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The only time Democrats get any scrutiny from the media is when there is a primary battle. Adversaries of Democrats, Republicans and others like myself, relish these times. Schadenfreude abounds as we watch the in-fighting and displays of hypocrisy.
However, the corporatist media has been consolidating for over the last two decades, and they are careful to avoid damaging real contenders; at least the ones who don’t threaten them directly (Tulsi Gabbard). Contenders in the center lane, the ones who will maintain the statist quo (sick), will be given plenty of leeway.
The problem is, they’ve propped-up centrist Democrats while the actual party has been moving leftward at a double-goosestep pace.
Joe Biden has been coddled for years as Obama’s wing-man. Joe was his diplomat to the white working-class masses, the ‘regular guy’ from Scranton who’s never had a real job or had to make a payroll, but nevertheless represented that demographic in the abstract.
Joe, the regular guy who talks regular and isn’t especially bright is the Democrats version of the non-threatening white guy who is acceptable for high office.
The party that never met a Republican President who they didn’t feel the need to mock as stupid, ignorant or masterfully evil, gives a pass to Joe, whose best quality is that he’s somehow humble in his blustering.
No one in the media is on record claiming Joe Biden is intellectually gifted. These things don’t really matter when it comes to Democrats. The media, and it seems the Biden campaign itself, believe Joe is the “good” version of Donald Trump who will appeal to the lost white working class.
It reminds me of how many in the GOP thought Herman Cain, Armstrong Williams or Ben Carson ( however deserving they were on merits) might attract black voters, or at least absolve them of the unfounded charges of racism.
Joe is like the youngest of three boys who could never compete with his older brothers. Mom’s favorite, and Dad can’t call him to account without reprisals from Mom. This dynamic perpetuates mediocrity at best.
The unconscious rationale is this: Unfortunate things always happened to Joe, and everyone should feel sorry for him. Nothing was ever really his fault. Now he’s running for President and he deserves it out of sympathy. He’s worked hard and paid his dues. Bad things have happened to him in his personal life.
This is not a good message to be sending the electorate.
Progressives have no interest in nominating Biden. His support is shallow. He only has the appearance of viability because of his history and his demographic and his position as the un-Trump.
He’s still polling well. My suspicion is he’s doing well with LIV’s – and there are a lot of Democrat LIV’s – people who pay little attention to politics and respond to pollsters, knowing the basics about Biden. He’s ‘qualified’, was Obama’s VP for 8 years, isn’t offensive or controversial, has a pronounceable name, and looks the part.
These people aren’t all dumb. They’ve been dumbed-down by the media-entertainment complex, distracted, dazzled and exploited.
And get this… he’s their most viable candidate.
The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.
I can’t wait for the next debate!Published in