Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
George Will is tired and exhausted and embarrassed, and wrong one more time. – The Washington Post’s pet fake conservative and baggage carrier for the D.C. Establishment was so utterly, completely, abjectly wrong about every aspect of the 2016 presidential contest that you might have expected him to stay completely away from trying to predict anything about the 2020 race. But if you had that expectation, you found yourself surprised on Sunday, when the purveyor of the Inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom slung some of that stuff out for the Post’s dozens of remaining subscribers about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden.
According to George Will – no doubt fresh from testing his talking points at his latest dinner party with the Beltway’s upper crust, all of whom listened and nodded sagely and said something like “you are so refreshingly wise, what’s in that yummy-looking croissant you’re nibbling?” – the former Vice President is “well-positioned to offer chaos-weary voters a rest.” See, George Will, a man who has spent as much time out here in Flyover Country in his adult life as Chelsea Handler has spent sober since age 14, is tired and exhausted, and he thinks the rest of you are as well. Because George Will is tired and exhausted, and all the guests at his DC dinner parties are tired and exhausted, he thinks Americans are ready to choose a president who is as tired and exhausted as they are:
“Biden, whose smile is Jack Nicholson’s without the naughtiness, is not angry. His sporadic attempts at seeming so are transparently, and engagingly, synthetic. Neither, however, are most Americans angry. Rather, they are embarrassed and exhausted. Biden has a talent for embarrassing himself, but not the nation, and he probably might seem to weary voters to be something devoutly desired: restful.”
Hilarious. Just as New York Times pet fake conservative David Brooks told that paper’s audience in 2008 that they should vote for Barack Hussein Obama – America’s Worst Mistake – because of the “crease of his pants,” George Will wants the Post’s audience to support Joe Biden because of his Jack Nicholson smile without the naughtiness or anger.
See, George Will, who coincidentally is 77 years old, mere months older than Biden himself, is not just tired, but he’s embarrassed, too. Because he and all of his DC dinner party friends are embarrassed by President Donald Trump, he expects all of you to also be embarrassed; therefore, you must want to elect an even more embarrassing president in 2020. And hey, who is more embarrassing than the creepy old guy who has spent the last half-century groping women and children at public events?
George Will proved in 2016 that he has his finger on the pulse of the American electorate just as surely as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez understands math, and this column is just the latest in a long line of examples proving he suffers from the elitist myopia that infests the DC establishment. This is what spending every waking – and sleeping – hour inside a liberal, globalist, big-government echo chamber will do to a guy or gal.
Certainly, millions of Americans remain utterly embarrassed that Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. We know those people as “admitted Democrats” and “Democrats who pretend to be Republicans, i.e., Never Trumpers.”
The rest of the people are the people we know as “normal Americans.” These are the vast majority of people in this country, none of whom are embarrassed at all about record low unemployment for Hispanics, African Americans and women, paying lower taxes, 3.2% economic growth and being at relative peace in the world compared to the 28 years that came before 2017.
These are the people who have normalized Trump’s often-erratic behavior internally, the people who see headlines about the latest sort-of-nutty thing the President said or tweeted and think “hey, that beats headlines about hundreds of U.S. soldiers coming back from the Middle East in body bags or congress having to extend unemployment benefits for the 27th time or a president going on his 4th or 5th global apology tour.”
But George Will doesn’t know these people – these people, who live in the vast, overwhelmingly “red” middle of our nation, never get invited to DC dinner parties, you see. George Will regularly chats with Morning Joe and Mika, not Joe and Jane Blow from Ypsilanti, and Morning Joe and Mika are tired and exhausted just like George Will.
By coincidence, the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, released over the weekend, has Biden leading the Democrat field with just 17% support. And that’s among purely Democrat voters. How 17% of Democrats is going to translate into 51% of all Americans, George Will doesn’t try to explain, other than to point to that “Jack Nicholson smile” that all of you tired and exhausted and embarrassed people out there in Flyover Country are going to settle for.
Somehow, “Vote for Joe Biden Because He’s Tired and Exhausted and Embarrassing” doesn’t strike me as a winning campaign slogan.
That is all.
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