Middle class voters in Midwestern states are not sitting around the dinner table discussing the voting rights of those in prison and picking out the electric car they’d drive after the Green New Deal gets fully implemented
Joe Biden was beloved by Democrats when he was vice-president. When he chose not to run in 2016 and Donald Trump won, many Democrats said Biden likely would have beaten the Republican candidate, prevailing in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — the three states that ultimately delivered Trump’s electoral victory.
Now that Biden is in for 2020, the tables have suddenly turned. Before Biden even got into the race, he faced a backlash from progressive activists over what was called inappropriate touching. No one accused Biden of sexual harassment, but several women did claim Biden invaded their space in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. Biden also faced scrutiny for his vote on the 1994 crime bill, his views on busing and the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings.
Now some progressives have said to Biden, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Justice Democrats, a progressive organization that backed Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said in a statement that it wouldn’t back Biden, at least in the primary, writing: “While we’re going to support the Democratic nominee, we can’t let a so-called ‘centrist’ like Joe Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of ‘No, we can’t.’”
The group’s attacks against Biden sharpened within hours. One tweet from the group read: “The ‘simpler time in politics’ that Joe Biden’s campaign apparently harkens back to was wrought with racism, sexism, and a class war that Joe Biden often capitulated to.”
That’s quite the change from 2016.
There’s a contingent of Democratic voters cheering on the Biden attacks because they want one of their own to face off against Donald Trump. They want Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren, all of whom have endorsed one or more of the items on the progressive wish-list such as Medicare for All, free college tuition, reparations, school loan debt forgiveness, and the Green New Deal. The latest salvo from the 2020 Democratic nominees is the advocation for felons to have the ability to vote — while in prison.