The Democrat party is at war with America. That is the clear message of the Democrats’ responses to the crises that have engulfed our nation over the last six months, made our streets war zones, and destroyed the small business communities that are the lifeblood of our system. When the country was attacked by a deadly virus from China in January, the Democrats attacked the president’s efforts to stop it at the border, then blamed him for the 100,000 deaths that followed. Yet Democrat governors controlled the health systems of every major center of the covid19 devastation and were 100% responsible for any policies that failed.
When the president attempted to re-open the economy in May, Democrat governors and mayors issued draconian orders to arrest individuals violating their “social distancing” injunctions by strolling in parks, lounging on beaches and – worst of all – attempting to revive their barbershops and salons. As a direct consequence of these imposed shutdowns forty million Americans lost their jobs. To many of us, the Democrats’ purpose was clear: to depress the economy and blame the consequences on the president. This became the incessant theme of their political utterances and ads.
Yet these seditious Democrat attacks on the commander-in-chief in the midst of the war against an invisible enemy maintained a cover of plausibility because of the uncertainties surrounding the virus and how it was spread. This mask was dropped when a civil insurrection erupted in the wake of the horrific police murder of George Floyd. In its wake America’s streets were filled with massive crowds of protesters and as it turned out domestic terrorists. These terrorists, led by the communist organization Antifa, used the protests as a cover for violent and hate-filled attacks on ordinary citizens and their businesses. As these attacks escalated into the torching of city centers and the devastation of poor communities, the hypocrisies of Democrats and their true agendas became inescapably clear.
Virtually all the mayhem was centered in Democrat-controlled states and cities. The same mayors who had jailed local business people and ordinary citizens for congregating in groups of more than ten were utterly silent as crowds of thousands formed to tear their cities apart. Meanwhile not a single word was uttered, not a single arrest made, by these same Democrat governors and mayors to prevent the protesters and rioters from violating the social distancing ordinances they had used to close churches and houses of worship the week before. While stores, apartment buildings and even police stations were torched by violent radicals, while ordinary citizens were being terrorized, Democrat governors were reluctant to call out their National Guard and nip the riots in the bud.
This reluctance became active resistance when they defied the president’s appeals to them to take every measure necessary to stop the the terrorists in their tracks and restore law and order to our cities. One of the most frightening sights amidst all the mayhem was the direct threat the street terrorists posed to the White House. Thousands of rioters and protesters gathered in front of the White House.
What were the protesters doing at the White House in the first place? The president had condemned the murder of George Floyd and called his family immediately after the event. There wasn’t a politician or public figure in the entire nation who was defending the killer cop. Why were these crowds menacing the White House and attacking the Secret Service – fifty of whose members had already been injured by their violent assaults? Every night for the preceding week, the “peaceful protest” had turned into violent attacks on law enforcement and the surrounding area. And night after night the Democrat mayor of Washington failed to provide the security necessary to make the street in front of the White House a safe place for the members of our government, including the president.
On Sunday May 31, the mob in front of the White House set fire to the 200-year-old St. John’s Church. Fed up with the support that Democrat governors and mayors were giving to the insurrection and the violence, the president decided on a bold step. On Monday June 1, he massed overwhelming numbers of the National Guard, and demanded an early curfew, planning to clear the streets and demonstrate to the seditious governors and mayors what they needed to do. The National Guard drove the angry mob – protesters and terrorists – away from the White House and then the president and key members of his cabinet walked over to the church.
Every American who cares for their country and its president, who was watching this walk, held their breath, uncertain as to whether the president and his cabinet would be attacked and possibly assassinated, as so many public figures on the left had already advocated. Yet no sooner had the walk been completed than CNN and the Democrat media were mocking the president and creating the Democrats’ new fake news talking point: Trump had ordered the National Guard to use tear gas to attack a group of peaceful protesters in order to feed his narcissism for a photo-op. As if Donald Trump needed a photo op, and as if the peaceful protesters across the country had not systematically provided cover for the black-clad Antifa terrorists wreaking havoc on the country. As if the need to purportedly use tear gas did not expose the menace posed by a crowd that was ready to violate a curfew in front of the White House and resist the representatives of law enforcement who had asked them three times to leave.
Along with Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the Democrat mayor of Washington DC, Senator Elizabeth Warren condemned the president’s action, summing up the party line: “The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protestors in order to clear the way for a useless photo-op outside the White House — just after vowing to activate the military against our own people. Lives and our democracy are in danger.”
Lives and our democracy are definitely in danger. But the danger comes from a Democrat Party that is at war with their country and willing to aid and abet a terrorist force, Antifa, whose clearly stated purpose is the destruction of the country.
