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The Biden campaign won’t like this CNN news article. That’s because it’s reporting the results of some focus groups from several battleground states. Let’s just say that, despite what the polls say, Joe Biden isn’t in the great shape CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the NYTimes want you to believe.

According to the article, Rich Thau, the man who’s moderated the focus groups, wrote “Pollsters are consistently telling us Democratic nominee Joe Biden is far ahead. I’m not looking to pick a fight, as their sample sizes are much larger than mine. That said, as a focus group moderator, I’m hearing strong support for President Donald Trump from a critical sliver of the electorate.”

Then Thau explains his results:

And, each month for the past 17 months, I’ve had a unique window into the Americans largely responsible for giving the president his slim Electoral College victory: so-called “Obama-Trump” swing voters across the upper Midwest.

Our Swing Voter Project has uncovered that many of these people, who live in places such as Canton, Ohio; Davenport, Iowa; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Macomb County, Michigan, prefer Trump over Biden. In fact, 22 of 33 respondents in these four most recent locations feel this way.

And over the first year of the project, from March 2019 through February 2020, more than two-thirds of the “Obama-Trump” voters said they would take Trump over Obama in a hypothetical match-up.

That isn’t good news for the Biden campaign. This is worse news:

Additionally, many of these voters have yet to hear Biden make his case, and some may still be impacted by the economic and health consequences of the pandemic.

CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets have given Biden a pass on campaigning, often saying that his strategy is working. That’s BS. These media outlets aren’t pushing him on this because they’re fully aware that Biden would turn into a puddle the minute he’s asked hard-hitting questions by legitimate reporters. There’s no way Biden can appear on Special Report or Outnumbered Overtime. Bret Baier and Harris Faulkner would be respectful but they wouldn’t let him off the hook like other networks.

Voters understand that these networks are essentially the Propaganda Wing of the DNC. Voters understand that the networks aren’t serious journalists. Notice that CNN and MSNBC haven’t invited Biden on to discuss his unity agreement. They could announce Biden’s appearance on Morning Joe, then invite people to send in their questions via Twitter and Facebook. There’s a reason they haven’t done that. It’s because Biden’s answers would become material for President Trump’s advertising campaign. It’s because Biden’s words would expose him as a Sanders-AOC leftist.

Now that the people see President Trump’s lengthy list of mainstream accomplishments, they can compare his accomplishments with Obama’s trash-talking and his lengthy list of failures, especially on exporting manufacturing jobs to China, intentionally crippling the fossil fuel industry and decimating small towns throughout the Rust Belt and Great Lakes states.

People in Macomb County, MI, get it that President Trump’s economic agenda was restoring communities and rebuilding the middle class. People living there get it that President Obama and the Democrats shipped their jobs to China and Mexico through NAFTA, high taxes and regulations. Then there’s this problem:

Biden isn’t mentally fit to be president. He’s a smiling face with a history of being a nice guy and a moderate Democrat. He isn’t a moderate Democrat anymore. He sold his soul to the devil, aka Bernie and AOC, to become the nominee. He’s now a captive of the hate- and rage-filled left. Anyone that thinks that Biden can frequently forget where he is but still win over voters in swing states is kidding themselves. Couple that with the fact that he’s promising to end fracking. There goes Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

I’ve said for a month that Democrats are touting polling because they know their nominee is a feeble-minded old fart who belongs in a nursing home, not in a presidential debate. Democrats hitched their wagon to Biden because he wasn’t as insane as Bernie and some of the other Democrat hopefuls. Rush put it best when he told Chris Wallace months ago that Biden has the best shot of all the Democrats to defeat Trump before saying that Biden doesn’t have a shot.

