At long last, sir. Have you no decency? In a word, yes.

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There’s no doubt about it, there’s definitely frigging in the rigging. It appears that as these primaries are going on, the more moderate wing of the Democratic party may be exerting a little influence. While a die hard socialist like Bernie Sanders may never waver, Elizabeth Warren seems to have moderated her heath care stance a bit, by coming out for a Medicare for all “option.” That seems to be in opposition to her earlier stated goal of entirely government run healthcare, with no private insurance interference in the market. Maybe she got the memo that her stance was limiting her appeal.

But that is not the reason for this article, just a little news tidbit thrown in for your consideration. The main thrust of this article is what may appear to be a dynamic in the race that is starting to show, but that is not based fundamentally on policy. For this purpose I am going to reference both national as well as early primary state polling.

I’ll be blunt, I’m terribly disappointed in Joe Biden. Even before he got in the race, he was the odds on front runner. But after a balls-to-the-wall online roll out, followed by a door buster announcement rally, the campaign has languished. He has seemed to be lackluster and uninspired, and has struggled with his past record. He has also been gaffe prone, which may have led his campaign to shelter him from too many personal appearances, which is exactly the opposite of what early state primary voters want, they crave the personal attention. Worst of all, his debates have been terrible. I expected a much better showing from Joe Biden, a man I greatly respect.

On the other hand, at least 3 polls show South Bend Mayor Pete Buttieing topping the field in Iowa, outside of the margin of error in two of them. And there is at least one poll that shows him a strong third place in New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary, a week after the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg is the mayor of the third largest city in the state of Indiana, which is not known for being a population giant. And yet he is surging in the early state polls.

Why? There is a plethora of other highly qualified, highly personable, and highly effective campaigners out there, looking to make their mark. But when you look at the polling, you have a man whom many consider to be too “mainstream” for the party’s recent bent leading the national polls, and a young up and comer, with no relative national exposure, half of whose supporters call him “Mayor Pete,” to avoid his last name, surging to the front. What gives.

I have a theory. Pet Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden on one side of a line, and everybody else in the field on the other. Now, look at Biden and Buttigieg, how they look, how they appear, just how they feel. And then do that on the other side. I think you’ll find that when you look at Biden and Buttigieg, you’ll realize that there’s something there, something ephemeral, something you can’t quite put into words, but something that you know is there just as surely as you know exactly where to scratch when it itches. It’s called decency. There’s just something about the two of them that says that they’re decent men. That isn’t to say that all of the other candidates aren’t decent, but these two just seem to exude it naturally.

And that may be about to become important. Because this isn’t just any election, and the winner isn’t going up against just any opponent. After more than three years of the arrogant, self indulgent, blatantly criminal, racist, sexist misogynistic assault of Donald Trump, the majority of the people in this country are worn out. Even moderate Republicans pine for the day of a decent man like Barack Obama. They may have hated him, but at least they didn’t have to cringe with every word that came out of his mouth. Bill Maher put it nicely when he said “I’d give anything for a president who bored my balls off!” Most people just want a president that they don’t have to be embarrassed by.

Don’t get e wrong, policy is still important. But as this primary campaign has gone on, I’ve come to realize that there just really aren’t that many great differences in the candidates policies. That’s why they spend three hours once a month in fighting ceaselessly over the minutiae of their plans and policies. They all agree in principle, it’s just the mechanics of the plans that are different, hard Medicare for all vs a Medicare option notwithstanding of course. As long as people are offered viable solutions, the mechanics of the solutions are not of primary concern.

Every one of these candidates are calm, dedicated, professional, qualified, committed, and Donald Trump isn’t worthy to shine a one of their shoes. But Joe Biden looks like the Grandpa who says “Pull on my finger, kid,” and Pete Buttigieg looks like the kid who did his homework on Friday nights, opens the door for ladies, and carries groceries home for granny. But in a world stomped on and defiled by Trumpenstein, when all other things are basically equal, decency just could be the deciding factor.

To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of  President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clockwork Orange  are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen

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blueman
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Well, I ain’t voting for him in the primary . He is too ‘work across the aisleish’. Hell, he has never even been on an aisle to work across. I heard on Morning Joe this morning (I think) that his support is with old people. What??? And the young people support the old people (Sanders and Warren). I’m old and I just don’t see his appeal. I don’t see the appeal in 2019 Biden, either. Maybe they will get better. But my impression of Warren was formed back when she was facing off against Biden in a Senate hearing. That… Read more »
Nick Sullivan
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There’s only one issue in 2020: Who has the best chance to beat Trump. Nothing else matters. The man is an absolute global catastrophe; we all know it. He CANNOT be allowed another four years. If Joe Biden remains the clear favorite to beat him among our supposedly ‘stellar’ field (three geriatrics, a gay-married mayor (as in: no shot in hell), two egomaniac billionaires and a gaggle of two-percenters) then he has to be the nominee.

