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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:02 PM

I was wrong about Vice President Biden.

During the primary I was a supporter of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and also liked Sen. Kamala Harris. I posted several times here that I thought the party voters were making a huge mistake in picking VP Biden. My husband and I are in our late 30s/early 40s and we were convinced that the party needed new blood and that Vice President Biden was too old and out of touch to take on Trump and win. I liked personally VP Biden but thought he was too weak and old school to best Trump. I thought there would be no excitement for him and I was convinced he would lose.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

Not only has VP Biden shown he is far from weak or too old, he is proving himself to be the singular best person for this moment in time to take on Trump. His sincerity, strength of character, steadiness, and decency are exactly what this country needs right now. While I still love Buttigieg, Harris, Warren and frankly most of the other Democratic Primary opponents Biden faced I dont think any of them could be quite the perfect contrast to Trump that VP Biden has shown himself to be.

I always knew I was voting for whoever the Democratic Candidate would be. When VP Biden became that candidate I thought I would vote with no excitement. I was so wrong. I am very excited to vote for VP Biden to become the next President, the man for the moment, the man I truly believe this country needs. I hope there are a lot of voters out there like me.

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Reply I was wrong about Vice President Biden. (Original post)
jezebel321 Oct 2020 OP
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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:05 PM

1. I hope so, too.

Your post brought tears to my eyes....


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Response to Sogo (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:49 PM

51. I had the same reaction.

So glad to know others feel the same way.

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Response to Sogo (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 08:59 AM

100. Same here...

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:05 PM

2. The Democratic Party has a deep bench...

But I was for Joe from the start for all the reasons you so eloquently mentioned.

I think Joe has surprised a lot of people, especially amongst Republicans.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:43 PM

81. Me too

I was saying a Biden/Harris ticket for months.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 01:05 PM

108. 100%. -- the argument I was making from the beginning

for 2020 (and against Trump) -- Biden was the perfect candidate.
(and, I too, really liked a lot of the others in the field -- but Biden is the man of the hour)

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:06 PM

3. Great post, Jezebel. TY

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:06 PM

4. Trump got himself impeached trying to take Joe out.

That should have told you something back then, but good on you for being a true patriot.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:07 PM

5. I was for someone else also. But Joe is who the nation needs now.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:08 PM

6. Not only that, Biden said explicitly in his town hall yesterday that he is a transitional president

He desperately wants to pass the torch to our generation (I am in the same age group as you). He just saw what Trump is and knows that we need the experience that he has to fix the mess that Trump left behind. Be comfort that Biden will get the younger generations into his administration and get them the experience needed to take the torch from him.

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Response to Claustrum (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:26 PM

32. kamala harris 2024

 

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Response to ihas2stinkyfeet (Reply #32)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:36 PM

37. Biden's not running for re-election?

 

When did he announce that?

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Response to warmfeet (Reply #57)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:31 PM

67. Signals to aides??? :rofl:

 

What kind of signals did he use? Hand signals, smoke signals, semaphore?

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Response to warmfeet (Reply #57)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 01:09 PM

109. been refuted at least a number of times

by the man himself.

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #37)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:15 PM

77. Biden has made it clear he's open to re-election. I think he doesn't over think it.

Heís going to have so much going forward. Heíll do the right thing, this we can count on!

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Response to Claustrum (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:37 PM

38. That was very effective

and I think it could help a lot of younger voters understand why we need him now. I am sure he will surround himself with many extraordinary and talented people. I am very optimistic about a Biden administration.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:08 PM

7. He's the anti Trump which is why I backed him from day 1

The juxtaposition between this decent, empathetic person and the vile selfishness of Dump is so glaring.

Its refreshing and calming listening to him speak.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:08 PM

8. I think there are many voters out there just like you!

I had similar feelings about him too, early on. I too supported Mayor Pete, even though I was well aware he would be a long shot.

But Joe has shown that his experiences and activity over his life will mean that he'll be a great president. I will vote for him and Kamala Harris with enthusiasm!



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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:09 PM

9. Biden wasn't my 1st pick either

The one thing I was certain of, almost all of our candidates could tackle trump. I would of happily voted for any of those candidates.

