The last week or so ending in Super Tuesday demonstrated one of the most profound reversals of fortunes in recent American politics. Coming out of Bernie Sanders’ victory in Nevada, Joe Biden’s campaign was considered something out of The Walking Dead. Then Biden won South Carolina convincingly. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden. Finally, Biden won a slew of states on Super Tuesday, becoming the proclaimed front runner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Red State, however, provides a reality check for Old Uncle Joe. He is still the same guy who is prone to gaffes, who, in the opinion of many observers of the political scene, seems to be suffering from the early stages of dementia.
“If you oppose Trump because you feel like he’s not up to the job, there’s absolutely no excuse for getting excited about Biden and feeling like we’ve saved the country because he’s the other choice now. This is a man who can barely remember where he’s at on any given day, and that’s not an exaggeration. He slurs his words constantly (no, it’s not a stutter) and mixes up issues, not from ignorance, but from an ability to process what he’s trying to say”
Red State also notes that Biden cannot be considered a “moderate” on policy, except in comparison to Bernie Sanders’ out and out communism. True Biden is less extreme than Bernie on health care. But the former vice president has praised the Green New Deal and is even more extreme than the senator from Vermont on the 2nd Amendment. He has also been wrong about virtually every foreign policy question in the past 40 years.
The combination of a far-left agenda and obvious mental decline will prove to be toxic to voters, pundits suggest, should Biden be nominated and go on to face President Trump in the general election.
The Democrats have another problem concerning their two main candidates, Biden and Sanders. According to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, supporters of the two men come from completely different cultural universes.
“Some small indicators: Biden rallies often begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s a brief ritual that seems so basic it might not stand out in anyone’s memory. But it’s not done at Sanders events. Why? When some of Sanders’s supporters say they want a revolution, they really mean it.”
Biden supporters tend to be more patriotic than Bernie bros. Biden supporters are more likely to be religious and have served in the military. Sanders supporters think that the United States was never a great country but was founded in racism and oppression. From slavery to the mistreatment of Native Americans, Bernie Bros believe that America is “rotten to the core.” Only the kind of revolution that Bernie is calling for can redeem the country.
Biden supporters are more traditional liberals in the Barack Obama and FDR mode. They believe in the fundamental goodness of the United States and most will even agree that it is a great country. Not so the Bernie bros.
The question arises, how can these two sides be reconciled? They have to be if they hope to beat President Trump for reelection.
However, if Biden becomes the nominee, York notes that Bernie’s supporters, still nursing feelings of grievance from being denied the last time when Hillary Clinton grabbed the nomination from their guy in 2016. If that happens again, they are not likely to fall into line and support the former vice president.
Needless to say, Biden supporters are not likely to join what York describes as “a motley crew of characters on the Left — the fire-breathing pols, the old socialist brothers-in-arms, the self-described undocumented, queer, and unashamed, the rappers, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar — quite a medley.”
York concludes that nothing may unite the Democratic Party, not even hatred of President Donald Trump. The revolutionary fervor of the Bernie Bros is a big turn off to the adults in the Biden camp. The Sanders camp shares with Trump supporters a disdain for Biden as an aging, out of touch pol whose best days are decades in the past.
As the primary season slogs along with more contests ahead, Democrats may be about to choose the form of their destruction, to paraphrase the line from “Ghostbusters.” In such a situation, a brokered convention and a hitherto unconsidered white knight may be their only hope.