Of course Joe Biden is to the LEFT of his former boss Barack Obama….
Different times and circumstances demand it….
Mainly two guys…
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump….
We can happily report that others have polling proof that Sanders people have moved to support Biden in increasing numbers…
Biden isn’t gonna all out for Sanders on healthcare, free stuff or beating up the banks….
But he is listening to the Sanders people and has invited some of his people to help with the convention platform…Sanders Is happy right now…After he knew he would not gain the nomination?…His aim was to try to drag Biden to the left thru the ‘Democratic ‘platform ‘ policy statement….(Anybody remember Democrats/Obama’s 2008 or 2012 platform goals?)
With Donald Trump?
Where do we start?
Just about EVERYTHING….
The Justice Department…
Progressive’s are bound to want more and MORE from a Biden admin from day one…
But Joe B iden is NOT gonna make them very happy I suspect…
While he’ll listen?
He’s gonna have a LOT constraints that they will NOT care about….
Going in the door a President Biden is gonna have two immediate issue to deal with….
The Virus and the Economy ….
Those issues will have nothing to0 do with hanging left or right….
As all that is going one Biden, his Vice President and Sec of State are gonna be spending a LOT of time soothing the nerves of friendly countries around the world and applying the breaks of Trump’s love-in with Putin…
After those two things?
Joe Biden is going THEN be in the place to deal with issues that progressives will be anxiously awaiting for…
Immigration and Healthcare….
There isn’t gonna be a healthcare for all program from Joe Biden…
Biden helped put together Obamacare…
He isn’t gonna take it apart….
Remember the tough time he and Obama had ten years ago?
Not going back to the well….
He will try to expand it just like some Republicans Governors have done despite Trump’s telling the courts he wants it repealed…
Then there is immigration….
This isn’t gonna be so easy I’d think…
Forget the wall money….
But as President ?
Biden WILL be duty bound to approve some work on sections of the wall….
Biden will also be expected to see a HUGE increase in border crossing develop after an election that will lead to his Presidency…
While the media knocks Trump for his immigration policy crackdown?
Most Americans want immigration at a higher level then Trump’s….
They also do NOT want a ‘free for all’ immigration policy….
And they do NOT want detentions in the manner that Trump started off and has continued …
Biden will have to walk a fine line there and on lifting bans baaed on religion and ethnics…
I come to the part that progressives do NOT think about , care about or probably do not remember…
The 2010 midterm elections….
Biden’s people have THIS in the back of their minds ….
After the Democrats where crying with joy that the first ‘Black ‘ (mixed) President had been elected and had brought in other Democrats to win a House majority ?….the tussle and politics of the next two years would end up in a Democratic political bloodbath in 2010….
Obama had taken care of a economic crisis (Sound familiar) and began throwing all sorts of things at a Democratic Congress…The American Congress cannot digest more than a few things at time…
And the even a President with a majority Congress has to deal with this….
Barack Obama , after the economy fix went on to immigration and healthcare…..
Republicans fought him every step of the way….
It cost Democrats their majority in the House by 50 seats and in the state houses….
Joe Biden is NOT gonna put himself in the same place I’d bet even for progressives….
He, is NOT a young US Senator with just two years of experience in the Senate…
He knows the ropes and the way things worked BEFORE Donald Trump came along…
He WILL be looking for compromise with Republicans…
He HAS said THIS out loud and it has NOT gone over well with Republicans and the Democratic left…
I expect that IS WHO we WILL see in a Joe Biden admin…
A cautious old timer slow walking thru a political mine field left by another Republicans just like he and his boss went thru 12 years ago….
The last time Joe Biden appeared on a presidential ticket, the Democratic Party’s platform contained no mention of marijuana. Its health-care language focused on the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that the fight for universal coverage was pretty much won. It promised to “fight inequalities in our criminal justice system,” without spelling out how, and urged that when the death penalty is used, it should “not be arbitrary.”
Biden is happily inheriting a party that has moved to the left, without interruption, since he left the vice presidency. The report this week from his Unity Task Force, the product of a deal between the nominee and primary runner-up Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), found Biden’s team inching a little further in that direction — cautious, careful with its wording, but dramatically different from the politics that defined much of Biden’s career.
“I think the compromise that they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders said in a Wednesday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes….
Democrats’ near-term opportunities shouldn’t obscure the longer-term problems the party faces.
First, from the time of his likely election in November and his inauguration in January, President Joe Biden will find himself under attack not only from the GOP but also from elements within his own party.
It isn’t that the Democrats’ “AOC wing,” under the leadership of Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will dictate the party’s positions to Biden. That’s just ridiculous. Biden isn’t an amateur who just fell off a rutabaga truck.
But progressives are sure to complain (no matter what Biden does) that he hasn’t done enough, almost guaranteeing a fissure in the Democratic Party.
After eight years of Barack Obama and four years of Donald Trump, progressives are impatient and want dramatic change sooner rather than later. Recent events obviously have played into their hands, which will be stronger in 2021.
Obviously, Democrats can’t be too concerned about 2022 at this point. Biden leads Trump comfortably right now, but it is almost four months until November.
Still, it’s worth noting that in the rash of articles about the GOP’s fundamental problems, the 2022 dynamic could be dramatically different. Democrats can’t assume that winning this November would mean smooth sailing ahead.
Indeed, a stinging defeat in November might well convince Republicans that a change in course is in order….