Joe Biden is officially running for president and campaigning on the message that he’ll help us reclaim “the core values of this nation.” And that’s risky. Not because the message itself is a bad one. It’s pretty good. But it’s risky because, among today’s Democrats, having a campaign message at all is a fraught endeavor.
A campaign message presumes a unity of purpose among constituents, some shared vision for the nation. Today’s left, however, is atomized. It’s a constellation of identity-based grudge peddlers, with each racial, ethnic, and gender identity competing in an endless game of Rock, Paper, Scissors that they call intersectionality. In the identity sweepstakes, a straight black female beats a gay white male, who beats a straight white male, and so on. This means that if you’re a Democratic hopeful, your makeup is the message.