Kim Strassel’s Potomac Watch column nails it in terms of the presidential campaign. She wrote “The headlines of late proceed from the premise that Joe Biden is on a glide path to the White House. Stories highlight polls showing President Trump losing key swing states, even GOP strongholds. Texas is in play! Georgia is at risk! Journalists explain that Mr. Biden is banking money, while the Trump campaign’s leadership team is in chaos. They feature congressional race trackers, who rate more Republicans as vulnerable. All that’s left is for Jill Biden to pick the curtains.”

Let’s stop this stupidity this instant. Joe Biden is proposing to destroy the fossil fuel economy but fossil fuel-rich Texas is in play? That’s a joke and then some. This article says it all: “Biden’s liberal climate policies feared by unions in Pennsylvania.”

If Biden’s climate change policies worry union bosses in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by 44,000 votes, what’s the likelihood that Trump’s in danger of losing Texas, which he won by 807,000 votes? Does Trump have an enthusiasm problem in Texas? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Mr. Biden is promising to delete the jobs of millions of Americans—at a time of soaring unemployment. A study by the National Ocean Industries Association finds that a ban on offshore drilling alone would cost 200,000 jobs, damaging regional economies. Mr. Biden would overrun the nation with solar panels, wind turbines and charging stations. Basic consumer choice would disappear for vehicles, dishwashers, even homes. The Justice Department would become a weapon against businessmen who run afoul of fast-changing progressive standards.

That will be a huge issue in battleground states this fall. It won’t be the biggest issue, though. Riots and “Defund the Police” will be the biggest issue. COVID will be important, just not as important as Defund. People have worries about COVID but they’ve learned to live with the risk. They’re frightened about the riots and Defund the Police. Outside elderly neighborhoods, COVID isn’t that big of a worry.

Every neighborhood is threatened by Defund the Police. Either that or they know someone who’s threatened by defunding police departments. Further, Joe Biden is on the wrong side of the Defund issue. Yes, Chris Wallace, Biden did say that he’s for defunding the police:

Hint: redirecting money away from police departments is defunding. It’s just using a different word. The effect is still the same.

The Trump White House used the week to lay out a competing vision. At a UPS facility in Georgia Wednesday, the president announced a “top-to-bottom overhaul” of the federal environmental review process, which stands in the way of nearly every infrastructure project in the country. Transformation of that permitting regime would clear the way for new highways, ports, bridges, pipelines and tunnels. That would create millions of jobs, attract more business to America and make the country more competitive. “Biden wants to massively re-regulate the energy economy,” Mr. Trump said, drawing the contrast. “We want to get things built.”

In other words, President Trump wants to make life better faster. Biden wants to listen to AOC’s and Bernie’s socialist instructions. That’s the fast-track to a lost decade.

We lost a decade of economic growth during the Obama administration. We’d experience worse economic growth during a Biden-Sanders-AOC administration. In fact, we’d likely experience a major recession during a Biden-AOC-Sanders administration.

Saying that Democrats have gone wild with their Biden-Sanders economic plan is understatement. The first topic covered in the Biden-Sanders plan is climate change. It might as well have been written by AOC. It’s that radical:

To reach net-zero emissions as rapidly as possible, Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035 through technology-neutral standards for clean energy and energy efficiency. We will dramatically expand solar and wind energy deployment through community-based and utility-scale systems. Within five years, we will install 500 million solar panels, including eight million solar roofs and community solar energy systems, and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

The first question I’d have is a simple one. Who’s going to pay for this transformation? In the next paragraph, we get the answer:

Democrats believe that any clean energy infrastructure project financed with federal support, including through the tax code, should come with robust wage and labor requirements. We will build a modern electric grid by investing in interstate transmission projects and advanced, 21st century grid technologies to power communities with clean electricity, including federal support to build sustainable and resilient energy grids in rural America and in tribal areas lacking energy infrastructure. We will reduce methane pollution through robust federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, including for the same pipefitters, insulators, and other workers who built the systems in the first place and who know best how to protect our communities from methane pollution.

