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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats search for signs on how to bring down Trump in 2020

“Okay people, how do I do this?”

The Bidens and a group of Democrat establishment consultants are seated around a large conference room table at the former Vice President’s offices in Dover, Delaware. Biden called the urgent meeting on short notice Joe Bidento hash over – again -- a potential 2020 run, knowing his window for consolidating a team is closing rapidly.

“Don’t you mean how do we do this, Joe?” snapped Jill Biden, impatiently resolving the same question her husband’s posed a lot lately to anyone willing to listen to the rantings of a frustrated old lunatic. Ever since the Bidens left Washington DC last January 20th Obama’s VP has incessantly stewed over the might-have-beens of a foregone presidential run in 2016.

Joe’s watched a lot of late night CNN and MSNBC the past year and listened to his favorite media personalities reminiscing over the glory days in the Obama West Wing and fantasizing about how Biden would have easily defeated Donald Trump if he’d only been on the ballot two years ago instead of old rival Hillary Clinton. The media doesn’t know – or doesn’t care – that the whole “I’m not running because I’m still mourning the loss of Beau” thing was pre-planned well in advance by the Clinton machine and the DNC to ensure there wasn’t any opposition to the Democrat queen.

Leaning back in his chair with pencil in teeth Biden stared at the ceiling as though the solution could be found coded in the random smudge pattern on the roof tiles. ‘That whole unity thing, pfft’ Biden thought, disgusted that he bowed to Democrat powers-that-be instead of following his own instincts to try for the big prize again. ‘I’d be president now if I didn’t listen to them.’

Biden knew he and Barry O had become such great pals during their eight years and the “clean” African-American turned president was tons more popular than witchy old Hillary. An endorsement from Obama would’ve been all he needed to put her in her place and send the Democrat faithful into a tizzy. Even senile old coot Bernie Sanders would’ve cleared the avenue.

But no endorsement was forthcoming because Biden took himself out of consideration early in the process. Dogonit, what a dumb thing to do.

The group discussion continued with a healthy dose of excited anticipation which after a few minutes slowly dwindled to a few whispers of puzzled bewilderment – as it usually did. No one was quite sure how “Uncle Joe” could make another run considering his age and the host of young Democrats anxious to try and duplicate Obama’s feat of being a young and untried brainless fool winning the highest office in the land.

How could Biden do it? Apparently he’s truly searching for a clue. No joke.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico reported, “Between stops on [Biden’s] book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them.

“On the list: announcing his candidacy either really early or really late in the primary process so that he’d define the field around him or let it define itself before scrambling the field; skipping Iowa and New Hampshire and going straight to South Carolina, where he has always had a strong base of support; announcing a running mate right out of the gate and possibly picking one from outside of politics; and making a pitch that he can be a bridge not just to disaffected Democrats, but to Republicans revolting against President Donald Trump.

“They’ve also discussed an idea some donors and supporters have been pitching Biden on directly for months: kick off by announcing that he’d only run for one term. One person who’s pitched the idea said Biden would try to sell voters on ‘a reset presidency.’ The former vice president would pick a younger Democratic running mate and argue that he’d be the elder statesman to get the country and government back in order post-Trump and be the bridge to the next generation.”

Dovere’s article acknowledges Biden will turn 78 a couple weeks after election day in 2020 and that he’s already rejected the notion of only serving one term. An egocentric man like Biden certainly figures he wouldn’t choose to voluntarily limit his legacy as the greatest and most transformative president of all time. It’s all about the man with Biden and supposedly people all over the country are telling him how he’s the only one who can fix the mess Trump and the Republicans created.

In believing so it seems the Democrats are willfully blind to the objective economic numbers as well as the relative peace in the foreign sphere. As Trump promised, ISIS was obliterated and the news of NORK dictator Kim Jong-un seeking a meeting with the American president over potential denuclearization could not possibly be seen as a bad thing, even for those claiming his foreign policy is a disaster. The majority of denunciations of Trump’s tariff-dependent trade policy came mostly from within Republican circles.

In 2020 is Joe Biden going to look steel workers in the eye and tell them Trump did wrong? How would Biden – or any Democrat – start to win back the loyalty of the Trump (a.k.a. “deplorables”) Democrats who went for the Republican candidate with such force that the infamous “blue wall” was blown apart in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin?

Those people aren’t coming back to the minority party, especially with no coherent Democrat economic package to sell. Absent a collapse in the economy it looks as though Trump will be really strong heading into 2020. Granted Biden is a Svengali-like professional liar but how would he get voters to disbelieve their own sensibilities and flock to him?

