If past is prologue, then it does seem right and proper to look at who the powerbrokers on the left are partial to and who they can’t seem to countenance. If recent reports in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN are any indications, Joe Biden has a problem. And it’s not coming from the right, but from the very players who squashed Bernie Sanders like a bug and promoted Hillary for president in 2016.
It doesn’t take a political genius to notice that the leftwing media is trying to sink the not-yet-announced candidacy of the former vice-president. Uncle Joe has been taking a lot of incoming of late, and we’re not talking friendly-fire here.
Old Dirt or Paydirt?
What’s so wrong with the former vice-president according to the legacy leftists? Let us count the ways. Just a few weeks ago, the folks who tout that “Democracy Dies in Darkness” dug up dirt on Uncle Joe from the 1970s. It involved his freshman term as a Delaware senator. It seems that Mr. Biden wasn’t so keen on busing. Neither was his constituency, but when good old Joe stepped up to the microphone, he spoke with great fervor against sending white kids to black schools and vice-versa. But that’s not all.
Next, the legacy left brought up the freshman senator’s opinion on reparations. The Washington Post pulled this little ditty out of the Joe Biden quote vault, dusted it off and printed the following:
“I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
And the Beat Goes ON
Next, the illustrious Mr. Jamelle Bouie sauntered up to the plate and came out swinging at good old Joe. In an opinion piece for The New York Times titled “The Trouble with Biden,” Bouie took what WaPo gave him and deposited a dinger over the centerfield fence: “The rhetoric he [Biden] deployed in defense of his position channeled the visceral hostility of suburban (and urban) whites whose children were bused or whose schools took in bused children.”
We’re guessing Jamelle wasn’t pleased with Uncle Joe’s stance on busing. To punctuate his point, Bouie went into then-Senator Biden’s “position on drugs and crime in the 1980s and 1990s.” That Biden was all hep about putting criminals in the slammer didn’t just resonate with Jamelle; it got others on the left re-thinking a Biden candidacy.
Writing for CNN.com Roxanne Jones went after Biden hammer and tong:
“Racial justice is now a front-burner issue for black and brown voters that every presidential candidate will have to address with a strategic plan for real justice reforms. But sadly, if we are seeking one of the main architects of the tough-on-crime laws that have led to America’s mass incarceration problem, we need look no further than Biden.”
Her article is perhaps the most damning for Biden, as it enumerates his various shortcomings should he become the Democratic nominee for 2020. There’s the busing and the anti-reparations talk – not to mention his “lack of an apology” to Anita Hill for his poor handling of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.
Failing to Get the Vote
There are a few apparent theories regarding the leftist media dumping on Joe so early and often. One: They don’t see him beating Donald Trump in 2020, so it’s best to dispatch him now before he officially announces his candidacy. Two: A lifetime of public office brings with it some pretty heavy baggage that those on the left do not believe Biden can overcome a la the Creepy Uncle Joe scenario. Three: His demographics don’t fit the image they want the Democratic Party to portray – old, white, and male does not fit their narrative. And Four: Ultimately, Biden’s political ideology is too centrist and won’t excite their base. To beat Trump, you’ve got to get out the vote, and they may be concerned that the former vice-president won’t be bringing their people to the polls in droves.
There are certainly other reasons to try and sink Biden’s run for the highest office in the land. But when the man’s own people are the ones dropping the anchor on his candidacy, his ship is pretty much sunk before it even leaves port.