At least Dukakis in the tank wasn’t a racial microaggression
It really is astounding—you’ve got Trump barnstorming around the country, killing God knows how many ppl creating COVID clusters right and left, and this guy pandering like a lost jackass w no substance—when he sadly could have been storming the country through IDEAS PPL WANT
Of course I believe Bernie could have mopped the map with Trump, but you don’t have to have been in his camp to believe that Sanders screaming for Medicare For All during a pandemic (DUH) would have been a helluva lot better than whatever TF this is
I mean, is it possible to interpret the Democrats' pro-police, pro-war, pro-Wall Street, anti-universal healthcare, anti-rent relief stance towards Black & Latinx voters—while pandering like THIS—as anything other than utter contempt?
The sad sound of so few claps as Biden came in reminds me of Jeb "please clap" Bush. Incumbents usually win the WH. They've only lost twice in my lifetime (Carter in '80, Bush I in '92).

Just looking at their optics, how could listless Biden beat the hurricane that is Trump?
I mean, I appreciate Biden not creating COVID clusters. But that's why the IDEAS—of which he has no good ones—were so important. Coulda beat Trump w a different vision for a better world in the pandemic. Instead, the Dems have cynically blown it for empty centrism. Shame!
In my next life, immagonna write a poli sci dissertation called "Kinte Cloth and Despacito: How the Democrats Used Empty and Insulting Pandering During an Era of Unprecedented Support for Racial and Economic Justice in Order to Lose the Presidential Election of 2020"
Goodnight, Irene!
What country do people think this is where one candidate is screaming and frothing at the mouth and the other is talking quietly about nothing and the electorate is gonna go with the quiet one saying nothing? Does it sound like America to you, that it would go with the quiet one?
One of the things I’ve found most disappointing (in terms of tactics and substance) is that if Warren or Sanders were running, they’d be out here yelling—to nearly empty halls bc Covid—but yelling louder than Trump abt healthcare & economics which would excite ppl.
Biden and Harris be out here with the quiet centrist whimpering of pandering, with nothing to say to get anyone excited, and so they mumble their mealy message quietly and shamefully—as if they don’t know what they’re up against.

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I don’t understand why Democrats keep citing things that aren’t the rules. The GOP play by the rules & win—ruthlessly and viciously, but they win. The Democrats keep imagining they win in a game w different rules. They also fail to use the rules they could use to win.
There is no popular vote rule!

There is hypocrisy rule!

There is no Senators w more constituents should have more say rule!

The Dems COULD “go low” (govt shutdown, impeachment, whatever) to buy time.

They won’t use these rules & will settle for being losers & whine.
There is *no* hypocrisy rule!
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