Progressives Aim To Torpedo Biden 2020 Run
“aligning himself with the sorts of candidates that will leave marks on his record and alienate him from the progressive grassroots”
Many political analysts are singling out Joe Biden as the best hope Democrats have for beating Trump in 2020. They point to his supposed connection to working class voters and his gravitas as a former Vice President. Grass roots members of the party, on the other hand, aren’t sold.
The progressive wing of the party, which has been in a quest for dominance in the last few years, sees Biden as part of the establishment, and that’s a problem.
Ryan C. Brooks writes at BuzzFeed:
The Progressives Who Shook Up This Year’s Primaries Are Skeptical Of Joe Biden’s Politics
A cadre of progressive groups and activists that has elevated leftist candidates and helped shift Democratic policy further left in primary elections across the country this year is now questioning the politics of a potential presidential candidate — Joe Biden.
The activists, some frustrated with how the former vice president has weighed in on several primaries this year and others concerned about some of his past policy positions, are in some cases already speaking publicly to warn Biden and other moderate Democrats mulling presidential bids that they’re going to make a potential centrist’s path to the presidency uncomfortable.
Biden has been explicitly mulling a presidential bid since leaving the White House, and he’s patched together the framework for a potential campaign: forming a think tank to tackle domestic policy, going on an extensive cross-country book tour, and stepping in to endorse some establishment candidates over progressive primary challengers in races across the country. The moves have caught the attention of some in progressive circles, who say that Biden’s centrist political outlook is incongruent with the current political moment.
Biden isn’t connecting with the Democratic Socialists, in some cases he is even seen as working against them:
“Establishment Democrats like Joe Biden could be throwing their muscle behind some of these policies, and maybe without the sort of risk they thought they were under before,” Nasim Thompson, the communications director of Justice Democrats explained about Biden endorsing against candidates who support policies like Medicare for All and getting corporate money out of politics. “If this is the path he’s trying to pave and define the field for his own run, then he’s definitely, with his choices, aligning himself with the sorts of candidates that will leave marks on his record and alienate him from the progressive grassroots.”
Justice Democrats, which has helped boost progressive congressional candidates this year, has taken several shots at Biden on social media, labeling him as part of an “establishment” whose work in the midterms is emblematic of what’s “wrong” with the Democratic Party.
But wait! Biden can probably make up the difference by appealing to all those Rust Belt Obama voters who flipped to Trump in 2016, right? Maybe not.
Tammy Bruce writes at the Washington Times:
Haters now call Trump supporters the ‘dregs of society’
Watch out Trump supporters! Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is on the trail and has downgraded you from “deplorables” to the “dregs of society.” It’s the September before an election, and like well-oiled machines, Democratic leadership crawls out of their basement, ready to instill fear, division and loathing into the American electorate. And they hate you even more than they did before.
One would think they would have learned that denigrating the American people is passe, but it’s all they have, and yet they still have to have you rubes, rednecks and deplorables for your vote. But their biggest insult is to their own base whom they believe are so unhinged and lacking of a moral compass, that casting their neighbors as something less than human will inspire them…
“Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden assailed President Trump’s supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that ‘virulent people’ and the ‘dregs of society’ still had a friend in the White House,” The Washington Times reported.
” ‘They’re a small percentage of the American people, virulent people,’ he continued. ‘Some of them the dregs of society. And instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity [and] safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal, literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none.’”
Here’s the video:
Now we're dregs. RT @WiredSources: Joe Biden refers to 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump as "dregs of society" pic.twitter.com/Isk9xiqbtv
— Rob McLean ???? (@RobMcLean22) September 16, 2018
If Biden runs, count on seeing that clip in a Trump campaign ad.
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Biden blew it. Just like Mario Cuomo had a fantastic shot in 1992, and blew it by sitting out the race, Biden’s moment was in 2016, but he decided to stay home and let Hillary take her turn.
Chances like that never come around twice, and his is gone.
To quote some Democrat….. “What difference does it make?”
So Progressives are doing to Biden what Traitor Brown is saying?
FYI: “California Governor Jerry Brown Re: Trump: “Something’s Gotta Happen to This Guy”
—Ace of Spades
Torpedo Biden. No one is better a that than gold ole Joe!!!!
Joe was full of malapropisms when he was 40. At 77 it’s going to be Hilarious. Dole and Reagan were the oldest major party candidates for President at the age of 73.