Last week, the Department of Justice announced that in March, a former Philadelphia election official admitted to, and was convicted of, accepting bribes to stuff ballots for three Democrat candidates for Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge. He admitted to inflating the votes in primaries in years 2014 through 2016. He purportedly committed the fraud by standing in a voting booth and voting multiple times. That he acted alone seems unlikely. In Pennsylvania, each polling place must have a minimum of five poll workers to open and operate. They all work for thirteen hours – where were they? This trick could explain why some Philadelphia precincts end up, unabashedly, on election nights with more total votes than registered voters, and an outcome producing 100% of the votes for Democrat candidates. This case is not an isolated incident, as other cases of altering vote counts have been successfully prosecuted.
In Pennsylvania, more insidious than the overt fraud just exposed by the Justice Department, are the myriad subtler ways in which perhaps more systematized election fraud occurs. Out-of-date voter rolls often list multiple names at the same address. Deceased voters may not be immediately purged. Once an individual has voted in Pennsylvania, a poll worker is not permitted to ask for identification. If that individual keeps voting, their name remains on the rolls without question. That’s how dead people vote. That’s how multiple residents at the same address vote. Moreover, if a live voter has recently moved, it is possible they can vote in two different polling places. In the past few years, Pennsylvanians have been successfully prosecuted for: fraudulent use of absentee ballots, either through forgery, or filing without the real voter’s knowledge; duplicate voting; ineligible voting due to lack of citizenship; and, multiple registrations both inside and out of state. These abuses frequently occur in other states as well.
In 2019, Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law that all registered voters could apply for an absentee ballot without having to provide a reason. Previously, one could only vote absentee by stating on the application that one would be out of state on election day or was physically prevented from voting in person. As previously reported, Wolf enacted one of the more stringent COVID-19 stay-at-home mandates in the country – closing the entire state to all but essential workers. Pennsylvania’s primary was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing stay at home mandates. Large parts of Pennsylvania cannot reopen until two days after the new primary date of June 2, 2020, and most polling places have been relocated. Predictably, chaos reigns; the likelihood of fraud has spiked. Moreover, Wolf and election board officials are encouraging voters to vote by write-in ballot. Stay home, they exhort. President Trump has a different message and has correctly pointed out the propensity for fraud and election theft when distance voting is the norm.
The draconian stay-at-home measures and warnings have scared most poll workers and voters alike. As noted above, without a minimum of five poll workers, a poll cannot open. With poll workers’ mass refusals to work, 60% of all existing state poll locations have been closed. The remaining polls have been bunched and moved to public schools – many counties have yet to announce the new locations
Prior to Wolf’s cockamamie change, the procedures for absentee ballot control were tighter, but problems existed. To apply for an absentee ballot, a registered voter had to apply, complete the application with the reason for the request, and mail back to the county Board of Elections, all within a certain time frame prior to the election date. When the ballot was received, it was accompanied with two envelopes: the smaller, unmarked envelope was used to seal the completed ballot, and the larger was to insert the sealed ballot and mail back to the Board of Elections – again within a certain time frame before the election. The weekend before the election, the Judge of Elections for each polling place, would pick up all materials assigned to their poll. Included were the absentee ballots, the books containing the names of registered voters, and a list of all voters who had submitted absentee ballots. The list was posted on a wall and the ballots counted to ensure the numbers matched. They were then separated, and unopened until the polls closed, and the tallies were taken.
When voters first enter the polling place and it is their turn to vote, they sign their name in the spot where they are listed in the registration book. If they have submitted an absentee ballot, it will be marked in the book. The clerk informs the Judge of Elections, and before the voter can vote, their absentee ballot is publicly pulled from the absentee ballot bag, nullified, and their name is crossed off the list. After the polls close, at least two pre-certified poll watchers enter the polling place (one from each party), watch the votes being counted and check the results. Only then are the absentee ballots taken out, the outer envelopes destroyed, the ballots shuffled, and counted. Cumbersome and time consuming, yes. It was far from perfect and problems abounded. Even with these controls in place, there were accusations of lost ballots, applications and ballots arriving too late to be returned by the deadline – especially among the military, and stashes of absentee ballots discovered after the election and too late to be counted. While the pandemic was not a factor when Wolf changed the write-in ballot rules, it is now. And the likelihood for fraud has grown exponentially.
With Democrats in a vast majority, Philadelphia as of one week ago had received 158,000 write-in ballots compared with a presidential election record of 23,000. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, had received more than 225,000 ballots when in a normal primary they receive 10,000. In Montgomery County, a densely populated suburb of Philadelphia, the Board of Elections is also controlled by Democrats. Issues are mounting. Pre-COVID-19 restrictions and warnings, numbers such as these were never anticipated or planned for adequately. Requested write-in applications and ballots have been slow in arriving. As many as 2,000 ballots have arrived in error – such as to party affiliation, wrong county list of candidates and/or with incorrect instructions.
