Democrats won the 2020 popular vote by 7 million votes, flipped 2 red states, & are proposing popular legislation. Meanwhile, the GOP attempted to stage a coup & has so thoroughly politicized a **virus** that death & disease now correlates w/ partisanship. Who needs saving?
The whole column reads like it was written by the ghost of George Wallace's campaign manager. In actuality, Joe Biden is *right over there* signing anti-discrimination EOs, talking about racism, & proposing some of the most pro-woman legislation in U.S. history. Which is popular!
Further, it's ahistorical to say Biden wasn't progressive on race in 2020. He talked about it all the time! I know a lot of people really, really wanted him to throw Black people under the bus, but he didn't do it. And he won.
A 2020 story that never gets told: Massive protests against racial injustice. Everyone saying, "oh it will be like 1968. Bad for Dems! Biden should bury the issue!" Biden did the opposite. He talked about racism. Selected a WOC as VP. And then he won by 7 million votes.
Now--to be clear--I am concerned about the Democrats' prospects, mostly b/c of immense structural disadvantages (reminder: we haven't lost the popular vote in a presidential election since 2004). But there's very little reason, at this moment, to think the party needs saving.

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