Plugs Biden is a lecherous old white man. There is no way he’ll get the Dim nomination, although it will be schadefreudalicious to watch him implode on the national stage and get a heaping helping of STFU from his own party. Who knows, maybe Cankles will run again too.
Biden would indeed be a gaffe gold mine, as well as a groping charge gold mine.
Moonbeam McChooChoo should be getting a visit from the Secret Service.
2016, Bo Biden died and that was bith a sad thing for Joe and a golden opportunity.
BOTH not bith
It’s amusing that the “grassroots progressives” can get away without the media calling them what they call themselves: Democratic Socialists. They aren’t organized to help the Democratic Party win. They only care about electing more communists like themselves regardless of who controls Congress. Trump will be running against an outright card-carrying communist in 2020, and maybe even one who openly waves their membership card around like Cortes, Harris, DeLeon, Gillum, and so many others.
By then, Trump may very well have accomplished enough house cleaning (with plenty of credit to Project Veritas) to earn an historic runaway victory. I think the communists are just now peaking. We just have to keep calling them that. Americans may be ambivalent with what “progressive” and “socialist” means but “communist” is still a pejorative for all but a few ignoramii.
Biden represents the kleptocrat wing of the party, in the same company as Hillary, Pelosi, and Obama.
The younger generation are true believers (currently) in the retardation known as socialism. They are still angry at the screw job they got last cycle.
pass the popcorn…
Slow Joe trying to debate Teh Donald?
talk about “must see TV”!
Biden absolutely road-killed Ryan!
He flashed those Big White Store-Bought Chompers at the crowd and Ryan went down in flames!
He babbled and interrupted like the rude retard that he is, and he was allowed to do so by the “moderator”. It was another example of the progs in the press “fixing” a debate for the Dims.
Depends muchly on who the big donors want. The D’rats are pretty faithful about following the smell of money. The DNC will, as before, use the superdelegate system to defeat the “true believer” activists at the nominating convention. If the donors prefer goofy old Joe to some upstart socialist, the Party is likely to get Joe.
I have as little time for Biden as anyone here, but this is just not true. He did not call 63 million Americans the dregs of society, and Rob McLean is a liar for claiming he did. On the contrary, he explicitly referred to “a small percentage of the American people”, and even of them only “some” were the dregs of society. He didn’t specify who these few people were, but it’s pretty obvious from the context, and those people really are virulent and dregs. He’s not wrong to call them that. His slander here consists of accusing Trump of being their friend.
That’s basically been the Dem strategy for two years, to tie Trump to some very nasty people. Trump opened the door to that by deliberately dropping some hints during the campaign that he might be their friend so they should vote for him. I think he overestimated their numbers and influence. But since his election he hasn’t repeated this mistake, and yet the Dems keep pouncing on “dog whistles” everywhere they look.
Some of the dumber Dems may even believe it, but most know well that it isn’t true, and spread it anyway because it makes a good story to work up the gullible low-information voters, just as they’ve done to Reps who never gave any hint of support for those virulent people.
Nothing says gravitas like nuzzling children while their parent is sworn into office at a public ceremony. Yeah thats our Joe Biden.
Joe doesn’t need to be torpedoed, given half a chance, he can do a better job of it himself than they could do to him. He’s too late anyway — as bad as he is, he’s not lunatic, or Bolshevik enough for today’s Democrat Party. Bernie may have another go at it, if they can get him properly embalmed.
Grass roots members of the [Democrat] party, on the other hand, aren’t sold.
This is an understatement of EPIC proportions.
It is not just that the Grass roots memebers are not sold; the grass roots members are in OPEN REBELLION. They will not back Biden at the top of any ticket that doesn’t have a dyed-in-the-wool communist at the Veep Candidate.
Now, I can fully see a Warren-Biden ticket. The question is: Will Biden agree to be a bench-warmer for another 4 to 8 years?
Sorry, Legal Insurrection, you’ve twisted words for effect and headline clickbait. He didn’t call all Trump voters “dregs..” or “virulent.” He said “Some” are that. Well, some are. LI twisted that to present as if he says each and everyone reading here are, just to invite. It’s wrong journalism. I’m only bothering to comment so LI knows there are readers who welcome their coverage of unpopular issues, but still detest this new journalistic divisive wird-twisting. I won’t turn off my critical thinking throughout this election, so please report accurately.
Excuse me it was Tammy Bruce at Washington Times who twisted words, but you quoted her so I guess it’s second-tier word twisting from LI. Apologies.
The Progressives are behaving in ways to make Joe Biden look like a sane, rational choice, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving!