I really want to know from those who support Joe Biden how the latest examples of him living in the past are part of some great electoral strategy. What do you mean living in the past Merlin? Biden not only did another ode to more civil times, but he also bear hugged the economic belief — demonstrated by both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — of not “demonizing” the wealthy.
First up, working with segregationists in the U.S. Senate:
According to the Washington Post, he was riffing on his ability to “bring people together” when he name-dropped the late Sen. James Eastland (D-MS), who believed that black people belonged to an “inferior race.” Biden proudly said that Eastland called him “son” and not “boy.”
And if that was not enough, there was working with the late Senator Talmadge of Georgia:
Biden also cited the late Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-GA), another segregationist who he called “one of the meanest guys I ever knew,” but added that “at least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done.”
Then, on top of these remarks, there Biden telling the rich and powerful that they were not going to suffer any under his presidency.
Former Vice President Joe Biden told a roomful of well-heeled donors on Tuesday night that he would not “demonize” the rich if he’s elected president in the 2020 election. “I need you very badly,” he told the group.
It got worse.
“The truth of the matter is, you all, you all know, you all know in your gut what has to be done. We can disagree in the margins but the truth of the matter is it’s all within our wheelhouse and nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change,” he said.
I emboldened that last part.
This was the attitude of the Obama Administration. Obama told Wall Street that he was all that stood between them and the pitchforks. No Wall Streeter or big banker really suffered after the financial collapse or went to prison. And Trump used that lack of consequences to tie Obama and Hillary Clinton to the “Swamp” and Goldman Sachs.
Yes, it was BS on Trump’s part, but it helped him.
And if I am not mistaken, Obama and Trump promised changes. The change candidates were the ones who won in 2008 and — with Russian help — in 2016. And here Biden is saying that there will be no fundamental change to the wealthy’s standard of living. It is the wealthy’s standard of living that gives them the power to buy candidates and make political changes that benefit themselves.
Biden talks about income inequality as a problem, but income inequality did not happen by accident or by some natural disaster. It was a deliberate shift of resources and income redistribution from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. This was started under Reagan and has continued to today.
I want to know how this is a winning political strategy for Democrats come 2020?