I accept the critique that I could have done some state by state examples, so I’ll give an example here. I think Trump is primed to lose states like Michigan and Ohio if his polling numbers continue to decline there, which were critical electoral states in his win. I absolutely do not think that a progressive will be defeated, but I don’t care to get in to that as I don’t think either of us will be budging on our positions there. As to the “electability” conversation being important, absolutely! But this early on it’s just designed to shut down critiques of media favored candidates like Joe Biden, and it sort of impedes progress by being outright dismissive. We haven’t even had a debate yet. The electability conversation is sort of irrelevant when you think about it this early on. As for the underestimating point that you made, I agree I probably could have framed it better. what I mean is that while there is a very strong possibility Trump could be beaten in 2020, we still have to remember what he was capable of doing in 2016.

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