Grind for April 30th, 2019
“No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.”
– Henry Kissinger
Joe Biden is running for president (again)
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday finally announced his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, framing his run as a sort of ‘rescue mission’ to save the core values of American Democracy.
Unfortunately for Biden, the excitement surrounding his indecision about running is likely to eclipse that of his actual campaign.
The one advantage Biden has over his competitors is name recognition.
Joe Biden spent 36 years in Congress before serving as Vice President under Obama (2009-2017). He is well-liked by both parties, and polls suggest he enjoys a 72% approval rating among registered Democrats.
“He’s got a very long record, which is both a strength and it has drawbacks,” notes Jim Kessler, a former aide to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). “His challenge will be selling voters on, ‘I’m the person who can restore some sense of civility and some functionality in Washington, DC.'”
Biden will have some tough questions to answer as he hits the campaign trail.
First off, should he accept support from large donors and super PACs?
Biden has the ability to win support from big donors, but doing so could turn off voters who are looking for a Democrat to represent the working class.
Should he join progressives in calling for Trump’s impeachment?
Progressive lawmakers are pushing to remove Trump from office following the release of the Mueller report, but traditional Democrats like Nancy Pelosi have cautioned against impeachment.
Speaking of progressives, Biden is unlikely to support socialist initiatives like “Medicare for All” and the “Green New Deal.”
Other potential issues for Biden include:
— Accusations of unwanted touching
— His age (if he wins, Biden will be inaugurated at age 78)
— His support for the war in Iraq
— His support for a 1994 crime bill which has largely been blamed for the mass incarceration of African Americans
— His votes against gay marriage and reproductive rights
— His failure to support Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991
In reference to that last bullet point, Hill says she can’t support Biden’s run for president until he takes full responsibility for his actions during Thomas’s confirmation hearings.
“[Biden] needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw,” said Hill. “And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.”
Candidate Biden raises more than $6 million in a single day
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision to run for president on Thursday.
By Friday night, he had raised $6.3 million.
The stunning achievement shocked analysts who were convinced that an aging, establishment Democrat would not perform well amid a field of progressives running grassroots campaigns.
Biden’s first-day totals put him ahead of well-funded rivals Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders, who pulled in $5.9 million and $6.1 million on their first days. Biden also leads in most polls and in terms of congressional endorsements.
“People think Iowa and New Hampshire are the first test. It’s not,” said Biden. “The first 24 hours. That’s the first test.”
Sanders supporters responded to Biden’s success by accusing him of ‘being in the pocket of lobbyists.’
Sanders himself criticized Biden for holding his first fundraising event at the home of a Comcast executive and encouraged his supporters to increase their donations.
“It’s a big day in the Democratic primary and we’re hoping to end it strong,” wrote the Sanders campaign in an email. “Not with a fundraiser in the home of a corporate lobbyist, but with an overwhelming number of individual donations in response to today’s news.”
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