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Joe Biden Is 2020 Democrat Frontrunner; Progressives Are Not Happy

Joe Biden Is 2020 Democrat Frontrunner; Progressives Are Not Happy

Biden is “a deeply flawed candidate who’s out of step with the mood of his party”

The 2020 presidential election is a good way off and the pivotal 2018 midterms are this year, but it’s never too early for the regressive left to start griping about the 2020 Democrat frontrunner.   Former Senator (D-DE) and former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democrat voters’ early pick to go up against President Trump.

This is great news for President Trump, but the Democrat base is less than happy that yet another elderly cis gender white male with a penchant for groping women and girls is in the lead in this #MeToo moment.  His being a bit gaffe-prone is apparently not a concern, but his leading role in and continued defense of the 1994 Clinton crime bill contributes to the disgruntled murmurings from the Democrat base.

Earlier this week, Politico reported:

Joe Biden, who leads the Democratic 2020 presidential field in early polls, has all the markings of a front-runner. He possesses a sterling résumé, access to a donor base, name recognition and eight years of loyal service to a president who’s loved by the party base. There’s just one problem: He’s also a deeply flawed candidate who’s out of step with the mood of his party.

As we’ve noted here at LI, the Democratic Party has lunged so far left that it’s all but unrecognizable to many Americans, including traditional Democrat voters.

This leftward lunge is likely to create problems for Biden, should he decide to run.

Politico continues:

The bigger issue is whether there’s a place for him atop the Democratic Party that’s taking shape after the ruinous 2016 election cycle. This new iteration is unsentimental and unforgiving, and Biden has more than a few conspicuous Senate votes that demand a reckoning in the Trump-era Democratic Party.

One of them is the bankruptcy reform bill that he championed for years, until it finally passed in 2005. The political taint from that law—favored by credit card companies because it made it harder for consumers to get debt relief through bankruptcy—shows no sign of subsiding on the left. It surfaced as a thorny issue during Biden’s vetting as Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008, and reappeared nearly a decade later to haunt Hillary Clinton during her 2016 Democratic primary.

. . . .  The 1994 crime bill is another ticking time bomb from Biden’s past. As Obama’s vice president and a key member of an administration that sought to reorient criminal justice policy, Biden was never truly called to account for his leading role in passing a Clinton administration measure that many in the party believe exacerbated an era of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects racial minorities.

But there’s no dodging it in the next Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton was confronted on the 2016 campaign trail by Black Lives Matter activists merely for advocating the crime bill’s passage as first lady. Biden, meanwhile, has proudly referred to it as “the 1994 Biden crime bill.”

One point made in the Politico article is that Biden’s “handi-ness” with women and girls is mitigated by the infamous Access Hollywood recording.

Trump would also provide cover for another often-discussed Biden drawback: the overly familiar mannerisms that seem terribly out of place in the #MeToo era. Next to Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and the litany of sexual misconduct charges levied against the president, Biden’s hands-iness barely registers.

This is short-sighted on the left’s part.  Disciples of Saul Alinsky should know that the rules for radicals include holding their target to the target’s principles, not to those of his opponent.

Ultimately, though, Biden is unlikely to make the cut for the new socialist Democrats.

Salon, a leading progressive outlet, is infuriated by the very idea of a Joe Biden candidacy when there are so many progressive women far more well-versed in SJW rhetoric chomping at the bit to vie for the Democrat nomination.

Predictions that former Vice President Joe Biden will emerge as the party front-runner only enhance the frustrations of many Democratic activists. Despite admiration for Biden’s bona fides and appreciation of his charisma, they object to his political record of support for the now-notorious crime bill passed in 1994 under Bill Clinton, along with his consistently soft approach to issues of economic justice.