I hope to be able to vote for them in the future.

republicans have Ivanka and Jared to look forward to.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:11 PM

16. So true.

We Democrats have a really deep bench. They have a really deep swamp.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:15 PM

20. "We Democrats have a really deep bench. They have a really deep swamp. " Best post of the day!!!

You nailed it!!

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Response to BComplex (Reply #20)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:18 PM

21. Awww... thanks.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:09 PM

10. I was so happy when my ballot got here.

I read the instructions.
I filled in the ovals for a
straight Dem ticket and I felt joy. Called my sister and she came and took my ballot to the drop box .

I felt a happy joy all day after that. Go,go,go Joe!
For the win!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:09 PM

11. he's not Trump

THAT is good enough now; I am still voting against Trump.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:09 PM

12. I am over 65 and was a Mayor Pete voter....

I was adamant that Biden was too old and we needed a younger candidate.

I am all in for Joe now. I also think he is the man for the moment. My friends and I are all ready to crawl across glass to vote for this. man and for Kamala.

Then... onward to a better future for every single American.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:10 PM

13. I just filled in my ballot for Biden/Harris and other Dems!

Happily and proudly!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:10 PM

14. Brava!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:11 PM

15. I wasn't so sure early on.

It seemed to me that Biden would be like Hubert Humphrey, came close to being president, never quite made it but still had a lifetime of contribution. You could not design a better man to be the Anti-Trump and step into this moment. I guess it was fate that kept him available for this year's election.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:11 PM

17. K & R.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:12 PM

18. I would have voted for whoever won the primary. But I felt from the beginning that

Biden was the one to take Trump on. I have always loved Biden.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:14 PM

19. I was concerned about his age but I always thought he had the best chance against Trump

And for many of the reasons you mentioned. Sincerity, strength of character, decency, etc. Not that the other candidates didn't possess those characteristics but I always felt if Biden had been the nominee in '16 we would have won and largely avoided the mess we're in. Early on in the primaries I was nervous Sanders (nothing against him--just felt he was too liberal too win in the general) was going to win, and when Biden finally got going it was a major relief. And now he's maintained one of the most consistent leads ever in a presidential election. We do indeed need his calm leadership now more than ever. Take it home Uncle Joe!

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Response to MakeTXBlue2020 (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:45 PM

45. Welcome to DU!

I have been a big supporter of Joe Biden for many years, though there were times when I thought his time had passed. Now I believe he really is the perfect person for this particular time and that he will pave the way for more progressive policies in the future.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:18 PM

22. I was always all in for Joe. I figured if he was good enough for Obama, he was good enough

 

For me. Trump would have beaten anyone else (pre COVID).

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:19 PM

23. Great original post

Well said. Joe has been a pleasant surprise. Going back to the video showing Lindsey Graham praising Biden for being such a great person, I now fully understand what he meant. #GoJoe!

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Response to oswaldactedalone (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:46 PM

47. Yes

And after the past four years, we deserve a leader like Joe.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:20 PM

24. Biden was always my first and only choice.

I would have happily voted for anyone with a 'D' after their name, but Biden is who I wanted from the beginning.

I've said it on here before. He's ready to hit the ground running on day one. He doesn't need any classes in Presidenting 101. He doesn't need to be introduced to the leaders of other countries. He already knows them. And they already trust him.

He is the perfect candidate for this most terrible time in our country's history.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #24)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:50 PM

52. That is so true

There will be no training period for Joe. World leaders know and respect him and he will choose experienced, competent people to serve in his administration. There is a lot mess to be cleaned up.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #52)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:55 PM

55. "There is a lot of mess to be cleaned up."

Isn't that an overwhelming thought?

I'm one of those people who always makes lists of the things I need to do. If Joe has my habits, he must have 10 million lists ready to go right now.

I often wonder at how long it will take to fix the damage that has been done in this country. It's going to be an enormous job, but I know Joe is up for the challenge. And having Kamala Harris by his side, icing on the cake!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #55)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:07 PM

59. I have a feeling he is the type

of person to make lists and he also is someone who will be comfortable delegating responsibilities to other equally competent people. I've been watching Joe for years and it looks like his mind is always working overtime, but his mouth can't always keep up.

