The Future Of The Biden Campaign Amongst The Divided Democrat Party

If you would have asked me not more than two months ago which candidate I thought would be victorious in obtaining the Democratic nomination, I would have explained to you with utmost certainty, that Bernie Sanders would soon be the face of the party. Then Super Tuesday rolled around, and it was once again revealed to all of America, that Bernie’s supposedly colossal “communist revolution” was no more than a widely propagated illusion. If we are being honest, looks may be deceiving.

            On April 8th, Sanders ended his bid for the nomination, my progressive friends could be heard faintly saying, “well it was better than nothing”, and in consequence, Joe Biden became the last man standing. Was this the manifested desire of the Democratic Party? To essentially nominate the past? Aside from the former Vice President’s physical inadequacies, what is the Biden campaign really about?

            Before I answer this question, I need to firstly display some other interesting facts that I don’t perceive very many people are aware exist. It recently became illuminated to me, what was actually happening to the Democratic Party. I was aware that Bernie Sanders was dividing it ideologically, but I never gave the notion anymore consideration than aimlessly scraping its surface. The Democratic Party is presently ideologically unsure where it’s future lies. Of the many candidates we have witnessed over the past 8 months or so (that have run their campaigns on the DNC’s platform), one thing has been obvious, Bernie was their supreme leader. If Bernie said jump, the others candidates replied “how high?” This was transparent on many different occasions. The candidates that refused to align their dogmas with that of Bernie’s revolutionary position, on a variety of topics, eventually suffered greatly in the polls, and inevitably were forced into suspending their bids.

            After Super Tuesday, it was evident something was occurring that was extremely amiss. Conservatives and those on the political right used partisan tactics to manifest the two septuagenarians into a laughing stock, while that may benefit President Trump’s chances for re-election, it ignores something critically important. Bernie and Biden aren’t the same people. They have entirely different “visions” for our country, and saying otherwise is to reject actuality. Super Tuesday made their differences more transparent, but even more, it showed the diversity of thought among Democratic voters.

            This week, the mainstream media has been occupied fabricating another “hole riddled” narrative, this narrative being one that suggests Bernie Sanders is out of the race. Yes, he may have “dropped out”, but why do we so rapidly cease to recall the fact that he has delegates, 914 to be exact. Those delegates provide Sanders with influence over the Biden campaign. In order to acquire the nomination, it is necessary that the Bernie Bros (aka progressives) quickly develop a favorable view of Joe Biden, and with that his policy ideas. But Joe’s political beliefs are that of a moderate Democrats, in the eyes of progressives he is just as intolerable as Trump. The only possible way in which Biden could win the support of these progressive Democrats, is by shifting his policy ideas even further to the left, unavoidably excluding the support of more moderate and liberal voters. This spells disaster for the future of the Democrat Party.

The big question that now remains is ; will Biden have enough delegates to get the nomination, and If not, to what extent will he have to “meet the demands” of the progressive left in order to get those delegates? But this is just the beginning. Let us assume he does acquire the Democratic nomination, the ideological divide will still exist come November, and depending on which political direction Biden decides to maneuver himself towards (whether it be further left, or more moderate), who is to say how his voters will react. The party must quickly find unity in a particular set of beliefs, this would be most profitable.

One thing the Democrat Party has had consistent unity in (for quite some time), is its perpetual hatred and animosity towards President Trump. I assume they could maintain this hatred until November, but will unity in this one common loathing be enough to motivate the entire Democratic base? We shall soon find out.

Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught journalist and Christian apologist. You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan

6 Comments

  1. Hello Dylan. Interesting post, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this subject. As for Sanders “communist revolution” that is a deliberately misleading and incorrect way to label his campaign. He was running as a Democratic Socialist, he constantly repeated that. You know as well as I do the differences between Democratic Socialism and Communism.

    As for his numbers I would remind you that his numbers were both high enough and growing fast enough that the entire party including all the corporate media and wealthy corporations came together to try to defeat Sanders. Remember each of the other candidates were losing to Sanders so they had to join up as a single unit to try to beat him. The media had already anointed Biden and was pushing the narrative hard that only Biden could beat tRump and the line of electability. Funny thing about electability, it is an unknown until after the election when we see who got elected.

