After being battered by Democratic presidential rivals for the better half of a month, former Vice President Joe Biden finally gave way and formally apologized for the great sin of saying he was able to work with segregationist members of the US Senate back in the 1970s in order to get things done. As progressives publicly racked and tortured Biden, the silence of the Obamas became deafening. “Barack and I are going to support whoever wins the primary, so … our primary focus is letting the primary process play out, because it’s very early,” was all a notably chilly Michelle Obama would say as Biden wriggled on the hook.
This calculated aloofness has led many to wonder why the former first couple refused to step in to offer some relief, no matter how rudimentary, to their flailing former ticket partner. But given that the very party dynamic now attacking Biden was nurtured to full metastasis by Obama’s presidency, no one should be surprised by the current state of affairs, least of all Biden.
Using Each Other
Barack Obama and Joe Biden were never natural allies. Obama in 2007 was an insurgent first-term senator with no real track record who needed mainstream cover in order to achieve power in Washington, DC. Biden was a veteran Swamp lizard always looking to climb another rung on the ladder. After eight years of establishment Republican George W Bush’s disastrous presidency, the timing was perfect for a seeming outsider like Obama to come on the scene. Seeing which way the Democrat winds were blowing, Biden made a deal with the progressive devil. Now he is paying the price.
Whatever he may profess, Biden is not a true believer in anything. He is the epitome of a machine-style old-school politician out to advance and enrich himself. He and the Obama campaign made a business arrangement that greatly benefited both sides, but that is no reason to conclude that there is a close personal relationship between the two, despite public relations posturing to the contrary.
As he entered the White House in January 2009, Obama vowed to “fundamentally transform” America. For cultural progressives, that meant using buzzwords like “tolerance” and “diversity” as a battering ram to overthrow what they saw as an “oppressive” mainstream society in the United States. Our culture has indeed been stunningly altered over the past 12 years. Political correctness was once a nuisance. After two terms under Obama, it became an entrenched weapon, with loss of job, reputation, and all future prospects befalling anybody under its boot heel.
Obama was billed as the first “post-racial” president who would unite us as a nation as we moved toward a more tranquil and cohesive society. Instead, we are more divided than we have ever been in terms of racial, gender, family, and economic issues when examined as a whole. It was not all his doing, of course, and there was some damage caused by the presidencies of two Bushes and a Clinton before him. But the fact remains that after 96 months of Barack Obama, this country was more culturally fractured than at any time since the Civil War. And yes, that includes the 1960s, when it seemed at times as if the country was about to explode from internal social unrest.
Biden dutifully played his role in providing cover for this radical presidency. In doing so, he assured his own obsolescence in the culturally Marxist party that the Democrats have now become. He was tapped to be V-P in order to make a young black novice senator appear “safe” to non-Deep Blue America. In short, he was Obama’s Mike Pence, meant to take the rough edges off a non-traditional campaign and make it seem more palatable to middle-of-the-road demographics within his political party. But while Donald Trump’s challenge to politics as usual was populist and nationalist, Obama’s was something else entirely. Obama and Biden grafted cultural radicalism onto an establishment trunk. That they succeeded is evident anywhere you care to look today.
Reaping the Whirlwind
Radical is indeed the mainstream in the 2019 Dem party, and there is no longer a need or a place for the Biden of 2007. Nowadays we routinely see ludicrous leading Dem figures perform outrageous stunts, such as would-be coyote Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) walking illegal aliens over the border. The entire nation got to witness a ten-person Democratic presidential primary debate in which every candidate participating, including four of the five perceived front-runners in the race, Biden being one of them, dutifully raised their hands like Pavlovian dogs when asked if they supported providing health care for illegals.
Biden may not care what voiced political “beliefs” will get him where he wants to be. But the radicals do. They are constantly seeking to move “forward.” And a 76-year-old white face talking about “restoring normalcy” (even if meant as a jab against the Trump administration) is the last thing in the world they want carrying the flag for the party in 2020. This is the real Obama legacy, never discussed by a corporate media that still laughably tells us the man was a moderate.
Obama was the first White House occupant who told Americans that they had to be ashamed of their past, that they must seek forgiveness for their national sins. That corrosive messaging has become the very glue holding together the various incendiary elements that dominate the grassroots of the Democratic Party today. Biden helped apply that glue and watched over it as it hardened. His life-long ambition to be president is now being destroyed in great part by his willingness to help serve as a friendly facade as this radicalization of his party was cemented.
The forces Obama unleashed on America during his culturally divisive presidency have now turned on his former running mate. How can one possibly expect Obama to step in to cut a spigot that he himself opened to full throttle and then broke off the handle so it could not be turned off again?