Millions of people in the United States and around the world are holding their breath, hoping, praying that Joe Biden wins this election. They have a clear vision of what will happen following a Biden victory. This can be summarized in three words: “Trump goes home.” They’re willing to work hard, donate money, get up early and do whatever needs to be done for a victory shot: Donald Trump packing his tanning bed and leaving the White House.
How long will this elation last? Two days? A week? Let’s say a month. After that come four more years. What will Biden do in that time? It doesn’t really matter. If he wins, he’ll be ending his historic role even before setting foot in the Oval Office.
We’re gotten used to politicians who promise things before an election and then fail to follow through. We also remember some who ran on a totally insignificant promise (yes, we can). Now we’re in the era of post-promises. Joe Biden is a politician who may be elected as president of the United States without making a single promise to the American people. His only commitment to the voting public is that he is not Donald Trump. For now, this might suffice.
According to all reports Joe Biden is a good man with positive attitudes, but make no mistake – this is not a clash between good and evil. For many voters this is a clash between the devil and someone who isn’t one. Perhaps this is all the world needs now, but it’s sad to think that the essence of a veteran and glorious party – with a history that includes the New Deal, the Civil Rights Act, a comprehensive health reform (as well as slavery, to be historically accurate) – has been reduced to such an inconsequential role.
This may be enough to win an election, but not to fill an entire term. Even if Biden’s hollow candidacy wins, it lacks sufficient content to fill a presidency. In politics and policies there is never a vacuum. The content will have to come from elsewhere. It may be found in the progressive margins of the Democratic Party. This is a very ideological movement, radical and vocal, with more clout than its size warrants. It’s a movement that is not open to criticism. The more achievements it chalks up, the more its appetite grows.
Over the last year, masses of people took to the streets, looting and shattering statues, calling for the shutdown of the police due to the (justified) fury over institutionalized racism. Biden and Nancy Pelosi had to remain quiet, or condemn this quietly, at night. What could they do? They couldn’t afford to annoy those at the party’s margins, who are already enraged.
This could provide a peek into the future. A weak Biden presidency could be the perfect opportunity for progressives to ram all their urgent progressive agendas down the throat of the American people, issues that farmers in Idaho simply refuse to comprehend.
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Joe Biden is not a man of the margins. His success stems partly from the fact that he looks and sounds presidential, that he’s someone with a past in the White House. That’s why Republican accusations of radicalism don’t stick to him. The progressive left is using Biden as an honest broker for removing Trump from power. If the Democrats win, this will be a historic election night. Not only Trump will end his role, so will Biden.