May 17, 2022

Biden: Identity Politics and No Apologies

Identity politics seems to be sticking around. Important election results seemed to refute the notion that Americans vote for their ethnic or racial identity. Hispanic voters trended significantly toward the supposedly anti-Hispanic Donald Trump, and Californians, while voting 63% for Joe Biden, rejected racial quotas and preferences in a referendum by an even larger margin than in the 1990s.

But Joe Biden, even as the Supreme Court rejected the last pro-Trump lawsuit and the Electoral College confirmed his 306-232 majority, seemed to be playing identity politics with his major appointments. “Identity-based groups,” The New York Times is reporting, “continue to lobby Mr. Biden to ensure racial and gender diversity at all levels of his administration.”

He’s facing demands for two Cabinet posts for “Latinas,” for a black attorney general and for a Native American interior secretary. He’s facing criticism for placing “people of color” in posts for which they have no apparent expertise — Xavier Becerra at the Department of Health and Human Services, Susan Rice at the Domestic Policy Council.

Every incoming president faces vexing choices — and scornful criticism — but it’s an especially vexing problem for Democrats. Their party, since its creation in 1832, has been an often-unwieldy coalition of out-groups with grievances and self-appointed advocates. Their urban political bosses developed the art of balancing party tickets dozens of decades ago.

The plaints and pleas of identity-group advocates can sometimes seem disconnected from reality. How many Hispanic-surnamed women out there are determined to renounce the Democratic Party unless Biden appoints to his Cabinet not just one but two Latinas (at least The Times isn’t using the university-spawned and unpronounceable adjective “Latinx”)? Will black voters really feel betrayed if this Democratic president doesn’t appoint a black attorney general as the last Democratic president did?

At this point in our history, it seems apparent that Americans will not only accept but also approve of appointees of any ethnic or racial description, depending on their performance and policies. And one suspects that among the public, if not in the press, most people care more about policy than ethnicity, more about competence than ticket balancing.

On that count, the Biden administration is shaping up to be less radical than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her squad may like, but also sharp-edged in its partisanship. Becerra’s legal persecution of abortion opponents and Rice’s willingness to advance falsehoods about the 2012 Benghazi attack are pertinent examples that could prove of greater importance than their racial classifications.

A sharp-edged partisan tone was also apparent in Joe Biden’s mostly emollient remarks Monday night during which he acknowledged his victory in the Electoral College.

“It’s time to turn the page as we’ve done throughout our history,” Biden said, “to unite, to heal.” He promised to “be president for all Americans.” But he also took pains to rebuke Donald Trump and Republicans who have supported the Texas attorney general’s lawsuit to overturn the results in four other states, rejected by an essentially unanimous Supreme Court.

Biden was right in disparaging that particular case and for noting that other pro-Trump lawsuits were not successful. But he was wrong to suggest that Trump’s victory four years ago was accepted ungrudgingly by Democrats.

On the contrary, congressional Democrats then, on no more basis than the Texas attorney general had last week, challenged the Electoral College results. And Obama administration intelligence and law enforcement officials interfered in the political process during and after the campaign, continuing for years after Trump was inaugurated to advance the charge of collusion with Russia, for which no credible evidence has ever appeared.

Calls “to work together to give each other a chance to lower the temperature” are likely to prove unavailing absent a confession of error — an acknowledgement and apology — from those, including the president-elect, who denied the legitimacy of the man who was president-elect four years ago.

Acknowledgements and apologies should also be forthcoming from major press outlets and from Facebook and Twitter for suppressing what we now know was the valid New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s misdeeds.

The Trump lawsuits failed to identify any wrongdoing that cost Trump electoral votes. But the largely successful suppression of those stories may have changed the outcome of the election, just as Obama-appointed FBI Director James Comey’s late-in-the-campaign statement that reopened the Hillary Clinton email investigation may have changed the outcome in 2016.

But, hey, back to business as usual. There’s no sign that acknowledgements, much less apologies, are forthcoming, while the identity politics cabinetmaking merrily continues.

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.


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Rowena Cranmer (@guest_1090483)
1 year ago

How sad. Thanks to the non violence of the Right minded, we are watching the death of America. Martial law could have, and SHOULD have been in place to force a rerun in person, with proof of address and photo ID of the election. The presence of armed forces would have stopped the violent left … with force.

Enough money has been wasted. The courts are as corrupt as the electorate. Do you honestly think the violent left will remain silent when their promised milk and honey is not forthcoming, and the truth of what they are in for comes to light.

Just sad to see a paedophile, criminal fraudster in charge to destroy a once great country. And nothing from the right … literally just as Britain was handed to the thugs of issslam and its dhimmi left … silently.

a fool (@guest_1090697)
Reply to  Rowena Cranmer
1 year ago

Agreed with YOU, Rowena Granmer!

David Elphinstone (@guest_1090510)
1 year ago

It is time for some of the gop to grow a pair and back the President and the American people to fight as well or America as we know it will be gone.

9MM (@guest_1090513)
1 year ago

Keeping this up and Biden will give us a cabinet of street people and some homeless.

Mike Hayes (@guest_1090537)
1 year ago

Biden and his fellow crooks in the house and senate need to be immediately jailed and put on rial for treason. If found guilty we all know what the sentence should be. The supreme court justices also need to be put into this crooked group.

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Reply to  Mike Hayes
1 year ago

Facebook says execution doesn’t agree with their community(communist} standards. Facebook is not Democratic and should be shut down until they agree to allow conservative comments.

Tomas Rivas (@guest_1090620)
1 year ago

concede, joe it’s the right thing to do.

Teresa (@guest_1090699)
1 year ago

Biden’s a selfish pig who doesn’t give a damn about the American people. He has obviously sold his soul to the devil and has only started to put in place his money faucet and if he has to steal it from the tax payers, so be it. He is the lowest form of life on this planet and must believe he only has to go to confession to become clean again but what he has participated in will never wash off. Into the lake of fire he goes.

flak (@guest_1090716)
1 year ago

new government qualifications,, not what you are qualified for , but what race you are

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Confession? He does not know what that is. He is nothing. All he knows is that he is the “The Big Guy” He is the God Father of the “Bide’s La Cosa Nuestra Crime Family. These people have sold their soul to China, Russia and many other countries while Joe goes around smelling women hair and pretending that he is a nice guy. He could be President? That makes him a Crooked, Wealthy, Powerful Pervert with Dementia. May God be with us.

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