When Joe Biden was elected, many liberals’ best hope was that he would be a transitional president, an old-school Democratic bridge to a further-left future. Now, the word they are increasingly using is “transformational.”
Biden even huddled with historians in the East Room last month to talk about how important presidents achieved big changes in the past. The implication was clear: Biden was studying Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson because he wanted to be in the same league as his most successful liberal predecessors.
Pundits and reporters got the message. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that Biden was “being hailed as a transformational, once-in-a-generation progressive champion, with comparisons to LBJ and FDR aplenty.” CNN described his $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan as “big, bold and progressive” — and introduced with an eye on history.
As the Biden agenda quickly adds up to repeated multitrillion-dollar spending packages, some are even speculating that the 46th