Shortly after Joe Biden entered the Democratic race, he catapulted to the number one position. He maintained his 30%+ lead for a while until his verbal gaffes put him on the defensive. HIs comments about cordiality with fellow Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, both segregationists and both Democratscreated a period of phony outrage amongst his opponents, but nonetheless illustrated Biden’s propensity for sticking his foot in his mouth at the most inopportune of moments.
Among Democrats and political pundits, there seemed to be two schools of thought concerning Biden’s primary chances in a party that has moved decidedly to the Left. Some argued that even though Biden was an old white guy (currently anathema within the new identity politics Democratic Party), since this was an eject Trump at all costs election, even hard-left progressive Democratic primary voters would come to their senses and realize that the risk of nomination an AOC clone for the nomination would be too risky for the general election.
Others contend that every time the party plays it safe with a plain vanilla, dispassionate candidate, e.g., Kerry and Dukakis, they lose. In addition, the percentage of the party’s base that are women and minorities has been increasing steadily and they won’t go for an old establishment white male — especially since the most vocal faction of the party has consistent stigmatized white men in positions of political power as “supremacists.” Anyone remember the Kavanaugh hearings.
I’ve had mixed feelings on the matter. There is no doubt the Democratic Party has been moving leftward for the last decade. The question is whether they are lurching leftward right off the cliff.
I believe that many of the party’s elders sense that far too much attention has been paid to the young Turks of the party: Alexander Octavio-Cortez, Ilhan Oman and Ayana Pressley — the firebrand progressive I like to characterize as the “Clod Squad.” These three have garnered enormous publicity and have taken the fact that the mainstream media awaits at their beck and call, as license to throw bombs at the leadership every time they question the viability or wisdom of the latest dimwitted