The theme song of the week is from the show Off The Rack starring Ed Asner.Poll of the week: A new Gallup poll finds that former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 80% favorable rating and 9% unfavorable rating among Democrats. This topped all other current or potential 2020 presidential Democratic candidates.

This is identical to a January Monmouth University poll when Biden scored the same 80% favorable rating and 9% unfavorable rating with Democrats.

What’s the point: Biden has been the polling frontrunner throughout the early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary. Yet, as I’ve noted before, there are many reasons to believe his advantage won’t hold.

One of the biggest potential pitfalls facing Biden is his record. Biden opposed busing to integrate schools in the 1970s, didn’t call witnesses to back up Anita Hill during her testimony at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and voted for the Iraq War.

Not surprisingly, a statistical analysis of his congressional voting record suggests Biden is among the most moderate in the 2020 field.

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