,000 pages of documents dating to her days as first lady hadn’t been released sooner.

“They aren’t keen on opening a lot of information when someone is running for office,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian who has written several books on American history. “I wish they were wide open for the public, but alas when politicians start running for the president, they try to make sure there’s not that kind of transparency or documentation.”

Biden is busy re-writing his past history in public office now that he’s running for president. Think of all the issues and decisions that were made during his time in the Senate. His papers and computer files would shed light on issues as far-reaching as the Supreme Court hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas, the Iraq war, the 1994 crime bill, and working with old-school Democrats now known as segregationalists. The kerfuffle with Kamala Harris that is taking a toll on his polling after the first Democrat debate is a good example of a part of his past record that could be cleared up by his written records.

Biden has at times played down or misrepresented his record — saying last weekend, for example, that he did not support more funding for state prisons, even though in 1994 he argued for $6 billion in such funding.

On busing, his current campaign aides have argued that Biden never opposed the right of local communities to implement voluntary busing plans, a distinction that Biden often did not make in interviews and news articles in which he called busing “an asinine concept, the utility of which has never been proven to me.”

Biden also has argued recently that he fought against everything that a group of segregationist senators stood for — even though letters found in the archives of Sen. James O. Eastland, a longtime Democratic senator from Mississippi, illustrate how Biden solicited his help on antibusing legislation. Biden’s own papers could include additional correspondence with Eastland, as well as other segregationist senators whom he served with at the start of his career.

So many questions, so little transparency.

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Harris: Biden’s a revisionist on busing and I’m not gonna let him get away with it

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The Democrats’ internecine racism war continues apace, and Kamala Harris wants to stoke it even further. While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trades shots with Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus, Harris once again went on the attack against Joe Biden over his previous opposition to forced busing. This morning, Harris told a radio audience that Biden’s engaging in “revisionist history,” even as Harris’ own position on the issue remains somewhat vague:

Sen. Kamala Harris is taking fresh aim at fellow 2020 hopeful Vice President Joe Biden over his remarks on busing in the first Democratic debate, calling his efforts to explain himself “revisionist history.”

“I’m not going to let us engage on a debate stage for who’s going to be the next president of the United States — I’m not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history,” Harris said in a taping of the popular New York-based syndicated radio program “The Breakfast Club,” which aired Friday morning.

“I can’t stand on that stage and allow certain conversations to be taking place,” Harris told the radio hosts.

When asked by host Charlamagne tha God if she’s for or against busing, Harris said she was for the federally mandated policy at the time.

Really? That would be yet another new position for Harris, who didn’t quite claim that policy in the debate with Biden last month. A few days later, Harris had backed all the way up to Biden’s professed position in the debate, which is that it’s not a valid option for federal intervention:

After a Democratic Party picnic Wednesday in West Des Moines, Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing.

“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” she responded.

Asked to clarify whether she supports federally mandated busing, she replied, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”

That’s what Biden’s position was and is, too. So who’s the revisionist? It certainly seems to be Harris, who told Iowa voters one thing and The Breakfast Club something else entirely.

The difference is presumably because busing sells in the urban cores, where decades of progressive leadership — and busing itself — has created a disastrous educational climate. It doesn’t sell in the very areas where busing would need to find students to swap, and it ignores the core problems of inner-city economics and the lack of resources for local schools that the white-flight reaction to busing in the 196os and 1970s exacerbated and accelerated. Harris tiptoed around that because, as I wrote in my column at The Week, the sudden focus on busing threatens all the gains Democrats made in 2018 and perhaps much more:

What might be more important is where busing would be unpopular today. One major if unintended consequence of forced busing was an acceleration of “white flight,” as parents opted out by moving their families from the cities to the suburbs. Not only did the outflow of more affluent families, including black and Hispanic families, starve school districts of children to bus into those schools, it also drove capital and a large part of the urban tax base out with them, along with the resources to address failing schools.

As those school districts exist today, busing wouldn’t solve the problem — much as it didn’t in the 1970s. To get the influx of enough non-minority students into those schools to make a meaningful impact on the de facto segregation left behind as a consequence of white flight, a Democratic administration would have to get the students from the suburbs. It would also take the Supreme Court overturning its precedent in Milliken v. Bradley, which limited busing to within school districts, but numerically the suburbs would be the only source for busing exchanges on the scale needed.

