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“We’re Not Selling Hysteria”: Inside the Cold Calculation and Unyielding Optimism of the Biden Brain Trust

By Chris Smith, Vanity Fair, May 7, 2024. In Wilmington, Joe Biden’s reelection team is tackling stubborn polls, Gaza protests, and third-party threats as it assembles a sophisticated machine to defeat Donald Trump. And the stakes couldn’t be higher: “We could lose the thing that matters most to me,” says campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon,

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Many Democrats Are Worried Trump Will Beat Biden. This One Isn’t

By Adam Nagourney, New York Times,  April 3, 2024 Simon Rosenberg was right about the congressional elections of 2022. All the conventional wisdom — the polls, the punditry, the fretting by fellow Democrats — revolved around the expectation of a big red wave and a Democratic wipeout. He disagreed. Democrats would surprise everyone, he said

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Why I Love Joe Biden

by Brian Hassett, Brainland, December 31, 2023. First of all, he’s an Irish leprechaun, and I’m very pro Irish leprechaun. Second — he’s also an empath . . . as opposed to a sociopath. As he likes to say in his Irish way — “Don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”

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Mad Poll Disease is making Democrats misread voter opinion

By Michael Podhorzer, the Guardian, December 1, 2023. Horserace polling can’t tell us anything new about who will win the electoral college – but the existence of an anti-Maga majority is clear Now that Thanksgiving has passed in America, and everyone’s Trumpy uncle is on his way back to his conservative state, we still have

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Joe Biden’s surprising focus on the future

By Jill Lawrence, THEBULWARK+, October 30, 2023 From infrastructure to democracy to this week’s action on AI, he’s laying a foundation for coming generations to build on. JOE BIDEN IS OUR OLDEST PRESIDENT, as everyone keeps saying, but he’s also—despite and possibly because of his age—an unusually forward-looking president. I’ve had this thought often throughout this

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Opinion

As Biden leads, GOP sinks into disarray

By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist, Boston Globe, October 18,2023. It’s a rare moment indeed when one can quote Representative Matt Gaetz, the self-aggrandizing Republican chaos agent from Florida, and say: Damn, he’s got that right! But such an instance came earlier this month when, in defense of his motion to oust then-speaker Kevin McCarthy, Gaetz

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Opinion

Biden repairs the system for resettling people fleeing war and strife

The following editorial appeared in the Boston Globe, October 9, 2023. Before Donald Trump became president, the United States had long resettled more refugees than every other country combined. The Biden administration is rebuilding that tradition. When it comes to resettling refugees, the Biden administration is bringing back a proud American tradition. Up until 2017,

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In praise of gerontocracy, experience, wisdom — Don’t get distracted by stereotypes. Judge politicians by their record, not their age.

By Michael Hiltzik, The Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2023 The cry is heard that America has become a “gerontocracy.” That’s supposed to be bad, it’s argued, because our superannuated political leadership is out of touch with the electorate and blocking younger and (theoretically) more vigorous and intellectually vibrant leaders from taking their hour upon

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