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If Trump wins again, don't blame progressives. This is on you, centrists

Ted Rall on

The corporate conservatives who control the Democratic Party are suffering from cheaters' remorse.

The DNC and its media allies (NPR, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox, etc.) subverted the will of primary voters, undermining initial front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders in order to install the worst candidate of the 20 centrists in the campaign.

Now the power brokers are worried that the befuddled Joe Biden, whom they touted as the Most Electable Against Donald Trump, will lose to him. Rather than take responsibility for their idiocy and force Biden to pull out of a race for which he is obviously physically and mentally unprepared, the corporatist sellouts are preemptively blaming the progressives who warned them about this exact scenario.

Sorry, right-wingers. Biden is on you. You made him the presumptive nominee. If Trump wins again, it's your fault.

Just as it was last time.

Establishment panic over Biden is most palpable in the pages of the official party organ of the Democratic Party, The Times. "While he has held consistent leads in most national and swing-state polls, they have not been altogether comfortable one," the paper noted on May 15.

 

If Biden is to squeak by Trump in November, he requires a comfortable lead now. "A CNN poll released on May 13 found Biden leading the president by 5 percentage points nationwide but trailing by 7 points among voters in crucial battleground states. For some Democrats, the results of the poll again raised the specter that Biden could win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College, as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore both did."

Historically, in May of a presidential election year, Democrats need a lead of at least 10 points over their Republican rival in order to prevail in a general election. Republicans always close the gap during the last six months of a presidential race.

The Times is pushing Biden's candidacy via two lines of argument. First, lesser-evilism. As columnist Frank Bruni wrote May 17, he'll "take Biden's confusion over Trump's corruption." (Of course, Biden is corrupt, too.) Second, The Times claims, Biden should be acceptable. He isn't Hillary Clinton. Due to the coronavirus crisis, Bidenites say, their man is willing to pivot to the left. (Never mind that progressive programs need to be in place before a crisis, not ramping up a year after it begins.)

The second argument is the easiest to shoot down. Biden has a decadeslong track record of voting and governing to the right, including voting to invade Iraq for no good reason. Even now, as tens of millions of Americans lose their jobs and thus their health insurance, Biden refuses to join the rest of the industrialized world by endorsing single-payer health care. Progressives don't trust Biden. They trust history. History proves Biden isn't one of them.

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