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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:26 PM

 

Leftward ho! Biden pivots to progressives

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In a bid to assuage skeptical Sanders voters, Biden proposes expanding Medicare and forgiving some student debt. But they're still wary.

By MARC CAPUTO

04/09/2020 05:55 PM EDT

The day after his last opponent dropped out of the presidential race, Joe Biden took the rarest of turns for a Democratic nominee: to the left.

Biden shed any pretense about his need to win over Bernie Sanders voters when he announced a pair of proposals Thursday aimed at assuaging wary progressives: lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60 years old, and forgiving all student debt for low- and middle-income people who attended public colleges and universities, as well as those who attended private Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other institutions that serve minority students.

While unorthodox for a general election nominee, Bidenís decision not to move to the center was both a tacit admission that he has a problem with young and progressive voters, as well as a gamble that he can remain the real centrist in the race against President Donald Trump.

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Reply Leftward ho! Biden pivots to progressives (Original post)
JoeOtterbein Apr 2020 OP
msongs Apr 2020 #1
The Magistrate Apr 2020 #3
HarlanPepper Apr 2020 #8
ibegurpard Apr 2020 #9
brewens Apr 2020 #2
TexasTowelie Apr 2020 #4
Don1 Apr 2020 #5
ibegurpard Apr 2020 #7
betsuni Apr 2020 #10
ibegurpard Apr 2020 #11
Don1 Apr 2020 #6
ismnotwasm Apr 2020 #12

Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:28 PM

1. lol the delusion that nobody except bernie people are progressive dies hard nt

 

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:35 PM

3. That It Does, Ma'am

 

Both these things have been proposed by many, for some time, and even to a greater degree --- dropping Medicare eligibility to fifty-five, for instance. They have been around so long and so widely that no recollection survives to me of when and by whom they were first proposed.

The commentariat seems to determined to maintain its chosen narrative, derived from rigorous readings of tweets on Twitter, that Sanders is pulling the Party to the left. Actually it is quite clear that the energy in the Party today comes from a rank and file which detests Sanders as a wrecker, and that the energy of the election will come from middle of the road types disgusted with the cheap thug Trump. As it did in 2018.





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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:53 PM

8. I say let them think they've won

 

Whatever gets mouths shut and butts to the polls I'm fine with. This isn't going to be a policy-ideas election anyway. it's going to be a referendum on the incompetent incumbent election.

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Response to HarlanPepper (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:54 PM

9. Exactly

 

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:33 PM

2. I'd say with what we're going through, things will be quite a bit different. How many people

 

will be ruined financially by this, if we let it be that way? I don't think we have to. Enough has been looted from us over that last 40 years to cover every dime of this and still leave the 1% fabulously wealthy.

I would say it's really practical to move left right now. there won't be any better time.
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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:37 PM

4. These were already positions favored by Democrats

 

long before Bernie Sanders came on the scene.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:45 PM

5. The left and progressive policies existed before all candidates.

 

Before I was born definitely.

We all stand on the shoulders of giants.

And movements.

Go Democrats!
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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:47 PM

7. If this narrative moves people to accept Biden

 

Who might otherwise be skeptical then who cares. We need all the votes we can get in the states we need to flip. Not just to get Biden elected but to flip the Senate as well.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 06:04 PM

10. It's like Democrats have had squid on the menu forever and someone

 

comes along and talks about how great calamari is, why don't Democrats serve calamari, calamari used to be radical until I talked about it and now it's mainstream. Fine. Call it something else. It's still squid.
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Response to betsuni (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 06:08 PM

11. Whatever works

 

I'm more interested in getting people on board than who was right all along.
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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 05:46 PM

6. These are good policies.

 

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 06:11 PM

12. Jesus.

 

You do you Politico. You do you
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