Something funny is going on here. Not "ha-ha" funny, but the other kind — the kind that makes you cock your head to one side and stare quizzically off into the distance.
In a Daily Beast opinion piece that ran Wednesday, David Klion wrote that 2020 is shaping up to be a repeat of 1968. That year the Democratic establishment nominated Hubert Humphrey and rejected Eugene McCarthy, the darling of the left at that time. As a result, Republican Richard Nixon became the 37th president of the United States.
Klion sees Biden as today's Humphrey, and that's not an unfair comparison. They're both establishment figures of their respective time periods, and neither one was much of an enthusiasm-generator.
McCarthy, on the other hand, prompted the kind of excitement shown today toward Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and self-described democratic socialist who suspended his own presidential campaign this week.
Also, just as Humphrey served as vice president to Lyndon Johnson, Biden was Obama's second-in-command.
"By picking Joe Biden, Democrats are kissing their future goodbye," wrote Klion.
But they haven't picked Biden yet. Although he's the last man standing, so to speak, he hasn't been nominated, and until that happens Biden is only the presumptive nominee. And until the delegates officially choose their standard bearer, anything can happen — anything.
What if Biden isn't the ultimate nominee after all? Let's face it, he's hardly the perfect candidate.
Every appearance he makes — whether on the debate stage or an interview on a friendly network — he devolves into a rambling word salad of disconnected thoughts.
A Biden nomination was even something of a mystery to musician Sean Lennon, the son of the late Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
"Amazing Dems spend so much energy on so many things but were ultimately unable to come up with a candidate who can speak a single complete and coherent sentence," he wrote. "I have nothing against this man, he seems very nice, but he is clearly firing on few or possibly no cylinders."
Add to that the recent sexual assault claims made by former Biden staffer, Tara Reade. Reade’s may be more believable.
Christine Blasey Ford’s claims provided non-stop fodder for Senate Democrats and the mainstream media despite lacking detail and defying logic.
Beade's have largely been ignored.
By pretending Beade's charges don't exist, the media are doing Democrats and the former vice president a disservice. They may come up at the worst possible time.
Also, Biden can't help but have noticed that Trump's favorability has risen during the course of the COVID-19 crisis, and he's tried to cash in on it himself by initiating his own shadow coronavirus briefings. But they've been a dismal failure.
A tired old man rambling incoherently in his basement rec room just can't compete with a battery of medical, business, and economic experts in the White House briefing room.
However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily COVID-19 briefings have been a rousing success and have pushed his favorability up from 44% to 71% among New Yorkers, The Wall Street Journal reported.
And that hasn't gone unnoticed by the president.
"He's gotten good marks, I've gotten great marks. I've gotten great marks also," Trump remarked on "Fox & Friends."
Cuomo's brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, noticed also. This week he pressed his older brother to throw his hat into the ring.
"Bernie Sanders is out," the CNN host said. "The word is, this increases the chances, with Sen. Sanders out, that you may get in the race for president. Is that true?"
Gov. Cuomo declined saying, "Joe Biden is a personal friend of mine." He added, "he's going to be, I believe, an excellent Democratic candidate and a leader."
Finally, when Sanders suspended his campaign, he didn't ask his delegates to switch their allegiance to Biden. He said he was holding on to his delegates and that he intended to build that number.
One final observation: Despite Biden being the only Democratic presidential candidate still in the race, former President Obama still hasn't endorsed him.
- Everyone, including the DNC, knows Biden is a flawed candidate
- Gov. Cuomo's ratings couldn't be better
- Sanders is retaining and intends to build on his delegate count
- Biden's former boss still hasn't endorsed him
Coincidence? Leroy Jethro Gibbs' Rule 39: "There is no such thing as a coincidence." Everything happens for a reason.
Thursday's front page of the New York Post featured the photo of a sleeping Biden with the caption, "SOMEONE WAKE UP JOE! Tell him he's the nominee."
But he's not the nominee yet, and until he is, anything can happen.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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