Another fraud-including factor is that the city/county of Philadelphia, and its surrounding suburbs of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery are all sanctuary counties. Investigations by the watchdog group Public Interest Legal Foundation have forced election board officials to admit that illegal residents have registered in high numbers. Estimates place the total of over 100,000.
Additionally, alarm bells should be ringing in every Republican’s heart from an article published in Politico, May 24, 2020, by Holly Otterbein:
Key swing state warns of November election ‘nightmare’.
‘Pennsylvania could determine the presidency. But it might not be clear for days who won the state on Nov. 3.
Election officials throughout the critical battleground, which is implementing no-excuse mail-in voting for the first time ever amid pandemic, say they are unlikely to finish counting those ballots the night of the general election.
If the race is close enough – as it was in 2016, when Donald Trump carried the state by only 44,000 votes – that could mean the status of one of the nation’s biggest swing states could remain up in the air long past Election Day.
“My nightmare is that on Election Day in November, you’re waiting for Montgomery County results to declare Pennsylvania to declare who wins the White House,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, a Democrat who chairs the Board of Elections there. “The reality is that all of our counties are going to be in that same situation, and it will take a while to actually count the ballots.”
Less than two weeks away from Pennsylvania’s primary, some state election officials said they lack the funding and staff needed to handle the massive influx of mail-in ballots they’ve received for that race.
They also said the fact that they legally can’t start counting those ballots until the morning of Election Day is complicating matters…’
Rewind: ‘ … they legally can’t start counting those ballots until the morning of Election Day…’?!
If the officials start counting on the morning of election day, how is a cross check enacted to ensure that double in-person voting is thwarted? If not stopped, the Democrats seem to be setting the stage for How to steal an election, in November.
On Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order regarding social media and Big Tech companies, following his public battle with Twitter after the social media platform added a “fact-check” to his tweets.
“Very critical” is an understatement.
Twitter included a blue “fact-check” on Trump’s tweets attacking Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) for capitalizing on the coronavirus crisis to unilaterally change California voting laws, claiming the president spread utter falsehoods about vote-by-mail. Yet Trump was far from alone in voicing such concerns, and the California Republican Party — which is suing Newsom — cited many experts and news reports demonstrating the abuse vote-by-mail enables.
The president accused Twitter of attempting to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
“[Twitter] is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
Is This Twitter Exec With a Long History of Anti-Trump Tirades the Force Behind the Trump ‘Fact-Check’?
Trump continued on Wednesday.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again,” he tweeted. “Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that….
Twitter’s decision to take sides in a contentious political battle — which has a legal aspect — arguably undermines the argument for its protection under Section 230. But it remains unclear exactly what kind of drastic action Trump can take by executive order on this issue.
Trump’s policies have been called a lot of names, but “childish” isn’t one of ‘em
Anyone who’s been around children long enough knows they occasionally come up with unanticipated and timeless pearls of wisdom, moments of clarity cloaked by cute-as-a-button exteriors and tendencies to prefer chocolate chip cookies to healthy broccoli and Brussels sprouts at dinnertime. As we get older it’s often said we grow more child-like in our preferences, and it’s not intended as a compliment. To be labeled “childish” usually infers whatever you’re doing is either unimportant, trivial or annoying.
The dictionary defines “childish” as, “of, like, or appropriate to a child”, or, “silly and immature.”
Democrat nominee-in-waiting Joe Biden visited the Washington Post op-ed page earlier this week to weigh-in on President Donald Trump’s response to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or Wuhan virus and suggested the chief executive’s handling of the crisis was akin to kids playing in a kindergarten yard’s sandbox. Or something like that.
Joseph Simonson reported at The Washington Examiner, “Joe Biden took to the op-ed pages of the Washington Post to continue attacking the federal government’s coronavirus policies, which are led by President Trump.
“’[Trump’s] goal is as obvious as it is craven: He hopes to split the country into dueling camps, casting Democrats as doomsayers hoping to keep America grounded and Republicans as freedom fighters trying to liberate the economy,’ the former vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee wrote in a Monday guest piece. ‘It’s a childish [emphasis added] tactic — and a false choice that none of us should fall for.’ …
“’States and cities that have attempted to reopen are discovering that the economy isn’t a light switch you can simply flip on — people need confidence to make it run, and that confidence must be earned by credible leadership and demonstrable safety,’ he wrote about Georgia, which reopened its dine-in restaurants in late April but found that demand has barely ticked upward.”
No one I know ever hinted that reviving an economy that was wholesale wrecked by government decision-makers would be as simple as flipping on a light switch. For a major party candidate to assert this is patently… childish. There must be a deeper motivation here, something besides the plain truth that Biden’s flat run out of things to say these days.
