— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) March 5, 2019
I rode shotgun with Dan during 100 Days of Biden in 2015, no one is more sober in their thinking on Biden. Which makes this the most clearly written piece on former VP’s chances. https://t.co/p7yuFJ0Zml
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) March 3, 2019
And the next day, also in the Washington Post (paper of record for a company town where the monopoly industry is national politics), E.J. Dionne:
The core political challenges facing Democrats are not the rise of those who proudly call themselves democratic socialists and the danger that Republicans will succeed in red-baiting the entire party.
Instead, Democrats face formidable coalition-management problems because they now provide a home to millions of voters (and scores of elected officials) who in earlier times might well have been liberal Republicans.
Democratic leaders — and presidential candidates — must find ways to cope with an alliance that spans not only their own long-standing left and center-left factions but also many moderate voters who despise President Trump but have not been Democrats before…
Finally, ex-Republican Jennifer Rubin, on “The benefits of Joe Biden”:
… In the current field there is a decided lack of gravitas, for lack of a better word. The contenders don’t lack for ideas or for fiery rhetoric, but there is a certain lighter-than-air quality to the case they make for their election…
In short, the current field has been good at identifying the problem — Trump and the middle-class squeeze — but may badly overshoot the mark on solutions and overestimate the degree to which Trump, total gridlock and nonstop fighting in Washington have exhausted the country. The country arguably yearns for normalcy, not for revolution.
That brings us back to Biden, who routinely praises the country in a way that communicates that our problems are manageable. After all, the economy is pretty good now. (It’s not as if it’s 2008, when Barack Obama was able to run against a party on whose watch an economic disaster had occurred.) Biden instills a level of confidence, perhaps aided by years of experience, that he has the tool kit to fix some sizable problems without upheaval…
Biden is not any less committed to universal health care or anti-climate-change measures or raising take-home pay for working-class families than others in the race. What would set him apart is a certain wiliness and a sensibility that voters, even those who oppose his policies, analogize to a pair of comfortable shoes…
In the carnival spirit of overturning conventional wisdom, a Modest Proposal: Joe Biden should run against Trump — as a Republican.
‘Come back to sanity, my GOP friends! You’re better than that malarkey!’
Or even ‘I knew Ronald Reagan. You, Donald Trump, are no Ronald Reagan.’
Yeah, yeah, won’t happen in this fallen world. But wouldn’t you love to see Chris Cillizza and Chuck Todd fall down and swallow their own tongues, as their inadequate circuitry overloaded?