The ease and clarity with which Pam Eanes explained the progressive platform should shame any self-proclaimed Democrat who stumbles and sputters when facing policy questions.
“I would like to see the Democratic Party turn their focus back to representing the people,” she said when I asked her about her hope for the future of the party. “Create fair labor laws that pay a living wage. Charge a tax on artificial intelligence and robots. Have big business pay their fair share of taxes. Allow free health care for all. Pay more for education, tech schools and college. Help people pay off college debt. Support the Dreamers, give them a path to citizenship. Raise Social Security pay so seniors can enjoy retirement. Pass laws that protect the environment.”

In just a few sentences, Eanes managed to advance a stronger and more accessible pitch for the Democratic Party than many of its national leaders and consultants can muster after months of campaign strategy meetings.

The Democratic Party civil war has only just begun, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.  Will the leftist wing and most vocal, active members win the day or will establishment types hold on for another election cycle or two?

Meanwhile, President Trump seems unlikely to face a primary challenge from the GOP.  At this time (i.e. before we know what happens in the midterms and whether or not Trump will face impeachment charges from a potential Democrat majority in the House), even CNN argues that a primary challenge against the president is unlikely.

Several Republican lawmakers have said it is too early to answer whether they’ll back President Donald Trump in 2020.

Yet barring some seismic event, Trump will most likely be their only viable choice.
Trump right now is adored by the Republican base. His favorability ratings among Republican voters are up significantly from before the 2016 election. His job approval rating (which is slightly different though tied to his favorability rating) in the latest monthly Gallup numbers is 85% among Republicans. Those numbers are quite strong and not predictive of a primary challenge.

Now, it’s not a perfectly linear relationship between approval ratings and primary difficulty for an incumbent president. The dividing line seems to be a 70% to 75% approval rating within your own party. Those above it do significantly better in primaries than those below it. It seems that when a president has an approval rating above the 70% to 75% line, prominent challengers are more likely to pass on the race.

Trump, of course, is well above the line right now. He actually has a higher approval rating among Republicans than Barack Obama did among Democrats just before the 2012 New Hampshire primary. That’s probably why there aren’t any potential challengers being named who really have too much of a future in the Republican Party.

The only person CNN can envision posing a real challenge to President Trump is . . . failed 2016 presidential candidate, Ohio governor, and outspoken Trump critic, John Kasich (R).  They then point out why Kasich is not a serious threat.

The biggest name is Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kasich could potentially make some hay in New Hampshire, though there’s no reason right now to think he could actually threaten Trump’s chance at the nomination. He only won his home state in 2016 primary season and struggled to win many votes outside of college-educated moderate voters in the northern part of the country.

At this point, I don’t see how a Trump v. Biden matchup is bad for Trump.  Biden’s not going to capture the Democrat base who are invested in pulling the Democratic Party to the left, and he’s going to be an easy target for Republicans.


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The greatest danger to America won’t be whatever personality they push forward to promote their failed and destructive ideology. The greatest danger will be whatever progress they are able to make in dividing Americans.


Biden’s only value is to provide a stalking horse for the exceptionally crazy on the left. Hillary, Bernie, Fauxcahontas and other elderly nincompoops will all fall victim to the younger generation of anti-American socialists.

I actually disagree on whether Trump is going to face a primary challenger.

I am pretty confident one of the ‘principled’ RINOs like Grahamnesty or Kasich are going to try and challenge him.

They’ll be crushed of course, but I feel like somebody IS going to try to challenge him.

YellowGrifterInChief | April 21, 2018 at 6:50 pm

I will make you a sizeable bet that Joe Biden in not the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. The founder of this site can escrow the money.

    I’m not taking that bet. No way. My money is on Liz Warren if the Dems are fairly serious, and Kamala Harris if they’ve gone completely off the rails nuts.

    You live in your mother’s basement. You work part-time at McDonalds.

    To the rest of us here, ‘sizable bet’ means more than a ten dollar wager – unless you mean you’re going to put up your Xbox.

    stevewhitemd in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | April 21, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Now now boys, even a stopped clock like Yellow is right once in a while. He’s correct, Biden won’t be the candidate, and exactly for the reasons stated: he’s deeply flawed and doesn’t represent the party any more.

