VIDEO: Residents of The Villages, a large central Florida senior community, show growing support for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket a day after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up pic.twitter.com/OaqNZRGKRc
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 22, 2020
NEW: ActBlue is receiving almost $20 million per day since Harris was announced as Biden's running mate. Before the announcement, ActBlue was processing an average of $8.5 million per day.
— United for the People ???? (@people4kam) August 21, 2020
NEWS: Joe Biden's campaign and the DNC raised $70 million during the convention.
— 122M people watched, including 35M streams. Another 128M views across Biden/convention social
— 1.1 million people texted 30330
— 700K uniques on IWillVotehttps://t.co/iIroALN2LX
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) August 21, 2020
If you want to plan your evenings next week…
NEW: The @DNC is planning to counter-program next week's Republican convention with specific messaging each night
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) August 21, 2020
-Monday: Families in Crisis (Demings)
-Tuesday: Economy in Crisis (Whitmer + Booker)
-Wednesday: Health Care in Crisis (Pelosi)
-Thursday: Country in Crisis (Buttigieg)
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) August 21, 2020
I wrote this about Joe Biden in November 2017, and regretfully wish I had referred to it every time I got distracted by Twitter during the Democratic primary https://t.co/mSHZPcNYHh
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) August 21, 2020
As I and many others have said: Biden wasn’t my first choice this year, or my second, but I always liked him as a person and a Democrat. Given the plethora of choices — and the gravity of the challenge — maybe Good Old Joe Biden was the inevitable, correct choice after all:
… Politics is no longer about what’s in front of you. It’s about what’s on your screen. Alongside Obama and Clinton, Biden has been privy to three national campaigns that celebrated the use of technology and algorithms to target and persuade voters. But Biden is still like that football coach from the movies. He calls you “champ” and tells you to go for it on fourth and goal when every sane person in the crowd says kick the field goal. In other words, he remains a gut guy in a moneyball world. He remains a heart-on-his-sleeve Irish gabber who likes to quote William Butler Yeats, brags about his working relationships with Republicans from the late Strom Thurmond to Mitch McConnell, and isn’t afraid to talk openly, sometimes through tears, about the death and pain that have tainted his personal life. If he decides to run for president in 2020—a hypothetical that his recently published book and subsequent media tour seamlessly invite—Biden will test whether an old-school politician with old-school values can win the presidency in an increasingly young, technology-obsessed America that depressingly seems to prize combat over compromise.
Biden, for his part, seems genuinely conflicted about running, almost as tortured as he was in 2015, when he flirted with the prospect of joining the Democratic primary against Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley. He ultimately backed away, with Obama’s blessing, because the emotional wounds from the untimely death of his son Beau from cancer, the subject of his new book, Promise Me, Dad, were still too fresh. I asked Biden about the idea of running again a few weeks ago, after he delivered a talk about civility and bipartisanship at the University of Delaware alongside Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, who seems likely to mount his own long-shot challenge against Trump in 2020. “I’m just not sure that it’s the appropriate thing for me to do,” Biden told me, haltingly…
What Biden knows but won’t say is that he is, by far, the most obvious vehicle for Democrats hungry to unseat Trump. Blessed by Obama, famous worldwide, and accustomed to the national stage, Biden could step right into a presidential contest with ease—and happily throw a punch at Trump with a grin and a wink before going out for ice cream with some bikers. Biden’s gut may not be there yet, but the data supports him. Among all Americans, Biden has a favorable rating of around 55 percent, about as good as it gets in our polarized times—especially for a politician known to pretty much every breathing American voter. Among Democrats, his numbers are golden: 74 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of him, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll from this summer, far outpacing other names in the 2020 conversation like Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. No matter what he’s telling interviewers on his current book tour, Biden aides say privately that he’s paying close attention to how his possible rivals are approaching this unsettling political moment…
But if he runs, Biden will rely on what’s gotten him this far in life: an enduring conviction that personality and values are the only things that matter in politics. That a good story wins the day, that a certain set of ideals tether us together as Americans, and that above all else, character counts. The next year will likely determine whether that is woefully naive or the best message imaginable to defang Trump.