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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Far from being the safest choice, Biden lacks the economic vision necessary to counter Trump. In fact, rather than the "safest bet," Biden is more likely to end up the worst of all worlds -- unable either to excite the emerging Democratic coalition of young people, minorities, and women or to win back the Obama-Trump working-class voters. He could easily become the Democratic equivalent of Bob Dole, the hapless Republican Senate leader who lost badly to Bill Clinton's reelection bid.

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"Beneath the populist packaging, Trump's basic policies -- top-end tax cuts, deregulation driven by corporate lobbyists, and a government open for business -- are standard Republican fare, feeding inequality and corporate plunder. The central task of the Democratic standard-bearer in 2020 will be to expose Trump's con by showing that even in the best of times, the economy is still rigged against most Americans -- and Trump is adding to the fix -- while offering a compelling agenda for change.

The essence of the Biden candidacy, however, is restoration -- a promise of a return to the "normalcy" of the Obama years. That appeals to centrist Democrats, but it also makes Biden the perfect foil for Trump to run against. To counter Biden, Trump could position himself once more as the insurgent, the agent of change against a failed establishment.

On the stump, Trump brandishes his aggressive trade policies as proof of his populist credibility. "The era of economic surrender is over," he claimed at his recent rally in Panama City, Florida, indicting the Obama administration and its predecessor for "decades of calamitous trade policies that enrich Wall Street at the expense of Main Street."

In contrast to Trump's isolationist rhetoric, Biden is an avowed "free trader" and has supported NAFTA, the TPP, and China in the WTO. Given his record, he has little choice but to try to defend the indefensible. This won't go well. Already at a stop in Iowa, Biden lamely dismissed the Chinese challenge, arguing that it was implausible that Beijing would "eat our lunch" and that China was "not competition for us."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-12 11:00 PM | Reply

"elections, in the end, are always about the future. Democrats won't beat Trump simply because of his personal corruptions, nor can they count on demography to carry their cause. They would be ill-advised to pick a candidate who champions a restoration to the past. Democrats need a leader who can puncture Trump's populist con and lay out a bold vision and agenda for change. Joe Biden has many strengths, but that isn't among them."

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-12 11:03 PM | Reply

bold vision and agenda for change.

The bold change democrats offer isn't what America is looking for, that is how we got trump.
Democrats need to start listening to the people and stop running on their own agenda.

#3 | Posted by Crassus at 2019-05-12 11:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Democrats need to show America they can do more than just piss and moan about an election that happened three years ago.

#4 | Posted by Spork at 2019-05-12 11:15 PM | Reply

Biden lamely dismissed the Chinese challenge, arguing that it was implausible that Beijing would "eat our lunch" and that China was "not competition for us."

This is very disturbing to read. It's like Joe was part of some insane group of oblivious idiots for the last eight years before America elected Trump.

#5 | Posted by Spork at 2019-05-12 11:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#5 Spork,

It really is disturbing, how can you disregard the 1.4Billion people in China, their middle class is the size of the US population.

Reminds me of Obama, 80's want their foreign policy back, let me win the election and I will have more room to maneuver.

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-05-12 11:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Looks like Punchy's Biden Induced Gorilla Panic is flaring up again.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-12 11:40 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-12 11:40 PM | Reply | F

It looks like you still have nothing of intelligence or of interest to say, but you still feel you had to post something.

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-13 01:08 AM | Reply

"Biden lamely dismissed the Chinese challenge, arguing that it was implausible that Beijing would "eat our lunch" and that China was "not competition for us."

While Democrats obsess about Russia, the stronger threat is indeed "eating our lunch." We don't need a chinese-communist coddler president.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-05-13 01:16 AM | Reply

From dotard to the right wing blogosphere their is palpable fear of Biden winning the nomination.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-13 10:07 AM | Reply

10 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-13 10:07 AM

Uhm, the article here is from the Nation magazine hardly a right-wing blogosphere

So your comment makes no sense

#11 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-13 10:47 AM | Reply

I sure wish Biden would have listened to his son and ran in 2016, but it's time for a new Democratic face. I like Kamala, best of most possible worlds.

#12 | Posted by bocaink at 2019-05-13 03:31 PM | Reply

#8

I have already said that Biden is the Democrats best bet to win in 2020 and that I would vote for him.

You are the one posting everything you can find to bash Creepy Joe in your panic over his lead in pretty much every poll.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 04:02 PM | Reply

It's possible that 18 months from now the majority of American voters will be so sick of having a malignantly narcissistic clown in the White House they will soundly reject Trump no matter whom the Democrats run. But so what. The American voters soundly rejected Trump in 2016. He not only didn't win a majority of their votes, he didn't even win a plurality. He won the election anyway. He won't need a plurality in 2020, either.

#14 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2019-05-13 11:35 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-13 04:02 PM | Reply |

As I said you have nothing to offer to this thread but your such bloviating B.S.'er

you had to post something anything even though it, in the end, it was nothing of any relevant meaning to the topic at hand

#15 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-05-14 12:42 AM | Reply

More threads maligning the moderate. Keep going, the Dem civil war strategy helped so much last time.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-05-14 07:26 AM | Reply

Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn't resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn't immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"I said, ‘You're not getting the billion.' I'm going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money,'" Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

"Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time," Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-05-14 02:45 PM | Reply

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