Joe Biden’s Delusion Would Cost Democrats in 2020.
His bizarre desire to appeal to Republicans could have far reaching implications if he gets the nomination.
With the democratic primary less than two months away from the Iowa caucus, the field of viable contenders has narrowed considerably. While there are still a large number of candidates, there seem to be four candidates that have certainly pulled away from the rest of the crowded field. Admittedly, there is one frontrunner in particular who I had not expected to be polling as well as he is at this point in the process.
Out of all the candidates in the race, I can’t help but feeling that for a wide variety of reasons former Vice President Joe Biden has no business running. The most unfortunate, blatantly obvious and disconcerting of those reasons would have to be his inability to even get a sentence out, but of course the words he manages to get out don’t exactly help his cause either.
Recently, Joe Biden added to the long list of ridiculous, frustrating statements with perhaps the most ridiculous and frustrating one of all.
Matt Stieb of the New York Magazine wrote:
“…Biden shared his worry that the Republican Party could suffer too great a loss in 2020, wondering what would happen if the GOP got “clobbered” in November and Democrats were able to genuinely wield power for the first time in a decade.
“I’m really worried that no party should have too much power,” he told a crowd in Decorah, according to BuzzFeed News. “You need a countervailing force.” That idea is a hallmark of independent voters splitting their ticket in pursuit of so-called checks and balances on the party in power.
…Despite this foretold reckoning, he added that he did not expect Republican voters to come to “some great epiphany” — although he said in November that he expected that “a number of my colleagues have an epiphany” after Trump leaves the White House. For all those GOP voters who would not see the blue light, he offered some interesting advice: “If you hear people on the rope line saying, ‘I’m a Republican,’ I say, ‘Stay a Republican.’ Vote for me but stay a Republican, because we need a Republican Party.”
Aside from the fact that Mr. Biden is either willfully ignorant or in denial of what the Republican Party has become, the gross selfishness of what he’s conveying with these statements is astonishing.
Vote for me as President of course, and give me the power I’ve wanted for decades, but go ahead and keep voting for the other Republicans on the ticket because gosh darn it, we need them.
To be fair, a Democrat like Joe Biden actually does need Republicans. Republicans serve as a convenient excuse for them to avoid actually doing what their constituents put them there to do. Medicare for All, free college, ending the wars…so long as Republicans hold power, Democrats can sit there and tell us that they’d never allow any of it. Much easier, I would imagine, than actually serving the best interests of the American people and fighting for the policies that would actually benefit them rather than the donor class.
Let’s be clear: should Joe Biden get the democratic nomination, this is the kind of delusion, narcissism, and corporate rot that has corrupted the Democratic Party and it will cost them any gains they have made over the past few years. If we’ve learned anything since the days of Obama, it should be that Democrats do not win when they capitulate. Joe Biden’s attempts to appear to be the reasonable one only make him look foolish, and that foolishness could have far-reaching implications if he succeeds in getting the nomination.
We are still living through the consequences of poor democratic strategy in 2016. Much like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden would rather make a desperate attempt to appeal to the Republicans than the democratic base, and we saw how that turned out last time. It should go without saying that telling the American people that we need the Republican Party should be the very last thing any one looking to win over democratic voters would say. And yet here we are, with a Democratic frontrunner who knows of the Republican antics and obstruction more than most, telling us that we shouldn’t hope for too strong of a victory against them.
Joe Biden’s statement isn’t just ridiculous. It’s indicative of a vision that’s guaranteed to cause the Democrats to lose.
Any American with any hopes of voting Donald Trump out of office in 2020 should be deeply worried about the prospects of Joe Biden as the nominee. This bizarre, fruitless attempt to appeal to the members of a political party that isn’t even yours serves as yet another disappointing reminder of exactly what type of leader Joe Biden would be (if he could even beat Trump).
Republicans may have treated Obama poorly, but we can almost guarantee that they would roll over Joe Biden with everything they have, and at the end of it all he would probably say thank you. At a time when so many Americans are vehemently opposed to everything that the Republican Party represents, leave it to Mr. Biden to do his part in rehabilitating their image.