What it is then? Georgia this, Georgia that. Georgia, Georgia, Georgia. Expect Grampa Joe and the Democrat propaganda crew to relentlessly bash on the Peach State in the coming months as a shining example of a reddish purple jurisdiction with a Republican governor who just happened to have won his office by besting Democrat upstart and the vastly unqualified Stacey Abrams, the woman who refused to concede defeat and remove her name from liberal cable news channels’ headlines despite being behind by 50,000 votes after the count was concluded.
Of course Abrams is widely rumored to be near the top of Biden’s veep short list. Instinct and observation indicate Biden is dying to choose her to fill out his ticket. But the party establishment probably isn’t swayed, since Abrams doesn’t have any high-level executive or legislative experience (she served in the Georgia House for ten years and as Minority Leader for six) and it would be an extremely tough sell to bill her as ready to step into the POTUS role on day one behind the visibly faltering and mentally slipping Biden.
Heck, even Barack Obama had been a U.S. senator for a couple years before launching his presidential campaign — and Stacey Abrams ain’t no Obama. True, like “the One”, Abrams is a diehard leftist activist — hence, her appeal to Biden — but she’s not all that articulate and comes across as a lightweight loony nutcase (such as when she delivered the party response to Trump’s State of the Union speech, which thankfully for Democrats, no one watched).
Plus, to put it mildly, she’s not much to look at. Yup, I said it. Democrats and liberals will scream “FOUL!” for even bringing up the appearance angle, but big-time American politics rarely advances those who’d finish last in a beauty contest line-up. Biden could solve that particular dilemma by drafting the much more attractive Kamala Harris — the other prominent black woman supposedly in contention — since Obama himself once said the California Attorney General (at the time) was the “best looking” among her colleagues. If ‘ol back slappin’, hair sniffin’, child repellin’, shoulders massagin’, nude swimmin’ and sexual assault denyin’ Grampa Joe wants a looker, it ain’t gonna be Ms. Abrams.
Which presents a minor dilemma for Joe and his campaign team since they need to check all the appropriate demographic boxes for his number two. The buzz surrounding an Abrams selection would last approximately three hours until people got a glimpse of her on the evening news — and listened to her speak. Talk about a rapid decline. But then again, when the Biden/Abrams ticket loses in November, Democrats could cry and moan about how it was due to nationwide voter suppression (only in the states that went for Trump) and that racist Trump-ian “deplorables” backwards-butt rednecks couldn’t stomach the prospect of voting for a homely black woman.
Never mind Abrams. Biden and crew need a convenient kicking boy on the issue-of-the-hour, coronavirus. Georgia just happens to be it.
After all, Colorado’s reopening mirrored Georgia’s and you don’t see or hear doddering Joe and his fellow Democrats stringing out Democrat Governor Jared Polis for his callous disregard of “science” or testing or whatever it is they’re talking about at the moment. Biden’s — and the media’s — highlighting Georgia is 110% politically motivated, since if they can convince enough folks that Gov. Brian Kemp acted carelessly and jumped the gun, then perhaps they can steal a normally reliable GOP state and make their Electoral College challenge not quite as daunting.
The testing issue also isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Most lay people hear virus “testing” and think it’d be as easy as walking into a clinic, providing a urine sample in one of those little cups and receiving a courtesy phone call within an hour or two with the results. Not so. According to family members familiar with the actual coronavirus test, it involves taking a sample from deep within the nostrils and the process is described as “extremely uncomfortable.”
Necessary, yes, but it’s quite painful and not exactly the type of thing anyone would do unless they’re symptomatic (or your doctor orders it) and reason it’s time to know for sure. Therefore, even if a testing station were right down the block it’s doubtful people would be lining up to endure it, especially when the chances of testing positive aren’t exactly that great (a check revealed there have been about 10 million tests and “only” about 1.4 million confirmed cases).
Are there more people out there with the virus? Emphatically, yes. Even the experts agree there’re exponentially more carriers than confirmed cases. And they keep popping up in places you’d never consider, such as inside the Vice President’s office. So yes, lots of people have the virus, lots more are worried sick about getting it and the public is apprehensive about venturing out like “normal” when no such thing exists any longer.
But for Biden to maintain Trump’s response “divided” the country between heroic freedom fighters and doomsayer Democrats isn’t exactly accurate. It’s not childish at all. And by no means is it a “false choice” either. Simply look at Florida’s success under the stewardship of GOP Governor Ron DeSantis and you’ll see there’s a vast difference between political leadership that trusts people to rely on good judgment and sound advice to stop the spread of the pandemic.
Contrast DeSantis with blue state governors in Connecticut, Virginia, California, New Jersey, Illinois and New York, all of which exercised their petty tyrant powers to shutter businesses (many permanently, as this report indicated) and punish citizens for demanding more freedom. Polls also show Republicans are significantly more likely to support relaxing or ending social distancing mandates. Paul Bedard reported, “In a new Gallup survey, 60% of Republicans said they are avoiding ‘small gatherings,’ down from a peak of 76% at the end of March. Since the survey dates ended May 3, the number is likely down more.
