“Biden is not a good villain, ”said a Republican strategist. “Obama was a haughty professor”, translation: Black man who was smarter than you and made no effort to hide it, while the “Uncle Joe life story he has – the tragedy, the losses, the man’s obvious empathy “I think it’s all real. So it’s hard to demonize him.”
Yes, if he wasn’t white you would find a way.
“Because [Biden] is so boring that it is not so scandalous, ”said another. But that’s okay, because “there are bigger bogeymen … we don’t need him as our # 1 slide.”
Bigger bogeymen, like spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, if you get the drift. Senator Bernie Sanders also makes the list because you can try demonizing an old white man if he’s a screaming Jewish socialist. During this campaign cycle, there will likely be at least one anti-Semitic advertising campaign with Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader.
As far as they talk about him at all, Republicans will try to paint Biden as the puppet of the rest of the Democratic Party. You won’t even blame Joe Biden for not knowing, said Tom Emmer, chairman of the Republican National Congress Committee, in an interesting echo of Donald Trump’s efforts to portray Biden as a cognitive decline. Emmer: “I think he’s just the guy who goes out and reads it from a script. That comes from the far left. “Aside from everything we actually see of Biden contradicts it, which is why it’s not a big Republican story about Biden, just their excuse not to attack him.
Republicans are also hoping for a crisis, even a crisis that Biden didn’t have much to do with. It’s obvious how much they rely on things like the ransomware attack on a key pipeline or terrible violence in the Middle East … as long as those things make voters feel like all in the world is not good and Uncle Joe is not keep safe.
Biden’s answer, as White House communications director Kate Bedingfield told the Washington Post: “We’re not interested in a competence versus chaos debate” because “President Biden does the work and the American people can judge for themselves.” So far, so good – Biden’s approval ratings have stayed afloat despite political polarization and a vicious, even insurgent Republican campaign to delegitimize his presidency. And a majority of the public can see that Republicans stand in the way of bipartisanism.
There is a lot that is not under Biden’s control as the US claws its way out of a pandemic that has created unprecedented challenges and goes against many standard economic and institutional predictions. But at least some of the things that are out of his control – his race and gender – work for him. Fortunately for Republicans, there are enough Democrats who don’t match Biden’s demographic profile to fill dozen of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic attack ads.