The front-runner has entered the race.
Last week, Joe Biden finally stopped drawing out his decision to enter the presidential race to confront Donald Trump in 2020. He was the 20th Democratic candidate to do so.
According to a Morning Consulting/Politico poll released last week, Biden is not only leading the rest of the Democratic field, but he also has an edge over Trump at this point. The poll found: “Biden leading the president by eight percentage points in a hypothetical matchup, 42 percent to 34 percent. Biden has a significant edge over Trump among women (17 points), millennials (22 points) and independents (10 points).”
This is welcome news for many Democrats, particularly established ones, whose main, if not only, objective is to defeat Donald Trump.
Biden is a solid candidate with years of experience, but, like many candidates, he has pros and cons. He has a long legislative history of congressional leadership, and has evolved in the right direction on some important issues. But he also has a history of being “handsy” with women, did not treat Anita Hill terribly well during her testimony at Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearing and led the charge on the disastrous 1994 crime bill.
People will have to wrestle with his history as they wrestle with the history of other candidates, or for the younger candidates, a lack of long history.
But there is part of the Biden enthusiasm, and to a lesser extent the energy around candidates like Bernie Sanders, that focuses too heavily on the fickle white, working-class swing voters and is not enough focused on the party’s faithful.
Indeed, in political circles, Biden’s chief attribute in this election feels like his apparent appeal to these white voters.
I think that we need to question why the presence of the white male elder seems to ease anxiety among these white voters, and why the Democrats seem to be banking on that.
Barack Obama ran phenomenal campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and there is no doubt that choosing Biden, an elder white man, helped grease the skids among a certain section of white working-class voters. But, these are the same people who in the next breath — or next election — could reverse course and vote for a flagrant white supremacist.
These people are not experiencing conversion, they are being coddled. Democrats want to hold constant their support from women and minorities even as they chase the votes of people hostile to the interests of women and minorities. What does it say that the Democrats lust after disaffection rather than rewarding devotion? Democrats tell their base that this must be done, that the prodigal children must be brought home, as if that is their only path to victory. It is not. That is a lie. And, it’s a lazy lie.
Democratic candidates would be much better served focusing on energizing new voters among constituencies amenable to this philosophy and these goals, rather than bending to accommodate voters who vacillate between open contempt for those interests and begrudging countenance of them.
The way people obsess over white, working-class voters, one would think that they are an overwhelming portion of the electorate. They aren’t.
A 2017 study by Johns Hopkins University researchers Stephen L. Morgan and Jiwon Lee, which was published in the Sociological Science journal, found that non-Hispanic white voters totaled 69.3 percent of the electorate in 2016. The percentage of that total who were working class was just 18.6 percent.
Conversely, blacks and Hispanics together, voters who overwhelming and consistently support Democrats, accounted for 20 percent of all votes cast in 2016.
Furthermore, according to exit polls, the Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won the white vote in the whole history of those polls being conducted.
And yet, we are fated to an unending obsession about courting those voters, about their worries and anxieties, about their propensity to angrily storm off if they don’t feel properly exalted and centered.
Democrats treat the working-class, white voters as if they are white buffaloes — sacred entities.
I say, do this at your peril. I say that the rest of your base, the ones who have given all to you and received little, are watching with dual lenses of disappointment and dissatisfaction.
Indeed, I believe the entire reason that the Democratic leadership is proceeding so tepidly on the issue of impeachment is because they are afraid of the reaction of white, working-class voters.
At some point, the leadership and the front-runner are going to have to explain to women and minorities why their inordinate focus on white, working-class voters is justified, and that explanation will have to extend beyond, “It’s the only way.”
That explanation no longer has currency. “Anything to defeat Trump” is also not a soothing elixir. At some point, the loyal constituencies will demand to know: “What’s in it for us, specifically?” And I don’t blame them.
