Does the Democratic Party have an auto-immune disease? If so, we need to find a cure for that now.
Biden’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination are busy suggesting either that he is a racist or has been willing to help racists further their discriminatory programs. Evidence for both accusations in tenuous at best. Biden is clearly not a racist himself, and when he says that to get things done in the Senate, you sometimes have to work with people whose views you find abhorrent, he is saying something that is so patently true that it’s astonishing that it should have to be defended, by Biden or anyone else.
I hope that Elizabeth Warren gets the nomination, but since Biden is, still, the likely nominee, I hate seeing these personal attacks on him. Especially disturbing is that these attacks may hurt him with black voters, whose support is indispensible if we are to retire Trump from office.
And that goal is what we cannot afford to lose sight of. Trump is a danger to the whole world and the entire burden of retiring him from public life rests on the Democratic Party. That so great a responsibility should have come to rest on so rag-tag and bob-tail a thing as an American political party is an astonishing and terrifying development, but it is plainly the case.
We Democrats must rise above our usual standard of behavior. This time, we do not have the luxury of being our usual rowdy and contentious selves. We must do everything we can to make sure that John Bolton does not continue to make our foreign policy, Stephen Miller our immigration policy, and Betsy Devos our educational policy. We cannot afford to allow the Federalist Society to load the federal benches with young, healthy, reactionary judges. We have no time to lose in the effort to curb global warming.
Let the candidates for the Democratic nomination debate policy as much as they want, but let’s be careful about making accusations that may end up being used by the Republicans against our eventual nominee. We need to face our frightening responsibility with the sobriety and care that it requires.