“By comparison, 74% of Democrats are still avoiding small gatherings, down from a high of 84% at the end of March.”
The distinction is easily explainable. Republicans and conservatives don’t live their lives based on an expert’s or governor’s arbitrary opinions or dictates. Democrats are much more receptive to being “ruled.” Case closed.
If Grampa Joe Biden can’t talk about testing (and a lack of it), what else is there to say?
Imagine you’re a Democrat (you can envision yourself as Biden himself if you wish), or, if you are already a member of the party, try to think objectively. You’re positioned in a conference room at headquarters, (or these days, you’re taking part in a Zoom call) with other strategists.
Everyone’s tossing out ideas on how Grampa Joe might improve his political position vis-à-vis Trump during the coronavirus quarantine phase. Invariably the conversation winds down to the “when do we reopen” dilemma and there are no solid answers, other than perhaps to shed doubt on Trump’s statements on the need for and availability of mass testing (note: Trump has recommended all nursing home patients and staff be tested — finally, some common sense on the subject). Bingo! You’ve got your op-ed topic and you hire a ghostwriter to pen something legible from Joe’s typical stream-of-consciousness ramblings.
Since only a tiny fraction of U.S. citizens have been tested, you try and scare the bejesus out of the ones who haven’t been and tell everyone to damn the economic consequences and stay the (heck) away from each other for another month — or until a vaccine is developed, approved and distributed. It’s all you have. Let’s run with it!
Trump Derangement Syndrome won’t be enough for Democrats to win in 2020
While most Democrats we see on TV are more than committed to a campaign strategy of bashing Trump 24/7, a token few voices are recommending party candidates include more substance in their pitches to voters. Seth McLaughlin reported at The Washington Times, “One of the masterminds behind Pete Buttigieg’s rise in national politics said Monday Joseph R. Biden’s path to the White House hinges on presenting voters with a positive alternative vision for the nation, and not getting too wrapped up in ‘Trump derangement syndrome.’
“Lis Smith, a senior advisor to Mr. Buttigieig’s 2020 bid, said the coronavirus has provided Mr. Biden with an opportunity to think outside the box when it comes to campaigning and said she hopes the party learned some lessons from the party’s mistakes in 2016.
“’There is a theory in the Democratic Party that if we just kept giving Donald Trump rope that he would eventually hang himself,’ Ms. Smith said on Political Playbook virtual interview. ‘Well, he didn’t, and I think it is completely wishful thinking to think that he will self-destruct and that we can just run against Trump and Trumpism.’”
From all appearances, Grampa Joe Biden isn’t taking Smith’s advice. Grossly mislabeling the president’s policies and attitudes towards reopening the economy — meaning, Trump is pushing for it — isn’t just childish, it’s ineffective. Biden’s formulated his political career out of pretending to be somebody he’s not (smart, accomplished, empathetic, ahead of the curve), so ripping at Trump is what he does best.
But sitting around in a basement bunker lofting bombs in the Washington Post is a lot closer to Trump Derangement Syndrome than it is to offering concrete proposals. Why doesn’t Joe jump into the issue mosh pit and start throwing some elbows?
Because he doesn’t have a clue what to say, so he defaults to calling Trump “childish.” When should the economy open, Joe? Would everyone be forced to take a test? What happens to those whose tests don’t match your projections?
With the quarantine portion of the weird coronavirus conundrum seemingly winding to a close, politicians like Joe Biden will be compelled to come out of hiding and supply substance rather than submitting op-eds to the Washington Post and calling Trump “childish.” Will Joe offer something more than Trump Derangement Syndrome? Voters want to know.
Tom Rogers, the founder of MSNBC and CNBC, has a very dim view of Joe Biden’s abilities as he goes against Trump for the presidency of the United States.
Rogers says that Trump has dominated the news since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., but eventually, all eyes will turn to Biden and “Biden needs to perform.”
“The bottom line is the candidate needs to be able to articulate a clear and convincing message, and particularly when it comes to the pandemic … he’s not there yet,” Rogers continued. “And it pains me to say this, it really does, but his performance in being able to come up with a compelling narrative and a passionate storyline that really is ready for prime-time election season when it comes to talking about the legacy of Donald Trump, of mass death and economic collapse, he’s just not there yet.”
“Compelling” and “passionate”? I wouldn’t exactly define Joe Biden using those two words. Try “somnolent” and “boring.”
“His performances have been very unsatisfying and basically he’s been getting softball interviews with the exception of yours, Mika, on the sexual harassment issue,” he added in reference to Brzezinski’s interview with the former vice president earlier this month regarding assault allegations leveled against Biden by a former Senate staffer.
