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Assault on America, Day 226: If 2020 Democrat candidates were in training, they’d all be cut

Democrat candidates
If not Joe, who?

There comes a time in every presidential primary election cycle when voters start doubting the establishment media’s so-called “conventional wisdom” and begin taking hard personal looks at the candidates -- and their flaws. And as is true every four years those candidates don’t look so shiny and impressive when held up against the glimmering light of truth.

Current case in point is 76-year-old Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden, the heir apparent to Barack Obama after the previous party “next-in-line”, Hillary Clinton, didn’t pan out for the liberal set. The problem is Biden isn’t seeming like such a “sure thing” these days because he can’t stop lodging his foot in his oral cavity. Supporters have noticed -- and they’re worried.

Amie Parnes reported at The Hill, “Joe Biden’s string of gaffes is raising questions among Democrats about his ability to beat President Trump in 2020.

“Biden made headlines three times in the last week by misspeaking. Over the weekend he mistakenly said he had met as vice president with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla…

“The rash of gaffes are poking holes in Biden's argument that he is the most electable candidate in the very crowded Democratic primary field.”

“Rash of gaffes” is a good way to put it. For Biden it’s more like an old guy version of hand, foot [in] mouth disease, a plague political aspirants sometimes develop yet can’t be treated for. You know it’s bad when a candidate’s staff engages in damage control whenever the man or woman speaks. Biden’s handlers were on-scene explaining what he meant shortly after his recent misstatements. If you believe them, Biden is the sharpest, most caring man on earth -- instead of a doddering idiot who can’t keep his own memories and utterings straight.

If you listen to Joe long enough he’ll probably start recounting his experiences during the Continental Congress and take credit for the changes made to Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence. The already considerable holes in Biden’s memory are becoming wide chasms, the cobwebs from nearly fifty years in Washington proving impossible to dispel. If Joe can’t even remember when the Parkland school shooting took place -- over a year into Trump’s presidency -- what point in time might he place himself on other, much more important considerations?

Biden’s said such false-on-its-face stuff before and liberal media members hardly batted an eyelash. To them, Joe’s treated like the crazy uncle at the holiday dinner table who spins his foggy remembrances into heroic tales worthy of a legend -- but he’s also acquired a stigma as the guy who drinks too much and shouldn’t be taken seriously after about the first hour of conversation. At that point tell him to gargle a couple glasses of water, take an Advil and he’ll wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to do another set of campaign appearances.

If Biden were a fisherman no one would ever want to accompany him because he’d always take credit for the catch and the fish would never match his accounts as to who caught them and when. Or if he were female, perhaps people would see his mutterings as “old wives’ tales.” It’s a wonder Joe isn’t more popular on the internet for those mass-circulated rumor messages that sound true but are just a tad too fantastic to be believed.

Biden’s backers’ concern is understandable and relatable to anyone who’s followed politics -- or sports -- for any appreciable amount of time. Like an NFL team with an aging quarterback who might’ve lost a step or the consensus agrees is a year or two past his prime, the Democrats glance around and notice that there isn’t anyone immediately apparent who could step into Joe’s shoes and take over. The other competitors are either light on experience, too narrow in their skillset or should’ve stayed in the “minor leagues” (college?) another year or two before jumping to the big show.

There isn’t even a talented (but raw) rookie who might defy the odds and turn out to be a serviceable first-year “starter.” Having traded away the most promising draft picks the previous election cycle or two the Democrats’ scouting team isn’t doing its job. All they’ve come up with are old retreads and crazier-than-heck second stringers who could appeal to the party’s most ardent fans but don’t have a chance against real competition in the person of President Donald Trump. Put Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg, “Beto” O’Rourke or Kamala Harris in the game and they’ll get mauled -- and maybe even injured.