Therein lies the 2020 risk. Cohen mentions a number of losing issues bandied by Democrats in the past few weeks, but none of them are as potentially explosive as busing. Slavery reparations are hypothetical at best, and none of its small number of advocates have any realistic suggestions as to how it would work. Medicare-for-all might be more developed as a policy, but at least thus far it’s being sold as only an indirect change to the way health care gets reimbursed. Busing, however, sends a clear and unequivocal message to suburban voters: Democrats plan to send their children far from home for their education, again.

FiveThirtyEight’s Geoffrey Skelley did a good job quantifying Democratic gains in the suburbs in 2018’s midterms. It certainly looked as though Trump fatigue had hit these key districts, and that suburban voters wanted a return to normalcy. If Democrats want to keep debating on whether to force their children to attend schools 50 miles away in failing districts, though, those same voters — who elected Trump in 2016 — are going to have a rapid change of heart.

That might be true even in the first-ring suburbs where Democrats already had an advantage:

Democrats went into the midterms with a 56/27 advantage in “dense suburban” House districts and came out the other side with a 68/15 lead. The fears of a new era of busing would likely hit those districts harder and could give Trump and the GOP more momentum — and permanently make Democrats a party whose appeal is limited strictly to urban cores. That would not only lose the presidency, it would likely hand back the House and put the Senate out of reach.

The Milliken precedent is instructive in this debate. It essentially limited busing to Biden’s professed position, although that was hugely controversial at the time. Among its other alleged flaws, it made school districts superior to states in terms of addressing school assignments, which would be an obvious route to attack it if the situation arose again. School districts can bus with Milliken, but states and the federal government can’t force students across district lines — and it’s the districts themselves that have become indirectly segregated now, not just schools, thanks to demographics within those district boundaries.

If Harris plans on federal intervention to impose busing, her administration would have challenge Milliken in order to move students not just out of failing schools but failing school districts. That would require an abandonment of stare decisis worship from Democrats, who have been holding that line to protect Roe v Wade and especially Casey v Planned Parenthood. It would require judicial activism on a scale only dimly hinted at in Democratic fever dreams during the confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

In terms of electoral impact, Harris’ obsession with reviving the busing debate has much more potential to derail Democrats than Ocasio-Cortez’ nonsensical race-card-tossing at Pelosi. Trump has a wide opening to attack Democrats on this point and remind suburban voters of just how much social engineering Harris and others plan to do with their children.

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Joe Biden Puts On His Cool Clothes and Wokes Up: ‘I Respect No Borders.’ Can Ya Dig It?

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2020 presidential hope-to-be Joe Biden is letting the world know he’s just as cool as the cool kids, Daddy-O — and he ain’t into borders.

During a foreign policy speech Thursday, the former vice president said that, as Leader of the Free World, he’d be a Harlem Globetrotter.

Oh, wait — delete the “Harlem” part. Maybe he’ll add that when he campaigns in Chicago.

Joe vowed to “extend our presence around the globe.”

Is that really what we need?

Either way, borders aren’t nearly groovy. He’s hip, man.



In addition to slickin’ his hair with Vitalis and courtin’ coolness, Biden was, it seems, trying to paint himself as a world’s worth of different than Donald Trump. He noted that working with other nations doesn’t make America “suckers. Hence, he’ll “reimagine” our relationships with foreign entities.

I thought the Dems insist Trump is working with the Russians?

The erstwhile Obama official landed a direct hit on the White House:

“Working cooperatively with other nations to share our values and goals doesn’t make America, as it seems to imply in this administration, suckers.”

What does it do, Joe?

“It makes us more secure. Enables us to be more successful. We amplify our own strengths, extend our presence around the globe, magnify our impact while sharing the burden of leadership with our partners.”

We “share” the burden of leadership with other countries? I thought we’re autonomous.

Joe reached in his pocket and pulled out one of the most trite mechanisms in politics — the ol’ “this era demands it, like other eras didn’t”:

“No country, even one as powerful as ours, can go alone in the challenge of the 21st century.”

