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Fri Feb 5, 2021, 03:59 PM

As a Biden doubter

And I was a big one through the primaries and terrified of his nomination. "Shit, another moderate go along to get along. Lovely."

I'm impressed.

Wait, that doesn't capture it.

I am completely fucking impressed.

There's coming hard out of the gate, and then there's tearing the gate to shreds to the point we're not even sure what just happened.

Seriously. What an impressive first few weeks this administration is having. No matter what thing I see where I might start raising an eyebrow, I completely forget about it ten seconds later because his administration did something else that is completely awesome.

And I'll small-note that Schumer has upped his game. I doubted there as well. It's early days, but no ankle-biting from my end. And I'm an AOC progressive type.

Just wanted to say.

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Sympthsical Feb 2021 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2021 #1
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2021 #6
DownriverDem Feb 2021 #65
malaise Feb 2021 #72
soldierant Feb 2021 #81
calimary Feb 2021 #114
Siwsan Feb 2021 #2
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #5
Butterflylady Feb 2021 #14
Boomer Feb 2021 #78
c-rational Feb 2021 #84
ananda Feb 2021 #4
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #8
ananda Feb 2021 #42
BarackTheVote Feb 2021 #7
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #10
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2021 #9
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lagomorph777 Feb 2021 #12
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still_one Feb 2021 #18
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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:02 PM

1. And thank you for saying it so very well, my dear Sympthsical!

There is much to admire about Biden and his whole administration.

Everyone seems to have found their spines! As well as their intelligence and drive.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:04 PM

3. Biden comes off as homey and warm

And what I'm seeing in things is hidden rage at what Trump did to the country. It's deeply hidden, but it's there. His transition team looked upon the political and social fabric and said to themselves, "And now we will tear down all his works."

I knew Biden would take our crises seriously. He's a serious, empathetic man.

But boy howdy. The steel fist in the woolly mitten.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:09 PM

6. Exactly right! Well said. n/t

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:41 PM

65. Biden appeals

to Americans who want a functioning government. He was my first choice along with Harris as VP. Why? I just felt that they could win. We are a Center/Left country. That doesn't mean that ideas shouldn't be brought up and fought for. It does mean that we need to remember who the voters are and keep them voting for us.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 07:02 PM

72. Homey, warm, well mannered

and unpretentious - he's also going to tear down this trickle down piss pot of crap.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:54 PM

81. I knew fro his empathy that he would be reachable -

what I didn't see was the extent to which he had already reached himself.

But it makes sense. He can see the truth, and can see who is really hurting as opposed to the whiners and complainers. And he can act on that - not loudly, not calling attention to his actions, but just getting things done.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:45 PM

114. And genuine. And honesty and credibility. He's the real deal.

What a refreshing change.

I want a President who’ll be honest with me - about the actual REALITY of a situation. Even if it’s bad news. NOT the “what I wanna hear” type. That’s a path that will always take us straight to nowhere.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:04 PM

2. I was the outlier in a family of Biden doubters.

They all thought I was nuts when I was so THRILLED, first that he was running and then when his campaign took off (which they doubted would ever happen. I didn't.) Now, they get it.

I knew he would hit the ground running with no need for a learning curve. He has LOTS of background, experience, knowledge, connections and people, world wide, know and respect him. He is the perfect person for the here and now.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:06 PM

5. He was very far down on my primary list

But, hey, when I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong.

And I'm am very happy to be very wrong in this instance.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:19 PM

14. Your post here is why you are a democrat.

You see democrats admit when their wrong about something. That's what make a caring human being, a person who wants the best for country.

Republicans on the other hand only care what is best for them and never admit their wrong doings. To me they are bottom feeders.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:47 PM

78. I'm another Biden doubter

and I have never been happier to eat crow.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:12 PM

84. Well said! - He is the perfect person for the here and now.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:05 PM

4. So far so good.

Looks like he's a keeper.

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Response to ananda (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:09 PM

8. We have him for at least four whole years?

Oh, what a terrible world we must live in.

His vice-president is ok, too.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:36 PM

42. Gotta sweep the trash off the Reep floor..

so to speak.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:09 PM

7. Same boat as you, Sym

Also, really and truly impressed! It’s one thing to just be relieved that Trump’s out of office, another thing it actually like—no, in a lot of cases, LOVE—what’s coming out of the White House!

