June 11, 2019, Chris Cillizza wrote (on CNN.com): “Speaking to a group of donors and lobbyists in Washington on Monday night, Joe Biden said this of the Republican Party post-Donald Trump: "With Trump gone you're going to begin to see things change. Because these folks know better. They know this isn't what they're supposed to be doing." That is, without any exaggeration, a radical view from the man who polling suggests is the front-runner to be the party's nominee against Trump in November 2020. Why? Because the commonly held view among liberals, who compose the base of the Democratic Party, is that Trump is not an anomaly or a virus within the broader Republican Party, he is the Republican Party. That attempts, like Biden's, to say Trump is "other" than the GOP lessens the party's culpability on its capitulation to the darker forces at work in the President's message and the party he represents. It's not the first time Biden has voiced this Trump-is-terrible-but-Republicans-are-OK sentiment. In March in Omaha, Nebraska, Biden was talking about the icy reception Vice President Mike Pence had received at a security conference in Germany in February. "The fact of the matter is it was followed on by a guy who's a decent guy, our vice president, who stood before this group of allies and leaders and said, 'I'm here on behalf of President Trump,' and there was dead silence," Biden said. "Dead silence." The implication was clear. Pence is a fine guy but has been tainted -- on the world stage -- by his association with Trump. Liberals were very unhappy with Biden's characterization of Pence as a "decent guy," considering his views on LGBT rights. (The former vice president sought to clarify that he was talking only about Pence's foreign policy record.) That tone and approach from Biden may be what distinguishes him most clearly from the other top-tier candidates running against him for the Democratic nomination. From Bernie Sanders to Elizabeth Warren to Kamala Harris, each of them sees Trump less as something that has infected the GOP than as the symptom of a party that has been sick for a long time. "[Mitch McConnell] doesn't want us to consider the mountain of evidence against the President," Warren said from the floor of the Senate last month. "That is wrong. He and his colleagues have moved to protect the President instead of defending the Constitution." The Point: Biden is marching to the message of a very different drummer here. His pitch is that with Trump gone, things -- and Republicans -- will return to "normal." Will that sell in today's mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore Democratic Party?” One has to laugh at the above propaganda piece by Chris Cillizza of CNN. Where to begin? First of all, the piece begins by suggesting that it is likely that Biden will be the Democratic nominee, when actually (at the time of publication of Cillizza’s piece) less than 20 % of even Democratic voters (which are a smaller voting block than independents) had claimed to have made up their minds about which Democratic candidate they would vote for in the primaries. Secondly, CNN’s job is to steer you away from voting for any progressive candidate who (since Bernie in 2016) espouses ideas which were once seen as radical by the American public but are now mainstream. Being ‘radical’ is now seen as a good thing, which is why Cillizza wants to bend over backwards to try to paint Biden as radical. The problem is that whereas Bernie’s policies were radical in 2016 (now paid lip-service by many of his 2020 democratic nominee opponents) Biden has no radical policies at all - he is basically a Republican. Cillizza’s proposal that Democratic base voters think that Trump represents the GOP, whereas Biden is taking a risk with losing such Democratic voters in boldly putting his neck on the line in denying this assertion, is utter nonsense. Cillizza knows that Democratic base voters are over 50 and lean towards a conservative political view. They are already mainly Biden supporters (not mentioned in the MSM’s coverage of the skewed polls that favor Biden, from which they wag the dog in favor of their corporate candidate like in 2016). Contrary to Cillizza’s analysis, perhaps world leaders tend to dislike Mike Pence not because of his association with Trump but for other reasons e.g. because of his bigoted and racist fundamentalist religious views. Other Trump appointees such as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to justify Trump’s immigration policy of separating children from parents at the Mexican border. Not even this was good enough for Trump who (despite of his religious fervor) got rid of Sessions because he had recused himself over the investigation into the firing of FBI director James Comey, ultimately leading to the special council Mueller report. Like Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence has been immoral for superstitious religious reasons. Pence’s bigotry is his own and is certainly not a matter of being corrupted by Trump - far from it. Trump chose Pence for Vice President *because* of the latter’s own original sin of proclivity towards religious racism and bigotry as far as domestic policy is concerned. When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, world leaders gave a cold response to Pence (in the context Biden is talking about above) due to the Trump administration pushing for war with Iran. Yet Biden calls Pence a ‘decent man’. The political significance of Biden’s statement is that : 1.Pence portrays himself as religious and that Biden wants to appeal to religious voters who are taken in by Pence’s apparently moral religious views. 2. Biden is sympathetic to Trump’s desire to push for war with Iran. After all, they are both corporate politicians, hoping to do the bidding of corporate donors (military industrial complex, oil industry etc. - a green new deal notwithstanding.) Cillizza’s pitch in essence is to clam that Biden is radical in his utter failure to have any radical (progressive) policies. The reality is that Biden can work with Republicans because he is one himself - bought by political donors like most everyone else in Washington, with some exceptions. For example, Bernie sees Trump not as a symptom of a sickness within the GOP, but as a symptom of the disease of the corporate duopoly of Republicans and (corporate) Democrats over the last few decades.