The left is starting to take aim at Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden.At a conference last week, liberal activists repeatedly booed when told that Biden wanted to find “middle ground” on climate policy. When an audience member shouted “No middle ground!” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez replied, “No middle ground is right!”
She added: “I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act come back today and say we need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders joined in her criticism: “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy.”The left’s problems with the former vice president go far beyond his position on climate policy. To the neo-socialists now driving the debate in the Democratic primary, Biden’s entire approach to politics — reaching across the aisle and forging compromise built on consensus — is anathema.
Biden’s supposed heresy is that he believes in working with Republicans. He says on the stump that President Trump is an “aberration” and predicts that if the president is defeated, Republicans will work toward bipartisan reform, which Biden insists is the only way to get anything worthwhile done. “This nation cannot function without generating consensus,” he said in New Hampshire this week.