Biden Campaign Raised $7.1 Million Last Quater

$71 million

“President Joe Biden, the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising committees brought in more than $71 million combined in this year’s third quarter,” Politico reports. “It’s a large, though not record-breaking, amount that has allowed Biden to launch a major TV and digital advertising campaign earlier than past presidents’ reelection efforts.”

Ask Dr. Democrat: When are Biden’s Poll Numbers Going to Improve?

Dear Dr. Democrat,

When/if do you expect President Biden’s approval numbers to exceed 43? Do you think there will be a sudden turn or a gradual one? I guess I’m wondering how you see it playing out since my understanding is that you think Biden will win.

Just Curious in Jacksonville

Dear Curious:

Let’s hope Joe Biden gets a rally-round-the-flag effect from the current international crisis in the Middle East very soon. Bibi Netanyahu sure hasn’t.

Biden’s polling will turn around by the time primary voting starts early next year, if not sooner. We’re having a shadow Democratic primary right now: It’s Biden versus an unknown youthful godlike figure, and the godlike figure is winning. The problem is, he or she is not real. Just like what happened at the end of the primaries in 2020, Biden will be a better choice than an imaginary candidate who never materializes.

Just as importantly, the GOP nominee will be against reproductive freedom, gun sense and climate initiatives — all of which was polling above 60% the last time I checked. Not to mention educational freedom, voting rights, LGBT rights, etc., etc. In other words, a very toxic running very far from mainstream voters.

It’s not going to be easy. It never is. A lot of our coalitions are uneasy and unhappy, as they always are. But every GOP candidate who’s polling around 2% is telling us that he or she is a threat to democracy and opposes all those things our side believes to be essential.

When that threat materializes next year, it will be very motivating indeed.

Why 2024 Isn’t 2016

52 million

Celinda Lake and Mac Heller: “Every year, about 4 million Americans turn 18 and gain the right to vote. In the eight years between the 2016 and 2024 elections, that’s 32 million new eligible voters. … Also every year, 2½ million older Americans die. So in the same eight years, that’s as many as 20 million fewer older voters. … Which means that between Trump’s election in 2016 and the 2024 election, the number of Gen Z (born in the late 1990s and early 2010s) voters will have advanced by a net 52 million against older people. That’s about 20 percent of the total 2020 eligible electorate of 258 million Americans. … And unlike previous generations, Gen Z votes.”

Trump’s Base Shrinks; Dem’s Base Grows

-2.1 million versus +13.3 million

Thomas Edsall: “One of the most significant developments in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election has emerged largely under the radar. From 2016 to 2022, the number of white people without college degrees — the core of Donald Trump’s support — has fallen by 2.1 million. Over the same period, the number of white people who have graduated from college — an increasingly Democratic constituency — has grown by 13.3 million.”

Comer Admits Biden Investigation Supports Trump’s Campaign

“You look at the polling, and right now Donald Trump is 7 points ahead of Joe Biden and trending upward, Joe Biden’s trending downward. And I believe that the media is looking around, scratching their head, and they’re realizing that the American people are keeping up with our investigation.”

— “Rep. James Comer (R-KY) on Monday inadvertently implied that House Republicans’ high-profile investigation into President Joe Biden’s family members and their finances is actually about helping Donald Trump win the presidency in 2024,” the HuffPost reports.

The DeSantis Appeal

“If critics see DeSantis as a would-be authoritarian, allies see a conservative who gets things done. Many predicted that his hard-charging first term in office would provoke a backlash. Instead the opposite occurred. While Republicans across the country struggled last November, DeSantis romped to a 19-point re-election victory, the biggest win for a Florida governor in decades. What was once America’s paradigmatic swing state now pulsates bright red. For the first time in modern history, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats. The people of Florida seem to like the steady hand—even if it’s an iron fist. … To fans, DeSantis’ success proves that a pugilistic, big-government conservatism that promises ruthless competence instead of Trumpian chaos can win broad support, including a growing share of working-class and minority voters.”

Molly Ball