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Don’t Count Joe Biden Out, He’s Still In the Game and It’s High Time We Heed Obama

A few days ago when Pete Buttigieg polled number one in Iowa, it was seen as yet another death knell for Joe Biden. Buttigieg’s showing in Iowa is not that surprising, nor that unexpected, given it’s proximity to Indiana. But let us not forget South Carolina, which is another key state, and from the looks of those stats, Uncle Joe is doing just fine. Chris Cillizza, The Point: Two polls released Monday out of South Carolina tell that story. In a Quinnipiac University poll, Biden is at 33% with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts a distant second at 13%. A University of North Florida poll showed much the same — Biden at 36% with Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont lagging well behind at 10% each. Among black voters in the Quinnipiac poll, Biden took 44% to 10% for Sanders and just 8% for Warren. (South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg received less than 1% of the black vote in South Carolina in the new Q poll. Ouch.) Of the UNF poll, Dr. Michael Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab, said: “Buoyed by his support among African American voters, Biden has an established lead far above the other contenders in South Carolina.” Biden’s lasting strength in South Carolina and with black voters is mirrored in his improving performance in national 2020 polling as well. Biden was in danger of losing his edge over Warren in national 2020 surveys as recently as a few weeks ago. Now? He averages more than 7 points over Warren, according to the polling database maintained by Real Clear Politics. Just last Friday, Barack Obama caught a lot of heat for telling a group of wealthy Democratic donors that it would not be a wise move to be too progressive in the choice of a 2020 candidate. Common Dreams: According to the New York Times, which first reported on Obama’s “too far left” advice: While Mr. Obama did not single out any specific primary candidate or policy proposal, he cautioned that the universe of voters that could support a Democratic candidate—Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans—are not driven by the same views reflected on “certain left-leaning Twitter feeds” or “the activist wing of our party.” “Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality,” Mr. Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” Specifically not mentioned by name but clearly a target of the comments was Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made the phrase “political revolution” central to his 2020 primary campaign. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also running for the nomination, was likely another candidate the former president had in mind as she, along with Sanders, has used her campaign to argue that the U.S. political and economic systems are rigged against working people in favor of the wealthy and corporations—a dynamic that is going to need massive “structural change,” the U.S. senator from Massachusetts says, if it is to be undone. Let me be clear. I think Elizabeth Warren is brilliant. Her ideas certainly resonate with me. But I’m with Obama on this one. I think a return to sane government and getting back the White House is where we have to go. I think Obama is right, we need to caution […]

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