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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 5:14 pm 
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Quinnipiac Poll: Biden Has 11-Point Lead Nationally

A new Quinnipiac University national poll released yesterday has Joe Biden at 50% and Donald Trump at 39% with registered voters. Biden's lead is now 3 points more than it was in the Q-poll a month ago. It looks like all Biden has to do to win is refuse to leave his basement in Delaware until Election Day.

Part of Trump's decline from 45% last month is surely due to his (mis)handling of the pandemic. Now only 41% approve, down from 46% last month. Disapproval has risen from 51% to 56%. It seems increasingly clear that he will win or lose in November based on how people perceive his leadership on dealing with the pandemic.

Quinnipiac also asked about Tara Reade. On that issue, 28% believe Biden, 28% believe Reade, and 38% don't know who to believe. That breaks largely along partisan lines, with 10% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans believing Reade while 50% of Democrats and only 8% of Republicans believe Biden.

Even the use of masks is partisan, with 90% of Democrats and 38% of Republicans saying Trump should wear a mask in public.

Another question was about various activities (and how many think they are safe). These include getting on an airplane (23% say it is safe), going to a restaurant (37%), going to get your hair cut (48%), buying clothes in a store (49%), and returning to work (55%).

On the economy, supposedly Trump's ace in the hole, 23% say it is "excellent" or "good" vs. 74% who said that in December.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/498779-poll-biden-holds-11-point-lead-over-trump

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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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Biden is quiet these days.
Maybe he thinks it's better to let Trump sink in his own shit.

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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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He is still broadcasting, it just hard to get air time unless your being sensational, no won wants to her intelligent well thought out plans... :smoke:


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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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Do you think Biden is the man for the job?

He's no spring chicken.....

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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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As Obama's VP he lead us into 10 straight years of record breaking economic and jobs gains until Trump fucked it all up....oh so predictably.


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 Post subject: re: joe
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joe has just worked himself into an imaginary frenzy

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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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Tara Reade, the woman who accused Joe Biden of a 1993 sexual assault, was represented by Doug Wigdor, a top lawyer who handles sexual assault cases. He has previously represented women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and was a big supporter of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

On Friday, Wigdor dropped Reade after CNN came out with an extensive investigation of her past. To start with, she has claimed to have graduated from Antioch University in Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts degree. When CNN asked the school about this, they said she attended but never graduated from the school. This means she lied about something that could easily be checked (and eventually was checked), and clearly that was a huge red flag to Wigdor. Lawyers know that when people lie about one thing, they often lie about other things as well.

As a sidebar, universities are significantly constrained about what they can reveal about a former student, particularly without that student's permission. Basically, they can give a yes/no to: "Did they attend?" and "Did they graduate?" That means that the range of possibilities here is pretty broad. Reade might have enrolled for one class in one semester and not shown up for a single meeting. Or, she might have failed the final exam of her final class with a 69.9%, thus coming within a whisker of graduating. Anything in between those two extremes is covered by the information Antioch released.

Anyhow, Reade's lie about her educational credentials started the ball rolling in other areas. Reade has appeared as an expert witness on domestic violence in court cases for a decade. At least three of those cases were in the past 2 years. In those cases, she stated, under oath, that she had a degree that she did not have. Not only is this perjury, but it could have given her credibility with juries that she was not entitled to have. Lawyers for the defense in some cases where she testified are now looking to reopen the cases and possibly overturn convictions due to a tainted witness.

In addition, in these cases, before letting her start her testimony, the judge asked her to explain to the jury why she qualified as an expert witness. In her response, she noted that she previously worked as a "legislative aide" for Biden, who co-sponsored the "Violence Against Women Act" along with then-senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In truth, she was actually a "staff assistant," which is a different (and lower) position, one usually supervised by a "legislative aide." So she lied about her past employment under oath, as well. In a podcast, Reade once said that she worked with the interns and helped distribute the mail, which is consistent with the job description of a staff assistant. In contrast, legislative aides do research for a senator or representative concerning proposed legislation. In her testimony in court, Reade seemed to praise Biden for his work supporting women who had experienced violence. One time, she mentioned that he had stroked her neck and played with her curly hair, but nothing else.