He messed up — when you make that statement in politics, it should always include “can’t afford” — as in, “We can’t afford to go alone…” Get with the program, Joseph.

But I’ll give him a pass. Albeit stale as a 10-day old doughnut, such a claim in the Washingtonsphere always posseses 2 virtues:

  • No one can argue that the past is exactly like the present, even if they don’t know what the #$%?! he’s getting at.
  • No one can really argue what the future doesn’t hold, because it hasn’t happened yet.

What does Joe think about borders?

I sense a stab at wokeness in an attempt to compete with his much younger Dem competitors in the race for the Oval Office. They want no borders (here, here, and here)? Okay, take a little bit of this! Ki-yah!

“I respect no borders and cannot be contained by any walls.”

Boom!!!! D*mn right!!

But is that what he was thinking when he voted in favor of 2006’s Fence Act (here)?

Here comes his imagination:

“As president, I will do more than just restore the historic partnerships. I’ll lead an effort to reimagine them, to better meet the challenges we’re grappling with today in the next 20 or 30 years, to keep NATO military capability sharp, while also expanding our capacity to take on non-traditional threats like weaponized corruption, cyber theft, new challenges in space and on the high seas.”

The high seas!

Big words. And, if I may say so — his boss pirate reference notwithstanding — generic.

I think Joe’s gonna have to do better.. Sure, he stands against cyber theft; but AOC puts on a cape (here) and swoops down to keep cows from farting (here and here).

And while she’s looking for a cork, Julian Castro’s giving free abortions to all of America’s pregnant men (here).

Long way to go, Joe. Long way to go.

-ALEX

 

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Middle Class Joe Biden becomes Very Rich Joe Biden in just 2 years

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For his entire political career of nearly a half-century Joe Biden has cultivated an image of Middle Class Joe from Scranton, the kind of guy who rides the train to work like millions of other workers.

To scrape up extra income in those days, Biden even charged the Secret Service rent on a cottage that agents used while protecting him in his Delaware home, though he spent much time at the vice president’s free residence in Washington.

That middle-class schtick is probably not gonna work so well anymore. For his first two years out of the federal government,  Joe Biden reported earnings of nearly $16 million.  That’s about $21,369 per day.

In fact, Biden’s got so much new money that he has quickly become the wealthiest of his Democratic Party’s major 2020 candidates for president.

Since 2017 Biden also bought a second Delaware home, a 4,800-square-foot place in Rehoboth Beach for $2.7 million that he appears to have paid in cash. This in addition to his existing Delaware beach house, a 7,000-square-footer with an adjacent cottage.

All of which vaults Biden into the three-home league of Bernie Sanders, an occasional Democrat who’s fighting so hard for the working men and women of America by claiming that the U.S. economy is rigged for rich people.

Currently, the Bidens live in a 12,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Virginia house that goes for an estimated $20,000 in rent per month. But it has 10 bathrooms.

This kind of quick wealth is not unusual in that Eastern D.C. world. It’s funny though how the dough just rolls on in after government work, sometimes even before you leave.

It seems book publishers and some people are willing to pay big money to hear or read what Biden has to say about those long years in the Senate followed by eight years in the White House with the Obamas, another pair of rapid multi-millionaires.

And — who knows? — perhaps paying such large sums helps curry favor with and future access to a potential POTUS No. 46.

Biden’s speaking contracts have some very specific requirements to please him. In his dressing room he requires a portable steamer, Coke Zero and regular Coke, Gatorade (must be orange), black coffee and a full-length mirror.

If he’s eating, Biden wants a caprese salad, angel-hair pomodoro and raspberry sorbet (with biscotti).

According to a Washington Post investigation, in those first 24 months outside, Biden gave 47 speeches, charging fees as high as $247,000. Not on the half-mill level of Bill Clinton, but enough to get you through some smooth times.

Biden’s wife Jill gave another 18 speeches and received $700,000 for them on top of her $90,000 annual salary as a community college teacher.

The University of Pennsylvania also paid Biden almost $777,000 those two years to do something.

For the decade before 2008, the Bidens’ charitable giving averaged $369 a year. It increased during his VP years and jumped to $1 million in 2017 before dropping to $276,000 last year.

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