I'm really getting optimistic, though I am still concerned about how much more damaged Trump can do between now and January.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #59)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:12 PM

61. 100 % agree with everything you just wrote.

I am trying to keep my optimism at a realistic level, but we need hope.

I haven't had a decent night's sleep for a very long time. I'm 64 years old and I've been having nightmares as though I were a child.

I want Obama to come tuck me into bed at night and tell me that President Joe will be taking care of us very soon!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #61)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:30 PM

66. I know how you feel

It has been such a stressful four years and I've only started to feel optimistic recently. Even then, I can't relax until Joe is actually elected, though I will still be leery until Trump is out of the White House. Most of the country seems to be suffering from PTSD.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #24)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:35 PM

86. This is only the second most terrible time in our country's history.

The worst time in our country's history was the American Civil War, and arguably, all the time before it, since slavery existed here.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #86)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

90. In my personal living history. I've only been around since the mid-50's.

Does that work better for you?

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #90)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:02 AM

92. Yeah, that works better. Things are terrible, but they've been worse. We baby boomers...

...are a little to fond of gazing at our navels I think.

There is a broader world than the one we generally know.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #92)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:10 AM

93. My parents were children of the depression. Both were World War II veterans.

And they both came from very poor families. I grew up with a lot of their personal stories. So I know it has been a lot worse.

And I have come to value history much more than I did when I was in school. (Hated school.) Always trying to learn more. I think I am just exhausted, along with everyone else, over the past four years and what we have been put through.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #24)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:41 AM

98. That's why he was always my number two.

During the primary season, my enthusiasm was for Elizabeth Warren. But he was definitely my next choice. With his temperament and experience, he could president in his sleep better than most people awake.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:20 PM

25. Beautifully said

I guess there's a reason that Trump wanted Biden out of the way

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:22 PM

26. ❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:23 PM

27. It takes a very honorable person to say what you just did!

And I commend you and thank you.

With that said I was for Joe even before Obama. I just knew when people got to know him better and the kind of human being he is they too would come to love him. I not too long ago read his book, 'Promis Me Dad', and all I can say is, wow
If you ever get a chance to read it, it will be worth your while.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:24 PM

28. Very nicely written.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:25 PM

29. I was swayed by that Naples golf shuttle bus last November

 

Hard to believe that was nearly a year ago. Bus load of older whites. Naples is very conservative. Golf demographics are heavily right wing. To my amazement, maybe 15 of them began discussing politics, and specifically the Democratic debate from one night earlier. The consensus was that they could support a Democrat above Trump, but only if it was Biden or Bloomberg.

All the others were announced as, "too far out there," meaning too far liberal. That "too far out there" phrase in particular drew loud unanimous agreement.

I was still aligned with Klobuchar at that point, but realistically I began hoping for Biden or Bloomberg. Anyone but Bernie Sanders. He was the epitome of "too far out there" and would collapse every race in Florida 2020, plus send the Cuban community against Democrats for at least a full generation. I can't tell you how scared I was of Sanders being the nominee.

IMO, Bloomberg would have done great against Trump also. Obviously it would have been a totally different type of race. I'll settle for this smooth running classy Biden campaign. But Bloomberg spending a billion plus to viciously define Trump every day of the race would have been fun also. Plus imagine Bloomberg jumping on that story of Trump's phony wealth, and $421 million debt.

Biden has found a strong voice and really impressed me. I was worried he'd be the Democratic version of Bob Dole in 1996...good guy but not special enough to be elected president.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:25 PM

30. Me.

Like Obama. The right person for the right time.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:26 PM

31. Wow.. TY for that, jezebel.. from someone

who was for Biden since his Launch Vid on April 25, 2019.. who never wavered through thick and bloody thin.

Well done!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:28 PM

33. Your awareness and vision are commendable! Your story is one of coming full circle. I needed to

hear from you today and didnít know it until I read your OP.





