Joe Biden admitted during the most recent Democratic debate that he really isn’t keen on blue-collar workers. A moderator asked Biden if, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he would be “willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?” Biden replied, “The answer is yes.”
Well, there goes West Virginia. As Hillary Clinton found out.
The willingness to sacrifice other people’s jobs is a key characteristic of Democrats, whether on the campaign trail or otherwise. This trait should be coupled with a willingness to lose one’s own job, but that is, pace Ted Kennedy, apparently a bridge too far. Biden’s easy dismissal of working-class types is mindful of other great moments in campaign idiocy, such as the aforementioned Hillary Clinton’s statement prior to the 2016 election that, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Oddly, this did not sit well with folks in coal mining areas like Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.
This would be akin to visiting Wisconsin (something Hillary did not deign to do) and vowing to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption of cheese. Or appearing in New York City and saying, “I pledge to bring Wall Street to its knees.” Come to think of it, Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has essentially said just that.
Who among us isn’t longing for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to campaign in Florida and shout: “We must go after Big Citrus!” Or to travel to Texas to tout her plan to “totally ban the production and sale of cowboy boots and ten-gallon hats.”
I can’t wait for Tom Steyer to stop in Los Angeles and tell the assembled crowd: “The film industry must go the way of the dinosaur. It is needlessly wasteful of precious resources and greatly contributes to the increase in greenhouse gases sent into the atmosphere. Oh, and when I’m president, I will also ban spas, salons, tanning beds, lattes and plastic surgery.”
Look for Biden to make a last-minute stop in Iowa ahead of the Hawkeye State’s February 3rd caucus, although he’ll probably think he’s in Ohio or Nebraska. Watch for him to step up to a podium, lean into the microphone and adamantly aver: “We must prohibit the growing of corn—feed or sweet—by 2030. It produces too many greenhouse gases and is inefficient in water usage.”
And that is no malarkey.