Within this Pivotal Political Era, Joe Biden Represents Calm for Many.

How Mr. Biden is fitting in to the democratic race, and what progressives must do to challenge him.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Since 2016 the ideological divide between progressives and centrists within the Democratic Party has only become more pronounced, and our ever growing number of Presidential candidates has only served to reflect that. Progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders have risen through the ranks, but the more moderate Pete Buttigieg has not been far behind. Up until April 25th however, one of the top candidates hadn’t even announced.

Since the start of the 2020 election cycle Joe Biden has been consistently among the leaders in the early polls, and was welcomed to the race with open arms by the media when he released the long anticipated announcement video.

Instead of highlighting particular policy proposals like other candidates, Joe Biden used his campaign announcement video to launch a fierce attack against Donald Trump’s message, and the emboldening of racism and bigotry that has accompanied his Presidency. Biden discussed the violence that resulted in the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia at a white supremacist rally a couple years back, and cited the President declaring there were very fine people on both sides as a pivotal moment that made him decide he could not stand by.

Even based on this video alone, it’s very easy to see how Joe Biden could invoke a strong sense of nostalgia for the democrats that miss the days of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Like Mr. Biden, there is a significant portion of the party that views Trump not as a symptom of a larger much more significant issue, but the illness itself. Mr. Biden represents a significant portion of the party who misses the days when we weren’t confronted with the ugly side of our nation day in and day out, and that is incredibly powerful. Especially now, people understandably appreciate a candidate who even with just the tone of his voice, is able to invoke a sense of calm.

Mr. Biden’s announcement offered an interesting insight in to how he has chosen to position himself — at least early on — in this jam packed race for the democratic nomination. He didn’t address…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx