During a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a pitch for bipartisanship, saying he was campaigning “as a proud Democrat,” but would” govern as an American president.” (Oct. 12)
Joe Biden’s career is marked by extreme partisanship and opportunistic policy changes on everything from abortion to fracking to the Green New Deal.
What happens if the unity candidate is actually leading a movement of anger and revenge-minded partisans?
Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, often casts the presidential race as a “battle for the soul of the nation,” which sounds great to a generation of Americans who grew up thinking “The West Wing” television show was closer to reality than “Veep.”
Biden thinks of himself as a modern-day Jed Bartlett, apparently, who can rise above today’s polarized politics and unite the country.
“Today, once again we are a house divided,” Biden said during a recent speech at Gettysburg. “But that, my friend, can no longer be. We are facing too many crises. We have too much work to do. We have too bright a future to leave it shipwrecked on the shoals of anger and hate and division.”
As soaring as this sentiment is, it in no way reflects the kind of politician Biden has been during his 50-year career, nor does it reflect the attitude of the people he leads.
Biden’s changing stripes
Biden is the same guy who once said that Mitt Romney, his and Barack Obama’s opponent in the 2012 election, would put Black Americans “back in chains,” and famously led the vicious “high tech lynching” against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Originalism is whatever it needs to be: Forget C-SPAN, let’s hold a séance. As an originalist, let me give you 3/5 of my mind.
Joe Biden’s entire career has been marked by extreme partisanship and opportunistic policy changes on everything from abortion to fracking to the Green New Deal to you name it.
Biden changes his stripes more than a chameleon in a Skittles factory. And he’s doing it again by claiming the mantle of unity in this election. Today’s Biden is a made-for-media candidacy untested by interactions with his base.
If Biden did interact with his supporters, his message would come face-to-face with anger and hate. Biden won’t acknowledge it, but his campaign and that of his party’s Senate and congressional candidates are fueled (financially and otherwise) by an unhinged Trump resistance with little appetite for rapprochement.
“So, let us brace ourselves. The task is two-fold: the terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box, and then he, and his enablers, and his supporters, and his collaborators, and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs, and Sean Hannitys, and the Mike Pences, and the