As I’ve said before, this is AOC’s party now.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden reversed instantly and spectacularly on the Hyde Amendment, now calling for an end to the 43-year prohibition on federal funds being used for abortions. It only took two days of criticism and some triage by his campaign team to reverse his last stance. And while he’s still trying to stake ground covering the middle, he’s catering to the radicals in his party.
He has to. His party is quickly becoming made up of mostly radicals. Some have told me otherwise, but when it comes to abortions, the middle ground is no no-man’s land, at least for Democrats.
Biden’s reversal came after rivals and women’s rights groups blasted him for affirming through his campaign aides that he still supported the Hyde Amendment. With the shift, Biden hopes to limit any damage from women’s groups and progressives who already are skeptical about whether a 76-year-old, more centrist white man can be the party standard-bearer in 2020.
What does this say about Biden? It tells us what I’ve been saying since March before he even entered the race. His desire to be the Establishment Democrat that stands out in a sea of radicals is too dangerous. He cannot afford to buck the trends within his on party, trends that point to socialism, “free” everything, and an embrace of intersectionality that would normally exclude him as an older straight white male.
Biden’s team sees the writing on the wall. Hillary Clinton’s stolen nomination in 2016 was the last straw for the radical progressives. They will go after anyone who tries to prevent the nation from a full embrace of socialism. It’s Green New Deal or bust – no half-measures. There’s no incremental approach to healthcare in a party that has somehow convinced millions that Medicare-for-All will be paid for by the rich. Free speech must be seen as hate speech. Guns must all be taken. The Democratic Party that Republicans used to parody in an effort to scare donors is now the Democratic Party of reality. Their leaders outside of the dwindling Establishment are far-leftists through and through.
The radicals have the reins. Joe Biden is simply along for the ride and hoping he can shift his positions just enough to suspend disbelief in his progressive credentials. Expect more reversals soon.
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