Joe Biden – The best candidate?

He’s vulnerable to hypocrisy attacks.  It’s a good guess it will do him in – if nominated.  But wasn’t he – even VP under the first black president in US history?  Well, it doesn’t matter!

As I’ve argued before, Biden’s gaffe-prone behavior and his reactionary impulses on a wide range of issues, make him uniquely vulnerable to “gotcha” trolling. That’s where conservatives attack a Democratic politician sorta-kinda from the left, accusing them of racism or sexism or anti-Semitism.

That’s why the Washington Examiner and other conservative publications are so keen on running stories about Biden being sexist or racially insensitive. For conservative audiences, such stories read as, “How dare those Democrats tell me to be ‘politically correct’ when they’re just as bad?!”

But those stories will also reach liberal audiences, causing them to feel demoralized and less excited to vote, give money or volunteer for campaigns. It’s a brilliant strategy, frankly, in that it simultaneously energizes right-wing resentment while stifling progressive hopes.

There’s every reason to think that Biden will be undermined by this strategy going into the November 2020 election, if Democrats are foolish enough to nominate him. He has been relatively cloistered from the press compared to the other candidates, yet he can’t seem to go a week without saying or doing something that feeds into this “hypocrisy” narrative.

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3 thoughts on “Joe Biden – The best candidate?”

  1. Biden is by far the worst presidential candidate the democrats could run for the 2020 bid. America’s electorate is full-on anti-establishment at this point, a fact that was aptly demonstrated when Trump was successfully elected in 2016 and when Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, made it as far as he did in the 2016 run.

    He is an enormous corporate shill and doesn’t care about the plight of the younger generations. Biden is an absolutely unattractive candidate to me and many of my twenty-something peers.

    He’s also recently signaled to the donor class that he is a “safe” candidate and that no harm would come to them or their fortunes if he is elected:

    Former Vice President Joe Biden assured rich donors at a ritzy New York fundraiser that “nothing would fundamentally change” if he is elected.

    Biden told donors at an event at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday evening that he would not “demonize” the rich and promised that “no one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change,” Bloomberg News reported.

    Biden’s assurance to donors in New York came shortly after his appearance at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington on Monday.

    Biden said that poverty was “the one thing that can bring this country down” and listed several new programs to help the poor that he would fund if elected.

    “We have all the money we need to do it,” he said.

    My prediction is simple but dire: if Biden is chosen as the Democratic runner, huge swaths of the millennial and generation X electorate are going to stay home or split their vote for Warren and Sanders, which will result in four more years of Trump.

    Young people are notorious for initiating and waging social and political revolutions throughout history. They have a lot of energy and they are impatient.

    Nothing is as big of a turnoff for young people of prime voting age as a wizened and washed up old politician telling them that their concerns don’t matter or that the continued looting of the country by the rich will not end if he is elected.

    Rightwingers fall in line once they get a strongman in place. They have their strongman. The Left on the other hand just splits, bickers, and then splits again. Already there is a schism rapidly forming between the DNC crowd and the “anti-establishment” wing of the Democratic party.

    If Biden runs, the Left loses in 2020. Fact.

  2. Biden might be doing some inside-thing to appeal to “Joe the Left Wing Bigot” voters. Nah, just kidding. Well, you know what I mean. Not all left-wing voters are overly PC – some are quite “human” – so to speak.

    But these online publications are saying his “white brother” remarks are hurting more than helping.

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