March 12, 2020

There is no subject so serious that a limerick can’t be made about it:

There once was a fellow named Biden

Whose capacities seemed to be slidin’

His party said, “Wait!

Old Joe can’t debate!

So we’ll just have to keep him in hidin’!”

His confusion and poor comprehension

Have long been attracting attention

They've got a fresh face

To put in his place

If he just makes it to the convention

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That’s not meant to ridicule Joe Biden himself --- far from it --- but rather the deceitful Democrat Party leaders who are using him, actually victimizing him. Who truly believes the party’s goal is to put former Vice President Biden, nearing 80 and appearing to struggle with cognitive challenges, in the Oval Office, for real? Early yesterday, I wrote about their need to keep Biden out of the public eye after his victories in Tuesday’s primary elections. I speculated there might not be any debate appearances in his future, even the one scheduled for this Sunday with the other Last Old White Man Standing, Bernie Sanders. Since then, there have been some new developments.

Recall that some prominent Democrats were already calling for Sanders to drop out and Biden to be declared the nominee. (Never mind the unfairness to all the voters in states that haven’t had their primaries yet.) Party leaders say they need to do this to focus on beating President Trump in November, burt we know what this is really about. At this point, they can’t risk letting Biden try to match wits with anyone, let alone Donald Trump. Whatever the reason for his decline (I’m not a doctor), his behavior has become so bizarre that his campaign is limiting his speaking engagements to seven minutes.

But these debates can go on for two hours. And, unlike earlier debates in which the stage (and face time) was shared with a number of candidates, they’ll be one-on-one, with lots of questions and back-and-forth.

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Obviously, the Biden campaign and the DNC do not want him to appear with Bernie at Sunday’s event. Already they’ve renegotiated so that the candidates may remain seated throughout. Because of coronavirus concerns, they’ve even dispensed with the live audience. And you know they would prefer to cancel the debate entirely –- to do what James Carville suggested and just “shut this puppy down.”

In an announcement Wednesday, Sanders showed that he is less than cooperative.

But the threat of the coronavirus is being taken very seriously, with Trump in a late-Wednesday Oval Office address announcing that it had been classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic (meaning epidemic on a global scale). He outlined point-by-point the aggressive actions being taken, saying, “We’re marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” While reassuring young and healthy people that their “risk is very, very low,” he cautioned the elderly and those with underlying conditions to be “very, very careful” and “to avoid all nonessential travel and crowded areas.”

The threat is real, but watch how Biden’s campaign now gets to use it to avoid campaign events entirely. Why, it’s not to shield Biden from scrutiny –- it’s to protect the voters! Never mind that it also means Biden won’t have to answer questions, explain his positions or try to connect with people without insulting them. As people now try to avoid crowds, this political contest may take on a dangerous new theme: “Suppose they gave a presidential campaign and nobody came?”

As the Democrats say, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” This situation makes it a lot easier for Biden to limp along to the convention in June, which might be the most convenient time for the DNC to suddenly “realize” that he's having to struggle with significant mental lapses, that Sanders is unelectable in a general election, and that they need to draft a replacement right away “for the good of the country.” Someone strong and electable who can hit the ground running. Someone with the best chance of beating Trump. That person will either replace Biden outright or be put on the ticket with him, as President-in-waiting.

It occurs to me that if the virus is still active by late spring or early summer, they might not have a convention at all.

Campaign events are already being canceled, on both the left and right. President Trump announced Wednesday that he has canceled a couple of events out West. Both Biden and Sanders have already canceled rallies. As Laura Ingraham pointed out on her show Wednesday night, these cancellations benefit one candidate in particular, the one who has the most to lose: Joe Biden. A former staffer for Bernie, Tezlyn Figaro, said on Laura’s show that “Joe Biden will certainly benefit because we don’t have to worry about him threatening to take somebody out back.” Touche.

But she also said this might benefit Sanders as well because he wouldn’t have to explain why people weren’t coming out to his rallies. “I think people are finding out that folks are just not socialists,” she said. “I worked with Sen. Sanders...I joined him in 2016 for very different reasons, but it’s important for folks to understand that this country just, they just don’t want to elect a socialist. So Sen. Sanders has to take some responsibility for that as well.”

If that’s the view of someone who actually worked for him, it should be more obvious than ever that Bernie won’t be the nominee. It follows that if he’s unelectable and Biden is incapable, the Democrat party is going to go with someone else.

Figaro also commented on what I reported yesterday, the call by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina to cancel the rest of the debates and end the primary process right where it is, calling his suggestion “extremely insulting.” She said it was disrespectful, “even to those who want to vote for Joe Biden” and also “to American democracy.” We’re at a point where half of the delegates are yet to be earned, she said, and this decision shouldn’t be made by “just one or two folks at the top.” Biden’s supporters know he makes “consistent gaffes,” she said, “and they still voted for him anyway.”

She cited #DemExit as trending among people who are upset about this push to shut the process down and give it to Biden. (Of course, I’ve talked-up the fabulous #WalkAway movement, which was already going on.)

Figaro made some excellent, well-reasoned points (she is a FORMER Bernie staffer). I wonder, though, if Biden’s supporters will still feel as eager to vote for him if they see much more of the bizarre behavior he increasingly exhibits. That behavior is why those “one or two folks at the top” will do everything possible to hide him and promote him in absentia, and the media will help them. They would have done this even without the coronavirus, but the growing threat of contagion makes it so much easier now.

