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Progressives Have Their 2024 Presidential Candidate

It's still 2 years until the next presidential election. However, the Republican horse race has already begun, and the Democrats don't want to get left behind. In particular, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has been having many conversations about whom they will back, and they are quickly coalescing around a white guy in his 80s. It's not Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), though. Nope, it's one Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Ultimately, the progressives are practical folks, and their support for Biden comes down to three things. The first is that he's overseen the enactment of more progressive priorities than any president since the 1960s. Yes, they would like more than Biden has delivered, but sometimes you can't let perfect be the enemy of good. The second is the midterm elections, wherein Biden helped prevent a shellacking. And the third is that they regard both Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) as scary, and don't want to divide the party or do anything that might improve the odds that one of those two men becomes president (or president again).

Obviously, if Biden does not run again, then all bets are off. However, this is a pretty good sign that, at least as of the moment, he's running. The folks in Washington probably have insider information, and progressive leadership wouldn't be talking in this way if they weren't pretty certain of a Biden run. Further, Biden can make a credible case that he's the only one that can hold the Party together in 2024 and can avoid a repeat of Hillary vs. Bernie. (Z)

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