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Have Never-Trump Republicans looked at Biden lately?

Editors at Issues and Insights wonder whether the president’s Republican critics have looked at the alternative.

President Donald Trump causes people to do the strangest things, but none is as strange as the growing determination by some Republicans to get Joe Biden elected in November, even as Biden moves further and further leftward.

We aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed that, while the country is fixated on the coronavirus panic-demic and race riots, Biden’s agenda has shifted sharply to the socialist side of the spectrum.

FiveThirtyEight noted a few weeks ago that “The Pandemic Has Pushed Biden To The Left. How Far Will He Go?”

Around the same time, New York magazine reported that “Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size Presidency.”

One Democratic consultant told The Hill that Biden has moved to the left on issues such as bankruptcy policy and college affordability, and that a Biden win, along with Democrats regaining control of the Senate, “could lead to a New Deal era of progressive policies.”

MarketWatch recently said Biden is proposing a “radical tax plan” that “goes after the indolent rich.”

Then there is Biden’s joining up with Sen. Bernie Sanders to create “task forces” on various issues. Biden named socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, as co-chair of the task force on climate change, and his health care task force is made up of single-payer advocates such as Medicare-for-All champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal

“Those task forces are a who’s who of the progressive elite – and signal that Biden is going to run for the White House on a platform that is further to the left than any Democrat in history,” noted Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute.

The leftist group MoveOn.org summed it all up by proclaiming that Biden represents the “most progressive platform in Democratic Party history.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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