anastasjoy
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Everyone but Bernie. Honestly, my perception is that it’s the candidate least like Trump, which means Kamala Harris. I think Biden’s perceived “electability” would evaporate quickly if he were the nominee, although I think he COULD win. Now let’s move and talk about who is the BESt candidate.

michaelscott
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Biden-Trump debates would be entertaining if nothing else.
A pair of sun-downing septuagenarians trying to remember what they came into the room for.

anastasjoy
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I was pretty much not sold on Liz Warren when everyone else was treating her as a savior, but she has really grown and impressed me. I disagree with you about Harris, but I hate arguing nebulae like “sincerity,” “likability” or “authenticity” because I think all those terms are just ways people justify their liking for candidates when they really aren’t sure WHY they like them.

Nick Sullivan
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The desire for a return to normalcy trumps (sorry) the desire for massive change … ridding the world of Trump would BE massive change in and of itself. Biden does represent decency as do all of our candidates but certain of Warren’s positions make a lot of folks uneasy. I think she would lose handily for that reason and others … this being America and all.
Biden with all his deficiencies has certain strengths his detractors can’t see or won’t admit.

Corey
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Murfster…I call you out on this before. M4A is NOT government-run healthcare. Stop that framing.

M4A is insurance.

Healthcare is what you get from a physician.

anastasjoy
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Buttigieg was mayor — and a mediocre, unexceptional mayor — of the FOURTH largest city in Indiana, not the third. Can he beat Trump? Sure, but all of our candidates can, except Bernie Sanders. And yes, there is is just SOMETHING about Joe and Pete you can’t quite put your finger on that makes them more DECENT than the rest of the field. Actually, I CAN put my finger and my whole hand and my whole being on it: they’re white men. They are no more “decent” than Kamala or Liz or Amy or Cory (who just exudes decency) or… Read more »
Nick Sullivan
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All fair points … but to paraphrase Dirtbag Don Rumsfeld, “You go to an election with the electorate you have, not the one you wish you had.” And this one ain’t electing Liz Warren or Kamala Harris. Of course I always add I’ve been way wrong before.

anastasjoy
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It elected Hillary Clinton, despite Russian interference, voter suppression, James Comey and a wildly biased media. It would elect Harris (who I think has a better shot than anyone else in the field) and it would elect Warren. It would likely elect Biden too although personally I think he’s a much weaker candidate. The only one it will not elect is Bernie for reasons that don’t show up in the polls: the attacks by his staff and supporters on voters and activists who support anyone else. They’ve been so haughty and condescending that there’s no way he could mount a… Read more »
p j evans
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Harris isn’t doing well anywhere, including California. But Warren is an excellent candidate, possibly the best we can have next year.

michaelscott
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Warren seems to be listening to consultants since that worked well for Hillary.
Her softening on healthcare has cost her my support, though between her and OJ (Orange Jackass), it isn’t close who I’d vote for.
I saw Biden’s decline coming the day he announced. We’ve all seen the Uncle Joe Show and know the ending.
Mayor Pete is favored in Iowa. And what’s their record for picking winners?
They also chose Chuck Grassley to represent them in the Senate. Just sayin’
I am still strongly behind Bernie.

CYNTHIA FEASTER
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Pete has ZERO=0% support from African Americans and we VOTE. He also has the blood of an innocent African American man onhis hands. NO, he is not like Biden. I’m voting for Biden. I would NEVER EVER vote for fake phony Pete.

Batch
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Mayo’s appeal among AA’s is a big 0 and with our base has no way of winning our nomination. The only reason he’s “polling” in Iowa or NH is because the electorate is majorly white. Once he hits SC it’ll be over for him. Besides he’s too disingenuous. Uncle Joe’s ship has sailed. Warren is flip flopping too much and I don’t think she can beat Trump any more than I believe Bernie can. I’ve been a believer in Kamala Harris from the start. She has the charisma and fortitude to beat Trump and would make mince meat of him… Read more »
lauran
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Biden and Mayor Pete (how do you spell his name?)are both comforting candidates in the mind of several Dems and maybe a few on the edge Indies and Repubs. However, I’m actually older than Biden and lots older than Mayor Pete and have issues on the comfortable part of this Presidential election cycle. One thing that seems missing/misleading in the discussion is on the health insurance issue. Why is it that whenever medicare for all comes up everyone and there dog/cat/goat/horse and chicken says “We refuse to give up our private insurance.” OK, I get that people think, because of… Read more »