Joe Biden is being put in an impossible position; he has to appeal to the far-leftist members of the DNC, the ones that seem to be running the show over the last two years, appease the moderate Democrats that are at odds with the Progressive left, draw in independents and the Never-Trump GOP into his camp.
This has put Biden in the unenviable position of trying to figure out how to keep people on polar opposites politically content to appease the radical left while not offending the centralist. It is a juggling act that even Houdini himself would not have been able to handle.
When we watch Biden, we see a man that seems to be losing his ability to formulate idea’s increasingly, the question then must be asked, “Is a vote for Biden really for him, or is this a protest vote against Trump?” And if the answer is, ‘yes,’ then we have to ask, is this good enough of a reason to vote for him?
Further, more important then ever, his choice of a VP would very much be out in the open, it is likely he would not be able to complete a four-year term, his VP will most likely have to take control shortly after the election.
So looking at Biden, we see him telling CBS News:
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday appeared to tell CNBC he will defeat himself in the November election.
“I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years and that I’m going to beat Joe Biden,” Biden said. “Look at my record.”
Biden’s campaign did not reply by press time to a request for clarification.
The candidate was responding to an interview question about whether he plans to govern as a progressive “in the mold of” Sens. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.). Biden noted his record and opposition to progressive policies like Medicare for All.
Gaffes are common for the former vice president to make. During an earlier interview, Biden told The Breakfast Club radio host Charlamagne tha God that he isn’t “black” if he can’t decide between voting for him or Donald Trump.
“I”If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for Trump or me, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.
Last August, Biden raised eyebrows with another racial comment when he said, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it,” Biden said at the time. “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids. Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it.”
But this seems more than just a slip-up, this is more a Freudian slip, Biden is a man caught up on what is demanded of him, a task he is by no means capable of handling. His statement that Biden will beat Biden is genuine, he does have good Democratic record, but his slip-ups are ruining his appeal for the masses.
Further, trying to appease the fractured DNC, with radically conflicting ideology pulling from all sides, no matter what direction Biden heads towards, he will end up sacrificing some of the more moderate or radicals within his party.
The most significant risk is apathy, people will turn off and not turn out to vote, a bad turn out for the Democrats would hand the election to Trump, and could do so in a landslide.
With the far-leftist progressives, if Biden turns more towards the center, where the majority of the Democrats sit, he risks losing all these voters, the youth of the party. But if he bends to the more radical elements, the AOC’s, Ilhan, and others, he risks losing the majority of the party. We saw this in 2016. The Democrats run the risk of this happening again.
This is setting up Biden for the worst loss since Reagan went against Mondale in the 1984 elections winning by over 500 electoral votes.