One of the keys to Joe Biden’s strong showing in the 2020 election was Senator Bernie Sanders, and the way that the Democratic Party was able to pigeon-hole the ultra-progressive firebrand into supporting the former VP’s centrist ideals.
Biden, in all honesty, needed the endorsement that Bernie Sanders gave him, as it helped to sway at least some of the Vermont Senator’s followers to set their conscience aside and throw ol’ Joe a bone in the general election.
Bernie has long thought that he should be getting something for his endorsement; perhaps even the Secretary of Labor job.
But now that Biden seems more willing to stick to what he knows, politically, Sanders is getting antsy.
“It seems to me pretty clear that progressive views need to be expressed within a Biden administration,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “It would be, for example, enormously insulting if Biden put together a ‘team of rivals’ — and there’s some discussion that that’s what he intends to do — which might include Republicans and conservative Democrats — but which ignored the progressive community. I think that would be very, very unfortunate.”
The scrutiny on Biden’s staffing decisions reflects the tremendous pressure the president-elect faces as he cobbles together a senior team to execute his policy priorities drawing from his party’s disparate factions. He will almost certainly face criticism no matter whom he picks for the most powerful positions, but he can perhaps least afford to lose the support of his vocal progressive base.
Sanders has been twice jilted by the Democratic Party, in the eyes of his followers, at least. Should Biden continue to sidestep the progressive agenda that Bernie and other radicals looks to inject into our government, the entire party could find itself in the midst of an ugly civil war.
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