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first_img Top Stories Since divisional realignment in the NFL in 2002, 21 teams have made the jump from finishing last place in their division, to first place the next season.It’s never happened in the NFC West.There have been 128 teams that have had the chance to make the jump from worst to first and only 16% of teams have actually accomplished the feat.The Cardinals hope that a high-volume roster turnover, including a new quarterback, will do the trick. 24 Comments   Share   Related LinksPatrick Peterson’s absence from voluntary OTAs not captain-likeOn 1st day of OTAs, Cardinals’ Kingsbury tight-lipped about offenseCardinals’ Kirk on former college teammate Murray: ‘He’s just electric’Cardinals support Patrick Peterson, other absent vets at voluntary OTAsThe good news for the Cardinals is that at least one team in the NFL has made the worst-to-first jump every season except for 2014.Thirteen of the 21 teams have been out of the NFC.However, another mitigating factor for Arizona is that no team that has taken the No. 1 overall draft pick from the previous offseason and improved that high in the standings. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Andy Isabella, center, works out with teammates during an NFL football organized team activity, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

Democrats need a 2020 candidate who inspires Joe Biden isnt it

first_imgShare on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Max Berger comment Fri 5 Apr 2019 08.48 EDT Last modified on Mon 22 Apr 2019 13.06 EDT Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Opinion This week, at least five women have come forward to accuse Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them in public spaces. (The first was Lucy Flores in a heartfelt article in New York magazine.) In response, Biden put out a two-minute video that didn’t include an apology. Instead, his team put out a “bat signal” to Democratic elites and allies to come forward and defend him. At a moment when working-class women of color are finally getting space in mainstream politics to speak their truth, the Democratic party should be realigning to put their concerns front and center. Throughout his career, Biden has done the opposite. 3:00 Share on Facebook The Democrats will win with a candidate who can speak to the rising America and give us a reason to have hope In 2020, many Democrats are looking for an electable candidate who can defeat Trump. But electability isn’t about moderation; it’s about motivation. The election will not be decided by “swing voters” who are unsure about whether they should vote for Trump or a Democrat. It will be decided by “marginal voters” – people who will vote for Democrats if they’re motivated to vote at all. Democrats need to choose a nominee who gives young people, single women, and people of color a reason to show up. It would be hard for Democrats to find a presidential candidate that’s more out of touch with these voters than Biden.Biden has a lot to apologize for beyond the way he’s treated women. He’s been wrong about almost every major issue over the past 40 years. Instead of apologizing for the ways he’s harmed people over the course of his career, his re-entry into presidential politics has shown how little he’s learned.In an era of #MeToo, there is no reason for Democrats to choose an old white man who does not understand boundaries and has not apologized to the women he has hurt as our presidential nominee. Since entering the race, he adopted the passive voice to offer a non-apology for the way Anita Hill was treated by the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where we served as chairman. He said: “She faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell this was all about. To this day, I regret I couldn’t give her the kind of hearing she deserved. I wish I could have done something.” Support The Guardian In the era of BlackLivesMatter, there is no reason for Democrats to choose a candidate who opposed busing to end school segregation, called the infamous 1994 Crime Bill the “Biden bill” and literally eulogized segregationist Strom Thurmond. Biden’s team attempted to ameliorate his vulnerabilities on race by floating Stacey Abrams as a potential vice presidential candidate – reportedly without checking in with her team, or asking her permission. An adviser to Abrams told Buzzfeed News: “What makes it particularly exploitative is that Biden couldn’t be bothered to endorse Stacey in the gubernatorial primary. Now he wants her to save his a–. That’s some serious entitlement.”In an era of record inequality and rampant anger at the corruption and greed of the ruling class, there is no reason to choose a candidate who sided with credit card companies, big banks and Wall Street against working families. Instead of acknowledging the harms caused by allowing credit card companies to make it harder for people to file for bankruptcy, Biden said: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble. I get in trouble with my party when I say wealthy Americans are just as patriotic as poor folks.”Millennials are projected to be the first generation to earn less than their parents in modern American history. We are stepping into adulthood as the climate is on the brink of catastrophe, mortality rates are on the rise, inequality is at a record high, our democracy is on the ropes, and fascism is on the rise. The Iraq war – which Biden loudly supported as chairman of the foreign relations committee – cost over $4tn dollars, while millions of Americans struggle to survive. And yet, in 2018, Biden said, “The younger generation now tells me how tough things are. Give me a break. No, no, I have no empathy for it. Give me a break.” … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US politics Biden’s chances currently rest on the nostalgia created by standing close to Barack Obama during a time when our politics was less viscerally terrifying. But he represents the worst of the last 40 years of the Democratic party. At a time when working-class women of color like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are putting forth vibrant, visionary, multiracial populism as the voice of the Democratic party, there is no reason to take a big step backwards. We will win with a candidate who can speak to the rising America and give us a reason to have hope. Biden has done nothing to prove he is that candidate.Max Berger is an organizer, consultant and strategist in Brooklyn. He is a co-founder of the Momentum Trainings and IfNotNow Opinion Read more ‘There is no reason to choose a candidate who sided with credit card companies, big banks and Wall Street against working families.’Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Joe Biden Joe Biden Since you’re here… Democrats need a 2020 candidate who inspires. Joe Biden isn’t it Play Video Obama’s deputy represents the worst of the last 40 years of the Democratic party. Let’s look to future and pick someone else Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks popcorn, politics and DIY with Instagram followers – video Topics Shares595595 Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Three more women say Joe Biden’s touching made them uncomfortable Reuse this contentlast_img read more