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红萍果高手论坛4557“【好】【一】【式】，【绝】【世】【魔】【剑】【啊】！” 【谢】【晓】【峰】【看】【着】【剑】【脊】【上】【道】【道】【剑】【痕】，【不】【由】【得】【喟】【叹】【一】【声】，“【谢】【某】【人】【被】【世】【人】【赞】【誉】【为】【天】【生】【的】【剑】【中】【帝】【王】，【久】【而】【久】【之】【也】【有】【些】【志】【得】【意】【满】，【自】【认】【天】【下】【第】【一】【了】，【但】【是】【今】【日】【方】【知】，【人】【外】【有】【人】，【天】【外】【有】【天】【啊】！” “【前】【辈】～～” 【秦】【可】【情】【疑】【惑】【的】【看】【了】【看】【谢】【晓】【峰】，【又】【看】【了】【看】【他】【手】【中】【的】【剑】，【这】【把】【剑】【她】【一】【路】【带】【到】【了】【神】【剑】【山】
【白】【煜】【洗】【完】【澡】【换】【好】【衣】【服】【出】【来】，【就】【看】【见】【顾】【哈】【哈】【小】【朋】【友】【正】【津】【津】【有】【味】【的】【看】【着】。。。【恐】【怖】【片】。。 “【你】【胆】【子】【挺】【大】【的】【哦】。”【白】【煜】【穿】【了】【一】【身】【黑】【色】【的】【运】【动】【服】，【头】【上】【还】【带】【了】【顶】【同】【色】【的】【鸭】【舌】【帽】。 “【一】【般】【一】【般】【吧】。”【顾】【哈】【哈】【上】【下】【打】【量】【着】【白】【煜】，“【小】【白】【同】【志】，【你】【的】【穿】【衣】【风】【格】，【真】【的】【是】，【太】【直】【男】【惹】。。【不】【过】，【你】【穿】【什】【么】【我】【都】【喜】【欢】
【城】【外】【官】【道】！ 【一】【个】【白】【衣】【人】【堵】【住】【了】【苏】【白】，【身】【上】【不】【经】【意】【间】【散】【发】【出】【的】【傲】【气】，【让】【苏】【白】【很】【想】【将】【他】【打】【成】【猪】【头】！ “【你】【是】【谁】？” 【苏】【白】【问】【道】。 “【你】【不】【知】【道】【我】【是】【谁】？” 【白】【衣】【人】【瞪】【大】【了】【眼】【睛】，【脸】【上】【露】【出】【了】【非】【常】【精】【彩】【的】【表】【情】，【然】【后】【冷】【笑】【着】【说】【道】：“【你】【还】【真】【是】【有】【眼】【无】【珠】，【居】【然】【连】【我】【都】【不】【认】【识】！” “【你】【在】【江】【湖】【上】【很】【有】【名】【吗】？”
【打】【狗】【棍】【法】【在】**【圣】【地】【不】【算】【什】【么】【绝】【学】。【但】【是】【要】【看】【在】【用】【在】【谁】【的】【手】【上】。 【主】【要】【是】**【圣】【地】【的】【武】【学】【太】【多】【了】，【天】【龙】【八】【部】【稍】【微】【有】【点】【名】【声】【的】【都】【出】【现】【了】。 【赵】【家】【三】【兄】【弟】【心】【心】【相】【连】，【打】【狗】【棍】【法】【用】【出】【来】，【三】【人】【的】【棍】【法】【组】【成】【了】【一】【个】【打】【狗】【棍】【阵】，【这】【更】【加】【加】【大】【了】【威】【力】，【棍】【法】【化】【作】【层】【层】【叠】【影】，【看】【似】【一】【个】【棍】【下】【来】，【但】【一】【个】【棍】【影】【之】【中】，【却】【隐】【藏】【着】【两】【个】【棍】【影】
“【妈】，【你】【能】【不】【能】【走】【快】【一】【点】，【叫】【你】【别】【跟】【着】【你】【非】【要】【跟】【着】，【我】【自】【己】【去】【上】【课】【就】【可】【以】【了】。” “【来】【了】【来】【了】，【你】【就】【等】【一】【下】【妈】【妈】【嘛】，【咱】【们】【家】【到】【你】【们】【学】【校】【要】【过】【好】【几】【个】【路】【口】，【我】【也】【是】【不】【放】【心】【你】。” “【这】【条】【路】【我】【每】【天】【都】【走】，【有】【什】【么】【好】【担】【心】【的】，【你】【看】【看】【这】【个】【样】【子】，【一】【会】【儿】【就】【送】【到】【我】【们】【学】【校】【外】【面】【的】【栏】【杆】【那】【里】【啊】，【我】【怕】【同】【学】【们】【看】【见】【你】。” “红萍果高手论坛4557【一】【进】【办】【公】【室】，【沈】【情】【还】【没】【来】【得】【及】【趁】【机】【作】【一】【把】，【就】【见】【蔺】【祁】【沉】【把】【花】【往】【办】【公】【桌】【上】【一】【放】，【然】【后】【将】【百】【叶】【窗】【一】【拉】，【把】【她】【堵】【在】【了】【沙】【发】【上】。 