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S3E28: joe biden: The white moderate democrat

In today’s episode of The World As I Like It To Be podcast, we discuss Joe Biden, the white moderate democrat and race.

Our post ABC News 2020 Democratic debate review is now complete.   Denise from California and I have watched the debate and extracted the most important moments and analyzed them from a political point of view.

Yesterday was the debate over guns, Trump tariffs and Afghanistan policy.  In this final debate episode we analyze the disturbing statements made by Joe Biden.

The former vice president was confronted with past statements he made on race. I want to remind listeners and readers of this blog that we have discussed racism here on a number of occasions as well as on the podcast.

We’ve been here before

You can go back as far as this post from last year where we discuss how the New York City Police Department, by accident, developed sensitivity training. 

Then we discussed the four P’s of racism where I provide links to the profound documentary “The Eye Of The Storm” here.   

But only a few months ago, we discussed racism in Brooklyn’s 66th precinct and the exploitation of women.   

And just a few days ago Saturday Night Live hired, then fired a comic for past racist jokes.  The storied comedy sketch show said they were unaware of his past offensive jokes.

How does all this tie into today’s podcast?  Take a listen:

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The Biden democrats

As discussed in today’s podcast Politico reported Nancy Pelosi was secretly getting an ear full from moderate democrats in the House.

The so called blue dog democrats in question were concerned about the movement towards impeaching President Donald Trump.

The article quotes moderate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi as being on of those expressing his feelings:

The battleground freshman told Pelosi and other leaders at a closed-door meeting that he and other centrists feared that talk of impeaching President Donald Trump was threatening to swamp the Democratic agenda, according to multiple people in the room.

“It’s very frustrating for me — someone coming from a district that was one of the districts that helped get us into the majority — having so much focus on things like impeachment or other issues that are divisive,”

Brindisi said in an interview, adding that he’s been talking to fellow swing-district freshmen who have similar concerns with the fall agenda. “We should be focusing on the kitchen table issues.”

In the same meeting, another moderate in the room, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), pointed to alarming polling from the Democrats’ campaign arm, which showed that voters think the party is “prioritizing impeachment over other issues,” according to an internal summary obtained by POLITICO.

Pelosi responded by saying she was keenly aware of their concerns, and reiterated that the caucus does not have 218 votes for impeachment.

And she stressed that only the full House has the power to launch proceedings — a statement that seems to conflict with the Judiciary Committee’s position that it is currently engaged in an impeachment investigation.

The problem with moderates

Moderate democrats are standing in the way of being a check on the president for political reasons. The irony is, that is the same reason the republicans refuse to act as a check on Trump. 

So what we have is a government that has a lawless president, an opposition party divided and the president’s party in bed with him.

What happens to a country when its chief executive commits crimes on a daily basis, enriches himself to the detriment to the country, and the opposition not only refused to do something but is tearing itself apart in order to maintain power.

Infighting among the moderate democrats

In today’s Politico, Pelosi took jabs at fellow democrats on the judiciary saying chairmen Jerry Nadler got ahead of himself by talking about impeachment.

Pelosi criticized the panel’s handling of impeachment in harsh terms, complaining committee aides have advanced the push for ousting President Donald Trump far beyond where the House Democratic Caucus stands. Democrats simply don’t have the votes on the floor to impeach Trump, Pelosi said.

“I think the speaker wants to be careful of all the different members of the caucus,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a vocal impeachment advocate.

“She doesn’t always want to use the word ‘impeachment’ but believe me, she signed off on every piece of what has been put forward.”

The Judiciary Committee held what it billed as its first “impeachment hearing” on Tuesday with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whose outright refusal to answer questions only bolstered Democrats’ impeachment investigation, Nadler said.

But at the very same moment, Pelosi was stressing in a private meeting with moderate Democrats that the caucus would be cautious as it approaches whether to move forward on impeachment, according to multiple attendees.

Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith takes Biden apart

In today’s podcast we play a clip from MSNBC’s AM Joy from last weekend. In it host Joy Reid reads a Rolling Stone essay by Jamil Smith

The article begins with:

Democrats need an antiracist nominee against a racist like Donald Trump. The third debate confirmed that the former vice president isn’t up to the task.

Donald Trump is not merely a bully, but a racist one. Bigotry has been the marrow of his presidency, so whoever hopes to face him next year will need to at least be fluent in the language of antiracism, if not be practicing it.

It is not enough, as author Ibram X. Kendi writes in his new book How to Be an Antiracist, to simply claim that you are “not a racist.” Democrats, particularly white liberals, have skated on that for generations. There is too much institutional cruelty for the next president to undo should a Democrat defeat Trump next fall.

He goes on to write African American moderator Lindsey Davis questioned Biden on his comments in 1975 on school segregation:

“I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago,” and Biden smirked oddly as she did so. The correspondent followed up by asking,

“What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?” Without missing a beat, the Democratic front-runner delivered a response that was considerably more disqualifying than anything Castro said all night.

Democratic senators root for Biden

To drive my point about moderate democrats being the problem, The Hill reports a number Democratic senators hope Biden wins.

…a number of Democrats privately acknowledge that if Warren or Sanders wins the nomination, it will create immediate tension within the party.

The two progressives are to the left of many of their colleagues, and some of their best-known proposals, such as “Medicare for All” and free college education, do not have widespread support within the Democratic caucus.

One Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss the race said a number of senators neutral in the race are more aligned with Biden.

“Ideologically, they’re definitely more with Biden,” said the Democratic senator, who described colleagues as having doubts about Warren’s and Sanders’s boldest proposals.

“Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, the wealth tax — the list is long,” the senator said.

A second Democratic senator who requested anonymity predicted that if Warren or Sanders is elected president, they will likely face opposition from fellow Democrats to some of their biggest proposals.

“The senators have a great confidence in their own ability with a friendly White House to say, ‘We like a lot of that, but we don’t like all of it,’ ” the senator said.

“We’re not going to just do what they ask because they ask.”

Of course none of the democratic cowards will go on record saying they are for Biden and against Warren and Sanders.

These senators want Biden to win not because they think he will make a better president or that he is more experienced. 

The moderate democrats think with Biden they can “win over” the same voters willing to look past Trump’s racism.

They’re the same people who don’t want to see the big banks put in check, climate change addressed or healthcare. 

And court reform?  Forget it?   No packing the courts for you! I’ve always said these moderate democrats are republican lite. 

If the democrats take the legislative and executive branches, don’t expect anything big to get done. At the end of the day the moderate democrats are the problem.