If Biden Were to Win.
We are months away from the Iowa Caucus. There are ten more debates left before the convention. There is still plenty of time for Biden’s polls to continue to sink, and for Bernie and/or Warren to take charge. However, in the meantime while I wait to see the polls in the aftermath of the Detroit debate, we have to start to consider the fact that Joe Biden’s numbers aren’t sinking as fast as they should be at this point in time. While I still see plenty of reasons to remain hopeful for a Sanders or Warren nomination, I think it’s time for leftists to at least prepare for the idea of Joe Biden winning the nomination, and what that should mean moving forward.
Of course, the primary concern for a Biden nomination is his vulnerability in an election against Trump. He has an almost guaranteed inability to turn out the vote of young people in the way that he’ll need to, which is an increasingly important priority for the Democratic Party if they want to achieve success. It’s growing more apparent with time that he has certainly aged, and may not be as sharp as he needs to be for the political climate he has stumbled back in to.
That being said, another definitive concern for me is what happens to the leftist movement that has begun to flourish over the past few years, thanks to Bernie Sanders and those he inspired? Will it continue, or fade? I’m worried that a large number of people will accept defeat, fall back, and continue on with their daily lives until an even worse version of Trump comes along four to eight years down the line (if Biden manages a victory), and the cycle inevitably continues. For the sake of our fragile republic and even the future of our species, that’s not a chance we should be willing to take.
If Biden wins the nomination, the pressure immediately must begin for him to pick a V.P. to the left of him.
We cannot accept another pick even comparable to Tim Kaine.
If the Democrats make the mistake once again of punching to the left, snubbing their base and essentially asking what we’ll do about it, then yes, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt that will be another four years of Trump. We have an obligation to keep that from happening in any way we can, and it must be made clear to Biden…