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jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.
Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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I mean, I don't have that much skin in the game: I'm (clearly) not American and I don't follow it all that closely. My probably-hot take is, look, they're still at the stage of nominating a candidate for the Democrats, and Biden strikes me a weak candidate with a worrying history of racism and uncomfortable behaviour around women, who only appears to have learned superficially from those mistakes and is still ridiculously gaffe-prone in a way that, to me, implies a mask is slipping rather than it being the random noise of genuine misspeaking.
Not all candidates have to be perfect. I don't think anyone should get #cancelled over one gaffe or even a history of gaffes if they would otherwise be a good progressive candidate---we shouldn't let perfect be the enemy of good---so I could extend critical support if, say, his policies were really good. But he is one of the least progressive, most "establishment" candidates in the running. Trump galvanises his supporters, no-one is going to be galvanised by Biden.
I think are lots of better candidates in the race. Sanders and Warren are easily much better. I can see an argument for critical support for Gabbard even if she is an imperialist. Even some of the problematic meme candidates (#YANGGANG #MARIANNEMINDSET) would be better than than this wholly-pro-establishment kinda-racist kinda-pervy ancient white guy.
While I'm spewing hot vomit all over this thread, Harris is bad. Private prisons and wrongful incarceration is one of the biggest problems in America today and she was an unapologetic part of that system. She is the least likely candidate to do anything meaningful about ICE imo, she has a track record of kicking legal system reform into the long grass and that DONE Act stuff is milquetoast at best.
OrangeRKN wrote:Yes I agree better candidates should be found. The problem I think is with the practical effect things like this have on campaigns and the overall narrative that the floating voters are subjected too. Democratic politicians are made easier prey for republican media when democrat support is criticising them for the same things, and the more important point (of equality and access to education in this case) is forgotten. [...]
I can see this argument once we are properly in the head-to-head part of the election cycle, but surely now Democrats need to be critical of every candidate so that they actually select the best one?