We the People won’t have a vote on this boondoggle other than this November. The Biden-Bernie brothers will decide since they’re our betters. This is radicalism on steroids:

This means the elimination of fossil fuels. How do you think coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana will feel about that? Also, that’s the end of mining in the United States because they rely on cheap, reliable fossil fuels. The Virginia pipeline has already been cancelled due to uncertainty.

The things I’ve written about were found on the first 3 pages of the Biden-Bernie Unity Document. It’s a 110-page document. I will be going through the rest of the document and posting the highlights over the rest of the week. I suspect this will be a multi-part series.

Ed Morrissey’s post about Pelosi’s Democrats getting nervous about the #DefundThePolice movement highlights something that’s fairly uncommon — an essential program that Democrats won’t invest in. Along with investing in the military, it’s painfully obvious that Democrats don’t put a high priority on keeping people safe. The reason I mention this is because we’re about to get into a debate about whether Democrats intend to defund police department or whether they want to abolish them altogether. It’s a phony argument that Republicans shouldn’t engage in.

The best approach Republicans can take is to propose reforms aimed at strengthening police forces, increasing officer accountability and improving the police forces’ image within minority communities. That can’t happen without buy-in from white officers. That can’t happen until all officers are trained to report officer wrongdoing. Honestly, it’ll take a culture change in some police forces, starting in Minneapolis.

While the conversation is happening in DC, the changes must happen in the communities. While that sounds like a contradictory statement, it isn’t. Opening a debate in DC simply means putting ideas on the table. It doesn’t mean legislation getting written, bills getting passed or presidential signing ceremonies. It’s indisputable that “states are the laboratories for democracy.” In this instance, swap out states, then plug in cities. Why shouldn’t we have a nationwide debate? Think of it as a brainstorming session that everyone’s invited to. What’s more unifying than saying that everyone’s invited?

Lisa Bender likely won’t attend the brainstorming session. She thinks that having the ability to call the police in the middle of the night when a burglar is breaking in is a form of privilege:

Let’s see how willing Democrats are to engage in reforming the police and the unions that protect bad cops. Let’s see if they’re willing to push back against the AOC wing of their party. (I’m betting that they’re too cowardly for that.) Let’s see if Democrats will say that police officers make communities better, knowing that the AOC wing is ready for a revolution over this.

Don’t be surprised if Jacob Frey is defeated, then replaced by Jeremiah Ellison. But I digress. Democrats are fighting a civil war that’s going to get nasty. The establishment isn’t moderate but they play nasty. The question is whether the main battle will happen before the election. That’s what happened in 1968. Will it happen after Trump leaves office in 2025? Clinton didn’t rise until Republicans kept the White House for 3 terms.

Democrats know that they’re in trouble on this. Part of the Democrats want nothing to do with talking about law enforcement whatsoever. The activist wing of the Democratic Party runs the party. That’s why Biden hired AOC to be the co-chair of his advisory committee on climate change. He’s trying to unify a badly divided party.

It isn’t a matter of whether the Democrats will ‘come home’ in November. It’s that Republicans are already united and working on winning over persuadable voters. One of the things that’ll help Republicans win over those voters is the Democrats’ proposal to defund or abolish police departments.

Midwest Joe Biden and Blue Collar Joe Biden are quickly disappearing. In his latest idiot move, Joe Biden announced that he’ll “overturn President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.” While that doesn’t end Biden’s shot at winning Pennsylvania, it’s like to drive down enthusiasm for him in Rust Belt states.

Energy issues are major issues in the Rust Belt. Energy drives manufacturing and manufacturing drives Pennsylvania and Ohio. Salena Zito explains in this article the importance of the phrase Made In America:

On Tuesday, Trump held a Cabinet meeting to discuss measures to cut red tape so that companies could begin either expanding or starting businesses that will begin making more products here a reality and not just a campaign slogan. “The pandemic has shown, once again, the vital importance of economic independence and bringing supply chains back from China and other countries. I probably got elected, one of the primary reasons was that. ‘Make America Great Again,’ ‘America First’, call it whatever you want,” he said.