【蔺】【祁】【沉】【低】【头】【啃】【了】【她】【一】【下】，【然】【后】【顺】【着】【去】【咬】【她】【的】【领】【子】，【她】【的】【衬】【衫】【是】【荷】【叶】【边】【小】【高】【领】，【从】【第】【一】【眼】【看】【到】【就】【想】【解】【开】。 【沈】【情】【吓】【了】【一】【跳】，【小】【声】【道】：“【不】【行】，【一】【会】【儿】【还】【要】【开】【会】……” 【蔺】【祁】【沉】【坏】【笑】：“【我】【就】
【季】【川】【的】【动】【静】【实】【在】【是】【太】【大】【了】，【大】【到】【远】【处】【的】【茉】【莉】【也】【感】【受】【到】【了】，【只】【是】【她】【并】【不】【知】【道】【这】【股】【强】【大】【的】【力】【量】【是】【来】【之】【于】【季】【川】。 【难】【道】【华】【北】**【又】【发】【生】【了】【什】【么】？【茉】【莉】【着】【急】【的】【不】【行】，【正】【好】【她】【控】【制】【丧】【尸】【离】【开】【之】【后】，【道】【路】【变】【得】【通】【畅】【起】【来】，【二】【话】【不】【说】，【她】【赶】【紧】【开】【着】【车】【到】【了】【华】【北】**，【远】【远】【的】【就】【看】【见】【两】【个】【人】【在】【空】【中】【飘】【着】。 【靠】【近】【了】【之】【后】，【她】【才】【看】【清】【楚】【了】
“【不】【能】【走】。” 【防】【人】【之】【心】【不】【可】【无】。 【湖】【泊】【对】【希】【尔】【村】【来】【说】【太】【重】【要】【了】，【以】【往】【没】【有】【外】【人】，【自】【然】【无】【需】【看】【管】，【可】【现】【在】【不】【一】【样】。 【万】【一】【这】【些】【佣】【兵】，【突】【发】【奇】【想】【在】【这】【里】【洗】【个】【澡】，【那】…… 【薇】【薇】【安】【的】【洗】【澡】【水】，【宁】【凡】【可】【以】【接】【受】，【可】【是】【换】【做】【这】【些】【毛】【茸】【茸】、【浑】【身】【臭】【汗】【的】【糙】【汉】【子】。 【那】【他】【保】【证】，【一】【定】【会】【杀】【了】【那】【些】【人】。 【为】【了】【这】【些】【人】【小】【命】【着】
【时】【九】【还】【没】【睡】【醒】【就】【被】【小】【于】【给】【喊】【了】【起】【来】。 “【小】【姐】，【快】【起】【来】【了】，【上】【学】【的】【时】【间】【到】【了】。” 【她】【睁】【开】【眼】【睛】，【一】【脸】【茫】【然】，“【上】【学】？” 【她】【要】【上】【什】【么】【学】？ 【小】【于】【将】【她】【今】【天】【要】【穿】【的】【衣】【服】【从】【柜】【子】【里】【拿】【了】【出】【来】，“【小】【姐】【今】【天】【周】【一】，【我】【已】【经】【跟】【学】【校】【的】【老】【师】【确】【认】【过】【了】，【今】【天】【要】【去】【上】【学】，【之】【前】【发】【烧】【的】【时】【候】【耽】【误】【了】【几】【天】【的】【学】【习】，【现】【在】【小】【姐】【好】【了】，
【送】【走】【英】【国】【人】【之】【后】，【聂】【伤】【便】【在】【汶】【北】【长】【时】【间】【停】【留】，【四】【处】【视】【察】，【处】【理】【移】【民】【事】【务】。 【汶】【北】【的】【移】【民】【不】【都】【是】【住】【在】【城】【里】【的】，【实】【际】【上】【城】【池】【很】【小】，【主】【要】【是】【军】【事】【和】【行】【政】【功】【能】，【生】【活】【功】【能】【并】【不】【完】【善】。 【里】【面】【驻】【扎】【着】【军】【队】，【储】【存】【着】【粮】【草】【军】【械】，【真】【正】【常】【住】【城】【内】【的】【只】【有】【一】【些】【军】【官】、【贵】【族】、【百】【工】【和】【他】【们】【的】【家】【属】。 【大】【多】【数】【移】【民】【都】【住】【在】【城】【外】【的】【拓】【荒】【营】【地】