Opinion: If We Want To Beat Trump, We Should Stick With Bernie, Not Biden

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Written by Ann Brown
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The Democratic field for the 2020 elections is more than full. But when Joe Biden threw his hat in the ring, some rooting for the Democrats to beat Trump started to get worried. Will Biden be a spoiler?

In an opinion piece for Jacobin Magazine writer Carl Beijer is urging people to stick with Bernie Sanders.

“I think we can all agree that our country would be much better off if Bernie Sanders were competing for the Democratic nomination against Gloria La Riva, Cornel West, or (why not?) Liza Featherstone. If that were the choice facing socialists in our fight to defeat Donald Trump, then it would make perfect sense for us to stand on the sidelines and watch these primaries play out. We could have a sensible debate over whether to break up the banks or simply nationalize them, for example, with full confidence that either outcome would pose a serious and enduring threat to capital,” he wrote.

But now with Biden in the race, the possibility of Sanders winning easily is in question.

“Instead — if preference polling, favorability polling, first-day fundraising totals, and endorsements are any indication — Sanders’ primary opponent for the Democratic nomination will almost certainly be Joe Biden. He is winning by all of these measures, and has been for several months now, and usually by a significant margin. Sanders has managed to pass him in preference polling a few times, has annihilated him in various straw polls of uncertain legitimacy, and has built a sizable lead in overall fundraising — but none of this is enough to make him the frontrunner. And the rest of the field, meanwhile, is trailing far behind,” Beijer wrote.

While some think Biden’s gaffes, as well as his bad voting record, will catch up with him, Beijer feels “Biden will maintain a high floor of support propped up by Obama nostalgia” and pick up votes.

Still, Beijer is pulling for Bernie.

He concludes: “Socialism is the politics of collective action. If we can’t even do better than the GOP on this, we will lose. Every indicator we have says that Joe Biden is the candidate to beat, and every indicator we have points to one candidate as the best chance to beat him. It’s still Bernie.”