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USA Today - June 8, 2019

"When you listen to Biden on the campaign trail, you see a candidate trafficking in platitudes galore, about defeating Trump and “mak(ing) America moral again." Excuse me, but right there is the problem: Biden and many Democrats fundamentally misread what happened in 2016. To them, Trump is a temporary aberration, before the usual status-quo politics can be restored."

Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is still early in the presidential race, of course, and things could change as they inevitably do. But there are already several problems with his candidacy.

For one thing, I choke on my coffee whenever I hear Biden do his humble-guy shtick: The I’m-originally-from-Scranton-Pennsylvania-and-I-understand-your-everyday-concerns routine.

He is a personally decent man. But the fact is, he is a consummate, long-time Washington insider, who has demonstrated in his long career that he often dances with the ones who brought him: wealthy donors and special interests. But more on that later.

... Biden's record favors elites over Americans

More harmful to his candidacy are his actions that’ve benefited his wealthy benefactors but stick it to the Average Joe and Jane: his support for global trade deals that have decimated the American manufacturing base, his support for financial deregulation, and his support for bankruptcy reform that prevents people from being able to discharge their consumer debt.

And it hasn’t escaped sharp-eyed observers that he started his current campaign by holding a fundraiser attended by corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors.

Not to mention Biden’s support for costly Middle Eastern military interventions that benefit our military industrial complex but have harmed Middle America’s sons and daughters.

The list goes on. Just consider the conflict-of-interest questions raised by his actions in Ukraine and China that involved his son, Hunter.

But hey, if you aren’t paying close attention, Biden is your guy. He is the perfect tool of the oligarchy — affable and decent while sometimes effecting cut-throat policies detrimental to ordinary Americans.

Before Trump has a chance to tear into Biden’s record, his fellow Democrats in the coming primary debates will do so.

This piece is about Biden but is ultimately not about him, but about our oligarchic political system. The best among us may get elected to high office in D.C. with high minded ideals and goals but eventually get co-opted by an insidious system, and gradually become an out-of-touch, often-duplicitous, platitude-mouthing D.C. elite. 

It looks like that happened to Biden. My prediction: He will not be the Democratic nominee.  

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