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Response to BarackTheVote (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:13 PM

10. Exactly that

I was in that boat. "Well, at least Trump is gone and some technocrats who do good government will get in."

Newp. This whole administration is pissed. Not just pissed. They're offended. Trump was a vandalism against America, and they're bringing out the sand blasters.

I'm here for this.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:10 PM

9. That "Sleepy Joe" insult didn't exactly work out for the GQP, did it?

I don't think I've ever seen such an un-sleepy president, and I date back to the Truman administration (though I can't say I actually remember him).

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:13 PM

11. Yup, He's Not Wasting A Precious Second, A Scalpel in One Hand

A sledge hammer in the other, and each put to good use in the necessary places.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:14 PM

12. My sentiments exactly. I think Joe learned from the mistakes of the Obama administration.

Don't waste precious time on "bipartisanship" that turned out to be pointless begging.

Just get on with it.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:31 PM

61. He lead with the olive branch

which is the right thing to do. If the other party doesn't want to accept it then they can have the hammers.

To go forward you have to leave something behind. Leave all the seditionist treason weasels far behind.



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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:14 PM

13. Yes

Go along to get along people pleaser.. So far he has shown that not to be true,color me surprised and hopeful....with a tinge of cynicism.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:23 PM

15. Great big +1!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:23 PM

16. It's amazing what an admin can do if it has the Senate and House, even with just a...

small margin in the Senate. IMO Biden was the only candidate who could beat trump (Clyburn knew), and now he's showing determination to get the nation back on track from trump's dereliction of duty through this whammy of four crises—covid, the economy, racial reckoning and climate change.

He's appointed competent professionals to his cabinet and agencies as well. trump hired sycophants, many with no expertise in field they were to head. DeVos, Carter, Ross come to mind.

We're in good hands.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:28 PM

17. He's not off to a running start

He's off to a jet fueled start. I was hopeful for Joe but not sure like you. Totally impressive.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:33 PM

18. I thought he was the right person for the right time, and believed he was the only one who could

win the general election out of all our fine nominees



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Response to still_one (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:48 PM

90. +1. Lol. Bout time we got credit for our early on support!!!

Sometimes you just gotta pat yourself in the back!!!!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #90)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 01:01 AM

100. +++

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #90)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 11:46 AM

110. Yes!!!! Biden firsters found each other early.

I knew since 2018. I’m so thrilled to be right.

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Response to still_one (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:23 AM

97. Same

I made the case for him being our best chance for bringing the blue wall states home AND being the man for the moment what seemed like hundreds of times. Here, social media, to anyone who would listen. Scranton Joe!

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Response to Sugarcoated (Reply #97)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 05:58 PM

120. +1

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:35 PM

19. Thanks

I've been a supporter from the get-go, but I have to say I'm hugely and happily surprised. Jared Bernstein was freaking awesome this morning. "Larry (Summers) is wrong...Larry is wrong...Larry is wrong."

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:37 PM

20. Biden ran as a cautious moderate, but he's governing more like the second coming of FDR.

He's unapologetically working to improve the lives of millions of long-ignored, disaffected working and middle class Americans, of either party.

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Response to sop (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:42 PM

22. Yes!

I'm so . . . flabbergasted by it. I can't think of the word. He ran as a moderate, and he's like, "You dug Obama? Watch this shit."

I'm so incredibly pleased so far.

And you know President Obama is loving every second of it. The proudest best friend.

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Response to sop (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:43 PM

26. He's been waiting all his adult life for this moment

He's going to make the most of it.

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Response to sop (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:51 PM

68. Couldn't agree more. Was just mentioning to the hubby how "odd" it feels like to not have to hear

About the daily shenanigans coming out of the WH, or feel dread every day somehow our lives are at risk as a nation given the batshit crazy Con that squatted past 4 years. With President Biden we are completely calm and happy with this back-to-normal mode, so much so that it sometimes hasn't sunken in yet.

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Response to sop (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:57 PM

69. Which is why I am also feeling better about him

I am a huge fan of Roosevelt and the way he approached his job in a time of national distress was amazing and what the country needed. (I wish I could have seen the faces of the elite when that magazine came out with the quote, "Beware those who claim the wings of liberty to feather their own nests." I bet there was some pearl clutching that morning!) Biden has that opportunity, but to imagine any politician these days being half of what Roosevelt was is a stretch. I hope he stays at it. (Just having a bit of hope for the government is almost alien to me... wild, eh?)