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  • Mr. Richard Davis

    03/14/2020 09:08 PM

    If you ask me, I believe the Democrats are convinced that Biden can beat Trump. But, they are also convinced that Biden won't live long enough to finish his first term, which will give them time to groom his VP selection time to gear up for the 2024 election.

  • Sharon Blaine

    03/14/2020 12:18 PM

    The Dems will try to slither in their two biggest snakes...Hillary Clinton and/or Michelle Obama...


    03/13/2020 12:51 AM

    I have said this from the beginning that he went out and told about this Corn Pop gangsta, then about the Hairy legs and then a couple of little black girls he looked down and said he learned about how he like little kids jumping on his lap and how kids in the pool used to touch his legs and watch the hairs come back up, and this Hi, I'm Joe Biden look me over and on and on this stuff went on and got more bizarre, and those pauses and getting mixed up. His VP will be running the country if he gets elected. Please we want President Trump just 4 more years give him a Landslide Victory, and the House and Senate too. Let's take our country & Freedom back.

  • Rob

    03/12/2020 11:56 PM

    The real worry here is, Who the heck will be the VP pick to boost the ticket? Will they somehow bend the rules an make a second Biden/Obama(Berry) ticket? Will they do worse, and name Biden/Obama(Michelle)? A lot of names can be floated for this, but they will want someone who will be a boost to the ticket, and virtually ensure a shoe in one way ticket free ride into the Oval Office for whatever Biden ticket they come up with. No matter who they choose, a Democrat win in the fall, with a Democrat House, and a possible majority, or even a lesser minority in the Senate is the worst thing that could ever happen to our country. Kiss America goodbye, if Trump can't pull out a win. 2016 has made the Democrats bitter, and so much more empowered to ensure, if/when they ever get the whole majority again, to make certain another Trump2016 with Republican majorities never happens again.

  • Donald Thornton

    03/12/2020 05:34 PM

    It matters not who the Dem nominee is, they have nothing to offer the American people that can compete with Donald Trump.

  • Emma Gifford

    03/12/2020 02:07 PM

    Whoever gets nominated, the real question is, "who is the running mate? They will be the next president.

  • Marcia Beale

    03/12/2020 12:57 PM

    I am, I guess mostly, concerned with the Dems who say they will vote for the Democrat who is on the ticket, no matter who that is. I know this is very "unthinking", but I wonder just how many there are out there with this kind of mindset

  • Pat J Green

    03/12/2020 12:56 PM

    All is true , it's very easy to see. What I don't hear anybody talking about is Sanders starting an independent run, he's not even a democratic so I would not be surprised at all if he did

  • Mary Lou

    03/12/2020 12:40 PM

    Maybe questions could be called in instead of a rally and televised or will that also spread a ....

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    03/12/2020 12:35 PM

    Thank you for all you do to put truth out there. When asked if I fear virus, I said no. I wash my hands and don’t put them on my face. The man that was sent to NE said he had no pain, no breathing problem, just fever. God is in control. I use my common sense, but still go out. Just got back from Lowes and Walmart’s. Do what is right.

  • Norman D. Grodi Sr.

    03/12/2020 12:17 PM

    I for one believe that the dems will place Hillary on the ballot with Biden,in the hopes that somehow Biden will resign,be found not competent or something,,,,the SOMETHING can be the obvious for an almost 80 yo person. Then Hillary would get her wish to be the first woman president. Makes sense to me.


    03/12/2020 12:04 PM

    The Dems have no intention whatsoever of having 'Ol Joe be president. They are using him as a last ditch plug in the dam holding the swamp water in to get whomever they pick as his running mate into the Oval Office.

  • Sherrel Morelan

    03/12/2020 11:40 AM

    Well, if we are not to get due process by the Democrats in the upcoming election, why don't we just have Trump on the ballot and forget Biden. It seems that the Democrats have forgotten about the elephants in the room.

  • Tom Bennett AMSOIL JOBBER

    03/12/2020 11:37 AM

    And then there is Killary, on e of the most corrupt ever, a really scary thought.

  • Renee Farr

    03/12/2020 11:26 AM

    I 100% agree that they plan to put their parties real choice in as the running mate so that if Biden is elected, they can declare him unfit shortly after inauguration and VIOLA! Their preferred choice is now Commander in Chief. Of course, this only works if they can get Biden elected.

  • Kathleen White

    03/12/2020 11:10 AM

    People need to look at Biden’s present situation 1 he is almost 80 yrs old , 2. He is clearly having problems with remembering words , 3 he introduced his wife as his sister and sister as his wife !!!!4 He has health issues major disputes the news now says he had a hair transplant NO the man had a HEART TRANSPLANT and has to take a lot of meds all the time to fight rejection of body against this new heart . He was a great VP did a great job. But he can not withstand President job so when you vote for Biden your not voting for him you are voting for His VP. My guess will be Obama who does nothing for this country

  • Charlotte christensen

    03/12/2020 11:08 AM

    We’ve already guessed someone is waiting in the wings that will be the nominee or VP to take over for Joe. Even his wife has concerns about her husband as you can see by her body language. Remember Hillary in he 2016 episodes when things weren’t right for her and they would swoop her away before she could show the world she was having health issues! We already know God already has his plan in place! I hope it’s for the betterment of America. We surly need his help!??

  • Ector JOE Stockton

    03/12/2020 10:46 AM

    Biden should be in nursing care facility with Hillary.