My prediction all along for the Democrat presidential nomination has been someone who hasn't yet been part of the conversation: Michelle Obama. An observation by Martha McCallum on her Wednesday FOX News show gave me even more reason to believe this.
It seems that former members of the Obama administration are not speaking very positively about Ol’ Joe. Martha found it curious that Biden wasn’t getting more enthusiastic support from Obama himself and from the people who used to work closely with both of them at the White House.
With or without this consideration, I think we’d all agree that Biden has had a bad week with the “progressive” base…
One of the dumbest things Biden said was that there was not even “a hint of scandal” during Obama’s administration. This ridiculous claim was addressed in Thursday’s newsletter, but in case you missed the full story, here are TEN of the Obama-era scandals that will go down in history (if we’re ever fortunate enough to have honest people write it)…
One particular Obama scandal is especially timely, considering the attention being given right now to allegations that Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits electioneering in an official capacity. Such violations were found to have happened under Obama, but the Office of Special Counsel did not recommend removal. Two of Obama’s cabinet-level officials cited by the OSC for violating the Hatch Act were HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (election year 2012) and HUD Secretary Julian Castro (election year 2016).
Sebelius avoided removal simply by acknowledging her “mistake.” Castro, after praising then-candidate Hilary Clinton during an interview in his HUD office, kept his job after saying something like, “Oops, sorry! Won’t happen again!” See, when you’re a Democrat working for President Obama, all you have to do –- at most –- is say you’re sorry, because no one in the administration or the media will even care. When you’re a Republican working for President Trump and blur the line even a little, you’re presumed guilty and must hire a $1,000-an-hour Washington attorney immediately. You will likely lose your house, your job, all your money, your good name, your future career and maybe even your right to walk free.
Here’s a breaking story that is thoroughly consistent with that. According to John Solomon at THE HILL, some of his sources are expressing concern that although Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been doing a good job of uncovering the FBI’s bad conduct, there just hasn’t been any accountability. Of those who were confirmed to have broken rules or even the law, not a single one has been prosecuted. (As I recall, Horowitz said their behavior wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the Hillary investigation–- what??) Most are still in their jobs or were allowed to retire with their pensions.
In other words, those who were found to have abused their power have faced no consequences at all. This makes it really easy for someone like Biden to brag that there’s been no scandal and for gullible people to believe him.
Of course, Exhibit A in the case for double standards is Hillary Clinton. I don’t need to go over this; we’ve seen it time and time again with her. The latest example is the feigned outrage at Trump over his comment that he would probably look at information from a foreign source. (Good heavens, Norway!!) They don’t even CARE that Hillary and the DNC PAID FOR dirt from foreign sources, supposedly including high-level Russian officials, and also that a Ukrainian official, assuming Hillary would be President, tried to damage Trump by leaking about payments to Paul Manafort. Mueller investigated none of that. As Governor Huckabee said Thursday night on “The Ingraham Angle,” Trump gets condemned just for musing hypothetically about doing something Hillary’s campaign ACTUALLY DID and would surely do again in a heartbeat.
Hillary Clinton thinks the word “scruples” refers to some sort of childhood disease that involves a rash, and she was vaccinated against them many years ago.
It’s been fun watching Democrats trying to split hairs defending her behavior. Like this: Hey, what Trump was talking about is WORSE because...um, he was describing a situation in which the RUSSIANS...would be approaching HIM. Yeah, that’s the ticket! When YOU approach THEM, it’s not the same thing at all. Especially if you’re Hillary. Got that?
If you know your history, then you know the Clintons famously entertained shady Chinese characters –- such as hustler and Democratic donor Johnny Chung –- at White House fundraising “coffees.” They even let their big-time supporters stay in the Lincoln Bedroom, and I’ll bet those weren’t all dyed-in-the-wool Americans. It isn’t just in recent years that Hillary has been for sale to the highest bidder. This has gone on since she was First Lady. And we haven’t even touched on foreign influencers such as billionaire George Soros who have been working for years to destroy traditional values and cherished rights, create a borderless world, and elect radical leftists to “fundamentally transform” America. This is all being done from the outside. Democrats have courted it for decades. So just give me a break.
Anyway, back to Joe Biden, and why I think he’s in trouble.
Like Hillary, Biden’s got some serious scandals he’s trying to keep under wraps, in his case having to do with Ukraine and China and their $$$$ business dealings with his son, Hunter. Unlike Hillary, Biden doesn’t have the automatic immunity she has enjoyed. Not when he’s an old white guy (in a party that generally wants to neuter old white guys), kind of a weirdo who makes a lot of women uncomfortable and who also is likely to run out of juice, except for maybe prune juice.
(Duly noted that in 2016 Hillary was also older and white and low-stamina, but she was Hillary and Hillary was OWED THIS. She got a pass for everything, I think mostly because people in the Democrat Party leadership who knew her well were scared to death of her. I suspect that’s the real reason Biden didn’t run in 2016.)
In campaign speeches, Biden is trying hard to tie himself to Obama, to the point where he’s being made fun of by Stephen Colbert. (“We get it. You know Barack Obama. We understand...At this point, you should just change your slogan to ‘Biden 2020, Obama 2012!’”) Biden has been flipping and flopping, most shamelessly of all on abortion, to try to appease the farthest of the far-left-activist-late-term-baby-murderers, and it just doesn’t ring true. He’s not going to make it.
But among the hundreds of other Democrats currently running for President, there’s not ONE who has broad enough appeal to win the general election. They are just too lefty-socialist. Just wait till the debates start if you really want to see crazy! Even Pete Buttigieg, the esteemed mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will fail at “normalizing” extreme leftism, despite his skill at crafting messages. (It’s fun to pick apart what he says, and I look forward to doing that.) As I’ve said before, he’ll likely go on to help the eventual nominee craft a message.
And whose message might that be? I think the fact that ex-Obama people are coming down so hard on Biden is a big clue. They want Obama’s team back in, and I believe Michelle is waiting in the wings for a coronation. Even though she hasn’t held elective office, she’s got the star power, the smarts, the fawning media, the approachability and the advantage of being female and black and not-old in a party that cares about the ludicrous concept of “intersectionality” above all else. Unless her husband is actually indicted in the DOJ mess, she’s well enough removed from the scandals that they won’t really touch her (as they definitely would Biden).
I also believe she’s WAY farther to the left than she appears to be to casual observers. She can seem fairly mainstream, and since she’d be getting in late, she likely wouldn’t be tarred with some of the crazy-left opinions being expressed right now by the also-rans.
If she wins, Oprah will be her “Valerie Jarrett,” and it will be the Obama third term, on steroids.
This prediction is offered as a warning. I want to be wrong about it, because my view is that Trump beats every one of the current Democratic candidates. So just be ready for something like this to happen. I am not kidding when I call such a development a “black swan.” That, in case you don’t know, is absolutely NOT a racial pun but the actual term for an unanticipated event with extreme, unforeseen consequences.
Yikes. I just saw that pollster Doug Schoen agrees with me…