Now that nomination is virtually Biden’s to lose … he tracks far left

Now that nomination is virtually Biden’s to lose … he tracks far left

Many Democrats this morning a breathing a sigh of relief over the fact that Joe Biden, for the first time in the presidential race, sounded relatively lucid last night. Sure, he had a couple of “moments.” One came when in rapid succession he called the coronavirus “SARS,” the H1N1 the “N1H1, and forgot the name “Ebola” altogether, referring to it as ““what happened in Africa.” Watch:

But on balance, he sounded better prepared and in control of his usually wayward tongue. That’s the good news for Democrats.

The bad news is that the former vice president sounded farther left at times than Sen. Bernie Sanders, his lone competition at Sunday night’s debate:

The two-term vice president announced Sunday he now supported Sanders’s proposal to make public colleges and universities free for students from families whose combined income is below $125,000. He also adopted [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren’s bankruptcy plan.

On the subject of energy and the environment, Biden declared there would be “no more subsidies for fossil fuel industry, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period. Ends.”

He also threatened to take “tens of millions of automobiles off the road.”

On the subjects of equality and inclusiveness, he vowed to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court and vowed to have a female running mate.

George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley commented on the first of these promises, which he wrote “is saying that there will be a race and gender prerequisite for appointments to the Court.”

With Biden leading Donald Trump by 50.7 to 44.3 in the RealClear Politics averages, it appears almost suicidal for him to thrown off the mantel of liberal, especially with the race being virtually his to lose.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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