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Joe Biden at the recent Democratic presidential candidate debates.

Alan Chartock: Joe Biden should be the Democrats’ choice

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By Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 Viewpoints 7

It appears to me that the only one who can beat Donald Trump is Joe Biden.

The former vice president and close friend of Barack Obama is well-positioned to beat the man who seems increasingly Mussolini-like in his approach to the presidency. This older, moderate man is a familiar figure and he can deliver the independent, middle-class votes for the Democrats. He is the right candidate. How do we know this? There is lots of evidence. The Democrats, largely in opposition to Trump, took the House of Representatives. It was a middle-class, middle-range reaction to the man many people think is so narcissistic that he falls into the insane class.

The recent polling shows that Biden alone can beat Trump. If the Democrats replicate the strategy that brought them the House, they can win. If they alienate the middle-class citizens of this country, they will lose. Unfortunately, so many people are so appropriately furious at the president that they have lost sight of what’s most important: beating the madman in the White House. If the Dems lose this election, it is possible that they will have lost any hopes of preserving what remains of this democratic republic. It is that serious.

Each of the other candidates has merits but each also has fatal electoral flaws. The problem is that so many of the other candidates are so invested in winning that they miss the great, selfless objective: beating Trump. They have fallen for his gambits at each turn. Trump wants to paint them as a band of crazy radicals or unfocused politicians. He uses the same tried-and-true techniques on a largely clueless and frightened middle class as the charismatic-yet-crazed dictators of the past. As unbelievable as it seems, he is winning. Let’s look at some of the opposition.

Cory Booker has a serious flaw. He is alternatively seen as either angry or, in trying to compensate for his angry image, too docile. He just can’t win. Elizabeth Warren is a brilliant and serious politician but her style seems off-putting to some. She is a potential vice presidential candidate because she is a thinker who offers solutions, but her leadership style and skills are lacking. Democrats love her but that is not enough of the voting population to matter. Kamala Harris has a lot of that missing charisma and I think she would make a fine candidate, but the public is finding something lacking in her as well. I hope that it isn’t plain old misogyny. Others, like Gillibrand and de Blasio, are jokes. Some are just invisible.

Whether Biden can get it together and fight back in debates and the campaign against Trump is anyone’s guess. Yes, Biden is old. So am I. Nonetheless, what this country needs is a stable, decent father figure: someone who inspires trust and hope; someone who has suffered the kind of personal tragedies so many Americans have experienced.

This country is facing civil rights challenges and economic challenges and, above all, climate challenges. You would have to be without senses not to know how dangerous our plight is. But these individual Democrats are so selfish that their vision of victory causes them to hang in there, despite the fact that their chances of success are about the same as winning the lottery. I have no idea whether they stay in because their mothers told them that they could win, but stay in they do.

According to the polls, there’s also a possibility that Bernie Sanders could prevail. I voted for him the last time, but just can’t get behind him this time.

In the end, this is a time to put country first, not self. We are on the path to chaos and insanity, and first things come first. This is just crazy.

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  1. Steve says:

    Yes! A guaranteed Trump win. The absolutely horrible Obama administration will be further exposed (billions to Iran, red line in sand in Syria, promise to Newtown families about gun control, election interference, deportations, family separations, etc) and Trump wins 48 states!

  2. Jean-François Bizalion says:

    Warren is more viable, she can carry on and win a second term, Biden can’t. He also isn’t tough enough to step up in the boxing ring and face Trump.

    1. Richard Sands says:

      I agree. Alan needs a father figure. I need a mother figure – one that kicks butt!

  3. lou says:

    Alan, your love affair with Andrew is affecting your critical thinking skills. Joe Biden will excite voters as much as Hillary did. Look at his rallies where they have to use “seat fillers”, usually paid union members. The corporate/establishment Dems and their lackeys on CNN and MSNBC want to talk about 2018 but are pretty quiet about the massive losses from 2010 to 2016 and why. The new establishment thinking is that Trump is such a monster that we shouldn’t worry about issues, just beat Trump. We don’t have a democracy anymore, we live in an oligarchy. This is why we got Trump. Thanks for throwing Bernie in at the end, I thought you were going to totally ignore him like the rest of MSM. ” possibility that Bernie Sanders could prevail” , really ? Every poll I’ve seen has Bernie beating Trump and in 2016 he was beating Trump by a wider margin than Hillary. I’m sure you’ve seen this too. I don’t get how you voted for Bernie last time but can’t get behind him this time ? I look forward to that article. Bernie’s been consistent for 40 years. We need to take back our government so it works for all of us and not just wealthy campaign contributors.

    1. Shawn says:

      If Biden is the nominee, during a debate with Trump, he should fake falling asleep…then wake up with a “gotcha! I’m Sleepy Joe!”

  4. Jim Balfanz says:

    What does it REALLY say about the state of the Democrat Party, if good old Joe is the party’s nominee? He couldn’t even get to “first base” in his previous attempts to become the nominee. Trump hatred has Democrats moving in the wrong direction, and the result in 2020, if the current trend holds, is going to be a disaster.

    If Elizabeth becomes the nominee, she will join Dukakis and Kerry as huge Massachusetts losers.

    It is funny to watch/listen to the various candidates step all over each other as they move farther and farther left.

    Bernie? Bring it on Democrats. But, again what does it really say about the Democrat party when a Socialist Independent is running in their party, instead of having to run as an Independent?

    Bernie lovers – tell us what legislation he has actually gotten passed during his tenure as a Senator?

  5. Stephen Cohen says:

    Too early. There is a lot of space until Election Day. Biden’s fluffs and baby boomer image do not seem to excite younger voters and engender the energy needed to take on a rabid Republican base. Tump’s approval ratings have stayed at 43% for a long time. If Democrats stay home, especially the young, voters of color and suburban women, he will win. We have time to see the major candidate’s stuff and their ability to energize the electorate. The early coronation of Hillary didn’t work out so well.

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