Biden’s concern for ‘the soul of this country’ drove his successful campaign.

first_imgBut Mr. Biden also said he felt pulled by a sense of moral duty.“He said, back then, ‘I really am concerned about the soul of this country,’” Mr. Garcetti said.Twenty-one months and a week later, Mr. Biden stands triumphant in a campaign he waged on just those terms: as a patriotic crusade to reclaim the American government from a president he considered a poisonous figure. The language he used in that call with Mr. Garcetti became the watchwords of a candidacy designed to marshal a broad coalition of voters against Mr. Trump and his reactionary politics. On a January evening in 2019, Joseph R. Biden Jr. placed a call to the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a personal friend and political ally who had just announced he would not pursue the Democratic nomination for president.During their conversation, Mr. Garcetti recalled, Mr. Biden did not exactly say he had decided to mount his own campaign. The former vice president confided that if he did run, he expected President Trump to “come after my family” in an “ugly” election.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It was not the most inspirational campaign in recent times, nor the most daring, nor the most agile. The personality cult that had built up around Mr. Trump was absent: There were no prominent reports of Biden supporters branding themselves with “Joe” tattoos and lionizing him in florid murals — or even holding boat parades in his honor. Mr. Biden campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, rather than as an uplifting herald of change. For much of the general election, his candidacy was not an exercise in vigorous creativity, but rather a case study in discipline and restraint.In the end, voters did what Mr. Biden asked of them and not much more: They repudiated Mr. Trump, while offering few other rewards to Mr. Biden’s party. And by a popular vote margin of four million and counting, Americans made Mr. Biden only the third man since the Second World War to topple a duly elected president after just one term. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Syracuse pounds 2 home runs in 9-1 win over Canisius

first_imgSyracuse’s bats came alive Thursday in its 9-1 road victory over Canisius (14-11, 4-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, New York. The eight-run differential was SU’s (15-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) biggest win since its season-opening 10-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 6.After being held scoreless in the first inning, Syracuse scored in each of the remaining four. SU tallied eight hits and two home runs, while Jocelyn Cater pitched a complete game, allowing four hits while striking out eight.After catcher Julie Wambold opened the scoring in the second with a solo shot, third baseman Danielle Chitkowski smacked a grand slam in the third to take a 5-0 lead.In the next inning, shortstop Corinne Ozanne got her first of two RBIs on a run-scoring single. After a Sydney O’Hara walk, second baseman Sammy Fernandez scored on a wild pitch. Left fielder Rachel Burkhardt followed three batters later with a fielder’s choice, scoring pinch runner Kristina Kinsey.Already up 8-0, Ozanne struck again in the fifth with an RBI double. In the bottom of the inning, Cater allowed a run to score on a wild pitch before getting the final outs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse returns home this weekend for a three-game set with ACC foe Pittsburgh (26-14, 6-9). The series opens with a doubleheader at SU Softball Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2015 at 9:44 pmlast_img read more

Damian Lillard denied game-tying basket because of brutal officiating

first_imgThat’s all folks— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) February 8, 2020Lillard’s backcourt mate, CJ McCollum, offered this perspective:Mood 👀— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 8, 2020Other NBA people were incredulous over the officials’ failure:how you miss that call?🤷🏼‍♂️— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 8, 2020That’s ass— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 8, 2020That was supposed to be a damn and 1 for Dame!!!! The refs blew that shit. That’s weak AF.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 8, 2020This article has been updated. Damian Lillard finished with 42 points Friday night. He should have had at least 44, but a missed goaltending call by the officials in the fourth quarter kept that from happening.Worse for Lillard and his Trail Blazers teammates, the no-call kept them from tying the Jazz in the final seconds of regulation. Utah held on to win 117-114. Lillard attempted a layup around Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who blocked the shot after it came off the backboard. That should have been called goaltending, but the crew didn’t see it, and it couldn’t review the play. (A review can only be triggered when goaltending is called on the floor.)Here’s what happened when Dame went to tie the game vs. the Jazz…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020NBA ALL-STARS: Lillard on Team LeBronLillard was, naturally, furious after the game.Damian Lillard was furious after the no-call toward the end of the Blazers’ loss.— ESPN (@espn) February 8, 2020″It’s an easy call. Three referees out there and they don’t call it,” he told reporters.”They cost us a game,” a steamed Lillard added. “We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.” The loss dropped the Blazers (24-29) to 2 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs.”We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.”@Dame_Lillard on the missed goaltending call— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020Portland coach Terry Stotts called the no-call “inexcusable.”Blazers head coach Terry Stotts: “Just a shame that it was decided by an inexcusable missed call… they could have called a goaltending and reviewed it, but they swallowed their whistles.”— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) February 8, 2020Blazers players told reporters that officials told them on the court Gobert’s block “wasn’t even close” to being a goaltend, but crew chief Josh Tiven changed that tune after reviewing video.NBA Referee Josh Tiven comments to a pool reporter after Trail Blazers-Jazz game:— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) February 8, 2020Brian Forte and JB DeRosa were the officials working with Tiven.Portland center Jusuf Nurkic summed up the situation this way:last_img read more