Biden’s post-election tightrope walk

If Joe Biden prevails at the polls next month, the very thing that made him so formidable in his contest against Donald Trump this year is going to make governing extremely precarious for him.

I’m talking about Biden’s facility at straddling the Democratic Party’s very wide ideological divides — from Bernie Sanders to Michael Bloomberg on economic policy, and from highly educated urban progressives to Midwestern working-class voters who are conservative on culture-war issues. Biden falls somewhere in the middle on both economics and culture, but his campaign has been deliberately vague about exactly where. That’s because he and his team understand that his electoral strength against a highly divisive opponent comes from him appearing to be as close as possible to an imaginary generic Democrat.



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