There is no long-term case for Biden 2024
Lesser-evil voting trades instant gratification for a long-term Democratic flight to the right.
Eric Levitz has laid out what he thinks is an “airtight” case “for supporting America’s only politically viable coalition against right-wing rule.” And here, less than a hundred words into his article, we can already see a big crack in his argument: decades of lesser-evilism has convinced Levitz that Joe Biden is not actually right-wing.
It’s a subtle but important reminder of how the supposedly pragmatic, results-oriented logic of vote-blue-no-matter-who actually works in our country. Every election we are presented with the same strategy: if we vote for the least right-wing of the two major parties we can prevent the most right-wing from taking office. But this strategy does not, of course, even demand a candidate who is less right-wing than the party’s previous candidate. And that’s how you get Democrats that look like this: