He’s a patsy for the Bolsheviks.
Biden was perceived as a moderate in 2020 because of his record in the Senate, in comparison to candidates like Sanders, and because of his personal demeanor. Confused grandpa may be a lot of things. But a hard leftist? Nah. Well, we got fooled again.
If not an active player, Joe Biden has laid down for the authoritarian socialists on a number of issues. Should we have known this was going to happen in 2020? David Marcus makes a very good case that we should of. Thus, who’s at fault? As it is with most things, the American voter.
Marcus: In June of 2019 the most demographically and ideologically diverse set of candidates ever to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president assembled on a debate stage. They were asked, by a show of hands, to say if they supported taxpayer funded health care for illegal migrants. All raised their hands, though one, former Vice President Joe Biden, did so with a bit less gusto. It was a microcosm of Biden’s campaign, wholly progressive ideas, wrapped in a costume of moderation.
If you have watched discussions in the news over the past few weeks you have heard pundit after pundit say that President Biden’s problem, especially regarding his wildly expensive Build Back Better agenda, is that he ran as a moderate and is governing as a progressive. It’s a great talking point, it’s also flatly not true.
In May of 2020 Biden told New York magazine that he wanted “an FDR-size presidency.” Earlier that year he said he would be the “most progressive president in history.”
So where did this myth come from that Biden ran for president as a moderate when he clearly didn’t? This lie about “moderate Joe” was entirely an invention of his allies in the media. And they knew it was happening.
Take this piece by liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank from October of 2020. It was titled, “‘Moderate’ Joe Biden has become the most progressive nominee in history.”
In the piece Milbank writes, “Biden, temperamentally, is the very picture of moderation, restrained and mild.” Journalists on the left knew that this manipulation — calling Biden a moderate when he was running as anything but — helped him win over voters and so it persisted.
In part the success of this lie goes back to that long line of super diverse candidates on the primary debate stage, including current Vice President, then California Senator Kamala Harris. Biden was the old establishment white guy, and not one, like Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a socialist…
For a man of his age Biden jumps remarkably high when the progressives in his caucus tell him to. To Biden the Squad seems to have a kind of papal infallibility. Joe Biden is exactly what he promised to be, the most progressive president in history. He and his party will rise or fall on that reality. And so far, there has been a lot more falling than rising.