No Shocker: Washington Post Editorial Board Endorses Joe Biden

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The Washington Post edi­to­r­i­al board endorsed Democratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Joe Biden, join­ing a number of other news­pa­pers to back him for the upcoming election.

“Fortunately, to oust President Trump in 2020, voters do not have to lower their stan­dards. The Democratic nom­i­nee, former vice pres­i­dent Joe Biden, is excep­tion­al­ly well-qual­i­fied, by char­ac­ter and expe­ri­ence, to meet the daunt­ing chal­lenges that the nation will face over the coming four years,” the edi­to­r­i­al board wrote in an opinion piece pub­lished on Monday.

The piece launched attacks at President Donald Trump’s job in office, as the president’s “neg­a­tive exam­ple has demon­strat­ed how essen­tial in a pres­i­dent are decen­cy, empa­thy and respect for other human beings” — all char­ac­ter­is­tics that Biden would “restore.”

Trump has “few accom­plish­ments in his first term and no agenda for his second,” the board wrote. 

The board also said that the chal­lenges at the fore­front in the coun­try were “cre­at­ed, exac­er­bat­ed or neglect­ed by the incum­bent,” citing the coronavirus pandemic, racial inequality and cli­mate change.

“Underlying them all is the ques­tion of whether U.S. democ­ra­cy is any longer capa­ble of meet­ing even one such chal­lenge, let alone a host of them. Here is where Mr. Trump has done the most damage — and where Mr. Biden is almost unique­ly posi­tioned for the moment. He would restore decen­cy, honor and com­pe­tence to America’s gov­ern­ment,” the edi­to­r­i­al board stated.

The board touted the former vice-president’s abil­i­ty to reach across the aisle and ensure unity within the Democratic Party, pro­vid­ing a “deep com­mit­ment to find­ing the common ground.”

The piece recalled Biden’s early defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire, with head­lines and politi­cians pre­dict­ing that his chances to become the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee were down the drain. But “Biden didn’t believe the pun­dits,” accord­ing to the board, and his cam­paign per­sist­ed, bring­ing him into the nation­al spot­light after beat­ing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I‑Vt.).

The edi­to­r­i­al board also praised his foreign policy plans, noting, “Mr. Biden offers an enor­mous­ly pos­i­tive change from the Trump admin­is­tra­tion, simply by promis­ing to rebuild long-stand­ing U.S. alliances and the global lead­er­ship that Mr. Trump has will­ful­ly dis­rupt­ed.”

Later in the piece, the board also empha­sized Biden’s abil­i­ty to “rise to the occa­sion” if he wins in November, with a poten­tial second wave of the deadly coro­n­avirus approach­ing.

“He would rejoin the Paris accord on cli­mate change and seek to revive the nuclear deal with Iran. He would reverse Mr. Trump’s sense­less with­draw­al from the World Health Organization, and commit the United States to mul­ti­lat­er­al efforts to combat the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic,” the board added.

Above all, Biden is “both hon­or­able and suc­cess­ful,” qual­i­ties in a pres­i­dent that the coun­try “des­per­ate­ly” needs.

“Democracy is at risk, at home and around the world,” the board wrote. “The nation des­per­ate­ly needs a pres­i­dent who will respect its public ser­vants; stand up for the rule of law; acknowl­edge Congress’s con­sti­tu­tion­al role; and work for the public good, not his pri­vate ben­e­fit.”

“Just as des­per­ate­ly, it needs a pres­i­dent with the know-how and expe­ri­ence to show that values and results can go togeth­er. It is for­tu­nate to have, in Joe Biden, a can­di­date who can lead an admin­is­tra­tion that is both hon­or­able and suc­cess­ful,” it con­clud­ed.

Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.

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