Apparently fed-up with all the trash-talking from 2020 competitor Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden chose to pen a 700+ word column blasting the senator for her “elitism” and “my way or the highway” attitude.
And the former VP did so without even mentioning the senator’s very white name once.
“The other day I was accused by one of my opponents of running in the wrong primary. Pretty amazing. On one level, it is kind of funny,” the piece, which was published on Tuesday, began. “I have fought for the Democratic party my whole career. I know what we stand for, who we stand with and what we believe. And it’s not just policies or issues. It’s in my bones. That’s not something everyone in this primary can say.”
The opponent who accused him of being in the wrong primary was Warren. Responding to criticism from him concerning her economically disastrous and widely panned Medicare-for-All proposal, last Friday she bluntly accused Biden of “repeating Republican talking points” and “running in the wrong presidential primary.”
(Source: The Hill)
Others who have “repeated Republican talking points,” as Warren put it, include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the American people at large.
Continuing his op-ed, Biden then turned to commonly heard accusations from the Democrat Party’s radical fringe (which includes Warren) that unless you subscribe to certain EXACT beliefs or EXACT policies, you’re a reprobate.
“[T]hese kinds of attacks are a serious problem,” he wrote. “They reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesn’t agree with you — it’s not just that you disagree — that person must be a coward or corrupt or a small thinker.”
“Some call it the ‘my way or the highway’ approach to politics. But it’s worse than that,” he continued. “It’s condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view. It’s representative of an elitism that working and middle class people do not share: ‘We know best; you know nothing’. ‘If you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me.’”
Biden bashes Warren as a know-it-all elitist in new Medium post. Says her running in the wrong primary swipe was “representative of an elitism that working and middle class people do not share…If you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me.”https://t.co/dz19oZFqCg pic.twitter.com/EHCKAovhC9
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) November 5, 2019
It’s ironic to hear him write something like this, given as conservative commentators have been opining about the Democrat Party’s elitism for years.
But it’s also telling considering the timing. Just a week ago former President Barack Hussein Obama publicly came out against the “woke outrage” culture and “ideological purity tests” that have become commonplace in his party.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke, and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”
The remarks earned him praise and criticism from the right. Praise because it was about time that someone with his influence called out the growing insanity, but also criticism because he was partly responsible for the “cancel culture” that currently exists.
Puhlease. Obama STARTED cancel culture. Alinskyite in Chief. He’s only saying this now because it’s extremely unpopular and he’s trying to help Dems distance themselves from it & reposition themselves for 2020. If it werent harming Democrats, he wouldn’t be saying any of this.
— American Elephant™ (@TheElephantsKid) October 30, 2019
And now only days later, Biden appears to be echoing the same rhetoric. Hmm.
“There are a lot of ways z — a lot of progressive ways — to fix our health care system and to make our tax system fair and to address the challenge of climate change,” his piece continued. “I believe I have proposed the most progressive, transformational ideas in this campaign — and I can get them done.”
FYI, there are Republican ways as well …
After listing some of his policy proposals, the former VP then returned to his core argument against what one could call political cancel culture.
“I learned a long time ago that if you question someone’s motivations rather than their judgment you get nowhere,” he wrote. “It’s hard to get past go if you start off by saying the other person is in the pocket of special interests or is corrupt. To get anything big done in this country, we need to persuade, to compromise, to reach consensus. That’s the way a democracy works.”
Yet he’s never applied the same thought process when speaking about Republicans, whom he’s had no qualms about smearing as racists, homophobes, sexists, bigots, etc.
It appears the former VP wants to have his cake and eat it too. But judging by the comments that line the bottom of Biden’s op-ed at Medium, it appears that all he’ll be getting is some good ol’ cake in the face.
“It’s pretty stunning that a man who was a U.S. Senator for 36 years, then Vice President for 8 years, is accusing someone else of ‘elitism,'” the top-voted comment read as of Wednesday morning.
The response gives a whole new meaning to the old adage “do to others what you would have them do to you.”