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I like the column but question the premise. What are we supposed to act like? Run around yelling, "Threat to democracy!" Seems people are doing that. But mostly the problem is the solution. What is it? It is far from clear that there is some other Democrat that is a sure bet and so Biden may have the best chance of any Democrat. So what do you do? How stupid would you feel if you pushed Biden aside and then the unknown candidate at that stage loses the election? There's a lot of helplessness and uncertainty.

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Can confirm that none of the normies in my life believe we’re headed for a Trump-Biden rematch.

But, I dunno, I don’t sense the doomerism you describe. Instead, what I detect is fatigue. Things will pick up as the election gets closer, no doubt. But honestly, I just think people are exhausted and burned out by the past decade of politics. This just isn’t going to be 2016 or 2020. That hair-on-fire-energy is gone.

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I firmly believe that if Biden were to change running mates it would give him the edge he needs to beat trump. I voted for trump in 16, voted 3rd party in 20 and will do so again in 24 unless Haley gets the nomination. If Amy Klobuchar or Gavin Newsom were the VP then people would shrug and say "well when Biden dies things will be ok." A Harris presidency is very concerning.

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I would like a revisit to Haley given the changing environment we are in right now. DeSantis’ strategy has been to go all-in on Iowa, but his numbers suggest there is a risk he loses out to Haley in the contest. If he does, it is quite likely he will throw in the towel and we will very much be in a two-person race between Haley and Trump going in NH, Haley’s strongest state.

As we know, success begets success and given Trump’s legal woes, I have a feeling Haley’s chances are likely undercounted at the moment.

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“this is basically Iowa’s punishment for fucking up so badly in 2020 that it took six days to figure out who won. (Even now it’s not entirely clear whether the answer was Pete Buttigieg or Bernie Sanders.)” LMFAO 😅

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What is the conclusion or message of this article? It seems like a rambling, stream-of-consciousness, 3:00am screed.

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But Nate, here's the thing. The Democrats have constructed a no-fail election strategy. Raise enough money to hire ballot harvesters, give out gift cards, then use the media to scare the bejesus out of them, wherein lazy voters who would not turn out for Biden will if someone knocks on their door and gently coaxes them through it, maybe even offering a gift card. So they'll have the ballots long before Election Day. Problem for them is that if this country is stuck with Biden for four more years? That's going to finally collapse the empire. They will deserve everything they have coming. A Trump win would be the best thing for the Democrats and for the country because it would pierce the delusion and everyone could start from scratch and rebuild their parties.

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Speaking to the reality, not the perception, what makes this moment different is that if Republicans win the election, they will have more power than any party has had in this country since the Democrats in 1965. I think that's very underappreciated. They would hold all the levers of power, such that the only checks and balances would be potential internal Republican divisions.

Republicans have made no secret that they plan radical changes for this country. (Project 2025, for instance). That's not some conspiracy; it's public information. But very few voters seem to be aware of it. Democratic campaigns also, at least right now, do not seem to be taking this seriously.

Those are the real stakes. Trump is a distraction. I'm still not sure whether he's boosting Republican chances or holding them back, but the question is whether the election is ever going to be about the Republican agenda, or if it will continue to be hidden in plain sight all the way through to November.

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Completely fwiw, but 2020 was a great year for me actually. Was there anxiety involved at the time? Sure. But my job wasnt at risk, nobody i know well died, i worked from home and got to spend way more time with family and take long walks during middle of the day, etc. Dont write this to rub it in but just to say covid wasn't a traumatic event for everyone and I've yet to see comprehensive surveys on how population divides up on the topic.

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"...2020 was the worst year of most of our lives."

A good question for a poll. As a member of the majority of people who are introverts, a year where I was enabled to avoid needless interaction was rather nice.

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The column fails to mention that the Democrats control most of the voting apparatus in the swing states. Trump will be ahead on election night, but just like in 2020, absentee and mail-in ballots will put Biden over the top. Whether Biden is in a nursing home or not will be irrelevant. There is no way the ruling class of this country allows Trump to return.

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It's really strange that we continue to act like former President Trump isn't an anomaly. That presidents are problematic and imperfect, no matter their party or intentions, is truth. However no president has ever placed themselves before country. Nixon, as an example, might have been delusional enough to think he must win because he knew best for nation, but he still was, despite his self-aggrandizement and dishonesty, working for the nation, at least as he perceived its wellbeing.

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The Democratic "party" is composed of insider consultants competing for influence who are already Team Biden or cannot begin to compete with the faction that controls the White House and outsider media-consumers who have been trained to think any fact that might help Trump (such as Biden's age) is "misinformation". There is no constituency that could push Biden aside even if he were Feinstein-senile.

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I think people just forget how bad Trump is. The media decided a while ago not to give him airtime to bloviate, which I think has led people to forget what a nightmare it is when that guy's face is on your television every minute of every day. Biden, however, is still a massive liability. He seems to be deteriorating almost by the minute, it's actually a sad site.

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"The pandemic, however, was an extremely traumatic shared experience that I’m convinced the world still really hasn’t processed yet. Between the mass death and the massive disruption to the fabric of everyday life, 2020 was the worst year of most of our lives.'"

What is he talking about.? Nobody in my neighborhood has mentioned Covid in the last 12 months.

Instead, they are saying 2021 , 2022 and 2023 inflation, prices and mortgage rates are the worst years of their lives.

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The truth is that Donald Trump is a crazy person with a sane ideology, and Joe Biden is a sane person with a crazy ideology. It's interesting that the Israel and Gaza issue stands out because it's the rare instance where Joe Biden sticks to a logical and traditional ideology, reminiscent of the good old days of the Democratic Party before 'wokeness' took the wheel and drove it off the sanity cliff. On other fronts, like their open borders approach to immigration or championing surgical solutions for confused "trans" kids, or their enthusiastic embrace of reverse racism, it seems the Democrats have gone full-throttle into the realm of the wildly absurd.

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