The media is going for Biden’s throat and smearing him as a racist in an attempt to replace him with a candidate more palatable to the social justice warriors:
Biden’s remarks at a New York fundraiser that “at least there was some civility” when he worked with segregationists in the Senate unleashed a torrent of criticism from his rivals and the left. And a story in POLITICO about centrists coming around to Warren as an “anybody but Bernie” alternative set off Sanders and his allies.
“We knew the primary wouldn’t be all puppies and rainbows forever,” said Ben LaBolt, a former adviser to Barack Obama. “And as the debates approach you can see a new dynamic emerging.”
The reaction from Biden’s rivals to his comments was fierce.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose wife is African American, noted that one of the segregationists Biden invoked, James Eastland of Mississippi, would have outlawed his marriage. Sen. Cory Booker, who is black, took offense that Biden seemed to make light of Eastland calling him “son” but not “boy.”
Still, the escalating tensions come as Warren is gaining on Sanders in polls. She leapfrogged him in recent surveys in Nevada and California. And a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday showed Warren and Sanders virtually tied for second, with Warren, at 15 percent, gaining five points in one month. Biden still led the field at 32 percent.
I remain convinced the media is trying to ram Kamala Harris through. If Biden’s campaign collapses, the next target will be Bernie Sanders.
I am no fan of Biden, but I remain hopeful he will win the primary even though he will be nominally more difficult for Trump to face in the general election. We don’t need a social justice warrior candidate like Harris a few thousand votes away from the presidency. Biden is terrible, but he’s a familiar kind of terrible, and not the second coming of Hugo Chavez.