In addition to the CNN piece, there was also one from Politico last week that may have raised some other red flags for Wigdor. It's focused on interactions that Reade had in her private life. One sentence in the story pretty much says it all: "A number of those who crossed paths with Biden's accuser say they remember two things: She spoke favorably about her time working for Biden, and she left them feeling duped." Undoubtedly, most people have a few enemies in their past who would be happy to speak ill of them if asked. However, the pattern of behavior that these folks (who have never met one another) describe is exceedingly consistent. They all paint a picture of Reade as someone who is charming and friendly while money and other favors are forthcoming, but who turns nasty and goes scorched earth when the money and favors are cut off.

In many cases, Reade's acquaintances whom Politico talked to had e-mails, screenshots of Facebook Messenger, text messages, invoices, court records, and other evidence to back up their claims. Politico also reviewed dozens of public records, including court documents, her divorce filings, and her 2012 bankruptcy records. The case that she is an untrustworthy person is extremely strong, backed up by multiple witnesses and documents. The Politico article, linked to below, is long and detailed, with direct quotes from many people who knew her well. The case that she is a truthful and trustworthy person is . . . well, that she says she is.

All in all, Wigdor, who has sympathy for assaulted women and experience representing them, decided he didn't want to help Reade. While he didn't say why he was dropping her in his statement, it certainly looks like he came to the conclusion that he doesn't believe her story.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/15/tara-reade-left-trail-of-aggrieved-acquaintances-260771

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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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This doesn't mean she lied about what Biden did to her. But politics being what they are nowadays, you either believe her or not according to your political party. Me, I don't know, I wasn't there.


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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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I don't know, I wasn't there.
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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She looks like Elvira on steroid.
Who wouldn't be attracted by her ?
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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Biden Clinches It

"It ain't over 'till it's over," Yogi Berra once said. Well, when it comes to the Democrats' presidential nomination, it's now over. As final vote totals from Tuesday's primaries roll in, the AP estimates that Biden has 1,995 delegates, or 4 more than needed to clinch. Barring the unexpected—always a possibility when the unexpected seems to happen on a daily basis—the former Veep will be his Party's presidential nominee.

At the moment, Biden appears to be in excellent position to knock off Donald Trump and be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. However, as we might have pointed out before (our staff researchers are looking into it), a week is a long time in politics, and there are many weeks between today and Nov. 3. Team Trump, for their part, apparently sees something of a silver lining in the President's current poll numbers. They wouldn't say this publicly, but privately they have noticed that more than 100,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19, there is mass unrest in the streets, the economy is in recession, and yet Trump's floor is holding. In other words, they believe—with good reason—that there is nothing he can do to drive his share of the vote below 42% or so.

Clearly, there is something to this. Many things that would have destroyed another presidency barely scratched the Donald's armor. That said, we might point out two flies in the ointment. The first is that, as we have noted before, it is to be expected that Trump's support will hold firm...right until it doesn't. That is to say, if and when his base does crumble, a few influencers (i.e., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK) will jump ship, giving "permission" to others to do the same, and the house of cards will collapse quickly. After all, Richard Nixon went from an approval rating in the low 60s to one in the mid-20s in a matter of less than three months. This is not to say this will happen, merely that it could happen. And it's probably more likely now than at any time in Trump's presidency, by virtue of how badly things are going now, and also that the supporters who don't really support him are presently thinking long and hard about what four more years of kowtowing to him will look like.

Also, once the House and Senate primaries are safely over, congressional Republicans will be much safer to criticize Trump. After all, what could he do if Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) were to say: "I think the President should resign right now and let Mike Pence take over and he should also give the top spot on our ticket to Mike." Send out a tweet endorsing Sara Gideon for the Senate? No matter how angry he is, there is nothing he can do because he wants Collins to win.

The second fly in the ointment is that while it is true that Trump's support seems incapable of dropping below 42% or so, it is also true that his support seems incapable of rising above 48% or so. Recall that we had a time without a pandemic, or unrest in the streets, or a poor economy. That time was called "2017-19." And after starting his term with his approval rating a bit above water (about 5 points), Trump has invariably been below water since that time. So, even if miracles take place on the COVID-19 front, and the economy continues to bounce back (unemployment is down this week, and the stock market is up), and people somehow forget about the brutal killing of George Floyd, Trump's best-case scenario appears to be about 47-48% support. No president in the polling era has won reelection with an approval rating that low.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/05/869553801/biden-formally-secures-democratic-nomination-while-gaining-steam-against-trump

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-world-thrilled-that-their-terrible-poll-numbers-arent-worse?ref=home


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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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A study by two political scientists, one at Berkeley and one at Yale, concludes that Democrats are wasting their money running ads about how awful Donald Trump is. The faithful aren't being convinced and people who hate him don't need to be told why they hate him. Surprisingly, despite his 48 years in politics, there are plenty of people who don't know much about Joe Biden. This gives both sides the opportunity to define him. The study suggests that the Democrats do it first.

