An answer that Joe Biden gave at last week’s debate in Los Angeles shows precisely why the Democratic Party is no longer the champion of the working class — and why its membership should be very worried about next year’s election, according to critics.
Asked by debate moderators if he would sacrifice “hundreds of thousands” of blue-collar jobs to stop climate change, Biden responded with a resounding “yes,” according to the Daily Caller.
Numerous commentators pointed to Biden’s response as a sign that the Democratic Party is giving up on working-class voters to pursue more insular, “woke” concerns that could alienate large portions of the electorate.
Joe Biden’s candidacy has always been based on the simple notion that he has the likability and down-home appeal to take back the Rust Belt from Donald Trump. So far, Biden has maintained his frontrunner status and his politically moderate bona fides, describing those to his left as hopeless idealists with dreams of universal healthcare and no concrete plan to get there, while at the same time playing catch-up with some of his party’s more progressive sensibilities.
But appealing to blue-collar voters and affluent coastal elites has proven to be a delicate dance indeed, and it was clear Thursday night as Biden stumbled on what should have been a no-brainer. Asked if he would support eliminating hundreds of thousands of workers (and potential Trump voters), for the sake of abstract “green energy’ concerns, Biden said yes, Fox reported.
“Three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of economic growth, due to a boom in oil and natural gas production, as President would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers, in the interest of transitioning into that greener economy?” Politico moderator Tim Alberta asked.
“The answer is yes, because the opportunity for those workers, that transition to high paying jobs, is real,” Biden said.
Party of workers no more?
Biden tried to finesse his answer by claiming that displaced workers would find new opportunities, but he was scant on details. Considering the precipitous decline of coal and manufacturing jobs over the past several decades, it’s not hard to figure the reason.
Critics saw Biden’s response as a major misplay as well as another sign that Democrats are walking a political tightrope with their embrace of far-left, woke ideology over the more basic economic concerns that have traditionally defined the party.
Many commentators have pointed to the Labour Party’s wipe-out in Britain’s recent general election as an indication of a trans-Atlantic realignment, as leftist movements become more closely aligned with liberal elites concentrated on the coasts over more traditional working constituencies.
“Working-class Americans are now gravitating towards the Republican party, and we saw that obviously with Trump knocking down the Blue Wall,” said the Federalist’s Inez Stepman in a panel discussion on Biden’s answer on The Hill’s Rising, warning that Democrats must re-calibrate or risk alienating voters.
Despite his best efforts to maintain his folksy affability, Biden has not been able to resist the centrifugal pull of woke insanity, vowing to house transgender inmates in the prisons of their choice and signing on to the concept of government-funded health care for illegal immigrants. Now Biden is telling blue-collar workers that he’ll take away their jobs away, too.