Last week the latest job figures were released and they’re only good news for one side of the political spectrum.

Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner reported, “America woke up Friday to an excellent jobs report. The U.S. economy added 313,000 new jobs in February, keeping unemployment at a steady 4.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The report, which was the strongest since July 2016, easily surpassed initial forecasts that called for roughly 205,000 new jobs. It also features the highest employment-to-population ratio since January 2009. An excellent report, all in all. And that's good news for the Trump administration because, whether it makes sense or not, every White House owns the jobs report, good or bad. When the reports are lackluster or downright miserable, presidents are criticized. When they’re upbeat, the White House is pleased and takes credit.

“But believe it or not, some people tossed all that aside Friday morning because they’re apparently that unwilling to give the Trump White House credit for the new jobs report.”

Becket additionally reported how some in the media attempted to credit Obama for the positive job growth. Yes, that’s right, Obama left office fourteen months ago and liberals are still making the case that his government-heavy policies are finally starting to work.

The notion is absurd; a good part of what Trump’s accomplished thus far has to do with instilling new conviction among business owners and entrepreneurs that they can expand their operations without worrying about excessive regulations or potentially a big tax hike down the road. Everything Trump does screams “American First” and “I’m on your side.”

Confidence is key. A majority of Americans remain suspicious of Trump’s temperament and his Twitter thumbs but they like his policies. Further, with the sudden firing of Rex Tillerson the “Trump show” reveals no signs of getting any less interesting. The media will be talking about the president’s upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un for a solid two months (assuming it comes to pass).

The self-assurance is contagious. Republican candidates are even beginning to unveil some interesting theories to get the sleepy GOP base more pumped up.

Melissa Quinn of the Washington Examiner reported, “Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., predicted Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s days on the bench are numbered and suggested the 81-year-old’s retirement could help him keep his Senate seat.

“’I believe we’re going to have another Supreme Court justice this year. I think Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,’ Heller said during an event last Friday, according to audio of his remarks obtained by Politico. ‘That being the case, Republicans are going to have an opportunity now to put another Supreme Court justice in place, which I’m hoping will get our base a little motivated because right now, they’re not very motivated. But I think a new Supreme Court justice will get them motivated.’”

Heller wasn’t finished. The senator, who still has to clear a primary challenge from the right (Danny Tarkanian), offered his thoughts on who might replace Kennedy too.

“’Mike Lee from Utah is probably on that short list of the next Supreme Court justice on our courts,’ [Heller] said during the event with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Las Vegas.”

Quinn’s fellow Washington Examiner writer Philip Wegmann suggested Heller may have mentioned Mike Lee to rouse his state’s largely Republican Mormon population (Lee is Mormon).

Everyone knows the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death became a huge issue for the 2016 campaign. Many could persuasively argue it was the single most important consideration for Americans in taking a chance on Donald Trump over the certain-to-appoint-a-leftist Hillary Clinton.

We didn’t hear it a whole lot at the time but “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!” could have been a mantra for all Republican federal office seekers to champion (or at least those running for Senate). If Justice Kennedy does retire this year the Court should be the cause célèbre of every GOP senate candidate.

Optimism abounds, it seems. Democrats are even seeing the possibility of choosing a Californian to head their ticket against Trump in two years.

David Siders wrote at Politico Magazine, “On issues from immigration to taxes, climate change to gun control, California has established itself as a pole of the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump—most recently with the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California over its protections for undocumented immigrants.

“But the rhetoric from the state party’s annual convention reflected something more: As the midterm elections and the run-up to the 2020 presidential contest draw closer, California Democrats are beginning to test the national salability of a state—and its brand of Left Coast, Best Coast politics—long viewed in many parts of the country as off the wall. (‘We’re always seen as fruits and nuts,’ is how former Governor Gray Davis put it to me.)”

Siders’ article is fascinating. As a reformed former Golden Stater myself I can confidently say there’s no way people in flyover country will go for the brand of leftists California produces.

Senator Kamala Harris is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate; Harris could make Nancy Pelosi look conservative. Are small business owners going to go for that?

Should a California Democrat win the 2020 Democrat nomination Trump automatically gains a stellar issue to run on; here’s thinking he could win everywhere except for maybe the ultra-blue states that consider the west coast as some kind of bellwether to socialist utopia complete with rampant poverty, homeless villages, sidewalk excrement and hypodermic needles.

Odds are Joe Biden won’t get anywhere close to the presidency and neither will anyone from the epicenter of leftist angst, California. 2020, like every election, will depend on the candidates’ ability to generate sufficient enthusiasm to win a party nomination and then the general. The Democrats have an uphill climb.

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