Joe Biden Should Primary Donald Trump as a Republican.
In the announcement of his Presidential campaign, Joe Biden stressed that we are in the midst of a battle for the soul of the nation. In a sense, I would agree. We are certainly heading down an incredibly dangerous path that is already having devastating consequences on everything from our environment to the court systems throughout the country. But there was a point in the video announcement where he lost me all together, and that was when he stressed that we have to remember who we are.
Remember who we are.
Let’s break down what Mr. Biden means when he echoes this plea. With these words, Mr. Biden has reached the conclusion that the Trump administration is the antithesis of the country, and represents everything that we are not. But, that is simply not the case. The fact is, Donald Trump is the representation of the modern Republican party. This can be proven in a number of ways, whether it be by his high approval ratings within the party or the fact that the resistance to his regime is virtually nonexistent among Republicans in positions of power both inside and outside of the government.
This attitude towards the circumstances at hand shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what’s happening at best, and willful ignorance at worst. I do believe, however, that Joe Biden is sincere in his desire to take down this President, and that he is honest in his belief that he is the best person to do it. That being said, the way that he could do this is not in the way he or I’m sure a significant number of people within the party would envision.
Joe Biden would probably have a greater chance of taking down Donald Trump and the rise of fascism that he represents by running a Primary campaign against him within the Republican Party, as opposed to running against him in a general election.
Now before I go any further, I should probably stress that I am in no way under the impression that this would actually happen, nor am I under the impression that Joe Biden would win the nomination in the Republican party. While of course I can’t envision a scenario like that actually happening, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still how Joe Biden could put his efforts to the best use in the overall defeat of Donald Trump and the rise of fascism within the nation.
As so many of us know, the Overton window within the context of the country overall and especially the Republican Party has shifted greatly to the right over the course of the past few decades. Joe Biden’s strategy of maintaining the center while the Republicans continue moving away is objectively the wrong way to address such a serious and growing phenomenon. Not only does it ignore why this is occurring, but it does nothing to prevent it from continuing.
Stopping fascism requires a strong opposition from the left, one that is not willing to weaken itself and bow its head to the whims of the far right. That being said, there is a place for the moderates, and that’s within the far right party, where they could attempt to shift that Overton window back towards the center.
While the claim that Joe Biden is essentially a Republican might seem wild to some this day in age, there’s no honestly refuting the fact that he is reminiscent of what that party used to be in the 90s. Maybe that’s why he would be the perfect candidate to infiltrate from within, and lead the effort to shift the direction of their Overton window back to where it once was. I’m not under any impression that he would win an election against Donald Trump, but I don’t find it that far fetched to imagine he could appeal to some of the upper middle class white men and women who want those tax cuts for the rich, but think Trump’s rhetoric is “unbecoming” of a President. I mean, Joe Biden did work to make Bush’s tax cuts permanent after all. Is it really that wild to suggest he would appeal to the rich and powerful that still do operate within the context of the Republican Party? At least, maybe enough to weaken it and see that Trump is defeated. AND, added bonus for Mr. Biden: if he actually was a Republican, Mitch McConnell would be more willing to work with him, too. It would certainly be more likely than it would if he was a Democrat, and being able to work with him definitely seems to be important to Mr. Biden.
Again, I don’t think a scenario of Joe Biden switching parties would EVER actually happen, and all of this is purely hypothetical and silly, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting to imagine. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice if rather than splitting up the Democratic Party between the leftists and the moderates, we were aiming to tone down the Republican Party instead? The Democrats have plenty of moderates. Why not have a few of them attempt to shift the party that’s moving so dangerously to the right, and allow a leftist opposition party to flourish in the meantime? With a record as conservative’s as Joe Biden’s, he’d be a great candidate to do it!
So go ahead Mr. Biden, fight Trump! Just do it on his own turf, where you’ll have more success.