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Joe Biden today may sound like a normal person

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) March 7, 2020: I have a subscription to the electronic version of the New York Times, because I like their articulate news coverage and I often find their op-ed commentators thought-provoking to read, even if I do not always find them convincing. But I only expect op-eds to be thought-provoking, because they may help nudge me along in the process of possibly formulating my own position on a certain issue under discussion.

But this brings me to the editorials formulated by the Editorial Board of the New York Times. The Editorial Board's editorials are supposed to sound like authoritative position statements advanced by the corporate body known collectively as the Editorial Board. However, on issues in American politics, the Editorial Board's positions typically sound like they imagine themselves to be the gatekeepers and guardians of liberal and progressive politics in the United States, properly understood the way the editorial Board understands them. In short, the Editorial Board typically sounds like it is pronouncing norms for political correctness in the U.S.

But then-candidate Donald Trump (born in 1946) campaigned in 2016 against political correctness -- among other things.

Now, in the collective spirit of gatekeepers and guardians of properly understood liberal politics in the United States, the Editorial Board in January endorsed not one candidate but two in the Democratic primary: (1) Senator Elizabeth Warren (born in 1949) of Massachusetts and (2) Senator Amy Klobuchar (born in 1960) of Minnesota. Neither of whom attracted an overwhelming number of voters in the early primaries or an overwhelming number of financial donors.

Perhaps the Editorial Board even imagined those two women senators as emerging on a ticket together for the general election Warren for president and Klobuchar for vice president as a way to unite the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential election against the Republican Party's incumbent candidate. After all, women collectively may constitute the majority of Democratic voters, so a Democratic ticket headed by two women may not seem to be an unimaginable dream in the Editorial Board's view of the 2020 presidential election.

Didn't the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have a dream? Didn't Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson have a dream of a Great Society in the 1960s? Didn't Democratic Senator George McGovern have a dream of being elected president of the United States in 1972? Don't American progressives and liberals tend to have big dreams for the United States?

In the Democratic debates, Warren was fierce in her attacks on former Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg (born in 1942). No doubt she can be a fierce debater. Bloomberg did not do well on Super Tuesday, so he ended his bid to become the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2020. Subsequently, Warren also ended her bid but without endorsing either front runner for now. Of course, she could later endorse somebody.

Even though Bloomberg's massive advertising campaign before Super Tuesday did not pay of for him as a candidate, it may have boosted voter turnout on Super Tuesday, and it may also have helped former vice president Joe Biden (born in 1942), because Bloomberg's ads featured former President Barack Obama.

However, after Biden's surprisingly strong victory in the South Carolina primary, Senator Klobuchar ended her presidential campaign before the crucial Super Tuesday primaries. Biden won the Super Tuesday primaries in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Warren finished third in Massachusetts behind both Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (born in 1941) of Vermont.

Now, individual members of the Editorial Board may occasionally publish op-eds under their own individual bylines, in which cases the individual is simply identified as a member of the Editorial Board. This brings me to Michelle Cottle's latest bylined op-eds: (1) "Elizabeth Warren Had a Good Run. Maybe Next Time, Ladies" (dated March 5, 2020); (2) "When Will We Be Ready for a President Warren? Michelle Cottle joins readers in mourning the end of a dream for 2021" (dated March 6, 2020); and (3) "The Resurrection of Joe Biden: He's alive, but he still needs some work" (dated March 6, 2020).

Hey, but don't all of us who are still alive need some work, including perhaps Michelle Cottle? But perhaps she did not write that part of the headline.

But she did write the opening sentence: "Joe Biden's presidential candidacy is back from the dead." Of course, Christians around the world today are preparing for Easter the commemoration of how the historical Jesus died and then supposedly came back to life in what is now known as his resurrection. My, oh my, Biden is a practicing Catholic. But was his candidacy really "dead" before the South Carolina primary and then Super Tuesday? Or did Cottle just like to use a little hyperbole, eh?

Of course, it would be a serious violation of the norms of political correctness for a member of the Editorial Board of the New York Times to criticize the African Americans in South Carolina who gave Biden such a surprising victory in the primary there perhaps by criticizing their apparent dreams in voting for Biden as expressing their nostalgia for the normalcy and goodwill they associate with President Obama.

Going into the South Carolina primary, Biden, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg (born in 1982) were still the front-runners as white contenders to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2020. The white front-runners represented, in one way or another, the big dreams of progressives and liberals in the Democratic Party. For many African American voters in South Carolina, Biden evidently represents their dreams of a restoration of normalcy and goodwill they associate with President Barack Obama a restoration that is now needed to defeat President Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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