Here is a summary of the top 5 moderate/conservative headlines making news this week.
1. President-Elect Biden Breaks Foot
President-Elect Joe Biden has been riding high over the past few weeks after being elected to be America’s next president last month. However, even if he is to be the next “leader of the free world” Biden is still susceptible to the same forces that make us all mortal.
While playing with his dogs last weekend at his Wilmington Delaware home Biden slipped and suffered hairline fractures in his right foot. At age 78, the oldest individual to ever be elected president, Biden has been seen sporting an orthopedic walking boot the past few days as his foot is on the mend.
Although the broken foot is an obvious hindrance which is expected to take “several weeks” to heal, the injury does not seem to be holding the president-elect back as he has continued with his presidential transition plans this week and is filling cabinet posts for this administration.
Whether or not Biden will need to continue to wear his orthopedic boot next month when he is inaugurated is unknown.
a. Biden Shows Off a New Accessory: A Walking Boot – New York Times
2. America’s Political Left Demands More Diversity for Biden’s Cabinet Picks
Despite naming African Americans, women and Latino Americans to his administration in the past few weeks President-Elect Biden is being urged by members of America’s political progressives to appoint more minorities to his administration. Worse still, it appears that some of Biden’s strongest political allies are in agreement that the coming administration could use some greater diversity.
Last winter, before winning the crucial South Carolina Democratic Primary, Biden’s campaign was virtually finished. After getting routed in Iowa and then having embarrassing showings in New Hampshire and Nevada Biden was on the verge of being thrown out of the race. However one man altered the primary and sent Biden on his way to winning the nomination and then the White House, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. The highest ranking black member of congress, Clyburn offered a last minute endorsement of Biden which led to a blowout victory in the South Carolina primary.
Now, Biden’s old political friend is warning him that he expects more African Americans and people of color to be named to cabinet posts.
“From all I hear, Black people have been given fair consideration,” Rep. Clyburn said, according to The Hill. “But there is only one Black woman so far. I want to see where the process leads to, what it produces, but so far it’s not good.”
It is still rather early and the majority of Biden’s cabinet has still yet to be configured. However, it is troublesome for many Democrats that party infighting has already begun.
a. After Helping Deliver DNC Primary, Rep. Jim Clyburn Begs Biden For More Black Faces In White House – The Moguldom Nation
3. Barack Obama is Not in Favor of “Defunding the Police”
Following the gruesome murder of George Floyd this spring, a black man killed at the hands of a white police officer, many Americans took to protest and called for the country to begin to significantly change its policing practices. According to public opinion polls in the weeks after Mr. Floyds death the majority of Americans were in favor of making reforms to the nation’s police system. However, many in America’s political progressive movement didn’t want incremental reform and instead called for the complete defunding and abolishment of policing as Americans know it.
This radical move, under the slogan “Defund the Police”, was so jarring that it scared off political moderates and froze any potential ability to meaningfully reform the police.
After Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives, a major disappointment that very few pundits saw coming, moderate Democrats are condemning radical positions like “Defund the Police” as reasons why Democrats came up short. One particular Democratic politician agrees that “Defund the Police” hurt the party at the polls, Barack Obama.
In a recent interview, the 44th president noted that while radical slogans may be popular in liberal enclaves, they actually are a hindrance to any meaningful reform.
“You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” the former president said in the interview.
“The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?” Obama added
The Democrats are expected to hold a conference to determine what was the cause of their disappointing performance in November and radical slogans like “Defund the Police” will certainly be discussed.
4. What Biden’s Inauguration Will Look Like is Still Unclear
On January 20th at a minute past noon, Joseph R. Biden will put his hand on the bible and take the oath of office, officially becoming the 46th president of the United States. That much is clear. What is not clear however, is how the rest of his inauguration will look like in the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
Despite preparations being made to have Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris take their respective oaths in person at the U.S. Capitol (in accordance to tradition) it is so far unclear how many onlookers will be attending, if any.
Biden’s incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain has noted in recent weeks that the event will be “scaled down” but has not provided significant details.
“I think it’s going to definitely have to be changed. We started some consultations with House and Senate leadership on that. Obviously, this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past.”
On Tuesday Biden announced his inaugural planning committee, made up by former aides and close confidants. However, few specifics regarding attendance levels, mandatory mask decrees and other details have been offered with just 50 days until the event.
a. Joe Biden names members of presidential inaugural committee – New York Post
5. Trump is Running Again, Bet on it
Despite Donald Trump’s insistence that extensive voter fraud occurred in last months election (Note: there is no evidence to support his assertions) his legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election have thus far proven to be fruitless. There has been no indication that Trump will concede the race to Biden and take part in the peaceful transition of power. What has been indicated however, is that Trump plans to run for president in 2024 and he will likely start his campaign the minute he leaves office next month.
At an event on Tuesday Trump said so much himself.
“It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” Trump said at a Christmas event at the White House.
There has been much speculation over what Trump would do once he leaves office in January. Many believe that he will go back to managing his hotel empire or even create an alternative conservative news network akin to Fox News.
However, this onlooker cannot fathom a world in which Trump will allow himself to be labeled a “loser” and walk off into the sunset. It is clear that he will run for the presidency again, with many thinking that he could announce his campaign during Joe Biden’s inauguration.