CNN Poll: Harris and Warren rise and Biden slides after first Democratic debates
Politico, Harris allies see sexism and desperation in Biden camp backlash
I am not paid by the word—in fact, I am not paid at all. So I have no reason to spin this out, beyond three very brief, and very fundamental, points.
Point One. Joe Biden is a nice guy, but he is too damn old to be president and too damn old to run for president.
Trust me on this one. Take it from an old guy, but one who is not quite as old as Biden.
Point Two. Joe Biden royally screwed up two prior presidential runs. Children, in a world of great uncertainty, here’s something you can take to the bank: if you screwed it up twice already, you are probably going to screw it up again.
Point Three. Kamala is a brilliant prosecutor and debater. Her debate performance was no fluke. It was no accident. It was no flash in the pan. If you are a brilliant prosecutor and debater, then you are going to filet your next victim the same way you skewered your last opponent. You will do it again. And again. And again.
The Donald is said to be scared of her. That shows that, despite everything, the man has a certain animal cunning, a certain insight for self-protection.
One of my posse asked whether Trump might just skip the presidential debates. I think he will do that very thing.
More Midnight Reading
As I write, we are nigh upon the stroke of midnight. If you are still up and want some sweet dreams, try these two reads.
Rachel Bitecofer, With 16 Months to go, Negative Partisanship Predicts the 2020 Presidential Election
Yes, and according to the author, it also predicts that the Democrats will win 278 electoral votes and the Republicans, 197.
You may be the kind of person who is inclined to scoff at this type of analysis. Do feel free to scoff away, to your heart’s content. But, just for a fun parlor game, read Dr. Bitecofer’s analysis and explain to yourself exactly where you think she’s wrong.
Eugene Robinson, Never Trumpers have a decision to make
Enjoy a good belly laugh, along with Eugene, as he chortles over all those Never Trumpers who have taken to their fainting couches, aghast at the prospect that the Democratic Party might nominate an actual Democrat to run for president.