Hey, Joe. The 1980s called. They want their decade back.
Yesterday, Joe Biden had his kick-off event in a union hall.
Because everybody knows that unions are super powerful and every blue collar worker in America is in a union.
Okay, everybody knew that in the 1980s.
The “Democrat candidate appearing at a union hall” thing was all the rage in the 1980s the first time Joe tossed his hat into the ring.
But it isn’t the 1980s.
America is not languishing in the malaise of high inflation, high unemployment and the stagnant growth of the Carter years.
Hell, we’re not even stuck in the stagnation and high unemployment of the Obama years anymore.
Unemployment is the lowest in fifty years. Wages are on the rise. And as a result, consumer spending is also on the rise. On top of that, inflation is holding steady. [Hat tip the Conservative Treehouse]
In other words, life in Trump’s America keeps getting better and better for the blue collar workers Joe Biden thinks he’s appealing to by appearing at a union hall.
We left the 1980s thirty years ago. But if his union hall kick-off event is any indication Joe Biden is still firmly planted there.
Donald Trump won the working class by promising to bring jobs back. And he’s doing that in spades — including the manufacturing jobs Biden’s old boss told us were never coming back.
This isn’t the 1980s, Joe. You’re not running against a blue-blood Republican who feels more comfortable wining and dining the wealthy and powerful. Your 2020 Republican opponent is far more at home in the Rust Belt than in the Beltway.
But the larger problem for Joe Biden isn’t just Donald Trump isn’t a guy named Bush.
Joe’s bigger hurdle is the 1980s Democrat Party doesn’t exist anymore.
If he makes his campaign about appealing to blue collar union workers who are already winning bigly in the Trump economy, not only will Joe fail to win them over, but even trying to win them over will mean alienating the 2020 Democrat base.
Just saw this over at Twitter. Looks like Brit Hume is thinking the same thing.
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