Nothing says ‘let’s rely on foreign oil’ like shutting down a major pipeline. That’s the equivalent of telling China, Iran and Russia that the Biden administration wants to be held hostage by those tyrant nations. Nothing says negotiating from a position of weakness like cutting manufacturing jobs in your nation.

AOC environmentalism is the pathway to capitulation to the Chinese, Russians and Iran. President Obama once said that “you can’t drill your way to cheaper gas prices.” The past 3 years, President Trump proved him wrong. During this 2012 speech in New Hampshire, President Obama said that “your bull detector is pretty sharp. You know that we can’t just drill our way to cheaper gas prices.”

Actually, my BS detector is pretty sharp and I know that what President Obama said is pure BS. Biden comes from the same socialist school that couldn’t explain the concept of supply vs. demand if his life depended on it. That’s why it isn’t surprising that VP Biden appointed 2 socialists to his climate change advisory board.

Democrats insist that Biden is a moderate. That depends on how you define moderation. If moderation is defined by comparing him to loons like Stacey Abrams, Bernie Sanders or AOC, then Biden is a moderate. If moderation is defined by whether he accepts time-tested capitalist principles that’ve created wealth, then VP Biden isn’t a moderate.

I’d argue that Biden hid his immoderation by trafficking in gaffes and plagiarism. Finally, I’d argue that President Trump has done more to improve the lives of the African-American community than Biden. Biden created the mass incarceration mess with the 1994 crime bill. President Trump fixed that mess when he signed the First Step Act into law. Biden criticizes capitalism for income inequality. The Trump economy had closed the gap on income inequality, often through cheaper energy prices.

Frankly, if President Trump opens both barrels on accomplishments against Biden, the American people will have an easy decision. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a tight race. It just means the decision will be easy for independents.

Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.

Ed Morrissey’s post about Nancy Pelosi’s statements on CNN’s State of the Union is, as always, spot on. Predictably, Pelosi’s statements ignore reality. She’s totally oblivious to reality with regard to the coronavirus. I wrote in this post about what House Democrats didn’t do when the virus was first taking off. Specifically, I focused on the House Homeland Security Committee’s activities.

According to their website, House Democrats held 12 hearings after President Trump’s two-way travel ban with China. Of those 12 hearings, 4 were on the subject of the coronavirus. If Ms. Pelosi wants to talk about people fiddling and people dying, she should look into the mirror.

House Democrats’ first hearing on the coronavirus was on March 4, over a month after President Trump’s China travel ban. Why didn’t House Democrats pay attention sooner? In my opinion, it’s because they were focused on impeaching President Trump. Let the record show that the Democrats’ impeachment didn’t include an article that mentioned a crime, much less a high crime, which is constitutionally required for impeachment.

All that Democrats have to offer is panic itself. Ed opened his post with this paragraph:

Say what? Isn’t this the same woman who held up the coronavirus relief package for days to get Green New Deal funding as part of the rescue? Nancy Pelosi told Jake Tapper yesterday morning that Donald Trump still isn’t taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough, just a few days after Pelosi spent a week back home rather than in Washington dealing with the crisis, only to fly back and derail Senate negotiations for several days in providing a response to it.

It’s impossible to take Pelosi seriously when she’s vacationing in her million-dollar San Francisco mansion for a week while bipartisan Senate working groups are putting things together. At the last minute, Pelosi flew back from vacation and nixed the entire deal, insisting that major parts of AOC’s Green New Deal be included in the emergency coronavirus relief bill. Pelosi also wanted additional protections for sanctuary cities, same-day voting registration and millions of dollars for the arts and the Kennedy Center.

Pelosi fiddled while first responders needed PPEs, ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment. What’s required is a voice of sanity. That voice belongs to Dr. Drew Pinsky. Check it out, then implement his wisdom into your life: