The democrat dagger wounded Joe Biden´s political soul, who in the second round of the debate for the 2020 presidential option, was sacrificed by his fellow democratic candidates who blame him for past mistakes.
Julián Castro, Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker were in charge of showing “that the king is naked”, a maneuver that loaded with data rushed against the progressive candidate who scores better in the polls.
The topics discussed revolved around issues that interest the electorate. The Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, was the stage in which a group of progressives personified the iconic Marco Junio Bruto Cepión, the one who once in Rome was responsible for executing Julius Caesar “politically”. A character embodied by Joe Biden in a tragic debate in which he was badly wounded.
Biden’s political past
At the Michigan ambush they were all against Biden’s political past. In his shroud they placed their silences, omissions, faults and laws, ghosts from which he could not escape and made him the great loser of the night.
Biden was under the spotlight on the second Democratic debate with Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, in addition to five other candidates.
It was worth little or nothing for Biden to have among his credentials to have been an outstanding member of Barack Obama´s government. Basically he sailed in the waters of consensus as everyone rowed along the course of the “sanitary system”.
It was on the steps of the migratory issue where his fellow democratic candidates looked at each other as rivals and wielded their robes to become faction and leave the best ranked of progressive candidates fully exposed.
Julian Castro, who was part of Obama’s cabinet, found the perfect moment to discuss from lawyer to lawyer about his proposal to decriminalize border crossings.
Castro, aware of Biden’s position, opened the doors to an offensive from which the former vice president could not manage.
The Pennsylvania-born candidate does not agree with eliminating access to the nation without documentation as a crime. “I found that the Secretary Julian Castro, we sat together in many meetings, I never heard him talk about any of this when he was the secretary” Biden responded.
Right there began the raffle that drowned Biden and in which everyone on the platform participated. “It looks like one of us has learned from the lessons of the past and one of us hasn`t,” responded Castro, the only Latino among the aspirants, who said that “guts” are needed do deal with migration.
“I have guts enough to say that his plan doesn´t make sense,” replied the former vice president.
What about deportations?
Bill de Blasio took advantage of the moment to reproach the “vice president” for the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants during the Obama administration, a figure that was higher than those of the current president, Donald Trump, during the first two years of his term in office.
Bill de Blasio knew that he had thrown the aspirant into a whirlpool and when he saw him stunned, he asked him what he did then to stop the deportations that he now criticizes so much.
“I was vice president. No president. I keep my recommendation to him in private. Unlike you, I can expect you would ahead and say whatever was said privately with him. That is not what I do” said Biden, who defended Obama’s immigration policies such as temporarily regularizing immigrant youth known as “dreamers”.
Cory Booker took advantage of the New York Mayor’s stroke to push the Scranton Mayor: “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and dodge it when it’s not.
Migration then gave way to the criminal justice system, one of the strengths of Booker’s campaign, which combats mass imprisonment in the country.
Booker reminded Joe Biden of his role as senator in the enactment of a 1990 criminal justice law, now considered the source of mass imprisonments, particularly of racial minorities.
“All the problems that he is talking about are problems he created,” Booker said.
Aspirant Joe Biden was also attacked for his past and present positions on the climate change, trade agreements, racial discrimination and abortion.
In addition to Biden, Harris, Booker, Gabbard, De Blasio and Castro, Senators Michael Bennet and Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, and businessman Andrew Yang participated in yesterday’s debate.
After two debates with 20 candidates in each, the Democratic Party has tightened the requirements to participate in the third, which will take place on September 12 and 13 in Houston (Texas).
To date, only seven candidates – Biden, Sanders, Warren, Booker, Harris, South Bend (Indiana) Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke – have secured their place for the Houston debate.
Translated by: José Espinoza