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