Standards Joe Biden does not meet
In Liza Featherstone's essay for Jacobin, "For Elite Democrats, Joe Biden’s Candidacy Means Ditching #MeToo," we are told about how the #MeToo movement is basically disbanding itself to avoid confronting Tara Reade's demands for justice. So okay let's imagine that you grant these fair-weather feminists their wish and vote for Joe. What guarantee will you have that, over the next four years, celebrity sexual assault won't be more or less okay?
One of the more spectacular things Featherstone says in this piece, though, functions to provide an "out" for the Biden voters who doubtless form some part of the audience for her writings, be they in Jacobin or elsewhere. She, in short, lowers the standard.
(Parenthetically, here's what you can find on Featherstone's NYU profile: "A free-lance journalist and essayist, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate and many other publications." So she has a wide audience.)
At any rate, here's what she said:
Let’s be clear. If Joe Biden had a personal history of dismembering grandmothers and feeding them to children as an after-school snack, he would still, in my view, be far preferable to Donald Trump or Mike Pence, or whatever Koch-funded revival meeting is running the executive branch at the moment.
Perhaps this statement is true. But if you're one of the grandmothers, Biden isn't preferable to Trump and its truth is of no consequence. You lose either way. And there are going to be plenty of people out there who are going to be in the position of the grandmothers.
Sure, the mass-media-promoted alternative to Joe Biden is currently Donald Trump, who is mostly concerned with his Florida possessions at this time. But let's check out where Joe stands on the coronavirus, okay?
So yeah, after this is over the Fed chair of St. Louis expects 32% unemployment. A lot of folks with no money will be needing a vaccine. But Joe isn't interested in helping. So, if you're one of those people, and the odds are pretty substantial that you are one of those people, you're one of the grandmothers.
If you can't afford to use your health insurance, or if you can't afford health insurance at all, Joe doesn't meet your standards either. Tens of thousands of people die every year because they prefer financial solvency to medical treatment. Joe made these deaths possible by engineering the 2005 bankruptcy bill. Oh and Joe isn't into Medicare for All. Nor is he into abortion rights, nor is he interested in giving you back the money you put into Social Security.
Do I need to add that Joe is not planning to run a credible campaign for the Presidency? If you were depending upon a real campaigner to defeat Trump, Joe isn't your candidate:
But maybe the Biden faithful can win a whole Presidency for Joe all by themselves by shaming people for telling everyone they're not going to vote for him. The mass media will help; but they can only do so much if Joe can't make decent public appearances. By all means, if you're a Biden supporter, apply all of the weapons of shame and guilt that you can possibly muster against the #NeverBiden crowd. Do consider, however, that no matter how heroically low you set your standards, Joe is going to fail to meet them.