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Joe Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate nearly 50 years ago, at the age of 29, in 1972. That was the year that George McGovern managed to lose 49 states to Richard Nixon. Biden has been a Democrat politician for a long time. He spent nearly 40 of his years in the Senate serving with fellow Democrat Robert Byrd, a former KKK recruiter who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Democrat party has changed over Biden’s 50 years in the Senate. I’m not sure that Biden and many of the other old-time Democrats fully comprehend what has happened to their party.
Biden seems to take the Bob Dole / Hillary Clinton view of the presidential primary: “Vote for me. It’s my turn.” That approach worked out poorly for Dole and Clinton, and it seems to be working out even worse for Biden. There are many reasons for this, but one of them would appear to be that there is some internal debate about who is really in charge of that lovable, zany political “organization” which apparently can’t even count the votes in their own internal primaries. If Biden is anticipating an orderly transition of power, he’s not paying attention. Which is entirely possible.
The Democrat party started as an organization to centralize and control power at the expense of various minority groups, and has evolved into an organization which organizes various minority groups in an effort to centralize and control power. Democrats tell blacks, gays, women, and others that they are oppressed minorities, and that their only hope of achieving any political clout whatsoever in such a hostile environment is to vote Democrat: “Support us, help us get elected, and you get a seat at the table of power.”
This approach has some merit, but it is proving increasingly difficult for the Biden / Schumer / Pelosi / Clinton types to maintain control over such divergent groups who all have different goals, which are often at odds with one another. Biden helped create this organization. And now it won’t support him. He must find this disconcerting.
AOC is raising funds and developing a political organization within, but completely separate from, the Democrat party. Blacks are starting to wonder what they’ve gotten in return for 50 years of devoted support of Democrats. Antifa socialist thugs are making the Democrat party look like a bunch of socialist thugs. There are so many subgroups in the Democrat party vying for position that it’s become hard to define the Democrat party’s position on, well, on anything. Every Democrat party subgroup has a leader, all of whom hate Republicans and middle-class Americans even more than they hate each other.
You think the 2020 Democrat presidential primary is crazy? Just wait 10-20 years. It’s hard to imagine where this is going.
But it’s not going toward Joe Biden. He’ll still be running for president, as long as he’s still breathing. And he’ll still be wandering around Iowa livestock sales and New Hampshire diners looking like he can’t remember where he put his car keys. He looks confused because he is confused. This is not Biden’s Democrat party. Which is fine by me.
I don’t like the new Democrat party much more than the old one. But at least the party that Biden knows is no more. That’s good.
But I’m not sure how much better the new version is. That’s an incredible statement, considering how horrifying the Democrat party once was. But the new one is nasty and dangerous as well. In its own ways.
There are a lot of things which confuse Joe Biden. When it comes to the modern Democrat party, I’m sympathetic to his confusion. This really is getting crazy. But it’s his own dang fault. He helped build an organization based on hate and jealousy, to destroy his opponents. And then he found it hard to control. That’s too bad, Joe.
I suspect that Clarence Thomas is enjoying this.