The study consisted of taking a set of 291 messages, some pro-Biden, some anti-Biden, some pro-Trump, and some anti-Trump and showing a random sample of them to 132,000 people. They concluded that anti-Trump messages didn't move the needle whereas specific pro-Biden ones did. The former isn't so surprising, since we know 95% of the population already has an opinion of Trump and probably nothing will change it. If you tell people that Trump is despoiling the environment or in bed with the Russians or profiting off of his office, Republicans say it is fake news, and Democrats say they knew that already.

Given how many people don't pay attention to politics and don't know what Biden did as a senator for 36 years, focusing on defining him makes some sense. Even banal ads that say Biden wants to increase the minimum wage or double Pell grants for college students could make a difference. The researchers claim that the most effective ad that Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) ran against child molester Roy Moore in 2017 didn't focus on Moore's disgusting behavior with teenagers, but was a spot in which Jones said education is good. What a lot of people want now is "back to normal," and ads saying Biden's priorities are more jobs, better wages, good health care, and boring stuff like that might well do the trick more than listing the 666 ways Trump is worse than Satan.

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/9/21284758/broockman-kalla-biden-ads-trump-ads


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 Post subject: Re: Joe Biden
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That's a valid point.
Let the Trump bashing to experts... like me
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Biden Outraises Trump in May

Joe Biden and the DNC raised $81 million in May compared to $74 million for Donald Trump and the RNC. This is the first time this cycle the Democrats have outraised the Republicans. However, the Republicans have more cash on hand, with $265 million in the bank. The Democrats did not announce their new cash on hand figure, but at the end of April it was $100 million. If they didn't spend a penny in May, which is unlikely, they would have only $181 million in the bank. In reality, it is less than that.

Going forward, Biden may continue to do better. Up until now, he was competing with other Democratic presidential candidates for money so the money was being split multiple ways. Now he will get a larger piece of the pie, although he also has to compete with Democratic Senate and House candidates.

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Democrats Are Liking Biden's Bunker Strategy

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In its early days, many Democrats were nonplussed about Joe Biden's decision to remain at home in Delaware and to campaign mostly via camera, from his basement. Professional politicians and political operatives are not known for their creativity, and tend to be invested in the "standard" way of doing things. And a front-porch-style campaign (bottom-basement-style?) hasn't been standard for 120 years.

That said, politics is a results-oriented business, and Biden 2020 is clearly getting results, such that his fellow Democrats are now pretty happy about his approach. Under current circumstances, there are clear upsides to the bunker strategy. First, it sets up a general contrast between candidates: one is brash, outspoken, and relies on rallies that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the March on Rome. The other is reserved, calm, and embraces normalcy. "Who do you want in the White House, particularly after the last four years of chaos?" is the implicit question.

At the same time, the Biden approach sets up a specific contrast on the issue of COVID-19. One candidate ignores the warnings of experts, even those in his own administration, and travels about the country, both without reservation and without a mask. The other takes steps to protect the health of himself and of others, limiting his travel, and wearing a mask when he does go outside. "Who do you want managing the COVID-19 response, particularly if it lingers for several years?" is the implicit question here.

And finally, the bunker approach allows the presumptive Democratic nominee to follow the (possibly apocryphal) advice attributed to Napoleon: "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Donald Trump keeps suffering setbacks, some of them beyond his control, some of them only partly in his control. And then, he almost invariably makes things worse with ill-advised lawsuits, unnecessary tweets, and unwise public statements. There is much to be said for allowing self-destructive behavior to have as much oxygen as possible.

There may come a time when Biden has to shift gears, depending on how things unfold. And if that time arrives, the smart money says that the candidate will realize it, and will do what needs to be done. Biden's folksy persona and his habit of tripping over his tongue may cause people to underestimate his intelligence and/or his political skill. Remember, though, that he got himself elected to the U.S. Senate seven times, beating everyone from well-liked incumbents (J. Caleb Boggs) to not-so-well-liked former witches (Christine O'Donnell). He was also on the same ticket twice with Barack Obama, one of the great campaigners of the last century. You don't build up a résumé like that without picking up a trick or two.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/24/dems-warm-to-bidens-bunker-strategy-338853
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