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 BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules Don't assume Iran will be behind the next big cyber attack Vladimir Putin will not be president for life but he is sure to have power 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 SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' 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 McConnellTrump admin releases trove of documents on Ukrainian military aid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions What to watch for on Day 2 of Senate impeachment trial MORE (Ky.) — who began acting to destroy the presidency of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo 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 BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Barr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial 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 PompeoTrump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE for using his department to revive partisan attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders 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.