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Gail: What part do you think the average American voter would hate? Assault weapons ban? Abortion rights? Tax on the super rich?

Bret: Well, abortion rights are a winning issue for Democrats, thanks to Dobbs’ terrible decision. On the other hand, the tax of billionaires is perhaps unconstitutional and it doesn’t work either, as the super-rich are pretty good at protecting their wealth. And as our own polling masters Nate Cohn pointed out last summerGun control is one of those issues that always seems to be well polled but rarely determines elections.

Gail: One thing Biden’s speech proved was how good a liberal agenda sounds to non-liberals when it’s presented by someone who seems so subdued. People always look down on Biden as a presidential candidate because he reminds them of someone’s talkative caption. Turns out these days, a kind uncle who wants to put a price on drugs is exactly what we’re looking for.

Bret: Our friend Frank Bruni had the best quote on the same point in his book. news last week. “For Donald Trump,” he wrote, “we need noise-cancelling headphones. For Biden, hearing aids.” It is especially acute because the age question will only become more acute for Biden. Some of his clumsiness, such as calling Chuck Schumer the minority leader in the Senate, will be etched in people’s minds.

Um, awkward distinction here, but we should really be talking about Senator John Fetterman.

Gail: We’re sorry to hear that he was briefly hospitalized – and to learn that, for a story by our editorial colleague, Annie Karni, that his long-term physical problems have made it difficult for him to deal with his work. Lesson #1: Joining the US Senate is not the best possible agenda for a man recovering from a serious stroke.

Bret: Obviously we wish him a full recovery….

Gail: Fortunately, the Pennsylvania voters who chose him last year over Mehmet Oz – nearly 5 percentage points – were not so focused on Fetterman’s health. Lesson #2: Today, when it comes to parliamentary elections, the most important issue is simply which party controls which.

Thanks to Pennsylvania, the answer in the Senate this year is Democrats, and even if Fetterman can’t do all of his day-to-day duties as well as he would like, as long as he can show up to vote, he will fulfill their most important task.

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