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Is Biden evolving, devolving or just flip-flopping?

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Is Biden evolving, devolving or just flip-flopping?

Is Biden evolving, devolving or just flip-flopping?
June 10
20:04 2019

I suppose you would have to be locked up in solitary confinement not to notice then when Republicans change positions, the media criticizes them for flip-flopping.  When Democrat switch positions, they are “evolving.”

In former Vice President Joe Biden we have an exceptional example of this double standard at work.  That guy is flipping and flopping like a hooked trout on the deck of a fishing boat.  What makes his “evolutions” remarkable is the fact that they are often on very fundamental issues of belief and principle – or on issues in which he had been a leading advocate.

The most recent example is Biden’s switcheroo on federal funding for abortion – specifically the Hyde Amendment, which has barred the use of federal money to pay for abortions.  During Biden’s long, long, long career in Congress, he had supported the Hyde Amendment in words and votes.  It has been reaffirmed as part of the federal budget since the Amendment was passed in 1977.  In fact, virtually every Democrat presidential candidate who has served in Congress has voted for budgets including the Hyde Amendment.

Just days ago, the Biden campaign issued a statement that the former Vice President did, indeed, support the Hyde Amendment – and continues to do so.  Weeeell, didn’t the old poop hit the fan blade among the Democratic Party’s newly empowered radical base.  And concession to a prolife position is political apostasy as far as they are concerned.

Rather than sail into the headwind of the radical left within his Party, Biden did a spectacular flip-flop.  Oooops!  I meant he “evolved” – a conversion of such suddenness that  we must conclude that Saul had also simply evolved as he travelled the road to Damascus.

Biden has been doing a lot of evolving since entering the race for the Democrat presidential nomination.  He has evolved on his demeanor during the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas – specifically his treatment of Anita Hill.  Of course, those were days in which a woman had to produce evidence, not just accusations.  But it seems a lot of folks have evolved on that principle, too.

Biden has evolved on crime and punishment.  When the mood of the country was reacting to rising crime rates with a lock ‘em up and throw away the key mentality, Biden was the toughest sheriff in town.  He was the principle advocate for President Clinton’s crime legislation – which today is blamed for excessive incarceration of the less serious offenders.  Though Biden is no longer a defender of the old Clinton crime bills, he will not concede that they caused the current prison overcrowding problem.   This has put him at odds with such competitors as California Senator Kamala Harris and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

Biden has evolved on the issue of immigration.  Like many of his fellow (and lady) Democrats – such as Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, to name a few — Biden was once a strong advocate of secure borders and strong action against illegal aliens.  Today, he is in lockstep with the open border Democrats.  He has evolved alongside the entire Democratic Party.

It has been repeatedly suggested by politicians, press and pundits that Biden has had to evolve in order to placate the powerful left-wing critical mass at the base of the Democratic Party.  That would seem to be how Biden and his campaign folks view it, too.

The flips and flops do create a couple of problems for Biden.  He looks less like a man with firm convictions and more like a hack politician willing to take positions based on polls and pragmatic strategies – in other words, rudderless.  Here is a guy who has held to his standards for decades – through Republican and Democrat administrations.  He remained part of what has been called the “moderate” (meaning semi-rational) wing of the Democratic Party.  Suddenly we have the evolved Biden – a man who now resembles the cast of left-wingers.

In just the few weeks into his presidential campaign, Biden has been shedding beliefs, principles and positions faster than Stormy Daniels sheds clothes when the camera goes on.  For a candidate who wants — and needs — to project comforting stability, it is not a good strategy.

Part of Biden’s early lead in the polls has been the belief that he is a departure from the hardcore left-wing policies of most of his competitors.  He speaks to whatever is left of the moderate Democrats.  He did not seem like a candidate who would run the country off the socialist cliff.  Now … not so sure.  In abandoning his role as the one major centrist candidate in the Democrat field, Biden is just an old Washington establishment white guy running to be the Democrat standard bearer in 2020.

Unfortunately for Biden, his Party has evolved away from that sort of candidate.  Arguably, his only chance at the Oval Office is to be the moderate alternative to the large and divided field of left-wingers.  These “evolutions” are not helping – especially since they look more like typical flip-flops.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Jeff
    Jeff June 12, 19:39

    If libtards didn’t have double standards, they’d have NO standards at all!

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