    Whereas Warren, Harris and Sanders are merely deeply flawed 🙂

    But I could be wrong even on that; at the rate the Democrats are morphing I’m not sure that even Ché Guevara would represent the party by 2020…

    Get specific. How much are you proposing to escrow. If the site founder will not escrow your cover, I will. Yeah, I can make change for a dollar.

Trump would also provide cover for another often-discussed Biden drawback: the overly familiar mannerisms that seem terribly out of place in the #MeToo era. Next to Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and the litany of sexual misconduct charges levied against the president, Biden’s hands-iness barely registers.

Ding ding ding! We have a loser! If they want to fantasize that an earthquake which levels buildings and institutions barely registers, well, OK, but don’t put real money on it.

Biden didn’t just talk about something vaguely related to creepy hands a decade ago, he actually does it, does it constantly, and has been caught on camera in the act. The visuals are deadly. And they’ll make it impossible for the D’rats to try to whip up any sexist animus directed at Trump.


The GOPe has its bob doles, john mccains, george hw bushes – and the fascist democrat left has its joe bidens.

Delicious to see the democrats stuck with the likes of biden and klinton.

Must be polling the geriatric ward of the democrat old folks home.
We’ll have some far left communist run from the dems.

At this point Biden is really the only who has affirmed his desire to run, the others are not saying, so wouldn’t that put him in as front runner being the only one in the race now?

I don’t see him getting the nomination, Obama had him as VP because he was an insurance against impeachment. Biden is a strange man, and on the campaign trail with Obama he was frequently shut up because he made a lot of gaffs, at the top of the ticket it would be a gift to the RNC ads.

At his age, Joe Biden’s biggest challenge would be to live till election day.

Joe Biden reminds of the character that Burt Reynolds played in Boogey Nights. How hard can it be to make a Corvette look ugly? Yeah, put Joe Biden in one.

A friend has a Pomeranian that hates to go outside when it’s raining, snowy or reality is less pleasant than ideal. She named her pooch Pip. I call him O’Biden. At least the pooch has his own fur… but I gotta confess, poor creature hasn’t a tooth in his mouth. Apparently O’Biden and Pomeranians have that in common. But the Pomeranian has learned to improvise and overcome. O’Biden remains as trivial as he was when he had his own teeth.

Were it not for female secret service agents being compelled to deal with Joe’s “manliness”, the ignorant cretin might have no reasonable purpose in life… short of running for a defiled office.

    franker in reply to NotKennedy. | April 21, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I had been chomping at the bit to post disparaging comments about Joe the Creep – he of the Store Bought White as Snow Chompers, Hair Plugs and propensity to expose his sorry body to female SS agents.

    But you did it for me.

    The clown is a total moron who should be shunned.


      Hehe, Ol’ Joe will have us all “back in chains, again”, given a chance.

      He and Senator Markey would make a nice couple but Markey would have to wear the house dress or Joe will pout and then hold press conferences to restore his selfness.

Biden has one great attraction the D’rats may not be able to just blow off. There’s nothing remotely Marxist about him. Bernie, Warren, Harris are not the sort of candidates to attract big donations from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, or Hollywood. So the D’rats may go with Biden simply because they can’t afford to do anything else.

    rabidfox in reply to tom_swift. | April 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t see Soros, Steyer, Bozos, or Zukerberg running away from a Marxist candidate – they’ll figure that they own him or her and thereby have control

Henry Hawkins | April 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

Please, oh please, oh please, let it be Joe.

A 3 letter word: J O B S!

Al Gore isn’t available?

So, Biden’s biggest negatives for the Democrat base are that he’s against crime and in favor of paying one’s debts?

Henry Hawkins | April 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Hillary blew her turn, so I think it’s John Kerry’s turn now.