This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 29, 2019:
Joe Biden has one thing going for him: he appears to be an affable, low-key, friendly, warm human being, which appeals to independent voters put off by Trump. That was enough to propel him to an eight-point lead over the president in early polling after he officially announced for the presidency on Thursday. It’s clear that voters couldn’t care less about his peccadilloes with a number of women who have accused him of inappropriate touching, kissing, caressing, or smelling, even when they have provided videos of his creepy behavior.
They seem impervious to claims of his shady involvement, along with his son Hunter, with Ukraine. Hunter, it will be remembered, took a lucrative job with a major Ukrainian energy company, but when it became the target of a corruption probe there, the senior Biden used his influence to have the prosecutor fired.
He wasn’t on camera when the following conversation took place with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
Biden: “We’re not giving you the billion dollars!”
Erdogan: “You have no authority. You’re not the president [Obama].”
Biden: “Call him [Obama]! I’m telling you, you’re not getting a billion dollars! You’re not getting a billion! I will be leaving here! If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money!”
Six hours after that confrontation, the prosecutor investigating Hudson’s company was fired. Erdogan got the billion dollars. (And the investigation is ongoing.)
They also seem impervious to Biden’s long history of supporting (and voting for while in the Senate) far-left positions. While in the Senate from 1972 to 2008, he complied a Freedom Index (FI) rating by the John Birch Society of just 18 out of 100, identical to the rating earned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Biden earned that rating the easy way: by ignoring and violating his oath of office in order to support far-left positions. For example, Biden received a 91 percent rating from the National Education Association (NEA), the country’s largest labor union, for opposing merit pay for teachers and a voucher system that would have allowed parents to redirect part of their tax dollars away from public schools.
Biden opposed all bills seeking to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. He continues to support abortion despite claiming to be a Roman Catholic. Five times he voted in favor of bills that would prohibit partial-birth abortions.
Biden was given a failing grade of “F” from the National Rifle Association for his consistent anti-gun positions, including removing protections from gun makers from being subjected to potentially crippling lawsuits.
On immigration, Biden was a reliable vote for any scheme that would have allowed illegals entry into the country and citizenship. In 2007, he even voted against a bill to prohibit illegal aliens convicted of serious crimes – aggravated felonies, domestic violence, stalking, violation of protection orders, crimes against children, illegal purchase or sale of firearms – from gaining legal citizenship status.
All of which is highly annoying to those to the left of Biden, including AOC and the political action committee that got her elected, Justice Democrats. Two weeks ago, AOC told Fox News that Biden “does not particularly animate [me] right now. I can understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.”
Justice Democrats weighed in on Biden’s announcement. It posted a comparison between Biden’s past votes and the “Democrats’ Future”:
Joe Biden’s past votes: FOR Iraq war; FOR Bankruptcy Reform Act; FOR Mass Incarceration; AGAINST School Desegregation; AGAINST: Marriage Equality
Democrats’ Future: FOR Medicare for All; FOR Green New Deal; FOR Free College; REJECTING Corporate Money; ENDING Mass Incarceration and Deportation.
This was followed by a tweet from Grace Segers, a political reporter with CBS News:
We can’t let a so-called “centrist” like Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of ‘No, we can’t.’
The old guard of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can’t be counted on to lead the fight against his divide-and-conquer politics today. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016.
Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today. Democrats are increasingly uniting around progressive populist policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college, rejecting corporate money and ending mass incarceration and deportation. We don’t need someone who voted for the Iraq War, for mass incarceration, and for the Bankruptcy Reform Act while voting against gay marriage, reproductive rights and school desegregation.
This delights people like “Bonchie,” who noted at RedState.com:
To be honest, I love these people. They are a gift to the Republican Party … the majority of the country do not support their radical “Democratic Socialist” agenda. In the meantime, they are dragging the Democratic Party further and further left into its demise….
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