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:40 PM

21. And Nancy! What a team!

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Response to housecat (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:52 PM

92. Ugh

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:43 PM

23. In this type of situation I have no problem being wrong. As long as I put the right

seasoning on it. I'm good eating that crow.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:43 PM

24. Interesting how the Sleepy Joe and dementia talk have died down.

Nothing like Joe doing more in 2 weeks than Trump did in 4 years to make the assholes STFU. Looks like they're concentrating their attacks on Pelosi and AOC instead.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:43 PM

25. I'm very favorably impressed, too

I liked most of the Democratic contenders (all the serious ones, not the two who were running just to spread their kooky cultish woo-woo) and I would have been satisfied with any of them.

But Biden came roaring out of the gate, armed with his lifetime of experience and knowledge, and he's putting it to good use. He's the main ingredient of the shot in the arm we all needed.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:44 PM

27. When nothing's been done for four years, there's a lot of low hanging fruit sitting around.

The House has spent the last four years passing "shovel-ready" legislation that's been sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk ever since. Not to take away from Biden's accomplishments, but lots of credit should go to Democratic legislators who have hung in there and still tried to be constructive for the past four years.

I'm glad to see them recognising the urgency of getting everything through that they possibly can before the midterms.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:45 PM

28. Biden was not my first choice either, but he has been exactly the right choice.

Biden has had years in government, including 8 years as Obama’s right-hand man. I’m sure during those years he determined things he would do if and when he got the chance. Now he’s finally in charge, and he is moving fast. Not only does he have a boatload of Trump trash to remove, but he has a pandemic on his hands and perhaps only two years to accomplish his big goals. Biden is well aware that Republicans may retake the House majority in 2022 after Republican states gerrymander their districts to ensure more Republican wins.

I think he also learned from the Obama experience with the ACA that you can bend over backwards for Republicans for the sake of cooperation and all they will do is knife you in the back. So now he’s fine with passing the Covid relief by Democrats only.

It also helps that Biden knows a lot of very smart, experienced government operatives who also know how to get things done. I’m impressed with General Austin already.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:50 PM

29. I was a Biden doubter too, but he is not acting like a moderate, his actions are progressive.

He is the exact right person for the job at this time in history. No one else has his configuration of experience to pull off what he is doing.

I would add that he knows how to be a leader as well. The pressers show how the media is directed to the appropriate agencies for answers to their questions. Good leaders delegate, it is nice to see he knows the boundaries of his position.

On DAY ONE, he swore-in 1,000 new staff! Now that is being ready!

I join the "I am very impressed" group.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:50 PM

30. One big advantage Biden has...

Is that he knows the job since he was vice president for eight years. He doesn’t have to go through the warm-up of learning all the ins and outs of the job. He also experienced all the tricks that Republicans played in the past and so won’t be taken in.

None of the other candidates would’ve had this advantage.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:55 PM

33. Remember the wipe-lash in the primaries

when it was discovered HE was it? That was a whirlwind! It seems like within days it was unambitious he was the one for the job at this time in history. It was the right decision.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:53 PM

31. Agree totally, to the point where I want to say

take a day off, Joe, you earned it. But I'm sure he can decide that for himself. I did hear he is taking AF1 to his home in Delaware to enjoy the Super Bowl with family. It will be his first flight as a President on AF1. I guess by now they've had ample time to scrub the filth out of it.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #31)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:58 PM

36. I am remembering a scene in the West Wing where Bartlett

says one of the perks of being president is this, and he picks up the AF1 phone to the cockpit and says, I am ready to go.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:33 AM

99. Pretty sure it'll be a brand new plane.

I heard that AF1 changes with the changing presidents. I think they custom fit them for the needs and tastes of the incoming president.

Hope I remember that right. It would gross me out to be in close quarters that Trump and his lickspittles and lackeys (some of them related to him) had occupied a lot.

I hope that the evil that clung to Trump and his children has been not only wiped clean but exorcised and the White House has been blessed and rededicated to serve the people.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:55 PM

32. Joe rocks it.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:56 PM

34. Emailed someone last night that

I thought his start was the most impressive of a President in my lifetime.
I was a big fan of JFK and Obama.

