October 21, 2020

Biden Could Win Big and Bring our Country Together; the Scary Part Is He’s Chosen Not To Do It

It’s now pretty clear that Joe Biden has a lead, but President Donald Trump has been closing nationally (which doesn’t really matter) and in key battleground states (which matters a ton). Each party’s base has been decided for months. The election, as usual, is largely about who can convince the people in the middle.

Trump’s appeal to this group is he’s the first politician in a long time who sounds like he’s really clued in to their day-to-day concerns. His economic program succeeded in increasing wages and boosting employment until it was completely undone by the pandemic. Voters know that, and they like it. A lot of the voters in the middle also like Trump’s independence from our country’s established political leadership. They have had enough of the establishment.

What voters don’t like is Trump’s character, the chaos he brings and the coarsening of our national dialogue. People in the middle don’t want our country on edge like it has been. They don’t hate Trump the way the left does, but they are very open to removing him for a noncrazy alternative.

This is where Biden has his biggest opportunity, but to date, he has not chosen to take it. Biden has spent his entire career as a moderate. People know that. What they worry about is just how much he’s actually in control of his own campaign and just how radical those around him may be. If Biden could answer these questions in a reassuring way, a huge win is within his grasp. With these four steps, which are mostly in line with where Biden has been his entire career, Biden would likely put up a huge victory:

First, Biden should reject the hard left completely. They scare the hell out of regular people, and they hate Trump so much that they will energetically support Biden by default. So, why does Biden seem to be pandering for their vote? This is what scares people the most. If he’s afraid to push back on the crazies on his own side now, when it would help him politically, how can we have any reassurance Biden would do so when governing?

Joe Biden has never been a leftist. He knows the people burning down buildings and shooting at police are crazy and dangerous. Yet, just as Trump does with the alt-right or the QAnon crazies, Biden is reluctant to say this too directly. He stayed largely silent for months as downtowns to numerous cities were destroyed and police were attacked. It would be easy for Biden to strongly support peaceful protestors while making clear that he has absolutely zero tolerance for the violence and anarchy. He could start by calling out the antifa crazies and slapping down his own vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, who is raising funds to bail out dangerous criminals to this day. There is literally no political downside to this, and it’s the right thing to do, so why won’t Biden do it? All of this together makes people think Biden’s scared of the hard left, not really in charge of his own campaign or both.

Second, Biden should come out hard in favor of the filibuster and do it expressly as a unifying call for reasonable independents and Republicans to join his cause. Biden knows this is the right thing to do. The filibuster rules have been in place for decades, and they assure that the Senate serves as a calming mechanism for our national fever pitches that come and go with each political cycle. The filibuster — requiring a 60-vote supermajority — makes consensus necessary and adds stability to our system right now, when we need it most. Taking this stand now would also ease the pressure on Biden to do something radical when in office. There’s nothing about his background that should make anyone think Biden wants to blow up our political system. Why isn’t he willing to remind moderate voters of this by taking this stand?

Third, Biden should follow the old liberal Democrat model by triangulating big business and coming out hard for American workers. That field is abandoned now. Many Trump Republicans are now supportive of a more pro-American worker agenda. In the era of the gig economy, we need to rethink how workers are protected. “Regular” Joe Biden is the perfect guy to take up this mantle. Doing so would remind American workers that Biden’s on their side.

Fourth, Biden should come out extra tough on China. After botching the China issue early in his campaign, Biden has recently pivoted a little to adopt some of Trump’s tough-on-China rhetoric. Biden should finish the job and admit directly that he gave China openness a shot and that it failed miserably. Then, he should make clear that we aren’t going down without a fight and he’s the guy to lead that fight. This fighting spirit is something people love about Trump. If Biden could show he has it in him, it would cut into one of Trump’s biggest advantages.

As much as Trump voters love him, many Americans are upset about the state of our country. They want someone to come in and bring us together. With these four easy steps, mostly in line with his longtime views, Biden would reassure moderate voters that he’s still the same guy. Maybe even more importantly, he’d reassure moderates that he’s truly still captaining his own ship. If he had the guts to go all in on this plan, Biden could set himself up for a near Ronald Reagan-level historic victory. It’s a Bill Clinton move. On the flip side, the fact that, to date, Biden has not been willing to take these largely moderate positions should scare anyone hoping he would govern as that moderate if elected.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com


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18 Responses

      1. Trump all the way and Biden won’t be making those decisions the far left will and they will destroy America … you may not like Trump personality he is very straight and blunt but he loves America and the people . Biden is not in charge and it’s a disgrace what they are doing

        1. Also part of issues in the current economy is not Trump it’s the pandemic and democrat ran cities not opening up even when safe to do so to hurt people an businesses all to hope for political gain . Yes there are some stupid people but main cities biggest problems from lack employment to Violence looting an crime all democrat ran places it’s disgusting and disgraceful and needs to change . Trump is the only person who in the past 4 years has even been trying to bring awareness and change to this. Only thing democrats want is control over people vs. republicans we the people choose..

      2. Dam straight we want Trump! There is NOT one DEMOCRAT worth a vote! He did more than any DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT or Congress has done in the last fifty years!

    1. I agree with you. Whose side is this writer on. Biden doesn’t do those things because he isn’t mentally capable. Even if he did all of those things he would still be a criminal and a complete embarrassment to the country. Why would people want to elect him to any office ever again. He wasted decades in the senate and 8 years being Vice President and accomplished nothing. It’s time for him to retire from public office entirely.

      1. Biden a MURDERER! Who was the fool that posted their pictures on the MEDIA? Got all six seal team six- MURDER! After killing the Muslim terrorist

  1. This American digest, is completely off track. Digest has nerve to say what the people want. Digest, you’re speaking from your own group, not from America. That’s not how we see, what the president has done for Americans. You’re WRONG

  2. People like this network, actually expose themselves, how they think the Americans feel about our president, and our country. With this network, it’s not about what you’ve done, it’s how much the corrupt left pays you.

    1. How is that again? Are we reading the same material ???? Or are you just rattling cages to see if anyone will bark ????? Well,, I’M BARKING !!! So, ANSWER !!!! A few FACTS about “this network” that give any credence to your remarks, please. I’m waiting…….

  3. Biden WON’T do those things because he doesn’t have his mental faculties anymore. He is UNFIT to hold the office. He’s been in government a long time but he never accomplished anything positive for the USA!
    The audacity of the Democrats to put him up as a candidate is overwhelming. They actually believe Americans haven’t seen through all of their games these last four years. They’re absolutely insane!!!

  4. Joe Biden is nothing more then a criminal and a figurehead for George Soros! I don’t believe that any rational American Citizen truly believes that he isn’t just a pawn in George Soros’ playbook to take over our country. Good old George knows that Biden can’t be an effective leader for our country, therefore, he would just be a figurehead easily manipulated by him or, his soldiers! Why Soros hasn’t been arrested long before now, has got to do with his ability to buy off the opposition. As an American, I say “stuff your money” my country isn’t for sale!

  5. To those that think Trump wont win you have your heads buried in the Sand, Trump voters will not speak in public, they will not buy merchandise and display it, for fear of reprisal.

    Democrats cannot allow others to have a differing opinion, just watch all of the “peaceful demonstrations” if you do not conform to their way of thinking, they will destroy you property attack you and worse. This is all getting so very out of hand.

    We have to learn to sit down and talk, exchange ideas try to come resolutions that work for everyone. But being mean, viscous, hateful, threatening, and or destruction is not an answer.

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