contretemps between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory
Booker, 2020 Democratic primary presidential candidates, were front
and center last week. Biden made remarks at a New York fundraiser
extolling the civility of and his ability to get along with the two
of his former U.S. Senate colleagues, the late arch-segregationists
and virulent racists, Sens. James O. Eastland (D-MS) and Herman
Eugene Talmadge (D-GA). During his early years in the Senate
(1972-2008), they were in effect Biden’s mentors in how to get
and Talmadge were among the key players behind the formal document,
the Southern Manifesto, which called for massive resistance to
the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education
decision which outlawed segregation in the nation’s public
schools and the desegregation of American society in general. Biden
claims that he ran for the Senate to confront such individuals and
that he worked with them to “get things done.” He
used his experiences with them as examples of his ability to work
across the aisle.
the fact of the matter is that the instances in which he worked with
these two Senators were consistent with their racist beliefs. Biden
solicited their support in pushing anti-busing/anti-school
desegregation legislation which was in line with Eastland’s and
Talmadge’s strongly held anti-black views. Thus, his two
senior colleagues readily embraced him as a fellow traveler in racist
politics. In addition, all of them were Democrats, and their
association was not indicative of bipartisanship.
was proud of the fact that Eastland never called him “boy,”
but always referred to him as “son,” not
acknowledging that Eastland did so because Biden was a white man like
himself and that Eastland unfailingly referred to black people as
“ni**ers” and to black men as “boys.”
Four of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Cory
Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren pushed
back immediately after Biden’s comments received wide coverage.
urged Biden to apologize, stating that his
“relationships with proud
segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and
more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone.”
Biden’s response to Booker was that
he should apologize to him since he did not have a racist bone in his
in response to Biden’s comments, said, "Yes, it
concerns me deeply. If those men had their way, I wouldn't be in the
United States Senate and on this elevator right now."
Sanders stated on Face the Nation that “It is one
thing to work with people you have fundamental disagreements with,
it’s another to kind of extol those relationships”
and that Biden should apologize to Booker. Warren was succinct in
saying that “…it’s never OK to celebrate
is paradoxical that Booker has been Biden’s staunchest critic
since he has been supported by the same conservative Wall Street
financiers who back Biden and whose predecessors also backed Sens.
Eastland and Talmadge. Moreover, Booker has supported school
vouchers and traditional and corporate charter schools, as has Biden,
who was a point man for charters during the Obama administration.
behind-the-scenes private conversations, members of the corporate
school choice Cartel have referred to Booker as their “boy.”
And he has been their main proponent been on their school choice
of the national teacher unions are currently looking the other way on
both of their past, anti-public education transgressions.
Nonetheless, rank and file teachers are becoming more discerning. I
personally witnessed firsthand then Mayor Cory Booker’s forcing
teacher terminations and layoffs and auctioning off of low-income
African American and Hispanic Newark Public School students to the
highest bidding charter school organizations. They also funded his
any Newark, New Jersey school teachers about Cory’s newfound
support of public education, and they will set you straight about his
now alleged love for them and the institution of public education.
it was hilarious to hear him repeat the lie that he would be a major
advocate for funding public schools and raising teacher pay during
his five minute spiel at the Annual Convention of the South Carolina
Democratic Party. Biden has been following suit in addressing
teachers and the general electorate. Both Biden and Booker have put
their fingers in the air and have gauged the increasing pro-public
education national sentiment among Democrats and Republicans.
Biden retains the support of several old-line African American
Democratic politicians, including John Lewis, a revered civil rights
leader and a sitting Congressman; James Clyburn, House Majority Whip
and the highest ranking black Democrat in Congress; and Congressman
Cedric Richmond, former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC) and Co-Chairman of Biden’s presidential campaign.
However, they have evidenced inconsistent ability to turn out
significant numbers of black voters for their chosen candidate in
primary and national elections for president.
were unable to generate a sufficient enough black turnout to push
Hillary Clinton over the top in key states—Michigan,
Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—in 2016. Barack Obama reached out
to African American voters largely on his own in 2008 when
three-fourths of the CBC lined up behind Hillary. Therefore, Biden’s
early support from these black politicians is no indicator that black
voters will follow their lead during the 2020 presidential primaries,
especially on Super Tuesday when southern states with substantial
numbers of African American voters will be in play.
Biden has been number one in all polls since he entered the race, he
has revealed a political Achilles heel, the demonstrated congenital
inability to apologize for his political miscues: his mishandling of
the Anita Hill Hearings, his late reversal on the Hyde amendment, his
racist anti-busing stance on school desegregation, his praise of
rabid southern segregationists, and his past support of school
vouchers and charter schools.
miscues will marinate in the minds of majority and ethnic minority
voters between now and the first presidential primaries and could
result in Biden being toppled by one of his surging
opponents—Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Kamala Harris,
or another eleventh hour dark horse. Cory Booker, who is already
trending low in in the polls, is unlikely to gain traction.
could still eke out a primary victory, but then Trump is likely to
wipe the floor with him in the general election as he will be unable
to generate an ample Democratic turnout, while Trump’s base
will go to the polls in tsunami-like proportions, along with a few
minorities, moderates, conservative Democrats, and Independents.