Former VP Joe Biden isn’t exactly getting ringing endorsements from those close to him. Former President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be keen on endorsing him, and now Biden’s own wife seems to think her husband’s legitimacy as a candidate is based solely around his electability.
According to the Daily Caller, Jill Biden said that while you might like other opponents who are better than her husband on things like healthcare, in the end, it’s all about beating Trump:
“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election,” Jill Biden said, according to The Washington Post. “And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘Okay, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
I’m not so sure that’s a great approach. It definitely wasn’t for other candidates in previous elections. They said that about Romney and he lost too.
It’s likely Biden will get the nomination and will face Trump, but perhaps what Mrs. Biden is saying is far more poignant than we may give it credit for. Right now we have a radicalized Democratic party who may pack up their toys and go home if Biden is nominated after the primary. He is more moderate than the rest and has the disadvantage of being a white male, something many Democrats are outspokenly angry about after electing a black man and nominating a woman for president.
If Democrats want to stand any chance of winning in 2020, they’ll have to tone down their more radical urges and put Biden at the top of the priority list.
It likely won’t happen. Between the upset Bernie bros once again losing the nomination and Elizabeth Warren’s radicalized base, losing to a moderate probably won’t please too many in the new Democrat party and they’ll either stay home or go to a third party.
The most interesting part, however, is that Mrs. Biden didn’t try to make the argument that her husband’s ideas were the right ideas, just that her husband was the most electable. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The Democratic party is in really sad shape if moderates can’t even make arguments for moderate policies.