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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:31 PM

34. Biden's speech today at Gettysburg was *pretty* good.

Maybe his best thus far in making his case to be our next POTUS.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:32 PM

35. I concur

k and r


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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:34 PM

36. I think Nancy Pelosi was the best example

of why working knowledge, is an important ingredient when taking on a difficult, complex job. You can't put a price on knowing your way around, knowing the games that are played, and the rules of the road. I also think their mentorship of others bodes well for the future.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:37 PM

39. I am one of those voters...

I was pulling for Elizabeth Warren. I, too, always knew I was going to "vote blue no matter who." I also didn't expect to be this excited - not just excited about voting against tRump, but excited about voting for Biden. But I am. 😊

His decency and compassion are like water in the desert. We have been without these basic human qualities for so long, they're like a mirage... except they're not. I also think Biden's hands-on Executive experience will allow him to hit the ground running in rebuilding our government. This is no time for OJT. He knows firsthand what a well-functioning government looks like and how it's supposed to operate.

Joe Biden truly is the perfect candidate for this moment in time. GO, JOE!


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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:37 PM

40. KR NT

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:38 PM

41. Thank you for this

 

It is a shame that there are still people here on DU who are holding out for their first choice.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:42 PM

42. I went Buttigieg-Sanders-Biden. I have no regrets.

The party chose well this time. I agree with your assessment and your sentiment.

-Laelth

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:44 PM

43. His Gettysburg speech today is amazing. I agree with you, and proud of

us and proud of our candidate.

Yes, I run way more Progressive than Joe has seemed over the years, but this guy is rising to the occasion in a wonderful way. And we need to follow through as well, voting and volunteering and organizing and donating if possible. Love to all.

Here is that speech.

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Response to somaticexperiencing (Reply #43)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:57 PM

56. I have found that a lot of Democratic politicians

are as liberal as the electorate will allow. I have no doubt that Obama would have been a far more progressive president if he had a congress that would back him up.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:44 PM

44. Given all the devastation Trump has visited on so many government agencies,

it's a really good idea to get someone with all of Biden's experience in there who a.) has a vast knowledge of how our government should work and b.) can bring back a lot of people who know how to run those agencies.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:46 PM

46. Who knew he'd be Kryptonite to imPOTUS?

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Reply #46)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:53 PM

54. Seriously

Who would have thought? Trump just can't take him down. All his nasty tricks don't work with Joe.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:47 PM

48. I agree with you. I was a supporter of Elizabeth Warren,

and there were others I initially thought would be better to fire up voters and reinvigorate the party.

But after his town hall last night and especially his Gettysburg speech today, one of the best I've ever heard, I believe Joe Biden is absolutely the right candidate for the divisive times that we are in. I hope the TV networks will air this, over and over again.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:47 PM

49. Now that we've seen what inexperience looks like

someone with a lot of experience looks even better.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:48 PM

50. Well said.

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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 05:52 PM

53. During the primaries, I'd have been ecstatic if Warren won...so smart, inventive, caring, just

Perfect to me. But my stated preference was Biden. I stated then that this country was raw and bleeding from the unending hatefulness, the lies, the corruption. Biden was the best prescription to our illness. Of course, things have played out much worse... protests for justice, assault on civilians, bribing Ukraine, a corrupt DoJ, Covid. No one could have foreseen how desperately we'd need a seasoned politician, a large soul, compassion, empathy, willing to listen to his more progressive opponents, of an admirable character that sensible Republicans can appreciate...thanks to all the Republican groups getting out the message that Biden is better than Trump. Biden has a universal appeal that Sanders or Warren or Buttigieg or Bloomberg or Bevo wouldn't have had. Biden has primaried before. It seems like it was meant to be that he was still available at this moment in time when everything about him is what the country needs.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:03 PM

58. Biden is fundamentally a good person.

He was not my first choice either. I never thought he was weak or old. I just don't line up with his policies as much as I did with other candidates.

What I like most about Biden is that he listens. He is just a good person and everyone who knows him or has met him, likes him. For better or worse, he is the "anti-Hillary" and I say that knowing that what happened to Hillary Clinton was completely wrong and all about lies and sexism. Trump has no way of attacking Biden. All the smears and lies that he has made up, have no affect on Biden because Biden is a known quantity and everyone knows that Trump's lies are LIES.

