Updated: Jul 3
The first (of many) attack ads against Joe Biden has surfaced. If this is the first of many, we’re going to see a full sweep from the Republicans.
Sadly, though somewhat unsurprisingly, the concerns of many Democratic voters and onlookers (such as we are), that Joe Biden is not a suitable candidate, are to be exploited by the Trump re-election campaign.
In a previous article on The Politician, I outlined why I think Bernie Sanders is the only Democrat capable of beating Donald Trump. This, in essence, is its sister piece. I’ll be looking at the other side of the coin, asking “Well if not Bernie, then who?”. Given the host of campaign suspensions over the past week, we're only left with Joe Biden to examine.
Throughout the manifold debates thus far, one worrying theme has dogged Joe Biden; his ability to function under the spotlight.
All too common has the sight of Joe Biden mixing his words, forgetting the names of people or making irrelevant statements in issue-specific discussions, become. For the autoproclamé of “No malarkey!”, he’s brought an awful lot to the debate stage.
So, to therefore reason that Biden’s clear fallibility won’t be wielded as a weapon by “the most dangerous President in history”, demonstrations extraordinary foolishness.
Joe Biden is too easy to hit. He’s more error-prone than Donald Trump and his platform is built on the idea that if you liked Obama, you’ll like Biden. Well, unfortunately, there are 8 million Obama-Trumpersin the US, and they’re not likely to switch back just for old times’ sake.
Joe Biden is prone to a gaff. So what? Trump says things that read like the mindless chatter of an infant.
It can’t be denied; Donald Trump’s a fool. Though, Trump has one tool at his disposal that Biden has never had; the ability to win, and then hold an audience.
In Trump’s pathetic attempts at oratory, he manages to make his point. He manages to speak his mind – something not even the most ardent of Biden supporters can contend that Biden does.
Trump will go around the country promising to get his wall done; promising to end the corruption running amok within Washington D.C.; promising the earth.
Biden, on the other hand, will tour the middle-class suburbia from which his support emanates, promising a safe return from the chaos of Trump, to the ‘normality’ of yesteryear – completely overlooking the fact that that ‘normality’ gave us Trump in the first place.
Finally, there was a trend on Twitter the other day that caught my attention. Following Biden’s Super Tuesday success and the hashtag #Joementum trending, many Bernie supporters simply enquired: “Name one of Joe Biden’s policies”. I’m yet to see a response.
Whilst Twitter isn’t anything close to an accurate barometer for political discourse, it does raise the question: What does Biden actually stand for?
He’s not planning to change the lives of the working poor in America – certainly not – he’s no commie. He’s not trying to bring about any significant social change. There’s very little that could swing a Trump voter to a Biden voter. Much less, swing a young, undecided, first-time voter towards him.
If this primary process results in a Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump race, my firm feeling is that we’re staring down the barrel of 4 more years of Trumpism. What’s more, I should imagine there will be an accompanying swing to the right in the House of Representatives, as well as a Republican consolidation in the Senate. Couple that with a dismally low youth turnout at the polls and you’ve got a very sad picture for the Democratic Party.