Sorry, Joe Biden, You’re Not The Democratic Party, Just Its Facade
In an exchange about health care during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden declared, “I am the Democratic Party!” He was responding to President Trump’s claim that Democrats want “socialist medicine,” a Trumpian but mostly accurate characterization of where most Democrats are on health care. Biden vehemently denied it, saying he’s not for getting rid of private health insurance.
But beyond the question of health care, Biden’s claim of ownership over the Democratic Party stood out Tuesday night if only because the rest of his performance demonstrated the extent to which it’s not true. In fact, Biden is so afraid of his own party — and so bullied by its dominant left wing — he can’t truthfully answer basic questions about where he stands on major policy issues, not even when asked point-blank on a national stage.
That’s why he refused to answer a simple question about whether he supports packing the Supreme Court and ending the Senate filibuster — a question he has been dodging lately. Instead, Biden awkwardly pivoted to a canned talking point about the importance of voting. When pressed by Trump to answer, Biden shot back bluntly, “I’m not going to answer the question… Will you shut up?”
“I’m not going to answer the question… Will you shut up?” Biden said when asked about court packing pic.twitter.com/i4RHShQAIP
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As Biden and everyone else knows, the left wing of the Democratic Party is eager to kill the filibuster and pack the court if their party wins control of the White House and the Senate. Some, like House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, have openly endorsed a court-packing scheme. Other leading Democrats, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have not ruled out packing
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