The far-left extremists who now control the Democrat Party don’t want Joe Biden to be the party’s presidential nominee.
They also adore Barack Obama.
So, how do they attack Biden who was so faithful to Obama for eight years without harming the (disastrous) Obama legacy?
Democrats trying to bring down 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden are divided on how to criticize his vice presidential record without alienating voters still in the thrall of former President Barack Obama.
Biden has faced criticism from all sides over his work on harsh drug legislation from the 1980s and 1990s and his recent flip on the Hyde Amendment.
Some on the left want to go scorched earth and attack him for his work under Obama. Others warn that approach could alienate many Democrats and especially African-American voters. Black voters most enthusiastically support Biden, according to a June survey.
“Biden’s early advantage among African-Americans has more to do with Obama than Biden. And if you attack that, you start to alienate those voters,” Simpson continued according to Politico.
With such a wide field of Democratic candidates, strategists predict the path to the party nomination will be through coalition-building, and nostalgia for Obama can be found in nearly every coalition. For example, FiveThirtyEight predicts the party nominee will need to unite voters from at least three of five groups: party loyalists, leftists, millennials, black voters and other minority groups.
Some on the far left are ready to go after Biden’s record without leaving an eight-year gap.
“It’s no secret that he spent his time in the Obama White House furthering policies that redistributed wealth upwards,” Maria Svart, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, told Politico. “Bernie Sanders should absolutely critique him because voters want straight talk and they know when they have been screwed by the wealthy few.”
That last paragraph is actually a touch of truth in the liberalized version of history. The facts are clear when outlining the disaster that was eight long years of the Obama presidency.
Job creation was stagnant. Deficits were doubled. Personal debt skyrocketed. Minority communities were hit particularly hard. The gap between rich and poor was never greater. America’s standing in the world was dangerously weakened.
That is the real Obama legacy and it’s one Joe Biden was there for every step of the way.