There is no Brazilian Joe Biden – 05/12/2021 – Lúcia Guimarães

There are expressions that take on a life of their own, no matter how ridiculous or just plain dishonest. Our media quickly adopted “fake news”, although it was a dog whistle spread by Donald Trump and soon by dictators around the world to refer to facts that bother them. The “culture of cancellation” is such a cherished rattle to the far right that it became a recurring theme of the Republican Party Convention in 2020.

And now we have the research bullshit for Brazilian Biden. There are commonalities in the polarization observed in the US and Brazil in recent years, starting with the captain who decided to let Brazilians die en masse, imitating the American idol.

But the politicians’ insistence on seeking a caboclo Biden, in addition to reflecting a melancholy lack of imagination, seems to perpetuate the tradition of importing ideas such as dazzled socialites, to the point that João Amoêdo founded a party that would like to exist. in the United States, in the distant 80s.

It also reflects the lack of sense of responsibility of the privileged villain who worked, including on the left, to facilitate the most catastrophic presidency in Brazilian history.

One obvious obstacle to Joe Biden’s cloning is the fact that he wouldn’t play with German Shepherds in the White House without black politicians and Southern voters – 75% of the black vote went to Joe Biden. There is no similar preference in the Brazilian electorate.

In February 2020, Joe Biden’s candidacy was in agony. He had suffered humiliating defeats in the primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Just before the South Carolina primary on February 26, Congressman James Clyburn, a respected civil rights leader and one of the country’s most influential black politicians, decided to splurge by endorsing Joe Biden. The candidate won the state easily, then won 10 of 14 states with Super Tuesday primaries after drawing support from candidates who dropped out of the campaign.

How to make a Biden in a country with 33 parties registered, in which the current president has belonged to as many parties as Elizabeth Taylor had husbands and, having praised the last acronym to be elected, has been unaffiliated for more than a year?

The bipartisan system has dominated elections in the United States since the mid-19th century, no dwarf candidate has come to the White House. For now, the system faces the biggest crisis in decades, with the Republican Party held hostage by Donald Trump and cracks like the one that led to the withdrawal on Wednesday (12) of Conservative MP Liz Cheney from a leadership position because she insists on rejecting the “big lie” that the November elections were stolen.

Thursday (13), 100 Republicans who have held public office will publish a letter threatening to form a third party if theirs does not change course and will denounce Donald Trump. But the logistical difficulties of organizing elections for a new acronym in all 50 states are enormous.

The desire to find a politician capable of awakening Brazil from the Bolsonaro X Lula trance is understandable. Here, something else is obvious: there are not two equivalent poles, one is the extremist who dreams of dictatorship, the other, the center-left politician.

Besides not having half a century of public life in Biden, Brazil’s anemic candidates for Biden couldn’t count on a savior like James Clyburn. Whoever approaches it wants to become president again.

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