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Let's make one thing absolutely clear: the Obama administration is the most progressive

administration since FDR, and in many respects ever. Period, not a hint of a question about it.

He got us out of the worst recession in three generations, and he did it in half the time FDR did. He enacted the most sweeping financial reform legislation in 75 years, appointing Liz Warren the first EVER consumer watchdog. He reduced unemployment by two thirds and the national deficit by half. Obamacare is the most sweeping health care legislation EVER. Legislatively, he was the most successful champion of minority rights, women's rights, gay rights and workers' rights EVER. He enacted the most environmental protection measures EVER.

He didn't just talk progressive, he got progressive shit done! To call his "business model" a failure is fucking ridiculous. It is nothing less than revisionist history wrapped in fake news.

And while we are at it, let's give some credit to two other notable and accomplished progressives who were by Obama's side all that time: Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

On edit: Medicare may be the most sweeping health legislation ever, but Obamacare is damn close.

It's a three way tie in Iowa and NH.


The early states are up for grabs, with no apparent front-runner.

New IBD/TIPP poll (A/B rated):Joe Biden Keeps Grip On Democratic Race;

President Trump Now Leads Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

Biden 28%
Sanders 18%
Warren 14%
Buttigieg 9%
Bloomberg 5%
Booker 3%
Steyer 2%
Klobuchar 2%
Yang 2%


New WBUR/MassINC New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary poll

Buttigieg 18,
Biden 17,
Sanders 15,
Warren 12,
Gabbard 5,
Yang 5,
Steyer 3,
Klobuchar 3,
Bloomberg 2,
Booker 1,
Williamson 1


It's way too early, but if Sanders and/or Warren drop below 15% in NH, it's bad news for them.

Just now on Morning Joe: the crazier Trump acts, the better Biden looks

They were discussing the Iowa polls, but also went into the national angle. The country, their discussion went, is looking for some sense of stability that will allow America to recover from the Trump nightmare.

This is the Biden appeal in a nutshell, and no Democratic front runner comes close to projecting the needed sense of stability better than Biden. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Today's Morning Consult

Biden 30,
Sanders 22,
Warren 16,
Buttigieg 9,
Bloomberg 6,
Harris, Yang 4,
Klobuchar 2,
Booker 3,
Steyer 3,
Castro 1,
Gabbard 2,
Patrick 0


I think it's time for Biden to drop out. He is behind the times. He is out of touch. He is against legalizing pot. He put a fat liar in his place. He is a third way neo-liberal. He cuddles to billionaires.

Did I miss anything?

Oh yeah, he consistently tops every national poll... yes, that's it! This is why he should drop out!

Kamala Harris goes on the veep shortlist -- even Biden's

Most pundits made two observations immediately after Kamala Harris dropped out of the Democratic primary this week.

One, as the only candidate of color to crack the top tier in 2019 or to qualify for the upcoming December debate, Harris’s departure would transform the visible ranks of what had once been the most diverse presidential primary field into an all-white affair.

And two, she could be a really good running mate for whoever winds up winning the nomination


She has always been my sentimental favorite, if not a pragmatic one. Her career is just beginning.

Survey USA (A-rated) California Primary poll Nov 20-22

Biden 30
Sanders 19
Warren 13
Harris 10
Buttigieg 9
Yang 4
Booker 3


In 4 consecutive SurveyUSA monthly tracking polls, Biden has always led a large Democratic field by as few as 4 points, as many as 15 points, and today by 11 points, at 30%. Biden's closest CA rival today, Bernie Sanders is at 19%.

This is the latest A-rated poll. Like all other available polls, it was taken before Harris dropped out.

Joe Biden sees fundraising improvement after rough summer

Biden’s campaign would not say exactly how much he has raised since the end of September. But with roughly one month left before the current period ends, campaign manager Greg Schultz said in a memo provided to The Associated Press that Biden has already surpassed the $15.2 million net amount he raised across July, August and September.

The improvement comes at a costly juncture in the Democratic primary, as candidates sprint to get their message out and mobilize supporters ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses in February.

Schultz said online fundraising helped fuel the increase, which he attributed to discredited attacks that President Donald Trump has made against Biden and his son over their past dealings in Ukraine.

Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son Hunter in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading U.S. diplomatic dealings with Kyiv under President Barack Obama. Although the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.

“His campaign and special interest groups have spent millions of dollars airing ads to spread those same lies,” Schultz wrote. “This groundswell of support shows us — and Trump, and reporters, and anyone else watching — that his whole scheme is backfiring.”


Biden begins 8-day blitz of Iowa as caucus race heats up

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday kicked off an 8-day blitz of Iowa as the White House hopeful seeks to gin up support ahead of the Hawkeye State’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

Biden will barnstorm Iowa in his “No Malarkey” tour through Dec. 7 as the crowded 2020 primary field gets ready to blanket the state before the crucial Feb. 3 caucus.

“You might have heard, we’re heading out on an eight-day, 18 county, 'No Malarkey' barnstorm across Iowa next week," Biden said in a fundraising email to supporters this week. "The plan is to meet as many caucus-goers as I can, and we’re going to cover a lot of ground to do it

“My job is to let folks know just how I plan to get this country back on track so that our economy works for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability, or zip code," he continued. "Restoring the backbone of this country – the great American middle class – will be my north star as president because I’m confident that given a fair shot, there’s nothing the American people can’t do.”

The tour comes as polling shows a tight race heading into the nation’s first nominating contest. Biden’s once double-digit lead has evaporated as surveys now show a competitive top-tier among the former vice president, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Biden still leads the 2020 field in national primary polls, but observers speculate that a misstep in Iowa for any candidate could hinder any momentum moving deeper into the primary season.

The former vice president is banking on his strong infrastructure in the Hawkeye State, as well as support from local politicians, to help boost his appeal in the caucuses – his campaign includes 26 offices and approximately 110 paid staffers on the ground, and he touts the support of 175 current and former Iowa elected officials, union leaders, teachers, veterans, community leaders and Democratic Party activists.

Biden won the crucial endorsement of former Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa) last week, boosting his support among the party’s establishment.

“As I thought about the candidate who has the ability to bring us together as one nation, the progressive but practical vision for progress at home, the experience and personal relationships to repair America’s image abroad, and the best chance at winning the states we have to win to govern I concluded that Joe Biden is the person for the job,” Vilsack said in his endorsement.

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