Rogers also argued that Biden has been helped by largely being out of the spotlight, given his performances, compared to the president. But as Election Day gets closer, the Democrat “will no longer be able to let Trump do the talking,” he added.
Why does Rogers think that Biden’s appearances will get any better? The Joe Biden hunkering down in his basement is the Joe Biden Democrats are stuck with. He’s not going to become any more coherent. He’s not going to be any funnier.
If enough Democrats realize that before the convention, they may use the Tara Reade accusations as an excuse to can him.
“Letting Trump continue to devalue his own political standing has been beneficial to Biden at a time when Biden’s own media appearances from home have unfortunately shown a worrisome inability to focus his message and articulate clearly and crisply,” Rogers explained. “As we move toward Election Day, Biden will no longer be able to let Trump do the talking. He will have to come out and present the case against Trump himself, as well as his vision for the future.”
If Rogers and other Democrats are waiting for Biden to “articulate clearly and crispy,” they should throw in the towel now. His malapropisms aren’t going to improve as the election goes along nor will his deteriorating mental state.
In the end, Biden will beat himself with little help from Trump.
The name and executive honorific combo has a poetic lilt to it. It’s also an appellation we’re going to hear a lot more, as anticipation of whom Joe Biden will select as his running mate picks up.
The vice presidential pick is normally a perfunctory affair. The position is, as John Nance Garner famously called it, hardly worth a bucket of tepid micturition. Presiding over medal-producing pomp and heading useless task forces (the COVID-19 response team notwithstanding) is the veep’s poor lot.
Not so under Joe Biden. What’s normally a ceremonial secondment for also-ran candidates transmutes into a royal road to the presidency. Not since Harry Truman was knowingly picked by party bosses as Roosevelt’s successor has an American political party had to grapple with a vice president guaranteed a promotion.
Should Biden beat Donald Trump in the fall — a big if, given his total absence from the campaign trail thanks to the chiropteran-caused coronavirus — he will be the oldest president ever elected, a hoary seventy-eight years. There’s more than a whisper’s worth of conjecture he won’t serve out his whole first term — hence the weight of significance upon Biden’s pick.
But why Abrams? Walter Shapiro describes the former Georgia House Minority Leader as having “obvious political talents.” Yet she’s never won a political contest outside a state-level race where she faced no Republican challenger. Her governorship bid was a failure; she gave a forgettable rejoinder to Trump’s State of the Union address.
Abrams has one distinguishing trait: she’s a femme de lettres. And while the Abrams oeuvre consists exclusively of dime-store curtain fic, a pol who can craft a euphonious sentence beats a credential-collecting lawyer or elected-office schemer any day. Poets aren’t legislators of the world, but they’re vastly more interesting and empathetic than a cloying glad-hander who’s been running for office since being elected primary school class president.
That said, literary appeal isn’t a political asset — especially in a country with sixty million TikTok users. With a dearth of viable political experience, Abrams’s place on Biden’s short list raises questions about the Democrats’ strategy. What’s the appeal outside someone who can make Chris Hayes giggle during his katydid-hour MSNBC program?
Andrew Sullivan, who never makes bones about his Trump-hatred, doesn’t buy the hype. Abrams’s lack of proven ability on a national stage makes her a “bad candidate for the job.” Even her poor-sport attitude after her gubernatorial loss leaves the Biden campaign vulnerable to a cynical Trump charge: that Democrats will once again refuse to accept defeat. “The main problem is that she continues to claim that her loss in her only competitive election was a function of a rigged electoral process,” Sullivan reasons.
Those weaknesses haven’t stunted Abrams’s ambition. Politico reports that the nervy peach has been wheedling Democratic financiers and operatives to secure a place on the Biden ticket. She is openly, and uncouthly, recommending herself in interviews. Who dares wins, as the motto goes.
In a move of desperate ingratiation, Abrams even dismissed the sexual abuse accusation against her wished-for running mate, declaring, “[Biden] will make women proud.” When you’re a Democrat, #MeToo means me, who?
The current conventional wisdom is that Biden needs a running mate who can reclaim the Rust Belt from Trump’s working-man appeal. He’s also pledged to choose a female V.P. (not named Tara Reade), fulfilling the Democratic base’s need for feel-good history-making. The Midwest Karen duo of Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer could check off both criteria. But would either help galvanize the minority-heavy base that lifted Barack Obama into the presidency?
From that perspective, Abrams is underrated. She’s an evangelist for the Democratic Party’s shared religion: identity politics. In private conversation, she probably uses the phrase “wypipologist” unironically. Being versed in the folkways of the left’s identitarianism makes her popular among the progressive white base, who express piety in devotion to put-upon racial minorities. Voting for Abrams earns shrift for the guilty liberal’s conscience.