Not too much fanfare. Just quietly going about doing what needed to be done quickly and properly.

I think his experience is showing through.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:58 PM

35. I've been impressed, too

I never disliked Biden, but Sanders was my guy. Now I think we’ll be going big on many things anyway. One of his few mistakes so far is being open to changing income requirements for the next stimulus. But he’s undoing Trump’s damage quite well!

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Response to mvd (Reply #35)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:26 PM

39. I believe he intentionally left incom op n the need so he would hav something to give.

 

This this ain’t Joe’s first rodeo.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:01 PM

37. I, too, am impressed.

I'm a little younger than Joe, but my original thoughts were that we needed someone much younger to take the reins of democracy. After Harris dropped out, and Mayor Pete didn't have the support to go on, I started to rethink Biden. As much as DJT screwed up this country, we were going to need someone with a working knowledge of government, and someone with a very steady hand. Joe Biden was the only candidate that fit that description, at least to my way of thinking. Bernie supporters will probably want to take me to the woodshed on this, but Bernie's ideas would be too extreme for many middle-of-the-road Americans. If Democrats were going to take back the White House, Joe Biden was the person for the job. We'll eventually get to Bernie's positions, but it's going to take some time, and unfortunately Bernie probably won't be around when they happen.

Joe and Kamala are the team that our country needs at this crucial point in time, and they're doing a splendid job so far.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:17 PM

38. Ditto... and now it would be difficult to think of a better team than Biden and his administration.

Not only is he exceeding my expectations but I am greatly impressed with everyone he has brought on board. I also thought Chuck should be replaced with someone who had more gusto for really getting things done but he has surprised me as well.


I am hoping that the momentum can keep building so that it is unstoppable.



Infrastructure, Infrastructure, green new deal, Infrastructure, green new deal, Infrastructure.....
Get the recalcitrant states arguing over how much they get for their share of the infrastructure funding.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:32 PM

40. So far he's done something progressive about

every major issue that will have a positive impact on our and the planet’s future.

I dare to believe the huge life altering issues are actually being addressed. For the first time in decades I see a viable future for the planet.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:35 PM

41. What I am enjoying

Looking at all of this from outside the country, what I am really enjoying is the unity of purpose amongst democratic supporters.

I have appreciated the personal bonds that have strengthened within the party. The people here particularly who are talking about a new found respect for Joe Biden AND Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. I've never seen as little in-fighting amongst democrats. Long may it last.

Meanwhile the Republicans are tearing each other apart and being stuck with Trump, Boebert and Greene as the face of their parry. Long may it last.

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Response to PaddyIrishman (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:43 PM

46. We have more unity in the party than I have seen in a long time.

Maybe ever.

And I love it!

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Response to PaddyIrishman (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:58 PM

94. Waving "hello" over there. I like both of your "Long may it last". 👍

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:39 PM

43. Talk about a rose in a fisted glove.

I believe he is in favor of unity with those who are not simply power mad and hell bent on destruction. But those guys? Nope.

There’s something about that calm, centered, assertive demeanor over strength for days that is just what we need.

And Madam Speaker and Majority Leader are both now able to lead. Amen.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #43)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:14 PM

57. Nice Stephen Stills reference. 😉

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Response to crickets (Reply #57)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:40 PM

64. Hey, if you can't be with the one you love...

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Response to nolabear (Reply #64)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:50 PM

67. Love the one you're with! 💖

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:40 PM

44. Me Too! NT

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:41 PM

45. Trump and Stephen Miller: "We're going to set traps, many beautiful traps,

so Biden won’t be able to govern, believe me. People are saying that we have set more traps than any administration.”

President Biden: “Hold my beer.”

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Response to Politicub (Reply #45)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:51 PM

91. Wow... Didn't know they said that!!! Was just talking to a friend

about vaccine distribution and how trump HAD to have fucked that up before he left !

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:47 PM

47. After eight years of looking over Obama's shoulder

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Biden realizied that the future of the party lay in taking a more progressive left turn. AOC is actually Nancy's bag lady, saying the things that the "establishment" Democrats can't.


