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I am mystified by the level of Biden support here.

Biden is a centrist. He is all about compromising with Republicans. DUers hate compromise. So why all these pro-Biden posts? I can imagine some support on DU for a centrist, but not this much. The only explanation I can come up with is that he is an older white male, which is the demographic that dominates DU. That one fact completely explains the level of visceral Hillary hatred that we observed here in 2016 (which helped give us President Trump) and the irrational love for Biden now.

The current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden, is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is.

The only problem with that theory is that there is no reason to believe it's true. Trump’s approval from Republican voters is at a near-perfect 90 percent, according to Gallup, and it isn't like they haven’t gotten a good enough look at him to realize who he is. Their elected officials have proven time and time again that there is literally nothing Trump could do that would make them turn their backs on him; the one or two who felt that they might, like former Senator Jeff Flake, did it only when they were on their way to retirement.

But Joe Biden has faith in the GOP. “This is not the Republican Party,” he says, testifying to his bond with “my Republican friends in the House and Senate.” Once Trump is gone, they’ll revert to their old responsible selves and become reasonable again. Just like they were when Biden was vice president and they pursued a strategy of total opposition to everything Barack Obama wanted to do, capping it off by refusing to allow his nomination to a vacant Supreme Court seat to even get a hearing. Those Republicans are the ones who are supposedly going to join with President Biden in a spirit of bipartisan compromise to do what is best for the country.

He said that “today it takes more courage to engage in compromise to achieve consensus on both sides.” And distancing himself gently from his own side, he noted that the left “came after me because I didn’t insist on everything” in raising taxes on the wealthy. “Guys, the wealthy are as patriotic as the poor,” he said. “I know Bernie doesn’t like me saying that, but they are.”

But when asked last week whether the former vice president was "too cozy" with Wall Street, the Massachusetts senator was unusually direct, noting that their "disagreement is a matter of public record."

"At a time when the biggest financial institutions in this country were trying to put the squeeze on millions of hardworking families who are in bankruptcy because of medical problems, job losses, divorce and death in the family, there was nobody to stand up for them," Warren said in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on the same day that Biden officially announced his candidacy.

And then, with a single sentence, Warren opened up a new chapter in the campaign: "I got in that fight because they just didn't have anyone, and Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies."

And they will do it again if we let them.

A month or two ago, I was looking at a Kamala Harris campaign video on YouTube and saw comment after comment attacking her. Most comments were from accounts that had nothing publicly visible, but I saw one comment that had three liked or favorite (I don’t remember which) videos with Russian titles. The Russians are already causing discord. After all, there was never any reason for them to stop.

If you see a post by someone disparaging any candidate, consider that it may be from a Russian troll. Even high post counts are no guarantee that someone is for real, since the Russians have been planning this interference for years. I am convinced that the reason DU was so inhospitable to Hillary supporters throughout the primaries in 2016 was due to Russian manipulation, which unfortunately resonated with some here. Based on what many DUers have been posting about some of our strongest candidates, I see no reason to think that anyone has learned anything from the 2016 experience. If people don’t open their minds and hearts this time around, I fear we will get another four years of Trump. And that will mean the end of American democracy.

Take women for granted at your peril.

Women are not going to go out and campaign enthusiastically for yet another white male after the sexist attacks on Hillary gave us sexual-predator-in-chief Trump. We saw this in the midterms. Women are sick and tired of the patriarchy and its sexism. If Biden or any other white male is the nominee, Trump will win a second term.

And no, women are not going to be mollified by having a white male candidate pick a currently-powerful woman like Harris or Warren for the powerless and mostly irrelevant position of vice-president.

The fact that murder is bad doesn't make theft acceptable.

I don’t want to live in a world where men freely touch women’s thighs and waists and arms and give them unwelcome hugs and kisses and squeezes. We are not pieces of meat. And sometimes a person is too shocked to respond immediately but later feels bad that some strange man grabbed her. I don’t want to have to explain to every man I meet that I don’t want to be touched. They should develop some respect and empathy and pick up from my behavior that I don’t want to be touched.

If it’s disrespectful or weird to do something to a man you are not sexually involved with, it’s unacceptable to do it to a woman you’re not sexually involved with. Period. Stating that women should be treated with as much respect as men does not in any way take away from the seriousness of rape or sexual assault. Quite the contrary. Rape and sexual assault are part of the culture of misogyny that says that it’s OK to treat women like pieces of meat.

I hate the idea of paying for

the deterioration of the English language.

“Be best”? Seriously?

You can say, “Be better” or “Be the best.” But “Be best” is not English.

There wasn't enough time to reunite last time.

Some attacks are impossible to recover from. Before viciously attacking a candidate. DUers should consider the possibility that the person they are attacking might end up being the Democratic nominee.

The Russians, by the way, are loving this. If you look at the comments on some of the Kamala Harris campaign videos on YouTube, you will find that 80% or more of them are negative. I clicked on the profile of one person who was criticizing her and found four videos with titles in Russian. If we want to avoid a repeat of 2016, we need to focus our anger on Trump and the Republicans, not on this or that Democratic candidate who is too impure and imperfect for our tastes.

I actually think he's done.

He lost big on this. I didn’t think he would ever capitulate. I fully expected him to declare an emergency today, but I now realize that was a bluff. This is the first time Trump has ever lost a battle. He is a broken man, seriously weakened by what has happened. He thought his moves were brilliant and that he would be able to triumph over the Democrats, build his wall, be wildly popular, win re-election, and go down in history as the greatest president ever. I believe he has finally hit the wall of reality and is still a bit stunned by the impact.

The guy, like all narcissists, is basically a cockroach. He fools people into thinking he’s strong, but at the end of the day, he’s just an empty coward.

They called her "weak".

That was the word repeatedly used to describe her, even here on DU. It is the word that is used to describe all female politicians.

What is weak is a man who cannot stand a strong woman and has to diminish her by calling her “weak”. And a woman who cannot stand that another woman has achieved more power in this sexist world than she has and also has to diminish her by calling her “weak”.

I am sick and tired of weak men and women. They gave us President Donald Trump. And they tried to take Speaker Pelosi away from us. If I explained how much contempt I have for such people, this message would not be fit to post here.

Please look into the heart benefits of a WFPB diet.

There is no reason anybody should have to go through what you went through when we have science that shows it’s preventable. The only reason you don’t know about it is that people’s health is considered less important than the health of the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

Watch the videos linked from this article:

The only way to end this shutdown

is to have Congress pass a veto-proof bill.

Trump will never capitulate, but not for the reasons others have proposed. He will not capitulate because he has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Anyone unfortunate enough to have lived with someone who has NPD will tell you that once a narcissist decides to get someone to do something, he simply refuses to give up. And since most people don’t realize they’re dealing with a narcissist, the narcissist almost always gets his way. The narcissist’s relentlessness in trying to get what he wants is stronger than any normal person’s will or determination. He makes life so miserable for his target that the target eventually decides they want to end their misery more than they want to avoid giving the narcissist what he wants. What Trump is doing is using a narcissist’s relentless manipulative tactics to get his wall. And, at this point, there is literally nothing that can get him to give up on his wall.

If Democrats negotiate with Trump, this will just teach Trump that this is how long he needs to shut down the government the next time he wants something from Congress. Speaker Pelosi recognizes this. But it’s very important that other Democrats understand it as well.

The only way this ends well is if the Republicans in the Senate decide they’ve had enough and pass the House bills to fund the government with a veto-proof majority. And I believe we are at least one, if not two or three months, away from that point.
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