Only Biden and Sanders beat Trump in head to head polls.
Electability. You can have the best platform and positions in the country. However, if you haven't a prayer of getting elected, the quality of your platform and positions may be at least a somewhat moot point. IMO, they would not be totally wasted: They can influence the national conversation, aspirations of voters, etc. I believe that Sanders' 2016 positions did that. But, a great platform and great positions plus "electability" should be a dynamite trifecta, no?
The good news is that a recent poll shows that both Biden and Sanders--and only Biden and Sanders--beat Trump in head to head polls. That is, count 'em, folks, only two candidates out of an original field of almost thirty Democratic
delusionals Presidential hopefuls. So, for once, I almost agree with the polls. (I differ with this poll in that I do not believe that Biden will defeat Trump. Then again, as I've been fond of saying since firedoglake.com was firedogpup.com, the purpose of polls this far out is to shape public opinion, not to measure it.)
Booker took a shot at the notion of electability at a separate campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday.
“Can’t we have bigger aspirations than that?” he asked. “Beating Donald Trump is the floor, not the ceiling.”
Said one of the many Democratic hopefuls who could not even make it to the level of what he himself was characterizing as "the floor."
The article from which I learned about this poll begins with a huge, triumphant pic of Joe Biden and Jill Biden and contains quotes from Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Cory Booker, but not from Sanders. Gee, if only two Democrats out of almost thirty poll as electable, by all means, let's not quote all both of them! Better to quote a spouse and a below floor level hopeful.
The Onion recently parodied--but not by much--Jill Biden's statements about her husband's candidacy. Onion headline: Jill Biden Urges Democratic Voters To Ignore Which Candidates Are Mentally Sharp Enough To Finish Complete Sentences For Good Of Party. For some of Jill Biden's recent real life remarks, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_vluVauvs4&t=0s ; https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/19/politics/jill-biden-joe-biden-beat-donald... and the article that is the basis for this essay, https://www.courthousenews.com/poll-only-biden-sanders-can-beat-trump-in...
For his part, Joe Biden continues to say things that give people pause about things like racism and dementia. The most recent example of the latter is Biden's "recalling" the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy--in the late 1970s. For a Democrat to forget 1968, the actual year of those assassinations and of the--I would have thought--unforgettable 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.... I have no words. (If you listen to the video, remember that Biden's first wife died in 1972 and he married Jill in 1977.)
BTW, a search, admittedly a quick one, yielded only right wing sources for Biden's exchanging the "late 1970s" for 1968. Can you just imagine if it had been Sanders making comments that reflected racial stereotyping or that indicated a slipping memory? Or, heaven forfend, making inappropriate comments about kids and groping kids and women? How they are even in the same universe when it comes to electability is beyond me.