That was quick. Just a month after the “No Malarkey” bus rolled out to meet and greet prospective voters, it’s been retired. Although an apt replacement for the slogan might be “Yes, Malarkey,” team Biden has opted for something a little less pithy but no less honest. The new slogan? “Battle for the soul of the nation.”
NEW YEAR, New Bus: “No Malarkey” here, the Biden bus traveling through Iowa has a new look. It’s now broadcasting @JoeBiden’s reminder that America is currently in “The Battle for the Soul of the Nation.” pic.twitter.com/aXx3oqnd0N
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) January 2, 2020
The new slogan is “borrowed,” to put it politely, from a 2018 book titled “The Soul Of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” but Biden doesn’t stop there. He also has a new campaign video out titled “Two Years After Charlottesville: A Battle for the Soul of This Nation,” which parrots one of the central themes of the book, whose author, Jon Meacham, is a Trump hater who, in the words of the New York Times, was “appalled by the ascendancy of Donald J. Trump, and shaken by the deadly white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville in 2017.”
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Biden opens the video with a repetition of the lie that Trump condoned the actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville, but the candidate has little room to talk. He himself sought the support of segregationists in his fight against busing, and he once openly endorsed segregation, calling it “black pride,” adding that desegregation would prevent blacks from “embracing their own identity.” As recently as June 2019, he defended himself against suggestions he is too “old fashioned” for today’s Democratic Party by invoking two Southern segregationist senators by name as he fondly recalled the “civility” of the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s.
The 2020 election will in a very real sense come down to a battle for the soul of the nation. The incumbent, whom the Left loves to hate and decry as “selfish,” is a man who has forfeited his salary and brought about an unprecedented economic boom that has benefited all segments of society. Those who seek to replace him have designs on continuing and surpassing Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the U.S. by, for example, decriminalizing illegal border crossings. If you can think of anything more un-American than that, please enlighten me.