Joe Biden is trying to pivot to the left — but no matter what he does, the establishment icon of the past five decades just can’t keep up with the growing radicalism of the Democrat Party.
During a recent event in New York City, the former Vice President slammed the “white man’s culture” of abusing women, citing the “rule of thumb” myth in a pathetic attempt to score some points with the progressive movement.
“[I]n the late 1300s, so many women were dying at the hands of their husbands because they were chattel, just like the cattle, or the sheep, that the court of Common Law had to do something about the extent of the deaths,” he remarked.
“[Y]ou know what they said? No man has a right to chastise his woman with a rod thicker than the circumference of his thumb,” Biden continued. “This is English Jurisprudential culture. A white man’s culture. It’s got to change.”
If you’re a moderate Democrat who expects Biden to rescue the party from the abyss of unhinged radicalism, you may need an immediate reality check — there is nothing moderate about invoking a debunked feminist myth to appeal to liberal extremists.
Spooked by the rising popularity of socialists and social justice warriors on the left, Biden is desperate to jump on the radical bandwagon and stake a claim to the party’s base by embracing the most preposterous criticisms leveled against Western culture by far-left extremists.
Unsurprisingly, given his unmistakably pale complexion and undisguised fondness for awkward physical contact with women, Biden’s ham-handed attempt to win over progressives is failing. Instead of welcoming Biden to the club, many Democrats are excoriating him over his late arrival, saying he has been insufficiently attentive to the interests of women and minorities in the past.
“I have an idea for how he can change [white man’s culture],” said CNN political analyst Joan Walsh, telling Biden, “Don’t run.”
“Come out and support a woman,” she admonished him. “There’s six women in the race, four female senators. If you want to change it, that’s a way to change it. You know, I admire Joe Biden. I am a fond Democrat. He was a great vice president. But you want to change it? Don’t run.”
Biden will have to get used to these sorts of condemnations if he wants to make it through the Democratic presidential primary process. After all, mere rumors that he was considering naming Stacey Abrams as his running-mate as a pre-emptive maneuver to fend off attacks over his age and race drew harsh criticism from some liberals, including one of Abrams’ own advisors.
“Biden couldn’t be bothered to endorse Stacey in the gubernatorial primary,” the unnamed adviser told BuzzFeed News. “Now he wants her to save his ass. That’s some serious entitlement.”
Biden will also be haunted by his own treatment of Anita Hill during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. Despite expressing regret for not giving Hill “the kind of hearing she deserved,” Biden has come under withering attack from the left for allowing members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — which he chaired at the time — to ask skeptical questions about Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas.
In a recent analysis article, CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza called Biden’s apology to Hill evidence that identity politics issues are “his biggest 2020 weakness,” noting that the Democratic Party has undergone a dramatic transformation since Biden’s early days in politics.
“The problem for Biden — and the Hill testimony makes it plainly — is that he came of age in a very different political time, when ‘white man’s culture’ was totally and completely dominant,” Cillizza wrote. “And, even more problematically for Biden, he has decades upon decades of recorded Senate votes that, if properly utilized by one of his Democratic opponents (or several of them) could cast him as someone who simply is not made for these times.”
No matter how hard Biden tries to parrot the social justice jargon of the contemporary left, he will always be rejected by the new Democrat Party. The progressive movement simply doesn’t have any patience with traditional Democratic politicians who don’t have a history of embracing radical causes. In their minds, Biden might as well be a conservative.
Without a doubt, Joe Biden will never be able to keep up with his party’s leftward drift, but at least his efforts to sound “woke” have entertainment value.
Katrina Pierson is a senior adviser for Donald J. Trump for President Inc.