Joe Biden has already served his purpose: he drew enough support from Democrats to block the path of Bernie Sanders to the nomination.
Everything Bernie Sanders is, Joe Biden is not. Bernie has integrity. Bernie has ideas. Bernie has passion. Bernie mobilizes the progressive base. And Bernie wants true change that helps workers.
Biden lacks integrity (he lies, easily and routinely). Biden has no new ideas (he just promises a return to the Obama years). Biden has no passion (hence Trump’s telling nickname for him, “Sleepy Joe”). Biden wants to squash the progressive base. And Biden wants no change (indeed, he’s on the record as telling big donors that nothing significant would change in a Biden administration).
The DNC now has its dream candidate: a figurehead, a man known for plagiarizing the speeches of others, a man who’s been in the pocket of banks and credit card companies, a man facing a credible sexual assault charge with a creepy video record of putting his hands on women and even young girls in ways that cause obvious physical discomfort to those being touched. Biden’s response? In part, he made a joke out of it. (His joke was that a child gave him “permission” to touch him, which was wrong on several levels.)
Again, the DNC knows Biden’s faults and weaknesses. But party power brokers support him anyway. Why? Because he’s a man with no spine, someone who can be shoved around to support the agendas of those doing the shoving.
Biden’s campaign promises to inhibit changes of substance. And for the DNC and the donor class, that’s the very definition of victory.