Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
We should not be at all surprised if, at some point between now and September, we see our nation’s Unfrozen Caveman Senator, Joe Biden, withdraw from race to become the Democrat Party’s 2020 presidential nominee due to some unspecified “health” reasons. Why? Watch this clip from an interview with Chris Cuomo:
This guy is simply not capable of enduring the long, grueling, race he faces. He proved in the first debate last week that he is unable to think quickly enough on his feet to adequately respond to an attack from just one of his 24 rivals for the nomination. That single attack has over the past week shaved 8-10 points off of his support level in the various polls of the race, cutting his previous 18-point lead down by doubt digits.
What’s going to happen in the next debate when, emboldened by the results produced by Kamala Harris’s 60 seconds as the attack dog, Fauxcahontas and Spartacus maybe even Julian Castro decide to join in the fun? What’s going to happen when half a dozen opponents team up to spend the full two hours treating this fumbling, bumbling gaffe machine to a death by a thousand cuts?
The Unfrozen Caveman Senator can’t even recall basic facts of history or cobble together complex thoughts required to respond to multiple topics at the same time. He says in that snippet that Russian aggression “would never have happened” on his and Barack Hussein Obama’s watch. He appears to have forgotten that Russia engaged in all manner of aggressive acts on their watch, and did so without consequence.
He apparently doesn’t remember Russia’s aggression against the Ukraine on his watch. He can’t recall Russia’s annexation of Crimea that took place on his watch. He appears to have forgotten about Russia’s entrance into Syria on his and Obama’s watch. He can’t seem to recall Russia’s constant prodding and provoking of NATO across Europe on his watch. He is in obvious denial that Russia’s alleged “attack” on our 2016 elections took place on his and Obama’s watch, and Obama chose to do nothing about it.
And even if he did recall those things, you get the clear feeling from watching that video that he would be utterly incapable of forming any sort of coherent set of thoughts about them if put on the spot to do so on live, national television.
Biden is 76 years old, soon to be 77, but he looks and sounds much older than that. His speech is often slurred; he frequently must pause in the middle of sentences to search for words; the scars from his many plastic surgeries are becoming increasingly prominent, defying the ability of makeup artists to cover them. He is clearly, unambiguously a man in the decline of his life.
Like many who find themselves such decline, he’s begun lashing out. A day after the interview clipped above, he was threatening to dig up dirt on his opponents and use it against them, saying “I mean, I get all this information about other people’s pasts, and what they’ve done and not done. And you know, I’m just not going to go there. If we keep doing that — I mean, we should be debating what we do from here.”
It has been clear for some time now that he will not be the party’s nominee in 2020. He is simply not up to that task, and frankly never was. He has always been a buffoon, a mean and frankly bigoted clown prone to embarrassing himself and those around him at he drop of a hat. He’s a guy who has never had any respect for people’s personal space – which is the nicest thing that can be said about his behavior – a guy with a long, documented history of telling racist, sexist and homophobic jokes in public events. You can’t put this guy in charge of anything really important and even hope for a positive outcome.
So why stay in? Perhaps the DNC has some reason for wanting it’s party’s creepy uncle to be out front serving as an attack dog on President Trump, but the utility of even that role drops every time a video like this one gets into the public domain, and Biden’s poll numbers drop another five points.
At this point, though, the people around Biden and those who actually care about him and his well-being need to be seriously thinking about finding some semi-dignified way for him to end his 46-year career in national public life. Because it is getting close to ending, one way or another.
He has three options here:
One is to go out the Jeb! Bush way, which is to just keep struggling on, getting embarrassed in debate after debate, playing out the string until next March or so, when the money finally runs completely out and a string of embarrassing primary and caucus defeats have come and gone;
The second is to go out in utter humiliation, after some giant breakdown takes place on live TV which makes it impossible for him to even continue struggling on;
The third is to face reality, to recognize the harsh fact that he is just not destined to be our nation’s president and never was, and to find some dignified reason for leaving the race. Perhaps get a friendly doctor to discover some previously hidden heart defect or other condition that precludes this man from going on with such a stressful endeavor.
That third, more dignified option only exists if there actually are people around the former Vice President who really do care about him. It’s fair to wonder if such people really do exist, because if they do, you have to question why they’ve allowed him to get to this point without having already staged an intervention.
If you’re out there, there’s no time like the present, folks.
That is all.
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