George Will: Biden might offer a restful break for weary voters

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  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 30, 2019 10:14 a.m.

    @unrepentant progressive "...mere psychological projection...."

    I don't know what my statement had to do with Trump. Are you under the impression that I voted for him? Or will vote for him? I didn't and won't.

    No, my comment was about Joe Biden. If Joe Biden is considered a moderate voice, it shows his party has gotten way out there. In order to get the nomination, he will need to appeal to that base. I don't see how he gets the nomination and stays electable.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    April 30, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    George Will is making his best attempt to give Joe Biden a path forward. It is a bit of a tortured path, dodging this way, weaving that way.

    If nothing else, Will is honest. As the 77-year old Never Trumper that he is, Will finds in Biden the political equivalent of a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa. Biden excites no one except 77-year old Never Trumpers. And even then, not too much lest it induces a potentially terminal medical event.

    What an appropriate headline—“restful.”

    Will does, however, offer a prescient nugget of truth. Democrats need to give up on the Midwest. It is gone. The future path to victory is through Arizona, Georgia and Texas (and yes, Florida, too).

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 29, 2019 2:24 p.m.

    It doesn't take a college degree, only common sense, to recognize that this comment is mere psychological projection (("He (meaning Biden) will take whatever kooky position his primary voters demand")).

    Trump campaigned as a destroyer of common decency with his insults to anyone who dared criticize him in the most offensive way possible. Kooky!

    Trump campaigned with the promise that a foreign country would pay for our border wall. Kooky!

    Trump assured us he would bring back factories and American jobs. Kooky!

    Trump told us only he alone could "fix" things. Kooky!

    Trump campaigned as if he had no skeletons in his closet. Kooky!

    And the worst part, enough people in a handful of states bought that Kooky Kool-aid.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 29, 2019 12:35 p.m.

    Joe Biden may not be the most charismatic person in the Democrats arsenal to defeat Trump and Trump'ism. However, he does represent a tradition in the Democratic party that seeks to make the lives of the average American a little better.

    I am constantly amused by the comments from Trump's fan club that things are so, so much better with him at the helm. As mentioned by any number of Trump critics, he is merely riding the wave that the previous President set into motion. IMHO, his policies have only made the lives of the already well-off and greedy corporations better than before to the detriment of most of us. The average American will have to pay the costs of these policies and tax reductions for years to come.

    So, Biden may not light off fireworks as does Trump. However, he represents a stability in our country and in this world that Trump seems fundamentally incapable of doing. The country needs Biden or almost any other Democrat to counter Trump's disastrous Presidency.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 29, 2019 10:31 a.m.

    @George Will "Biden's campaign slogan should be: 'How about a president who doesn't make the current one look less loony than he is?'"

    I just have to ask: how is Biden that person? He will take whatever kooky position his primary voters demand.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 29, 2019 9:56 a.m.

    America has been witnessing a spectacular Presidency driven by grandiose but reckless thinking. Americans dive for cover behind the couch with each latest incoherent Trump tirade making headlines that reverberate around the world and tear the country further apart. It's fostering nostalgia for those boring days of the past when Americans can sleep at night with a steady hand at the helm of the ship of state.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    "the economy had improved dramatically under this president"

    Where do you people come up with this stuff?

    Truth, the economy is doing ok..pretty well statistically, but it has not drastically improved in the past two's just not true.

    GDP growth was ok 2.1% in '17 and 2.9% in '18. That's pretty good but not substantially different than the 6 years that preceded it, and not even close to Trump's claim of the best growth in 20 years. Every President prior to the recession saw better growth than Trump, so stop lying.

    Unemployment is at a significant low, but it's also at the end of 8 years of decline that was far more dramatic.

    The stock market is the same. It's good, but stagnant now, and also at the end of 8 years of growth.

    Minority unemployment, is trending in the right direction, but also at the end of 20 years of significant decline.

    Need we go on?

    This is Trump's MO. Lie when you don't have to. It's just his go to position, and you all fall for it every time.

  • Strachan Bountiful, UT
    April 29, 2019 5:43 a.m.

    Mike Richards,

    Monmouth, Politico, and the Hill have the three most recent polls on Realclearpolitics. All show Biden with a lead over Trump.

    Grain of Salt: it’s interesting you should say Trump is like most Americans in his language patterns. He lies many times each day, and the rate of lying is increasing. If that is emblematic of most Americans, we need to repent.

    I guess the amount of lying these days explains Mike Richards’ misstatement about head-to-head polls. He’s being lied to by whatever media source he is accessing.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    April 29, 2019 1:45 a.m.

    "The average American knows one thing of ordinary importance... the economy had improved dramatically under this president."

    2018 was the worst year for the Dow since 2018.

    December 2018 was the worst December since the Great Depression.

    Anyone who can read an XY chart can see that the Dow rose steadily since 2009, then was flat for 2018.

    Anyone who can read an XY chart can also see that unemployment dropped steadily since 2009.

    Trump has spiked our deficit, spiked our debt, alienated our allies, ran up our trade deficit with China to record levels and stained the office with his childish behavior.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 28, 2019 6:53 p.m.

    I don’t know if I would say the economy has dramatically improved and I can’t say it’s because one guy. That is a little to dictator like.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    April 28, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    Has Mr. Will lost his mind? Really, Biden a restful break? Is that the best America has to offer? No wonder Trump is ahead in every head-to-head poll against any Democrat.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    Might offer a Break ? Wishful thinking, Will; don't bet the bank.

  • GrainOfSalt Draper, UT
    April 28, 2019 1:28 p.m.

    I think George Will is speaking more of himself than the average American voter. The main stream media, if which Mr. Will is a part, hates Trump. The average American knows one thing of ordinary importance... the economy had improved dramatically under this president. This president is more like the average American in the language he uses and his style in general, which may be why the media dislikes him so strongly.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 28, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    Seems to be a theme among the columnists this week. Joe does have some middle ground appeal, that's for sure.