Dear Joe Biden, Republicans Aren’t Your Friends.
Whether it’s the Lincoln Project or John Kasich, it isn’t about “unity”. They’re using him.
While there are a number of reasons for frustration towards the Democratic party, personally I find their relentless desire for “unity” with Republicans to be among the most problematic. The recent news that Joe Biden is vetting a number of Republicans to serve in his administration is as unsurprising as it is troubling, and for a number of reasons that are far bigger than just Joe Biden and his administration. As I have addressed before, among the most important and consequential names among those Republicans being thoroughly vetted and considered is John Kasich.
To be clear, Kasich doesn’t stand out in my mind because he is any worse than his fellow Republicans, but rather because of the his recent role in the broader context of recent American politics.
John Kasich ran for President in 2016 and beat out the vast majority of the other people he happened to share the debate stage with, finishing only behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Has the Biden team — entirely aware of the fact that Biden will probably not be running for re-election — even paused to consider the fact that Kasich might only be interested in a position to amplify his national profile because he has every intention of running against whichever Democrat hopes to take Biden’s place?
Of course, it doesn’t end with John Kasich. At this point it should be abundantly clear that the Lincoln Project is no friend of the left, regardless of how much they might not like Donald Trump.
As hard as it might be for some who have become so transfixed by the current occupant of the White House to believe, there are a number of old school Republicans from the George Bush days who have used these past four years to determine the best ways to stay relevant. The Lincoln Project — while they might lambast Trump’s bravado and put out some ads that the liberals enjoy — really aren’t persuading many Republican base voters to turn against Trump, but rather make themselves palatable to the country’s moderate liberals. They’re not putting out their ads purely because they want Trump out of office. The goal, of course, is to use them to curry favor with the Biden administration, and use the millions they used to defeat the President as leverage to get a seat at his table. A seat — it’s worth noting — that he would never offer to a Progressive or leftist.
At what point is Biden going to realize that the Republican party is not his friend? They are not interested in his platitudes of unity over division, or “winning the battle for the soul of the nation”. All they are interested in is using him and the power they have over him in order to further the same detrimental, typical right wing agenda that has already done an untold amount of damage on the nation. Why is it that Biden is willing to embrace these people with open arms, but privately tells his donors behind closed doors that the supposed “task forces” intended to appease the left — who just wants people to have healthcare and a habitable cabinet — were essentially not going to carry any weight in his administration?
It should go without saying that I understand the threat posed by Donald Trump, and this election has ultimately boiled down to who we would rather fight whether we like it or not. But I can’t help wishing I had faith in the idea that Joe Biden’s administration was going to do anything meaningful to prevent a more intelligent, better organized, competent fascist from seizing power eight, or even just four years down the line. I’m tired of the Democratic party being used as just another, even cheaper bought tool to further the corporate agenda that has robbed the American people for decades.
While I won’t be looking forward to Biden and his administration full of Republicans, at least the 2020 election will finally be over with and the left will have time to organize more effectively, finding candidates to run at all levels of the government up and down the ballot. As I have addressed countless times before, we do not have the luxury of a Republican-lite leadership in which nothing will fundamentally change. We can, and we must do better.