Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Joe Biden Is Just an Idea; Sorry, Joe Biden, You’re Not The Democratic Party, Just Its Facade

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Joe Biden Is Just an Idea:
He’s a suggestion imbued with an infinite number of possibilities. He can be anything you want.
Lost in the blinding gaslighting over Donald Trump’s remarks about white supremacists during the first presidential debate was the fact that Joe Biden proved again that he’s little more than a stand-in propped up by a compliant political press.
Biden was unable to answer even the most rudimentary queries about his beliefs, never mind specifics about policy. Apologies to the Twitter expert class, but opposing Donald Trump is neither a moral doctrine nor a policy agenda.
There is plenty to dislike about the president, but you rarely have to guess where he stands. Biden, on the other hand, says “I am the Democratic Party,” and yet, after a half century in American politics, we have virtually no idea what his presidency would look like.
Biden’s already put a lid on his past, and the press has obliged. The same reporters who will comb over 15 years of Trump’s tax returns have shown zero curiosity in nearly 40 years of Senate papers Biden has buried somewhere in a University of Delaware basement. Then again, there’s not a single significant piece of legislation Biden sponsored in his 36 years in Senate that he still supports, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
Thanks to the media, though, I know more about some flaky QAnon candidate in Georgia than I do about the presidential frontrunner’s foreign-policy positions. Or much else. If Republicans were threatening to destroy the constitutional order by packing the courts and throwing out the legislative filibuster — one that Biden’s mentor Barack Obama once argued was an indispensable tool of a representative democracy — there would be massive pressure on the head of the party to stake out a public position. --->READ MORE HERE
Sorry, Joe Biden, You’re Not The Democratic Party, Just Its Facade:
During Tuesday night’s debate, Biden insisted he was in charge of the Democratic Party, but his evasions tell a different story.
In an exchange about health care during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden declared, “I am the Democratic Party!” He was responding to President Trump’s claim that Democrats want “socialist medicine,” a Trumpian but mostly accurate characterization of where most Democrats are on health care. Biden vehemently denied it, saying he’s not for getting rid of private health insurance.
But beyond the question of health care, Biden’s claim of ownership over the Democratic Party stood out Tuesday night if only because the rest of his performance demonstrated the extent to which it’s not true. In fact, Biden is so afraid of his own party — and so bullied by its dominant left wing — he can’t truthfully answer basic questions about where he stands on major policy issues, not even when asked point-blank on a national stage.
That’s why he refused to answer a simple question about whether he supports packing the Supreme Court and ending the Senate filibuster — a question he has been dodging lately. Instead, Biden awkwardly pivoted to a canned talking point about the importance of voting. When pressed by Trump to answer, Biden shot back bluntly, “I’m not going to answer the question… Will you shut up?” --->READ MORE HERE

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