Remember that Hillary had similar negatives to Trump. COMPLETELY UNDESERVED but still... Biden doesn't have that problem.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:10 PM

60. Me too, Jezebel. Just came to the same realization

somewhat earlier is all, if not as early. I didn't have today's internet 35 years ago. (Congrats, of course. Some minds lock up young, and...that's it for them.)





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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:14 PM

62. What an excellent "mea culpa," for want of a better description.

I am happy to say that Joe Biden turned out to be exactly who I thought he was....although maybe a tad better. I was a little downhearted when I heard so much talk about dementia, and similar, and while I didn't believe it at all, I was afraid millions would.

I was actually a little chagrined when I read the reason for his conversational pauses and slow delivery, because they had me wondering a bit. A post by a DUer set me straight, and I hope a lot of others, too.

I wish he was in his 60's, or even in his late 50's...but hell. I wish I was in my 50's too.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:17 PM

63. I was undecided and then for Kamala so I'm utterly content.

Thanks for the support and humility. We need that now.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:20 PM

64. I don't think you're alone, jezebel

I've read quite a few people across the board on varying and different sites express pretty much the same thing. That's all for the good because it means Joe Biden has effectively shown the electorate what kind of man he is, what sort of leader he is and will become and what a stark contrast that is to Donald Trump's chaos machine. I think most Americans are exhausted by Trump's nonsense, genuinely worried about his state of mind and inability to take on even the simple tasks of governing.

Joe Biden is an old hand at this. He doesn't attempt to hide his age or make excuses for it. But with that age, he brings the experience of governing we'll need to pick up the pieces and build the joint back better. With Kamala Harris at his side, he's tipping his hat to a new generation of leaders, to women and people of color. I expect we'll see this underscored when he names his cabinet candidates. Mayor Pete is already on the transition team and I fully expect all our candidates to have meaty roles in the way forward.

We have a stable of really excellent people. Again, I fully expect Joe Biden to tap all the talent and give credit where credit is due. Because he doesn't have an ego to protect.

It's going to be a huge job to repair, restore and rebuild this country while pushing energetically toward the future. Biden has said he sees himself as a transition candidate. On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if Biden is far bolder than people expect him to be in resolving problems, refashioning a more just society and demanding a leadership role in healthcare, immigration, climate change, gun regulation, etc. We know he's a decent man. People are beginning to understand he's precisely the leader we need.

This is Joe Biden's moment. I just know in my gut he's going to work his heart out. For everyone.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:21 PM

65. I know a lot of people who

feel the same. Jon Stewart spoke about the same with Colbert some time ago. He said Warren aligned more with his policy but that the country was grieving, we have lost so much, and the Biden is the singular person who understands grief and who we need in this moment.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:48 PM

68. I loved him from the start

though not in 2016. Now I wish he'd run then. He's more progressive than Obama and will go down in history as one of the most beloved Presidents imo.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:52 PM

69. Biden's speech today was amazing

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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:52 PM

70. Feel the same

I am in the same generation as Joe Biden, and I shared the same thoughts. I Felt we needed to pass the mantle to a new generation with a more progressive agenda. Now I realize how Joe is the right person for this time in history. He has met the moment, and his inherent decency is the perfect contrast to 45. He just keep getting stronger and I feel so proud to have him as our candidate.

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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:54 PM

71. Agree and his choice of Harris will confirm just how good a decision maker he is.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 06:55 PM

72. Biden is a good person.

A good family man, good Christian, and all around good leader.
He represents everything Trump is not.

A classic case of Biden's good vs. Trump's evil.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:07 PM

73. Thank you for this beautiful post

It seems like the primaries were a lifetime ago. I initially supported Beto but he was pretty much tied with Joe. When Beto dropped out I switched to Biden without hesitation. I liked most of the candidates including Mayor Pete. It all worked out in the end. Joe is the president we need now.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:08 PM

74. Yes, I hope so too!!

We had a solid field of candidates and in the end, things sorted themselves out quite well, IMO. Many of those folks will be advisors or Cabinet members.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:10 PM

75. I've always liked him.

He's always been a good human being.

He's going to use his experience to hire good people to help him.
Age is not likely to be as big of a deal as some are making it out to be.

The country needs the type of person Joe Biden is.
He respects the traditions. He has empathy for all. He has unwavering integrity.
He'll do what he thinks is best for the country - every time.
We might not always agree with him but we won't be wringing our hands with sinister sub plots about what he's really up to.

At this moment in history, we're lucky to have him.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:14 PM

76. Turns out all his past painful tragedies, and ability to keep moving on,makes him the perfect choice

I was a major Pete Buttigieg supporter for the same reasons you were. Iíve always loved and admired Joe Biden but I felt his time was past. I remember telling my husband I wish Joe hadnít decided to run because I didnít want to see him suffer the pain of defeat after having suffered so much pain in his life already. At the time I didnít think heíd make it through the primaries, let alone where he is now.

But this was all pre-COVID and pre-George Floyd. Our whole Nation is grieving, and if anyone can help show us to how we get to the other side with our souls intact itís Joe Biden. Heís been through it more than once.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:15 PM

78. Joe Biden is the man for the moment for many reasons

Not the least of which is, many, many Trump voters will vote for Joe. They know him, they like him, and they trust him. He'll help heal the country and the others will have their chance.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:15 PM

79. Biden is a good, decent man. Yes, he has a good platform and a great running mate.

But the biggest thing this republic needs right now is a good, decent, kind, compassionate man who will restore our national soul and build back better. Biden is definitely the candidate for the time. Look at how many early voters there are.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:33 PM

80. I firmly believe that Pete Buttigieg is the future of our Party

... however I'm certain that Joe Biden is the man we need RIGHT NOW!

We're so lucky to have him as our candidate and he'll be a great President when all is said and done. I also believe he'll bring as many of the younger Democrats into the next Administration as he can, because he gets it. He knows how important it is to build the future and guide it with the boundless energy and the best ideas of the younger people who will live it.

The young people (including many who voted for Pete) have the greatest stake in shaping the new government because it's going to become yours soon enough.


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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 07:59 PM

82. Dear God. Please protect him.

Please, please protect him.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 08:20 PM

83. Thank you everyone for your replies, I did not expect so many. I really just

wanted to document my realization that I underestimated VP Biden and seeing now how perfectly positioned he is for this moment.
I'm glad to see so many others feel the same way.
I can't wait for November 3!! Time to rescue this country.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 09:59 PM

84. I did not go in with the thought that it was the party deciding the primary winner.

Regardless of what others might try to say it is the voters that decide. And that is based on what the candidates do to help win for themselves.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:32 PM

85. Count me in. I was pretty much exactly in the same boat. n/t.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:39 PM

87. I wanted the ticket we have before Joe announced.

Felt they were the perfect pair to bring in a new America.

Feel more strongly now.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:46 PM

88. From the beginning. . . . . .

I subscribed to Axelrod's theory that the nominee from the other party ends up being the one who is most opposite the other candidate. For me, that was obviously Biden. He's a grown-up, kind, compassionate, experienced. . . .he's literally everything stable genius is not. You can go down the line of the other Dem candidates and in each case, Biden is MORE opposite than they were! I never doubted that Joe would be the candidate.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:51 PM

89. Totally agree. I look & see the total chaos/Indecency of trump. Then I see Biden & he is calming,

Decent, and someone w a steady hand and experience. We need this so much right now. I find VP Biden so reassuring and calming in this nightmare. Kind of like Obama.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:02 AM

91. Another huge Pete supporter here. You speak for me.



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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:16 AM

94. The Electoral College means that moderate white voters

in swing states are who really elect the president. This is why Biden is suited for this, and he's also able to take back some of the votes Trump got from us in 2016.

That being said, aside from Sanders, the other top candidates were all well within the mainstream of American liberal thought, and any could easily win the presidency if the popular vote was the determining factor.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:17 AM

95. He's the real deal. Plus, he has been a public servant for years. He knows.


He knows what's best for the nation at this point in time.
He knows that today's problems don't disappear when he's sworn into office.
He knows there are boatloads of work to be done to get this mess under control.
He knows that behind him, the younger Dems do need to take the wheel.
He knows who the future is.

Biden has the experience for right here, right now. He knows who the right people to make up his team are.

I'm older (61). I, too, liked the younger candidates, as well as Bernie and Elizabeth.
All the while, though, I was thinking about Joe's experience in politics and governing.

