COMMENTARY | While much of the media is rubbing its hands with glee over the perennial struggle between the Republican establishment and the tea party, the Washington Post notes the gathering storm happening in the Democratic Party.
The civil war brewing in the Democratic Party is between the left, as represented by Hillary Clinton, and the far left, as represented by such personages as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. It is also between the head of the Democratic Party and its heart.
Clinton, for all of her flaws, remains the odds on favorite of establishment Democrats. It is not hard to see why. The enthusiasm for President Obama has waned considerably, despite the fact that he won reelection twice. Obamacare is a disaster and the economy has never really recovered. The Democrats lost the House in 2010 and looks likely to lose the Senate in 2014. On the other hand, most people remember the Clinton era as one of relative peace and great prosperity. A Clinton restoration would be a welcome development, from the perspective of Democrats.
A lot of true believers in the Democratic Party would like their liberalism unsullied by any concession to reality. Obamacare is a disaster, according to this faction, because it was not a government run, single payer system. The economy is still in decline because the “rich” are not being sufficiently fleeced. And don’t get them started on drone strikes and the war on terror.
The Washington Post believes it has found a compromise candidate, someone who can save the day and perhaps lead the Democratic Party to victory. His name is Vice President Joe Biden.
“Biden looms as a more serious potential candidate. He has been a key player in developing the Obama administration’s economic program. He oversaw the stimulus, led a middle-class task force and is focusing this year on job-training programs.”
Things must be pretty bad if Biden is ones idea of the man on the white horse. Perhaps instead the Democrats could re-nominate Walter Mondale, provided he is still alive in 2016. If nostalgia for defeat is ones political strategy, why not go all the way?