Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’
In January of 1964 (an election year, appropriately enough), Bob Dylan released an album with the title track being The Times They Are A’Changin’ – from which the above lyrics were pulled.
Now, 55 years later, those words ring loud and true for Joe Biden – whose longevity in politics (he first won election to the United States Senate in 1972) is coming back to haunt him.
From Marc Caputo’s article at politico.com, we have this:
Joe Biden spent much of his career carving out an image as a tough-on-crime Democrat. But few who watch the second presidential debate are likely to get that impression from him.
The rapid evolution of the politics of racial justice have made what used to be a signature strength into a potential liability, forcing him to scuttle his positions and rhetoric from decades ago — or risk getting trampled by rivals questioning his civil rights record. The biggest test comes Wednesday night, when he’ll be flanked on stage by two of his sharpest critics on race, Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
Biden’s crime-fighting efforts were once praised by African-American leaders — including by the first black president, Barack Obama, who cited the then-senator’s role in passing the landmark 1994 crime bill when he chose Biden as a running mate in 2008.
But that 1994 law is now anathema in progressive circles. And for many, Obama is no longer enough to validate Biden’s credentials.
The criminal justice plan Biden unveiled last week was a major step in that direction. It takes a decidedly different approach toward law-and-order issues, most notably on the death penalty — which he now calls for eliminating after decades of support for it. For the first time, Biden has also called for the complete elimination of mandatory-minimum sentences at the state and federal level.
It’s not hard to see Joe Biden’s problem.
-He can either remain what he always was, for which he will be condemned as a neanderthal hardliner – and probably a racist as well (Why not? Who hasn’t been called a racist by the left?)…
-…or he can go with his shiny new set of views on criminality and be condemned as a turncoat liar, who is trying to convince voters that he is something he never was – and probably a racist as well.
This, of course, is before we get to Biden’s status as an old (stee-rike one!) White (stee-rike two!) man (stee-rike three! Yer out!), which, to many hard-left Democrats, disqualifies him right at the starting gate.
Is it possible that Joe Biden can square a circle and convince enough Democrat primary voters to make him the party’s 2020 nominee? I suppose. After all, as Robert Dole proved in 1996, anything is possible.
But, unless you get massive odds, I strongly urge you not to bet on it.
In today’s Democrat circles – inhabited, oxymoronically, by people who claim to be against prejudice – this is no country for old White men.