President Donald Trump causes people to do the strangest things, but none is as strange as the growing determination by some Republicans to get Joe Biden elected in November, even as Biden moves further and further leftward.
We aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed that, while the country is fixated on the coronavirus panic-demic and race riots, Biden’s agenda has shifted sharply to the socialist side of the spectrum.
FiveThirtyEight noted a few weeks ago that “The Pandemic Has Pushed Biden To The Left. How Far Will He Go?”
Around the same time, New York magazine reported that “Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size Presidency.”
One Democratic consultant told The Hill that Biden has moved to the left on issues such as bankruptcy policy and college affordability, and that a Biden win, along with Democrats regaining control of the Senate, “could lead to a New Deal era of progressive policies.”
MarketWatch recently said Biden is proposing a “radical tax plan” that “goes after the indolent rich.”
Then there is Biden’s joining up with Sen. Bernie Sanders to create “task forces” on various issues. Biden named socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, as co-chair of the task force on climate change, and his health care task force is made up of single-payer advocates such as Medicare-for-All champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal
“Those task forces are a who’s who of the progressive elite – and signal that Biden is going to run for the White House on a platform that is further to the left than any Democrat in history,” noted Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute.
The leftist group MoveOn.org summed it all up by proclaiming that Biden represents the “most progressive platform in Democratic Party history.”
Yet, even as Biden makes his decisive move to the left, Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving an increasing number of Republicans to publicly endorse him for president.
The latest is the super PAC called “43 Alumni for Biden” – 43 referring to President George W. Bush, the 43rd president.
John Farner, one of 43’s founders, says that the group’s “goal is to do whatever we can to elect Joe Biden as president.”
The there’s Republican Voters Against Trump, a group led by never-Trumper Bill Kristol, and the Lincoln Project, which aims not only to elect Biden, but hand him a Democratically controlled Senate as well.
Why? Well, the thinking is that Trump is such a disgrace for Republicans that only a decisive Biden win can expunge his stain from the party.
The Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt says that “The analogy would be in the same way that fire purifies the forest, it needs to be burned to the ground and fundamentally repudiated.”
Not to be overly dramatic, but this is sheer lunacy. Whatever his faults – and they are many – Trump has run one of, if not the, most conservative administrations, including Ronald Reagan’s. From the military buildup to supply-side tax cuts and deregulation, to judicial nominees, to immigration policies and education reform, he’s made a lasting difference on issues these never-Trump Republicans supposedly hold dear. And while he can be and often is his own worst enemy, Trump has been the victim of the most vicious, sustained smear campaign ever mounted by the liberal establishment.
If these never-Trumpers succeed, they will not only have justified the left’s scorched earth political strategy, they will have handed over the White House and Congress to an increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. There will be a fire all right. And it will burn everything conservatives believe in.
Even if a supposedly purified Republican Party were to win a national election again somewhere down the road, there wouldn’t be anything left to build on.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board