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Change Versus Experience

Some have pointed out that Joe Biden has the experience needed to be President, and point out his electability. Others have noted that people who vote in Presidential elections tend to want Change versus Experience.

The electorate tends to want something/someone that is new and different over what is tried and true. People want change, and change is what motivates people to vote. This is what Obama got elected on: Hope and Change.

I like Joe Biden, but he is the epitome of an establishment candidate. I don't think that he is new in a way that will excite people beyond dedicated Democrats. He will get the vote of the Democratic base, but can he expand upon that and excite others? I don't know.

Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, are all iconoclastic. Mayor Pete has outside of Washington creds. Bernie has been in Washington for a very long time, but he is the opposite of an establishment candidate. His whole career has been swimming against the tide. There is a reason that Sanders excites so many Millennials. He is progressive, exciting, and different from insider politicians. Warren is wonkish but comes off as an outsider progressive.

So: voters tend to vote for new and different over old and experienced. Joe Biden has certainly paid his dues, but I do not think he will really energize the electorate beyond the Democratic establishment. Your opinion may vary. I am open to discussion.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Wed May 1, 2019, 07:28 PM (113 replies)


I thought I would start a Thread asking DUers opinions about Impeaching Trump. My questions are: should Trump be Impeached, and if so, then according to what timeline?

My feeling is that the House needs to hear directly from Mueller before making an Impeachment decision. I think that Mueller's intent was that since some in the Justice Department hold the view that sitting Presidents can not legally be indicted (a position I do not affirm), then the only remedy for Trump's possible crimes is Impeachment by the Congress. This might be the only way to get at Trump, at least while he remains in office.

I understand Pelosi's caution in regards to Impeachment, as it might not be politically advantageous to do, but I must agree with Senator Warren that this is a moral issue. Since it is not likely that Trump will be charged with anything while in office, it is the responsibility of the Congress to use their oversight powers and meet their constitutional responsibilities by Impeaching Trump.

So, after Mueller appears in Congress, my feeling is that the House should Impeach Trump, subjetc to more info from Mueller.

What do you think? Should we push to have Trump impeached, and what sort of time frame should there be for it, especially in regards to the Primaries and the upcoming election?
Posted by Progressive2020 | Tue Apr 30, 2019, 09:30 PM (7 replies)

Reserving Judgement

I find it a little odd that some people have chosen certain candidates and then switched to another already. I have some favorite candidates and some that I do not like too much, but I am reserving judgement until I see everyone debate and present themselves over time.

It seems to me to be way too early to choose a candidate. So I am sort of saying that Undecided is probably the best thing to be at this moment, not falling in and out of love with any one candidate. It is way too soon to make a selection.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Fri Apr 26, 2019, 02:22 PM (7 replies)


So we have groups here on DU dedicated to each major Democratic Primary Candidate for 2020 (thus far). How about a dedicated Forum for Undecided Folk, where we can go to have positive discussions about Candidates and our decision-making process? Just a thought.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Sun Apr 7, 2019, 09:54 PM (14 replies)
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