On the Political Marriage of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
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This month has seen a spate of news stories about Sanders’ new political leverage, not only as chair of the Senate Budget Committee but also due to his close working relationship with Biden. Under the headline “Vermont’s Longtime Outsider Has Become a Trusted Voice in the Biden White House,” CNN summed up: “The Biden-Sanders connection is not a love story; it’s more a marriage of convenience. But as Biden pushes an unprecedented progressive White House agenda, it’s crucial.” Sanders told the network that Biden “wants to be a champion of working families, and I admire that and respect that.”
But if Biden is pushing “an unprecedented progressive White House agenda,” it’s a high jump over a low bar. Leaving aside President Lyndon Johnson’s short-lived Great Society program that was smothered by Vietnam War spending, no White House agendas since the 1940s really merit the term “progressive.” And the current president hardly passes as “a champion of working families” unless he’s graded on an unduly lenient curve.
Meanwhile—despite strong efforts by Sanders, some other lawmakers and many human-rights activists—Biden is still abetting Saudi Arabia’s warfare in Yemen that continues to cause the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. “While he is a welcome change from the incompetence, venality, and cruelty of the Trump administration,” epidemiologist Aisha Jumaan and attorney Charles Pierson wrote recently at Common Dreams, “Biden has continued the Obama and Trump administrations’ support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.” A truly progressive president would not do such a thing.
In the aftermath of his two presidential campaigns that achieved huge political paradigm shifts, Sanders is now in a unique position. “Sanders already influenced a leftward shift in the Democratic Party through his time on the campaign trail in 2016 and 2020,” Bloomberg News reported last week. “Biden has embraced a series of progressive priorities, including an expanded child tax credit and subsidies for clean energy, and made an attempt at increasing the national minimum wage earlier this year.”
July 16, 2021 at 5:32 AM #435323djean111Participant
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It must be time to switch back to blue-no-matter-what mode. Norm is back to telling us that Biden is kinda progressive.
The “marriage” is just for campaign purposes.
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July 16, 2021 at 1:29 PM #435336
July 16, 2021 at 1:30 PM #435337Ohio BarbarianModerator
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And Norman Solomon is still full of shit. Has been for years. LOTE establishment columnist all the way.
There is no leftward movement by Joe Biden. His agenda is not leftist in any way, shape, or form, because he is a right-wing Reagan Democrat. The fact that some consider it “progressive” just makes that word utterly meaningless. Whenever Bernie says Biden is progressive in any way, he is lying through his teeth. Despicable.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
July 17, 2021 at 4:09 AM #435427eridaniParticipant
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However, he has stopped logging in the Tongass forests, and done some incremental stuff that actually helps people. None of it would happen under a Republican.
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