I don't have a whole lot to comment about with The Breakfast Club/Biden interview, but in terms of Biden gaffe, if this is going to be a problem, um, hold on to your butts, because it's kind of Joe Biden's thing. I think I lean towards the "badly-landed and too familiar joke" camp with what Biden had said because I don't think his intentions are bad or that he doesn't care, but I think he made a classic white people mistake (of which I am also guilty sometimes) of thinking if you have Black friends, you can kind of get away with being a little looser in discussing race issues--and it was the wrong time, because it always is.
But especially when running for president, and here's my issue with it, which doesn't necessarily come down to a question of race or any other thing, but Trump. Because when Charlemagne said "It don't have nothing to do with Trump", he has an incredible point. You have to imagine that you are not running against the worst human, a person with a terrible record and who says hateful things. You have to realize you are running to do something about the country that elected that guy. You have to pull this country back from that edge. It isn't Trump--it's the things that got him here. *
Hillary Clinton, on paper, should have kicked Trump's ass on experience and buried him with a better vison of how to run a country. What the hell does "Make America Great" even mean? It's vague sloganeering, and the wall was and is a dumb idea. People have gotten to the US on innertubes for crying out loud. Now that we've seen Trump in office, and the dysfunctional machinery he is making of government, and the cynical transactionalism that motivates the least thing ("Drain the swamp", my ass), and Trump's own deeply personal and worsening hang-ups, who wants to be the next person to lose--to that?
But it isn't about Trump. He is awful--so what? Republicans came out for him, and they will do it again. In the meanwhile, Biden has to turn out voters for him, and can't count on people to just turn out because they are anti-Trump.
The reason why is simple--Trump's campaign last time was about voter suppression. They flooded the zone with bullshit like Pizzagate and "But her emails" and whatever conspiracy theory bullshit they could. They wanted people to feel like, "What does it even matter?" The third-party edges were about giving space to people to be mad about both parties, as if there was no difference between them. Trump did his best back then in 2016 to pretend things were being "rigged" against him, and is playing that same game now about mail-in votes and potential voter fraud. He's rewriting Russia's involvement to try to mindwipe us into forgetting how bots and fake news were used as influence.
I've noticed that Biden has been strident regarding people confronting him with any agenda with just this kind of line, "Hey, if you don't like me, you can vote for the other guy" as if it was crystal-clear for everybody that Trump simply is the worst, and that Biden is the de facto better bet. And it's not untrue....but?
Remember Hillary Clinton? Because I will not ever forget. But this isn't about Trump. Was Al Gore not better than George W. Bush? John Kerry?
The Democratic party has been down this road, and I'm tired of it. Better isn't enough--you have to talk to how you are going to fill that place in the voters' whole world that wants more. Bill Clinton knew how to speak to that place. Barack Obama did. You have to move those bodies. You have to commit those ballots. Trump does it for his people, and no, it does not appeal to me, but he finds their grievances and makes them his own. He figures out what they love, and celebrates it.
I've said before, I see the so-called "middle" being catered to by politicians, and I want my love for a change. Maybe in the same way Sanders' supporters want their seat at the table, I want someone to say, "Vixen Strangely, you have been voting Democratic your whole life and what is on your wish list?"
Now, raising the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation, transaction taxes on trading and raising the tax on capital gains, universal free healthcare and guaranteeing the right to vote and encouraging the franchise would be top of my list. And everyone has a list. That why I liked Elizabeth Warren's campaign: she whispered sweet plans into my ear about her vision for how we'd do great stuff. Biden needs to go voter-whispering. He needs to answer those "What are you going to do for me?" questions.
And he can do exactly that, and it isn't hard to do. But he has to chill. This isn't about an election against Trump, worst human, existential threat. It's about the people who are going to vote for him. He doesn't have to relate to us or talk our presumed language. He can tell us he wants to fix what is broken. He can tell us he's here to serve. He can tell us he knows it's all fucked up and bullshit, but we'll get over the hump. He can treat this like an election he wants to win because he does.
It really isn't just about Trump. Contrary to what Trump thinks, the world doesn't revolve around him, and his opponent can't revolve around him either.
Also on my wish list is Kamala Harris for running mate. Now more than ever. Just saying.