For all of Biden’s failings, he’s had little trouble locking in black support. Where his campaign risks running aground is with young white voters, particularly the educated. A Pew poll found that 54% of Millennial-aged whites are bothered by a pallid male septuagenarian as the Democratic nominee. The discomfort increases a few points if the respondent extended his college experience earning a postgrad degree.
Biden can allay the complexion and chromosome concerns of his party’s base. He need only pick up his Bell System rotary phone — chances are, an eager caller from Atlanta waits on the other side.
A federal judge who questioned Attorney General William Barr’s “credibility” has received an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Justice Department attorneys say that the release of the document was in pursuance to two orders this month by District Court Judge Reggie Walton.
Walton, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the court had “grave concerns about the objectivity of the process that preceded the public release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report” and its “impacts on the Justice Department’s subsequent justifications” that its redactions of the report were authorized under the Freedom of Information Act.
The judge said on March 5 that he believed that AG Barr had “dubiously handled” the public release of the Mueller report.
Despite the transfer which included two paper copies and an electronic copy of the two records at issue, the court won’t be able to review them immediately because of the coronavirus crisis.
“Consistent with the [DOJ’s] Notice of Submission of Documents for In Camera Review, the Court has received the unredacted version of the report regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 United States presidential election (the ‘Mueller Report’),” Walton said in a minute order Monday afternoon. “However, in light of the Chief Judge Howell’s March 16, 2020 Order Regarding Court Operations in Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Court’s review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report is unable to occur until the Court resumes its normal operations on April 20, 2020, unless the Court’s normal operations are further suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mueller’s report, released last April, noted his investigation “identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign” but “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Earlier this month, Walton said “the speed by which Attorney General Barr released to the public the summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s principal conclusions, coupled with the fact that Attorney General Barr failed to provide a thorough representation of the findings set forth in the Mueller Report, causes the Court to question whether Attorney General Barr’s intent was to create a one-sided narrative about the Mueller Report.”
The judge added that it was “a narrative that is clearly in some respects substantively at odds with the redacted version of the Mueller Report.”
DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec pushed back a couple of days later, calling the court’s assertions “contrary to the facts.”
Kupec said the Justice Department “stands by” the work of the DOJ officials who made the redaction decisions and defended Barr’s “efforts to provide as much transparency as possible in connection with the Special Counsel’s confidential report.”
While being practically removed from the news cycle due to coverage of President Trump and COVID-19, behind the scenes, Joe Biden has been waging a campaign to boost his popularity with young progressives.
Apparently the Biden campaign sees that the lack of enthusiasm among the liberal base, particularly young voters, is the biggest weakness of his candidacy.
According to multiple sources familiar with the former VP’s campaign, since his landslide victories earlier this month, Biden’s advisers have engaged in talks with a range of top progressive groups, including some that endorsed his chief rival, Bernie Sanders.
The outreach to left-wing organizations and individuals — representing causes from climate change and immigrant rights to gun control and mobilizing underserved black and brown communities — is focused on young activists. Broadly speaking, that particular demographic has viewed Biden as one of the “least-inspiring” candidates in the sprawling Democratic primary field.
It’s a delicate dance for both sides. For one, Sanders is still in the race. Plus, the progressives recognize that their time and ability to influence Biden is limited since he’s all but wrapped up the nomination. Still, Biden needs to fix his enthusiasm deficit, which was partly masked by his wins this month, and it’s far from certain that animosity toward President Donald Trump alone will be enough to defeat the popular incumbent president.
“The dirty little secret is everyone’s talking to Biden’s campaign,” said Sean McElwee, co-founder of the liberal think tank Data for Progress. “There will be fights, but at the end of the day, progressives still hold votes in the Senate and increasingly Democratic voters stand behind our views. I expect we’ll see Biden embracing key planks of the ambitious agenda progressives have outlined on issues like climate and pharmaceutical policy.”
Biden aides are taking a two-pronged approach. They’re reaching out to what they see as traditional progressive groups with longer legacies such as Planned Parenthood, with which the campaign held a long call ahead of the most recent debate, and movement groups that came of age more recently, including liberal organization Indivisible and climate change-focused Sunrise Movement.
Biden has also backed proposals from Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in recent weeks on the issues of student debt and free college, respectively.
Progressives believe they have leverage because Biden has lost badly among young people to Sanders, and largely trailed among Latinos, too. They also argue that aggressive action on climate change action and Medicare for All, poll well among Democrats.
None of the groups that the Biden campaign is courting has threatened to sit out the election if Biden doesn’t embrace its positions. For instance, Justice Democrats, which made a name for itself backing primary left-wing challengers against more moderate Democratic incumbents — including several with ideological profiles similar to Biden — said in a statement it is “definitely going to support whoever the nominee is.”
But the fact that Biden’s campaign sees the need reach out to these groups, shows that while he may have the support of their leaders, he still has a long way to go to appeal to their memberships at large.
No sooner did former Vice President Joe Biden all but secure his nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate than did the Coronavirus shove him in the shadow of public attention. Contrary to intuitive thinking, it may not be a bad thing for his candidacy.
We must remember that Biden was not exactly hitting the campaign trail with full vigor in those early Democrat primaries. In addition to his lack of fundraising, he was staying home as much as possible. His strategy of laying in the weeds until South Carolina was obviously a good one.
Even after vanquishing the Democrat presidential field on Super Tuesday, Biden was not out on the hustings as much as traditional presidential candidates – not even as much as the older post-heart attack Senator Bernie Sanders.
Biden, his handlers and most Democrats realized that the former Vice President’s public image is best left to virtual crafting by public relations consultants and communication techies. For too often – when Biden presented himself to the public, it resulted in another gaffe.
Apart from those embarrassing misstatements that have marked Biden’s long, long political career, he is starting to show his age. His current gaffes are not like those past misstatements but more like “senior moments.” It is those pauses on stage, when he looks like he is searching for the rest of the sentence. Even the older Bernie Sanders, appears to have greater mental acuity than Biden.
In that it allows Biden to keep himself out of the spotlight, the Coronavirus may have been beneficial to the Biden campaign. It gives him an excuse to stay out of the public eye – except for short structured appearances on friendly news shows. He is not being vetted.
At this stage in a presidential campaign – and despite the suffocating effect of the Coronavirus — Biden should be communicating to the public as much as possible – holding press conferences, rallies and townhall meetings. Despite the situation, he could be holding virtual townhall meetings and responding to unstructured press questions. But instead, Biden is hunkering down at home under the theory that the less you see of him, the better off he will be.
It may work for a while, but eventually he will have to stop being the marionette of his handlers and present himself in public – at least occasionally. When the presidential campaign season revs up after the Republican Convention, Biden will be facing the guy with the bully pulpit – and a guy who knows how to use it. Biden cannot continue to slump in the far corner of the back pew hoping that the grossly biased media will cast and protect his virtual image.
So, there ‘tis.
NOTE: The statistics reported in this commentary were the official numbers as of March 22.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio can go on his favorite cable news networks and point the finger of blame in all directions – especially at President Trump – but that does not explain what is happening in New York – City and State. It would seem that the greatest failure in America to anticipate and be prepared for an epidemic crisis are the Empire State’s political leaders and public healthcare community.
Why should one city – albeit America’s largest – account for nearly one-third of the victims of the Coronavirus in the entire United states. At the time of this writing there are approximately 41,000 cases of Coronavirus in the United states. There are more than 20,000 cases in the State of New York – with 16,000 of them in New York City (5% of the world). Size alone cannot account for that.
Just across the Hudson River from New York is New Jersey, which has just over 2,000 cases – and it is the state with the second most. That’s right. New York has approximately ten times the number of cases as the second-place state – and is not only an adjacent state, but literally a suburb for a lot of Manhattan workers.
Looking at the statistic another way, New York City – with approximately 16,000 cases — has nine times more cases of the Coronavirus than the entire State of California (1,800 cases). Washington State – where it all seemed to start for America – holds third place – behind New Jersey and ahead of California. New York has about eight times more cases than Washington.
With so many of the initial cases coming from China and Asia, in general, one might think that California and Washington would be two of the hardest hit states. But they do not even come close to New York City, alone. Even folks coming from Coronavirus-ravaged Italy cannot explain New York’s extraordinarily high number. However, it has been reported that the first recorded case came from a woman returning from Iran despite Trump’s efforts to ban travel from there.
With its usual political bias, the elitist east coast (New York) media is very kind to de Blasio. They give him airtime to whine and complain – and point the finger at the Trump administration. They do not ask him the tough questions. They do not wonder if closing the schools too late is a contributing factor. Was he too slow to quarantine? Was his own health department behind the curve? Was there a lack of effective emergency planning?
Rather than perform their journalistic function in a fair and honest way, the press attacks Florida’s Republican governor for not acting quickly enough. The Miami Herald editorialized on what the described as Governor Ron DeSantis egregious failure to act in a timely manner – then and now. It was consistent with the general practice of praising Democrat governors and mayors and criticizing Republicans in those positions – despite the facts.
The media focus on Florida – which is in eighth place in terms of the number of cases (1171) – demonstrates a political agenda. New York under Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has 17 times that number – and the City of New York under Mayor de Blasio has 14 times that number. To pick out Florida, the press must skip over seven states – all with Democrat governors.
While we can all see the bias in the coverage – if we care to look – but that still does not explain why New York is so far in the lead in terms of cases and deaths. The public – especially New Yorkers – might be better served if Cuomo and de Blasio did more explaining and less accusing.
So, there ‘tis.