Budowsky: Biden and Warren at POTUS Rubicon

Budowsky: Biden and Warren at POTUS Rubicon
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The two current front-runners for the Democratic nomination, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.), both stand at the Rubicon of being seen by an electoral majority as being appealing or acceptable presidents.

Count me in the “defeat Trump” wing of the Democratic Party, which is now the majority view of American voters. 

The reelection of President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE would make it likely that Republicans maintain control of the Senate, have some chance of regaining control of the House, would doom a packed Supreme Court to becoming a bastion of injustice for a generation, and would award a historic victory for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia's snub of Geneva Convention protocol sets dangerous precedent Trump's aversion to alliances is making the world a more dangerous place Gadhafi's ghost still haunts US policymakers MORE and other foreign dictators and leaders whose active support Trump seeks for his reelection.

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The polling that matters the most are direct match-up polls measuring Trump versus Biden, Trump versus Warren, and Trump versus other Democratic candidates one on one. Today Biden, Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.) are all leading the president. Trump could still eke out a narrow victory, but with support for impeachment rising, there is now the possibility of the Democratic nominee winning a historic landslide — as House Democrats did in 2018 — if they play their cards right.

Words cannot express the danger to democracy of a reelected Trump with a Republican majority in Congress marching in lockstep behind his dark vision of anti-democratic impulses, repeated claims that his major opponents are treasonous, and crony capitalist corruptions that must never again be allowed to dominate American politics and poison American democracy.

Biden needs to convince a majority of Democratic delegates that he will fight for causes and values that Democrats deeply believe in, and that while he will seek national unity and bipartisanship when possible, he will fight like hell against the obstructive partisanship of Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (Ky.) — who began acting to destroy the presidency of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCombatting fake news on social media will take a village Is Trudeau on the verge of a shocking reversal of fortune? Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE even before Obama was inaugurated.

Warren needs to convince an electoral majority of voters that she will govern in a way that lifts the Democratic base but also reaches out to swing voters, moderates, independents and the small but growing minority of Republican voters who, according to a new Washington Post poll, now support the impeachment inquiry.

Biden and Warren should directly and aggressively confront Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE for parading around the world trying to pressure intelligence services of democratic nations to support partisan GOP slanders of Biden or the Russian-promoted lie that Ukraine and not Russia interfered in the 2016 election. They should say that such partisan behavior is a grotesque abuse of the Justice Department and should constitute a firing offense.

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Biden and Warren should directly and aggressively confront Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring White House officials work to tamp down controversies after a tumultuous week MORE for using his department to revive partisan attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision MORE and should state— in speeches from Berlin to Notre Dame University — that America must forever be a leader of the free world and champion of democracy and human rights and must never be an ally, friend or supporter of dictators, human rights abusers and mass murdering tyrants.

Biden and Warren should state — from the Midwestern plains to the heart of Texas to speeches addressing the New York Stock Exchange — why there are recessions, depressions and market crashes far more often under Republican presidents than Democratic presidents. They should drive home the truth that true capitalism creates fair competition in a just society that lifts workers, farmers and consumers which lifts investors and markets far more effectively than crony capitalism and mammoth tax cuts for the super wealthy.

Biden must convince progressives he will fight hard for their values and visions. Warren must convince hundreds of millions of voters that she will give them vastly improved health care through Medicare without involuntarily stripping them of private insurance if they choose to have it. Both stand at the Rubicon of being widely seen as appealing presidents and commanders in chief.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.