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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:50 PM

48. I was an early supporter of Kamala Harris, and a bit concerned about Joe Biden's age. But after he

won the primary and selected Kamala as his running mate, I was hooked. Still hooked. Big time. I love this team and think it might be one the best Democratic party teams since Obama-Biden!!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:51 PM

49. Agree...100%

He wasn't my first, second or third choice, but I did jump on the Biden Bandwagon as soon as he was our nominee. I did so with all my heart and soul.

I'm so very happy with our President. I haven't been able to say that for four freaking years.
Oh...and my 2nd choice is our VP, so...YAY!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:57 PM

50. Joe wasn't my first choice in the primaries.

But, as the campaign unfolded I began to have more and more respect for his strength, compassion, honesty, and determination.
If these first few weeks have proved anything, it's that he is more than up for the job. After 4 years of Trump, it's great to have someone in the oval office who is as big as the job. He's already shown that he won't take any BS from the Republicans, and that he is willing to do what it takes to fix what Trump broke.
He's a real leader, not a self aggrandizing sociopath who needs to have everything revolve around him like Trump.
Trump released the hell hounds. Joe is sending out the dog wardens.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:59 PM

51. Biden Blitz

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 05:59 PM

52. Experience and hard work matters!

Experience from the top down in his administration! No cronies....none of his children. They all know what to do and they're working everyday!

I realized at lunch time today that I have been able to relax a little more each day because Joe & Kamala are taking care of things!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:00 PM

53. To put it bluntly: were it not Biden we would have lost

Even now, we did not have a “blue wave.” Traditionally the party in power loses seats in the midterm and both Clinton and Obama lost the Democratic House after two years. Only a moderate has any chance of accomplishing anything in two years.

The “AOC leftists” better realise this, unless they want to follow the R’s in CA who in the 90’s “stood on principle” and lost all state offices.

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Response to question everything (Reply #53)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 07:54 PM

74. This

Is what Cylburn and the black voters understood. Pick the candidate that can WIN!

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Response to question everything (Reply #53)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 11:47 AM

111. Never thought about that before because I always had faith in Biden

But I think you are absolutely right.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:00 PM

54. Agreed! Some may remember my "elder statesman" post here.

To recap, Biden wasn't my first choice (that was Kamala, so I'm still very happy!), but I thought about what Joe could offer that none of the other candidates could, & I concluded that he could be an elder statesman figure who represented a return to normalcy, a return to normalcy that many Americans desperately wanted after 4 years of T*.

I believe I was correct in my assessment & I was confident he would do a good job. However, he's blown me away with how quickly he's plowed ahead wiping away the damage caused by T*. I really didn't expect it & it's making me damn happy!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:05 PM

55. my reservations were more about his agility to deal with counter measures.

But he is actually putting opposition on defense. Their history of only doling out help to those who already hoard what they have is a boon to Dems, if they just keep reminding people of their agenda.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:10 PM

56. Right out of the gate: Biden's Keystone executive action shocked me.

He's going right for the heart of darkness - the fossil fuel industry. Yes, I am having a sad/mad today because the Senate f'ed it up, but this does not diminish the importance of Biden's action as an indication of his determination to END the fossil fuel insanity.

He's demanding every agency put the climate crisis on its agenda! With Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary and Haaland as Secretary of the Interior and a huge infrastructure bill on deck - AOC's Green New Deal may be enacted on a faster than she thought possible timetable.

A FIFTY PERCENT reduction in child poverty over a few year's time - that makes me cry with joy. Activists fighting for a reduction in child poverty were hoping to reduce it by one-third over a 10-year period. 50% in less than half of that time frame is jaw-dropping!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:16 PM

58. +1

also from a doubter

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:19 PM

59. He has thrilled me beyond all expectations.

Of course he had me at Kamala because she was my first choice. He might actually turn out to be the best president of my lifetime.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:28 PM

60. Lovely post, Sympthsical.

Biden was not at the top of my list at the beginning of the primaries either, though I never picked a single favorite. I had a feeling he would end up being the top runner though, and eventually was so relieved when he did. It seemed obvious toward the end that he's the one we needed. When he picked Kamala as his running mate, that was when my confidence in Joe locked into place.

It's early days, but so far he's exceeding my wildest dreams. There are going to be bumps along the way, but if he can continue pushing things along with a steady hand, we are all going to be in good shape and the country is going to recover from the trump nightmare.

I definitely had my doubts about Schumer also. Again, so far he is doing very well. Yay!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:32 PM

63. Well said

I couldn't agree more with that. Plus an awesome FLOTUS 😍

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 06:42 PM

66. Indeed he has the right stuff for this job.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 07:02 PM

70. Nicely said

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 07:02 PM

71. Rule Number One: Ignore Republican Pleas for Bipartisanship.

I hate to have to say it, but that's just code speak for Republican sabotage. I'm glad that the Dems have finally figured that one out. Joe Biden has spent a whole half century in American government, and even ran for president a few times before. Now that he's finally gotten his chance, he's not gonna blow it.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 07:13 PM

73. Some people

don't seem to realize that the deep down decency and kindness that Joe has is progressive as hell. That desire to make a country and a world where everyone is able to live a good life with enough to eat, a home of their own and opportunity to see your neighbors and your children thrive is the basis for progressive thought. Joe has always given the right the benefit of the doubt because he is so fair minded and decent, Everyone has seen where that has led us. Conservative ideas are just selfish and hateful. You are either liberal or evil. The rethugs prove it every day.

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Response to MAJones (Reply #73)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 08:25 PM

76. Welcome to DU, MAJones!

Very good point! Actually, several of them.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 08:02 PM

75. I agree with this so hard

I never disliked the guy and I certainly did vote for him in the general as hard as I could, I just wanted someone who I thought had a little more fire in the belly. I was disappointed by some of the concessions Obama made and I was worried Biden would do too much of the same when we really desperately need a fighter more than ever.

I voted for Bernie in the primary. I didn't really think he had a shot - I'm in a late primary state and the writing was already on the wall - but I wanted to show my support for his progressive agenda and signal to Biden that those policies are popular.

I underestimated Biden, and I'm very glad to have been wrong about that.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 08:29 PM

77. Biden and his team are doing a superb job.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:50 PM

79. The GOP is stunned. That's why they have nothing else to say but, "We want to leave the country!"

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:51 PM

80. I feel same way

I absolutely love him being president now and very proud. I feel safe, I love all the things he is doing, and just reading about crib he brought in for his grandson made me smile.

In all the years of Trump with his daughter and kids right near by, did we ever hear of special furniture or spending time with any of his grandchildren? Of course not! Because Trump was all about me me me and doing things to please himself.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:57 PM

82. You are not alone, I am pleasantly surprised and I am 100% with him now

I had my doubts as well, and I think he played it perfectly. I am so happy that he is being the president that we need, and that he understands that republicans, as much as he would have wanted them to work with him, may not do it so he pushes along.

I also believe that his actions of not caving to republicans stupidity and obstruction will eventually bring them to the table, not that I care to tell you the truth, but still would be nice. It is a dream to think that both parties would join forces to make this the country that it can be, but first republicans need to clean up house and get rid of the many imbeciles who represent them.

All I am hoping is for Biden to eventually adopt some of the progressive ideas that we as a country desperately need.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:11 PM

83. Trump and McConnell have completely changed

The political environment with their actions, we should have a nice long honeymoon with a little luck. And yes Biden and the Dems are running on all cylinders like a brand new Porsche.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:22 PM

85. Great post! I'm thrilled with him and the VP. They

represent a fantastic, competent, experienced duo and surrounding team. No doubt that Biden’s experience is propelling all this progress.

I knew I would be happy with Biden’s steady hand, demeanor and experience, but he is exceeding my wildest expectations. His inclusiveness is also very wise —everybody in the pool! I’m just loving it.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:35 PM

86. Joe has me worried with not keeping his promise with the next stimulus check.



I’m still watching.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #86)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:54 PM

93. Minimum wage :(

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:37 PM

87. I agree.

I initially wanted Warren, but Biden later seemed more ideal by me to handle the crisis left by Trump.

Very impressed so far!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:43 PM

88. Me and others like Lake Arenal were for him from the git go

Because he was and is the antithesis of trump - dignified, respectful, and traditional. He also has enormous depth of experience and goodwill among nations - to put the world together again in the shortest period of time. Hardest for trump to run against.

BUT he has, so far, exceeded even those traits to me. He's savvy! And I think even more liberal than Obama. We are lucky to have him at this point in history!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 11:45 PM

89. You have summed it up beautifully!

Even the briefings and Q&As are amazing, now that we have a Press Secretary worthy of the title! MORE than ready. I just love her, too!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:12 AM

95. ME TOO!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:13 AM

96. For the first time in 10 years, my friend, a Bernie or bust, Jill Stein voter...

...said a nice thing about Biden’ policy choice re getting out of Yemen. He always says he cares only about policy and doesn’t give a shit about any lip service, so this is a big deal for him:

“Outstanding policy choice, maybe the hawkish warmongering positions of the Obama and Trump administrations on Yemen that have killed too many, especially women/children and a cholera outbreak over the last several years, can finally come to a halt.”

He followed up with another post about how liberals (read: Democrats) care more about convenience than workers in the context of California’s Prop 22 making gig workers a real thing (he has a point):

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/liberals-choosing-convenience/617934/?fbclid=IwAR2boYC8UsADxEeyEfw8whV3gf8k2G51CdBj9oxPQsh5UciZkPkpowv_wIU

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:27 AM

98. Tandoori Crow isn't too bad...😉 Warren ended up...

being my favorite of a few I liked a lot over time.

Biden - I didn't dislike him... He ended up being good
friends with President Obama whom while I wished was more progressive at times I really admired him in many ways.

And seeing Joe addressing Gold Star families as part of his VP activities- I could see his empathy, compassion.

So deep experience as a Senator, and VP; picking Kamala made me feel pretty good.

But he's really impressed me these past barely 2+ weeks!
And I'm happy about that!

And "Chuck" my Senator has definitely upped his game.👍

In fact does anyone one remember maaaybe last summer or so- Schuemer said something uncharacteristicly sharp (imo - but I think I was glad about it) ?

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 01:45 AM

101. I am right there with you. I was so worried that nothing was going to change.

I am completely surprising by what I have seen so far. Much more progressive that what I thought he would be, and he knows how to get the job done by really talking to the American people. Of course, I know it helped that he got the senate or we would be going nowhere, but it seems like he is going to get through everything he can, while he can. He has definitely learned from the mistakes of letting the Republicans slow things down when he was VP and it looks like he is not going to make the same mistake twice. Go Biden!!!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 02:53 AM

102. I met Joe twice at fundraisers

He is the real deal

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 03:14 AM

103. Even as I voted for him, I had doubts

But man, am I happy to report how wrong I was. Every night I sleep better. Every press conference makes me smile and every single cabinet choice has made me cheer. I am so impressed, so happy, so relieved that I can live my life again. No more of the waking up and wondering WTF IQ45 did while I slept. It's the most sleep I've had in 4 years! I don't even feel depressed anymore. I'm so happy with Joe.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:09 AM

104. I'm not sneaking a sip of Both Cider but he DID get a bit of a raw deal from progressives...

They somehow looked into their krystal balls and just KNEW a Biden Future would be just as, and more than likely, WORSE right-wing than Trump (austerity, racism, wars, etc.).

THEN, they threw in the whole senility thing, which was a huge low blow. Think about this: could a senile frail invalid have whooped DONALD FRIGGIN' TRUMP'S ass in 2 debates (woulda been 3 had the friggin' one not ducked so blatantly)? He's always been a quirky communicator with little filter, we all knew that.

And those cabinet picks and his whole Administration so far... reminds me of an old concept, supposedly from Islam, but maybe in other disciplines: instead of condemning someone for drinking from a filthy glass, you just sit next to them and quietly drink from a clean one, and then the contrast becomes obvious. So, with the new team, starting with Joltin' Jen in the Press Room, they're not wasting time criticizing the last crew so much as just hunkering down and putting their own thing into motion. And, again, the contrast (esp. after 4 years of Bozo's Big Top) is astounding and, like that drink of fresh water, refreshing.

Yeah, Biden wasn't my guy for the primary but in the general EFF YEAH I was going to vote for him, and my hand wasn't anywhere near my nose either.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:20 AM

105. This speaks for me as well. One difference is that I realized after he was our nominee was

Biden was the perfect person for right now. While Biden is too conservative for what I think this country needs to do to attack our root problems of campaign finance reform and the media propaganda, for this moment it is more important to give the country a President that they know is steady, experienced, and centrist. The Republicans get no where in painting him as a radical which is their main attack on our Party. Biden is calm and measured and Americans know him well. He knows the leadership of both Parties very well. He knows how Congress and government really operates and can use his long term relationships to our advantage.

The times call for a President that knows how things are supposed to run. As important is that the rest of the world knows him and will feel reassured that America’s insanity was temporary and that our relationship with our allies can be counted on again.

Lastly, I am not sure we would have won if we had elected someone else that may have liked more for their more liberal policies. I want to be clear, we need to make some big changes in this country to fix some serious institutional problems that are exacerbating the wealth gap, threatening our social safety net, and ruining our environment. Biden will advance these issues as well, just not as far and fast as I would like. A measured approach right now makes more sense and Biden will do that. I can be patient as I believe that is what we need at this moment in time.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:38 AM

106. If "Sleepy Joe" can get this much done during a nap,

then he'll rule the world when he's awake! I love his wisdom that comes from experience, and his patience in dealing with maniq, qrazy republiqans.

I think his Chief of Staff knows what he's doing, too.

As for Schumer, I was a little worried about the control issues, until he assured Rachel Maddow in that interview that it would work out.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:41 AM

107. I always thought he would step up to the job

Watching him give the salute before boarding AF1 last night convinced me that we have a real CinC at last!
His noted empathetic nature can be seen in his actions.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:48 AM

108. I have to admit, I thought he'd be

all conciliatory and "what do you guys want", but he's holding the line and playing out the metaphorical rope for them.

He is willing to bring them along, but they don't get to drive.

I like that. Even with the mixed metaphors!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 11:33 AM

109. Joes one of the good guys. Ive been a fan of his for a long time and never doubed he could...

..lead us out of this mess.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:12 PM

112. I've always liked Joe Bidfen, though he wasn't one of my top 3 choices.

Looking back on our 2020 field of candidates, in a nut shell I can boil my beliefs down to "Bernie Sanders may have stood strongest for the policies that would benefit America most at this juncture in our history, but Joe Biden is the President that America absolutely needs in office today." Though I knew that the platform that Joe Biden ran on during the primaries would be a huge advance for America, I didn't give Biden nearly as much credit as he deserves for what he has shown a strong willingness to fight for. I add my voice to yours, I am "fucking impressed" also, and Joe's firm but steady hand is what our nation desperately needs now.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 12:38 PM

113. Bernie

Been saying to all my Bernie fans in my life that Biden will get more of Bernie’s agenda done than Bernie could have. They’ve all been messaging me the last couple weeks saying I may have been right.

Biden is the right man for the job. His moderate personality is hard to attack even when he’s pushing an incredible progressive agenda.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 01:47 PM

115. I supported Biden mainly because I thought he was the most electable.

I am extremely impressed with what he is doing. I am also greatly relieved.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 01:54 PM

116. I think that declaring himself to be a one term president

has taken restraints from him. He doesn't have to worry about running again, so he doesn't have to act gingerly. i also think that his boldness paves the way for his successor, be it V.P. Harris or whomever.

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Sat Feb 6, 2021, 02:15 PM

117. Pretty sure his 8 yrs with Obama, fighting a losing battle every step against the repugs gave him

a bit of an extra chance to just give it straight back. They have no idea what they're up against now. He knows their tricks, and he knows how things work. I never doubted for one second he'd be taking names and taking action.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 03:05 PM

118. I fully supported Biden after the primaries. That being said,...........

....I am genuinely excited by Biden and even more so by his communication team. We needed the spirit of FDR and it looks like we got it. His full embrace of many progressive issues like the Green New Deal and income inequality as the problem solving imperatives gives me much needed hope. My state went from thoughtful purple to deep red last election. Biden now makes my day.

Biden has assembled a team of problem solvers. Coming together as a country means coalescing around our national ideals, not comprising with crazies. Go Joe!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 04:16 PM

119. This is Biden's final trumpet song...

He is playing this grand symphony for the benefit and enjoyments of the common folk.
I too was concerned that Biden was tuning his instruments for the banker and capitalist classes, at times his politics seemed bent in that direction.

But now Biden's footsteps appear somewhat cautious but very determined,.. unlike his immediate predecessor in the Oval Office ,.. Joe is charting out a course to build a proud legacy with the concern for the common people in mind.

It is early in the game,... but the pages of history will speak far more kindly to Biden, than when mention is made of Trump.

What a refreshing transition of American political power, from all of that - to finally this, with standing of the bloody noses and bruises we suffered along the way.

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