I was happy he was the choice, in the end. And, I'm very happy that Harris is his running mate.

It's going to work.

GET OUT THE VOTE !

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:27 AM

96. You've said it perfectly. n/t

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 06:39 AM

97. There are voters across the spectrum similar to you.

I live in a county that went 16 points for Trump. He'll win here again, but I predict a single digit margin. And in a swing state, that type of decline could make all the difference.

Within 500 steps of my house (I have a FitBit), there are:

At least five Trump voters who are not just voting against Trump, they are excited to vote for Biden. One is particularly vocal and an absolute joy to talk to as his enthusiasm seems to radiate from every atom in his body. The zeal of the convert. LOL!

Three new voters (18 and 19 years old) who really really wanted a younger and more progressive candidate are all in for Biden. One is text-banking and one is writing postcards.

One Gary Johnson voter who thought he was going to hold his nose to vote for Biden and disclosed to me just last week how much he thinks Biden is the perfect person at the perfect time.

I have yet to encounter anyone who did not vote for Trump in 2016 who plans to vote for him in 2020. I know they're likely to keep a much lower profile if they exist, but instinct tells me if you weren't charmed by him in 2016 there's not much there to charm you now.

I really wanted Elizabeth Warren, but have also come to see that Biden is the perfect contrast to Trump. And that may be exactly what we needed. I adore Joe and as odd as this sounds, really really want to see Dr. Biden as First Lady. No clue why as First Ladies have never really held much of my attention until Michelle Obama.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 07:06 AM

99. All of that and..

he knows so many people and can fill positions rapidly with ethical and competent people who will start rebuilding the government. He will also let them take credit for their accomplishments and won't try to suck all the air out of the room.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 09:33 AM

101. I've always been a Biden fan, even when he ran for Prez. I was thrilled when he was chosen for VP!

Now, I'm really happy to vote for him for President! I believe Joe is a Dem that some Pubs will vote for. They would never have voted for Hillary.

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 11:11 AM

102. i hope my 18 yr old first time grand daughter Bernie lover feels the same way...

...too bad gramma cant stand over her when she fills out her mail in ballot

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 11:13 AM

103. Thanks for posting this!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:09 PM

104. Me, too!

He keeps getting better! Or maybe we are hearing him better.

His timing and choices are impeccable. Including of course Kamala.

I attribute this to his two top Black women campaign aides / execs: Karine Jean Pierre and Symone Sanders!

It's a beautiful thing to see a person step into his moment. This has been so gratifying on every level! I'm also so happy for the Obamas!! And for us - to fantasize about their role in a Biden Administration - whatEVER it may be!!

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:10 PM

105. Yes, I doubted him also but he is doing a good job campaigning.

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:17 PM

106. Other than being

an Elizabeth Warren supporter, everything you wrote describes my journey as well. I think choosing Kamala Harris is the perfect balance too. The Democratic campaign needed a bulldog to nip at the rethug ankles. Kamala does that!

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 01:03 PM

107. My first choice was Kamala and my second choice was Elizabeth

But when Biden got the nomination, I was very happy about it. As time goes on, I've realized that he was always the best choice. That's why Trump was so worried about him and tried to damage him right from the start.

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Response to jezebel321 (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 02:44 PM

110. I Was Biden Supporter From Day One

Yep...I was a Biden supporter even over Obama. I wrote several essays (one published on the Biden site in 2008) in support of Biden. I wanted Biden for President and Obama for VP.

Biden is the very definition of ďdecency.Ē I too was afraid that he lost some of the fire in his belly. But as time has gone on over the past couple of months, I realize that he has become an even more determined candidate.

Here is a man that took the train to work everyday. He was the second poorest Senator among their ranks. He was never in it for the money.

With Joe, what you see is what you get. He is a truly genuine individual. He is sincere, empathetic and he is in touch with the common man.

His story is our story. He is a natural leader and I donít think he will get pushed around by ANYONE.

I would not be surprised if Biden becomes one of the truly great Presidents in our lifetime.

I am excited to vote for him to send this Carnival Barker of a President to hell.

Go get Ďem Joe. Your destiny is waiting for you.

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