Thursday, December 12, 2019

You Can't Run as a Lame Duck


If you understand what happened the first and the second time that Joe Biden ran for president, you can't help but look at this story and shake your head in disgust:

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has denied ever discussing with his campaign whether he would only serve one term if elected in 2020.
"I don't have plans on one term. I'm not even there yet," Mr Biden said.
Politico earlier quoted four people "who regularly talk to Biden" saying it was "virtually inconceivable that he will run for re-election" in 2024.
In 2024, Mr Biden, now 77, will be 82. America has never had a sitting octogenarian president.
Kate Bedingfield, Mr Biden's deputy campaign manager, denied the claims in the Politico story.
"Lots of chatter out there on this so just want to be crystal clear: this is not a conversation our campaign is having and not something VP Biden is thinking about," she wrote in a tweet.
The right response is to fire the person who leaked that, if they can be identified, and to dismiss this as something out of left field. Barring that, you never set yourself up as a lame duck, one term president, no matter what. This is why Biden is not running away with the primary and it is why the Democratic Party is flailing right now. We need capable candidates, and I think we have a handful of those. We also need people to engage on the issues and think about why they would support someone like Biden.

If Joe wins the nomination, he'll have my vote. But I think he will be a weak candidate, and it is largely because of his age and his inability to win the nomination in previous attempts. He was given the Vice Presidency largely because of a perceived ability to deliver smart political analysis and votes in the Senate for the Obama presidency. I don't know that he ever really delivered on that in a way that supports the idea that he should be president.

Yes, he would be a million times better than Trump. But that's not the standard that should be applied. We need to find a candidate who destroys Trump's chances of winning as narrowly as he did when Russia helped him steal the 2016 election. We need a president who will repair and restore the country over the course of two solid terms. We don't need this bullshit.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

America's Worst Lawyer, Continued


File this under the category, "you're not helping."

The Republican Party has long been a cult made up of people who believe in nothing but grievances. The fact that they are awful people who hate democracy and demonstrate willful incompetence has nothing to do with it.

If you look at Rudy Giuliani, he is resplendent in his obesity, refusing to take care of himself and moderate his intake of food and bullshit. His ridiculous phone is begging to fall out of his ill-fitting white business shirt, and is liable to butt-dial virtually anyone when it hits the floor.

Trump's party is doubling down on the idea that they are going to be beaten in 2020 unless they cheat. And, if they cheat, and get caught, there will be no consequences. The pardons have likely already been written. The media has already let them off the hook.

Imagine if every news outlet were to reinforce the idea that Trump should be impeached AND denied a place on the 2020 ballot specifically because of what Giuliani is doing as we speak. Some people disqualify themselves from public life through their actions. If there was any shame left in these grifters, they would have left town years ago.