In last night’s Democratic debate, the mainstream media aggressively overlooked their Great White Hope’s racial characterizations of black people and their parenting. Why? Because many of them have already made their choice for the Democratic presidential nominee and they are unwilling to acknowledge any of his negative aspects. They want the status quo, they do not want change and they are even willing to ignore racial insults from their favored candidate to have a center/right,
Is this just hyperbole by someone who favors a different candidate in the Dem primary? To be upfront, I am Progressive and I do favor Elizabeth Warren in the primary but I am on record here countless times affirming that I will vote for whichever Democrat wins the primary. Even if it turned out to be Biden…but I think that would be a serious problem for Dems winning the General Election in 2020. And the MSM would have the stain of an existential loss to Trump on their hands…but I’m sure they’d whitewash that away too.
Judge for yourself, here is the clip from last night’s debate in Houston, when Biden was asked about racial inequality:
First, please note Biden’s initial response to first being told by ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, a black female moderator (one of only 4 in the history of debates), that she wanted to talk with him about race. He smiles and snickers. Why? How is that an appropriate reaction? Perhaps he recognized that he was about to be held responsible for a racial statement of his in his past?
Davis begins by detailing how in the past, Biden responded to school segregation by saying he feels no responsibility for “the sins of my father and grandfather” and with regards to reparations for slavery, “I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
Wow. Isn’t that kind of white self-righteousness something we could easily imagine Donald Trump or one of his bigoted cultists spouting? And this came out of the mouth of a Democratic candidate? Of course, Biden’s response was not to apologize for having said that, he just pivoted quickly away to “red-lining” (huh?). Then quickly spun away from that to a pie in the sky promise of tripling money to Title 1 schools, raising teacher pay to $60,000 and installing flying unicorns in every gym (of course he had no legit proposal of how any of that would work or be paid for).
Then it took a turn for the worse. While the issue was about racial equality and segregated schooling, Biden pointed at the inferior psychological state of black people as a major part of the problem. He stated that more psychologists were needed in their schools then, in a most racist turn, declared that social workers needed to be brought into homes with black parents to “help them deal with how to raise their children”.
So…there aren’t a lot of white parents who need instruction on parenting their children (SEE: Every mass shooter and other rabid racists who became that way due to their parents)?
Biden went on to describe black parents in this way, “It’s not that they don’t want to help, they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television…excuse me…make sure you have the record player on at night. Make sure the kids hear words.”
My question is, why aren’t people hearing Biden’s words? Putting aside his frozen-in-time mind that thinks people still sit around the Philco console listening to The Jack Benny Show or set the needle down on the Victrola to listen to a 78 RPM single of Glenn Miller (lapses like these should be far more troubling to voters than they seem to be), his old school white paternalism towards black people should be recognized as offensive and seriously out of touch by the MSM.
Yes, older black people strongly support Biden, primarily because he was President Obama’s VP. But would any other candidate get away with stating that the real issues needing to be dealt with when it comes to racism and school segregation
Wouldn’t a reasonable person have expected a response to racism and segregation that would have condemned the current structure of our economic and public school system that especially neglects African Americans in poor neighborhoods and seek to solve that institutional racism?
Maybe solving economic injustice and balancing the scales is the big picture solution a Democratic candidate should promote? Maybe putting out the fire is more important than blaming it on those who have been injured by it and framing them as helpless victims who are part of the problem?
In addition to refusing to apologize for his racist stances in the past and evidencing his white paternalist prejudices, Biden made many gaffes betraying his declining mental acuity. He called Bernie Sanders “President” (I’m sure Berners enjoyed that one), he stated that people who lost their jobs could buy into his health plan then denied he said “
But if you were watching MSNBC for the debate analysis, as I unfortunately did, the white paternalist got a full whitewash by the Republicans and moderates who dominate that channel (why is it that MSNBC is mostly a channel populated by disaffected Republicans who insist on telling Dems who they should vote for? How did that work out when they did it in their own party…that they had to abandon?)
The chorus on MSNBC included proven prevaricator and elitist Brian Williams, insightful but sometimes-tunnel-visioned Nicole Wallace, belligerent and aggressively center-right Chris Matthews, conservative Dem who lost in a record Dem win nationally in 2018 because she had the poor reasoning to chase after Trump voters instead of Democrats, Claire McKaskill, etc. They all sung a nauseating refrain of group-think to whitewash all of Biden’s sins.
Not one mention of the racist-tinged response Biden made to moderator Linsey Davis. However, the lion’s share of the Biden whitewashing they all nodded to was:
a. Biden’s mental acuity issues should be ignored because Trump’s lying is much worse.
c. Biden’s unchanging polling (which is a falsehood, see above) proves Americans don’t care about his gaffes or mental status.
d. Democrats need to nominate a moderate to win back Trump voters in swing states and Biden is best positioned to do that (nope, Trump cultists are not big on reasoning and changing their minds. The real wealth of untapped voters, like those who helped Dems win their record victory in 2018, are their natural allies who don’t always vote, minorities, women
e. Biden is leading now in most demographics so he will be hard to beat (Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in the polls at this point in September 2007, 41%-27%. A few weeks before the Iowa caucus, which Obama won, Hillary led by 40%-32%.)
f. Biden is the most electable (not an issue, all of the top 5 Dem candidates beat Trump in many polls by big margins. It doesn’t matter if Biden has the widest margin over Trump at 16% and Warren has a margin over Trump of 12%, both are just as electable).
It’s not surprising that center/right Republicans, who dominate much of MSNBC as hosts and pundits (excluding Hayes, Maddow
Biden has proven in three debates already that he is not steady. Waiting for Biden to respond to a question or an attack is like watching a YouTube video of a skateboarder grinding on a railing, will he land triumphantly or slip and wipe out in a very painful way?
The unfortunate truth is that Biden is loaded with racist and sexist baggage that may be quickly dismissed by the MSM’s Republican pundits who want a center/right Dem (that reminds them of old school center/right Repubs) but don’t doubt that it will be viciously exploited by Republicans and Trump in a General Election.
A seriously flawed candidate should not be acceptable to Democrats when an election of the existential importance of 2020 is at stake. Have we forgotten 2016 so quickly? Rationalizing away or powering through all the negatives Hillary brought with her to get her over the finish line in the primaries did not keep those issues from being blown up massively in the General Election.
The lesson from 2016 should be, nominate someone who is inspiring to voters and brings with them too little baggage to be buried under. The media types who are Republicans and lean center/right or right, are more preoccupied with filling the Dem nomination slot with someone reflecting their establishment sensibilities. That is different from picking the candidate most likely to beat Trump though they don’t recognize that.
These NeverTrump Republicans in the media do not want to see or acknowledge truths that interfere with their memes about Biden winning the nomination. They don’t want to engage in big-picture thinking and envision what a General Election against Trump (and the Russians) would really be like with such a flawed and vulnerable candidate as Biden.
Their thinking led to moderates like Jeb Bush losing primaries and Trump taking over their party and the White House. Not a great track record for people who now want Democrats to follow them. They don’t get it, this is not the era for old, white, establishment, incrementalists. Voters don’t want that, they’ve made that clear in the past two elections.
So Democrats should listen to the talk on the street of their fellow Democrats and independent voters, they should pay attention to recent history and election results, not Republicans in the MSM claiming to know best who Democrats really should nominate for President.