Biden Bashing

I like Joe Biden. I think he’s a cool guy and all. I went to school and was friends with his late son Beau. My father is good friends with him.

But guess what? I 100% do not want him to run this time around. He would probably be an OK president, but you know that I don’t want someone who is an establishment person, someone who is a centrist. Joe Biden is not a candidate for our times. He hasn’t been for quite a while. He is very much everything that I didn’t like about Hillary: Pro-Iraq war, connected to giant money interests, a DC player. Medhi Hasan lays it out quite well in his piece “Joe Biden Is Hillary Clinton 2.0 — Democrats Would Be Mad to Nominate Him

The Democratic establishment is all about him, he polls very well (due probably to name recognition), but guess what? He will get crushed by Donald Trump.

And that’s not counting the fact that women are kind of skeeved by him and he’s had a few credible accusations about inappropriate behavior. If you look into his record in the Senate you will find someone that was not really too good on woman’s issues over the years. Remember Anita Hill for example? There are dozens of reasons why women should not support him. Many are outlined in this incredibly thorough look at him.

Here is what I want to say about Joe. If he jumps into this, he’s going to be a terrible distraction and he’s going to take away a ton of the glorious progressive energy in the race. If he doesn’t loose the nomination, he will loose in 2020. I’m sure of it and you should make yourself aware and be sure of it too!

Biden and Beto

I just finished reading an article about the impeding entrance the the 2020 race of Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke. My initial impression is this : Please No.

Three reasons:

First, both of these candidates are going to be running as Centrists and I feel that a Centrist as president will get nothing accomplished (the landscape is totally different than the Regan years) and anything they do accomplish will not be anything I care about (since I’m a very strong Progressive).

Second, I think that a Centrist will get crushed by Trump because he senses ad preys on weakness and lets face it, a wishy-washy “lets all get along” Centrist is inherently weak.

Third, the electorate (I’m convinced) does not want to be led by a white man (with the exception of Pete Buttigeig). My own fiancèe tells me this daily but her view is indicative (I believe) of many younger voters, especially women.

I will say this, if one enters the race, I very much hope that the other does too so they will cancel each other out. I’m already stressed that the next nominee will be someone who gets like 16% of the vote in the early states and that’s sad.