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Tom Rinaldo

The media keeps suggesting there may be hidden Trump voters...

They are hidden all right: in fact they are so hard to see because they are being blocked out by millions of disgruntled former Trump supporters and newly engaged Democratic voters.

Forget worrying about "hidden voters", and look at the masses assembling in plain sight eager to remove Trump from the presidency. Look at grassroots fundraising, look at early and mail voting, look at all the voices screaming at the top of their lungs that this is the most important election of our lives and everyone has to vote!


New Biden Ad: Biden vs Trump through the years

(Joe Biden) "I’ve spent my entire career fighting for the middle class and standing up to the abuse of power. Donald Trump has spent his entire career looking out for himself and abusing his power."


The last debate is the final straw

(Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post) Nothing that occurred during Thursday night’s debate increases the chances we will have to endure four more years of the unhinged, know-nothing narcissistic president. Voters who made it through the 90-minute event saw a sharper, more fact-filled Biden than they have seen in previous performances. Meanwhile, the meandering, mean-spirited president was forced to resort to a flood of lies.


CBS/YouGov Debate Poll

Joe - 54%
Trump - 35%
Tie - 9%

Renew Deal

CNN Poll: Biden won debate 53-39

Poll of debate watchers.
32% Democrat
31% Republican
37% Independent

Favorability rating changes
Before 55%
After 56%

Before 42%
After 41%

Were Biden's attacks on Trump fair?
73% Yes
26% No

50% Yes
49% No


Vox: 4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

(Vox) Winner: Joe Biden. Loser: Donald Trump

During the primary and general election, Biden hasn’t particularly shined on the debate stage. His answers meander and he mixes up words in ways that take the sting out from attack lines. But tonight, Biden was sharper and more on target — allowing his strong qualities, his command over policy and his ability to connect with ordinary Americans, to shine through.

During the first segment about the pandemic, for example, Trump said “we’re learning to live with it.” Biden responded with a possibly rehearsed, but nonetheless devastating response — “he says that we’re learning to live with it, people are learning to die with it.”

He continued needling Trump about his refusal to take responsibility for pandemic policy, provoking the president into the most embarrassing stumble from either candidate in the entire debate: “I take full responsibility. It’s not my fault that it came here. It’s China’s fault.” It’s a line that you can bet will be in anti-Trump attack ad in very short order.

Biden was like this for much of the debate, clever and empathetic and even a little feisty.

Drunken Irishman

CNN Undecideds Focus Group, Post-Debate

9 say Biden won, 2 say draw, 0 say Trump.


Whining Trump posts recording of 60 Minutes interview, apparently thinking it makes him look good

Transcript of the start of the recording:

Stahl: "Are you ready for some tough questions?"
Trump: "You're going to be fair."
Stahl: "I'm going to be fair?"
Trump: "Just be fair."
Stahl: "But last time I remembered you saying to me, 'Bring it on. Bring it on.'"
Trump: "Well, no, I'm not looking for that now, I'm looking for fairness that's all."
Stahl: "You're going to get fairness. But you're okay with some tough questions?"
Trump: "No, I'm not."
Stahl: "You're not okay with tough questions?"
Trump: "Well I want them to be fair. You don't ask Biden tough questions."

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