The media and a number of Democrats are forgiving Joe Biden for EVERYTHING.
He’s white. He’s male. Those are reasons #1 and #2.
So we can just toss out the “I’m a feminist” and “I condemn racism” tags because that’s bullshit.
Reason #3 has more to do with the media. It wants Biden for the basest of reasons: ratings. It is counting on a dogfight between Biden and the current occupant of the White House.
Biden is savvy enough to know this and his announcement video banged that gong. His entire campaign approach is an arrogant flip of the hand to the dozen or so qualified Democratic contenders.
In particular, Biden has ignored Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren as well as Julian Castro – extremely capable minority candidates who reflect the growing diversity of the American electorate.
This sounds like…gasp, a candidate who considers himself the annointed one.
I suppose it’s too jaded to think Biden is leapfrogging off the tragedy of Charlottesville to cast himself in the spotlight. Who’s the genius behind this? Surely, a former Bernie Sanders guy with experience creating an anti-racist history where none existed.
Since his skip-the-primaries video announcement, cable news has been wild with excitement, drooling over each stupid Trump tweet and Biden riposte.
We the people hear from the pundits now.
We hear that Biden’s involvement in the Anita Hill hearings doesn’t really matter: he followed procedure, and anyway, that was long ago and we must move forward. In other words, the hell with the #MeToo Movement. It’s inconvenient.
And Biden will not apologize to Dr. Hill. Nope. Not even when coached by the women on The View.
We know another old, white guy who absolutely refuses to apologize to women he has harmed. Right?
We hear that Biden isn’t a policy wonk and that’s ok. That’s “getting in the weeds,” and presumably, Americans are too stupid to get policy anyway – just look at what happened to Hillary Clinton.
Oh, and the Crime Bill. The pundits move quickly past this. They don’t want the electorate knowing how he warned of “predators on the streets” while pushing for what became a program directed at people of color. That’s too damn close to the “super predator” remark made once by Hillary Clinton, and for which she was relentlessly pilloried and portrayed as a racist.
Hey, not sweet Uncle Joe. He’s not a racist! No, he’s a good guy, the great white hope, and he’s waited a long time for this and it’s his turn, damnit.
And, how about the “I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat,” who could not get the former president’s endorsement? Have you thought about that for ten minutes? I have.
Joe Biden has a long road ahead. He must prove his mettle – and do it without his cable news enablers. He’s not going to make it with the white man’s vote – and that is the only demographic he is stoking right now – like another old white guy with entitlement issues.