Yesterday I watched Joe Biden’s New Castle, Delaware speech on the economy. Here is a significant portion of the speech:
As I listened, I was struck over and over again by how Biden’s policies are connected to his natural sense of compassion and empathy for hurting people. He understands the suffering, the hardships, and the daily struggles of ordinary families. It was refreshing to hear this kind of political speech again. It was authentic and deeply moral. We hear none of this from Trump.
This week we also learned that John Kasich, the former Ohio governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, will be speaking next month at the Democratic National Convention. Over at The Atlantic, Peter Beinart reflects on Kasich’s support of Biden. Here is a taste:
For progressives angry that the Biden campaign is giving Kasich a platform, the former governor’s hostility to abortion and labor rights belies this benevolent rhetoric. But cross-party appeals couched in the language of human decency fit the message of Biden’s campaign. In 2016, Trump used rage to try to prove to Americans (especially white ones) that he identified with their hardships. Now, as COVID-19 surges in state after state and the unemployment rate remains in the double digits, Biden is trying to take the same approach using his personal suffering. He’s offering his own wounded resilience as a model for the nation as a whole.
That’s not likely to impress the left, which is less concerned with whether Biden can feel America’s pain than whether he has a transformational agenda to address it. But for some current and former Republicans—skeptical of socialism but disgusted by Trump’s pitiless narcissism—a message of bipartisan, ideologically flexible compassion has deep appeal. By asking Kasich to speak at the Democratic convention, Biden is making him his emissary to those voters. He couldn’t have made a better choice.
Read the entire piece here.