Democratic Party Paradox
If Trump Is a Uniquely Serious Threat to Democracy, Why Run Biden/Harris Again?
I can’t count the number of articles that tell me that Donald Trump’s reelection in 2024 would represent the end of democracy in America. That Trump would institute fascism, that he’d persecute and prosecute his political enemies, that he’d round up ten million undocumented immigrants and deport them, that he’d end Obamacare and destroy what little progress the Democrats have made toward protecting the environment. And he’d announce he’d become Dictator for Life.
Yet, if Trump’s reelection would truly represent a death blow to America, why is the DNC insisting that the unpopular Biden/Harris ticket is the best and only way to prevent this blow from landing?
Consider Joe Biden. If reelected in 2024, he’d be turning 82 years of age and would have to serve until he’s 86. Biden is not a man in his physical and mental prime. He doesn’t inspire the youth vote nor is he that attractive to independents. His steadfast support of Israel, the blank checks of support he’s issued irrespective of how many innocents Israel murders, have contributed to serious slippage in his poll numbers. Arab-Americans, African-Americans, and other voting blocs are showing more interest in Trump or third-party candidates like RFK Jr.
Is Biden really the best candidate to prevent Trump from winning in 2024?
Consider his VP, Kamala Harris. She’s a polarizing candidate with high negatives. She isn’t that skilled politically. She doesn’t inspire confidence as Biden’s successor, the woman who’s a heartbeat away from becoming president. Is Harris really the best vice presidential candidate to help prevent Trump from winning in 2024?
The paradox is apparent: Trump, I’m told, represents fascism. Corruption. Nihilism. The end of everything noble and sacred. Yet the Democratic dream ticket to prevent utter disaster is, yet again, Biden/Harris.
If Democratic Party officials truly feared that Trump was about to lock them up in jail on Day One of his inauguration, I’m guessing there’d be a bit more effort to find more vigorous and compelling candidates than Biden/Harris. Since the DNC is actively discouraging rivals from running against Biden in the Democratic primaries, despite Biden’s deepening unpopularity and his ongoing mental and physical decline, I must conclude the Democrats doth protest too much about their fears of a Trump victory.
Priority One for the DNC is ensuring no big-name progressive challenger is allowed to run in 2024. It appears that mission has been accomplished. Priority Two is ensuring “nothing will fundamentally change” for party elites and America’s owners and donors. That goal is assured whether Biden wins or loses. If Biden wins, the same old same old will prevail. If he loses and Trump wins, the Democrats will present themselves yet again as the saviors of democracy against Dictator Trump, fundraising off the usual excesses of Trump’s rhetoric and of the hard-right Republicans with their own scores to settle.
Thus the paradox of running weak candidates (Biden/Harris) against the alleged existential threat of Trump 2.0 is resolved. Powerful Democrats don’t fear Trump; they’re not worried about being rounded up and sent to the gulag. What they really fear is progressives within their own party and the possibility of a compelling third-party candidate like RFK Jr. eroding their power.
Again, if Democratic polemicists truly believed the reelection of Trump would be an epochal event—the fall of America and freedom and its replacement by Amerika and tyranny—shouldn’t they be advancing the very best, the most dynamic, the most popular and vigorous and charismatic, leaders to challenge Trump in 2024?
I’d say so. And in that case it wouldn’t be Biden/Harris.