The comparison that was made in the title may not be the kindest one in the world but it definitely helps to get the point across. A recent piece that was published by the Atlantic is bringing the Democrats’ point of view into much clearer focus. The piece, which is entitled Don’t Count Trump Out, outlines all of the ways that the election can swing in the president’s favor between now and November.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign co-chair was quoted in the piece and she is the one who had the colorful quote about Joe Biden. Nina Turner does not care about broadcasting her disdain for Joe Biden and this is becoming fairly commonplace in the Democratic party. He was foisted upon them like an old fruitcake and now they can’t seem to get rid of him.
In fact, he is now the last thing standing between them and eight years of Donald Trump. The mainstream media seems to be realizing the error of their recent ways, too. They have gone from telling everyone who will listen that Biden is going to be president to telling people that they need to careful about counting out the current president.
That’s probably the most responsible way to handle it but they probably shouldn’t have spent the whole summer claiming that Trump would be toast, either. The Trump campaign needs all of the good news that they can get, if we are being honest. Even the most staunch conservative would have to admit that he has not been looking good lately.
“We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” Cornel West, the Harvard University professor and a Bernie Sanders supporter, told me.
Everything seems to be working against him, creating the perfect storm that it would take to get a stiff like Joe Biden into the White House. The Bernie Bros are never going to accept this, though. They are always going to feel like their candidate was stripped of his opportunity and to tell the truth, there might be something to those complaints. It doesn’t matter now.
The Bros need to cry a river, build themselves a bridge and get over it. What they are doing is the equivalent of sports fans whining about the officiating after the game is over. Sure, you might be “right” and there are people who will agree with you. However, they are going to get pretty tired of hearing about it at a certain point. From that perspective, what Nina Turner is saying stinks of sour grapes.
Cornel West also has strong words for Biden. Everyone is not going to be so easily fooled by his sudden turn to the left. He’s a moderate at heart and that’s all he is ever going to be. We’re really supposed to believe that a man who is pushing 80 is really going to dramatically alter his political views and that is positively hilarious. Democratic voters are a gullible lot, that is for sure.
“We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” said West. If team Bernie decides that they would rather stay home than support him this year, that could spell doom for Biden. There are certain swing states that Biden absolutely must win to even have a chance.
Sanders’ supporters are being asked to step aside for the second time now. They are not even being asked to support a candidate who is willing to consider what they have to say. We’re not always going to sympathize with the Democrats but having to support Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in back to back election is a very bitter pill to swallow.
If they simply decide not to, no one on either side would blame them. Biden thinks that he is going to have no problem getting the Sanders crowd to vote for him but he doesn’t realize what he is up against. When the Sanders posse elects to stay home, the door could be opened for a Trump victory after all.