Norman Solomon: Biden shuttles between the billionaire class and the working class—funded by the rich while justifying the rich to everyone else. His aspirations are bound up in notions of himself as comforter-in-chief.
Norman Solomon: An extended apology tour would be entirely appropriate. Pretending that you don’t have much to apologize for is not viable.
Norman Solomon: Even some of the pro-Biden delegates said they were miffed that he wasn’t showing up—in contrast to the 14 presidential candidates who accepted invitations to address the convention.
Norman Solomon: Biden is eager to deflect any prospective attention from his own history of trafficking in white malice and racial division.
Norman Solomon: After several decades of cutting corporate-friendly deals with GOP legislators—often betraying the interests of core Democratic constituencies in the process —Biden has a big psychological and political stake in denying that the entire GOP agenda is repugnant.
Norman Solomon: The conformist political reporters are akin to inept topside oceanographers who stay away from the depths while scrutinizing the surface and speculating on future waves. Time and again, the sea changes that come from below take them by surprise.
Norman Solomon: Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
Norman Solomon: Raising domestic spending in tandem with military spending is no solution, any more than spewing vastly more carcinogenic poisons into the environment would be offset by building more hospitals.
Norman Solomon: There’s no getting around the fact that Lee’s vote in committee last week made it possible for a budget bill that further bloats the Pentagon’s spending to reach the House floor.
Norman Solomon: While many Democratic politicians and U.S. media outlets have portrayed Trump as soft on Russia and uncommitted to Western militarism, such claims don’t hold up to facts.
Norman Solomon: The only way that the campaign can overcome corporate media, Wall Street and other power centers of the establishment will be with massive bottom-up mobilization in communities across the country.
Norman Solomon: Humane principles are low priorities in the profit-driven scheme of things, as the devastating impacts of economic inequality and militarism attest.
Norman Solomon: After 36 years in the Senate and eight as vice president, Biden is by far the most seasoned servant of corporate power with a prayer of becoming the next president.