    As far as what Sanders run accomplished think of where the party is now compared to where it was even four years ago. How far to the left the party has moved, how it is returning to its roots? All the issues Sanders fought for and ran on were picked up by every other candidate including Biden. If his ideas were so unpopular why would those other candidates include modified parts of them in their campaigns, again including Biden. As you so correctly wrote.

    I think the big difference between Biden and Sanders is the time frame they want to move the country to. Biden is a return to the past, both to the Obama years and to the 1980s where Biden felt his most powerful and relevant. Sanders was a move to the future to a more modern way of dealing with our country’s issues and needs.

    I disagree that by shifting more to the left, which Biden has already done, will alienate the moderates and independents. Just as with Sanders supporters, the biggest issue of all these voters is the defeat of both #45 and the Republican agenda. There is the vote blue no matter who slogan. You label it perpetual hatred and animosity which to varying degrees I would agree with as the current mood with most who are not the base supporters of #45.

    As for the future of the party you are leaving out the changing demographics from your calculations. Just as the Republicans have a demographics issue that the majority of the base is older white people, and the data shows a clear decline in the party members. In other words, the party is shrinking. Well the Democrats have the opposite problem; they are growing among the young who have a more progressive leaning than the older corporate moderate members. As the older generations who are stuck in their pasts die off the younger generations who are more in tune with the times they are living in are insisting the party move to accommodate their views. It is a fight for the future of the party as you say, but time is in favor of the younger generations and their more modern progressive views.

    Be well and safe. Hugs

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    1. Hello Scottie,

      Thank you for this reply. I must say, I agree with some of the things you mentioned. Unfortunately I am becoming part of a minority group myself. Honestly, how many conservative teenagers do you know? Since I am homeschooled, most of my friends are from my local church. I get along with the women at this time better than I do with the men (obviously because women mature intellectually faster than men do). These kids attend public schools, follow the trends set by the culture (social media, personal and unique gender expression, etc…), and most evidently their progressive world-views. As these young people become adults, the church I attend peculiarly is becoming more secular. It irritates me that this is the case, but It is the world that our institutions have created.

      You know my beliefs about the progressive movement. I also think I comprehend why you are quite fond of the movement. If I am making reasonably valid assumptions, you are probably fed up with runaway capitalism, income inequality, and the Republican Party. You are aggravated at capitalism because you are aware how destructive it can become when corporations and opulent people in general lobby the government into creating specialized benefits for them and their businesses. You are appalled at income inequality because you are probably a very altruistic person and can visually see the suffering of impoverished people. And you disdain the GOP because it refuses to be revolutionary like the progressive movement, it chooses to stick with capitalism, limited government, and things contrary to the desires of those on the political left. I understand your worldview Scottie, I don’t think that it shouldn’t exist, but I fear that the progressive movement is a threat to this country. I think that most young people admire the progressive movement, not because they thoroughly understand the reason for its existence (or that they actually believe the things the movement claims are true), but because of the popularity the movement has gained. They haven’t been told another story, the conservative story, that what’s lacking.

      -Dylan

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      1. Hello Dylan. I disdain, if that is the word, the Republican party because the views and the platform are regressive. It is about the past and dividing people. The party is not inclusive but exclusive, yet still has the idea they should be allowed to rule even when they are clearly the minority. The party can only win by gerrymandering and voter suppression, because their ideas are not favored by the majority.

        I disagree with your assessment on why younger generations are more progressive than conservative, but we can talk about it another time if you want.

        I wanted to remind you of how old I am. In all your list of reasons I might be progressive and anti-conservative you should add the reading, TV, and moves from my childhood. They mostly were about a new and better time, a progressive time where things were better for everyone, society was equal. The idea was there was a better future for everyone. Look at the first Star Trek. Originally it only ran for three troubled years, but became an icon. Why? It was about a better future for humanity. I am now 57 years old, and yes I am still fighting for that future. Not just for myself, but for everyone, including you. The reason is because I care. Hugs

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