Joe Biden was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire Monday and he was asked, incredibly, if he would consider a Republican as a running mate, in the event he secured the Democratic nomination. Biden was civilized and answered the question without laughing and falling off the stage, which is considerably better than I would have done. Washington Times:
“The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Mr. Biden said in response to a questioner at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
“No, I’m serious. … There’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now with the well-known ones: they’ve got to step up. You know what I mean?” he said. “I’m not being a wise guy.”
There are “some really decent Republicans out there” — but not a damn one comes to mind. HA! Fancy that! And I’m not dissing Biden — I can’t think of one either, except Justin Amash and he’s now an Independent.
Oh, my God. Two thoughts: First, Biden wants to sound as conciliatory as possible, hands across the aisle, hands across you sky, you get it, and in theory, I can’t knock that. We do need somebody in office who wants to bring the nation together, this election and every election. So, as a knee jerk reaction to a ridiculous question, it was a decent one, albeit idiotic. Second, this simply is not 2008, when Biden’s friend, John McCain, quashed a woman at a campaign rally who accused Obama of being a Muslim, by saying, “No, he’s a good man. He and I just have some fundamental policy differences and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
That was true then, but it is not true now. What this campaign is all about is getting rid of the most corrupt group of thugs that we’ve ever had in office in the history of this nation. So while I agree with Biden at base level, and I applaud good intentions and a desire to cooperate with the opposition, generally speaking, I think the messaging has to change here. I think it needs to be something more along the lines of, “Our first and foremost priority has to be to secure our democracy and keep our nation safe from foreign interference. To that end, I am disappointed in the stance of the GOP, which has supported a *resident who is doing just the opposite. So, no, in good conscience I could not and would not consider a Republican for the job you mentioned.”
Now it’s always easy to be an armchair quarterback and tell somebody else how the play should have gone, but what I’m saying here is that going forward, this has to be our messaging, that this election is not about Democrat v. Republican, it is about Democracy v. Authoritarianism. That’s as basic as it gets and that is the truth of what we’re up against. I don’t even want to think what Donald Trump might pull if he’s reelected. Election 2020 is not business as usual. This is a turning point in American history.