Pete Buttigieg and Amy Kobluchar both dropped out of the presidential race, and it’s obvious that this was done to try to unite the moderate vote ahead of Super Tuesday. What’s less obvious to me is why the galaxy brains in the DNC are trying to make Biden their nominee when they have…eyes and ears.
Despite Bernie’s overwhelming popularity and early success, the DNC is terrified of what nominating a socialist will do for them as a party, and I don’t blame them. It’s no coincidence that Elizabeth Warren is still in the race. If I was a Bernie supporter, I’d be livid. The timing of these dropouts very clearly indicates that these decisions came from the top.
As former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden is easily the highest profile candidate the Democrats have. His ties to Barack Obama give him a big leg up with black voters. Of all the candidates, he’s definitely the most “regular guy” as it gets. I understand why some people might think he made the most sense to lead the moderates against Bernie, and then the Democrats against Trump. Maybe 10 years ago that would have been a winning strategy. But in 2020, Biden doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell defeating Trump.
I’m not trying to be malicious or insensitive, but Biden is very clearly losing his mind. He’s only going to get worse. He sounds senile, and he has for some time. I’ve had to fact check almost everything I’ve seen on Twitter about him because it has been so easy to mistake parody for actual news on his campaign. His vice presidency in the Obama administration won’t be enough to convince voters that he can lead a country when he can barely finish a cohesive sentence.
If I were trying to describe Amy Kobluchar or Pete Buttigieg, I don’t think “likable,” “interesting,” or “authentic” would be the first words to come to mind. Mayor Pete looks like a Dr. Seuss character and sounds like Marco Rubio 2.0 with less charisma and a more pretentious taste in wine. Amy Kobluchar ate a salad with a hair comb and made a staffer clean it. I don’t think Amy or Pete would fare particularly well against Trump either. But if the Democrats nominate Joe Biden, they’ll be handing the election to Trump on a silver platter with a medium fry from McDonald’s and a well done, ketchup-drenched steak.
Donald Trump would mop the floor with Joe Biden — especially in a debate. While Joe was answering a question about healthcare with an anecdote about his pop pop and a metaphor about green bean casserole, Donald Trump would be ripping him to shreds in the most elementary terms possible, and even make Democrats laugh while he did it.
There are a lot of things a candidate can overcome. Apparent, dramatic mental decline isn’t one of them. If there’s a nonnegotiable that American voters can agree on, it’s mental soundness. And Trump may be a mad man, but he’s the most energetic, present person in politics. When he called himself a “young, vibrant man”…he really wasn’t wrong.
A lot of Republicans are convinced that Trump will win no matter what in November, and I’d caution them not to get ahead of themselves. I’m as entertained and hopeful as anyone else — but we’ve seen this before. In 2016, the Democrats thought they had it in the bag. They were laughing at us like we’re laughing at them. People were saying the same things about Trump back then that they’re saying about Bernie now. I’m optimistic, and I’m excited to see how everything plays out, but none of us know what’s going to happen.
What I do know is that if the Democrats nominate Joe Biden, I’ll be doing three things the second it’s announced. 1) I’ll be requesting Wednesday, November 4th off in anticipation of the most violent, celebratory hangover of my adult life. 2) I’ll be placing an irresponsibly large bet on Trump winning the election. 3) I’ll be trying to figure out who can get me a ticket to the inauguration ball. Because there is no way on God’s green earth that Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump in the general.