The first two Democrat debates demonstrated how the Democrats have a major problem. Biden’s nearest competitors -- at least according to the polls -- are Sanders and “Pocahontas” Warren, two far left-of-center senators who could probably hold the base but simply aren’t appealing to the much more demanding general electorate. Both cater to the government goodie grabbing lazy bottom rung on the achievement totem pole, not exactly the type you’d want to build a team around.

Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker fulfill the “of color” lane on the Democrat highway, but neither appears able to sustain any kind of movement for more than a moment or two when they utter an emotion-tugging observation or (in Booker’s case), a funny line. Harris’s strongest claim to legitimacy is her prior service as Attorney General of the nation’s most populous state (California), yet she couldn’t even muster an effective retort when called out on her tenure by lightly regarded Hawaii surfer Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Buttigieg was the refreshing new face in “camp” who got everyone juiced with his fluid speech, apparent grasp of issues and the fact he wasn’t born before World War II ended, but the love affair’s mostly subsided when people garnered that “Mayor Pete” wasn’t really much different than the rest. If anything, he’s just a Rhodes Scholar smear machine who will say just about anything to draw attention to himself. If Buttigieg actually has any substance it’s buried beneath his fantastic claims -- like Trump was at fault for the recent mass shootings.

The rest of the Democrat “bench” isn’t any more promising. The mis-labeled “moderates” in the group -- such as former Maryland Congressman John Delaney -- haven’t caught on with the voters, most of whom probably flip coins to see who they might support once Biden ultimately implodes. It’s sad when there isn’t a decent second or third choice in a party candidate field.

Republicans have encountered a similar problem in the past (’08 and ’12), but their solid 2016 cast made Trump stronger by the time he finally accumulated enough delegates to secure the nomination. What will Democrats do six months from now when Biden’s opened up a wide lead but still commits a gaffe every other sentence?

Will they turn to a newcomer like billionaire Tom Steyer or dig an old standard -- like Hillary Clinton -- out of mothballs to swoop in and pick up the pieces? Steyer’s bidding to join the fray even now. Seth McLaughlin and S.A. Miller reported at The Washington Times, “Hedge fund billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer quickly demonstrated that money talks and voters listen, with a TV ad blitz in crucial early voting states getting his self-funded campaign noticed and pushing him up in the polls.

“The commercials, in which he stands in front of a weathered barn to deliver his people-over-corporations message, made him a familiar face in Iowa before he set foot in the state over the weekend…

“Mr. Steyer entered the Democratic race a month ago with a six-figure ad buy across four early voting states. It paid off with rising poll numbers. At 2% and 3% in recent polls, his numbers are rising faster than many of the experienced politicians in the race who remain stuck in the 1% club.”

As would be expected from someone like filthy rich Steyer, he’s building his campaign around his ability to spend, spend, spend, all to satisfy the criteria for inclusion in next month’s Democrat candidate debate(s). Steyer’s blanketing the airwaves with introductory TV spots in the early voting states and working diligently to tap his extensive lists of leftist activists to pony up their own dough to allow him to meet the minimum contribution thresholds.

If ever there was a phony astroturf campaign, it’s Steyers’. While the others have at least been on the campaign trail for months meeting voters, speaking at townhalls and wrestling for media attention, Steyers is introducing himself via electronic means. Good luck with that, Tom!

Continuing with the football training camp analogy, Steyers is the guy you bring in for a one-day tryout but regret the gesture as soon as he throws his first incomplete pass. Here’s thinking Steyers will hit the “waiver wire” by the end of his initial workout. You can’t just step into politics on the world’s biggest stage and think you’ll steamroll the others with stature and resume.

True, Donald Trump was a first-time candidate but he’d been visibly on the scene for years. What’s Steyers got that other established leftists like Sanders, “Pocahontas” and Kamala Harris don’t? The California rabble-rouser doesn’t even have the right ethnic qualifications. For Democrats, do they really need to stare at another old white guy?

There’s nothing magic about Steyers. If anything, the socialism-loving Democrat base is likely to see him as part of the capitalist problem, not the answer to their prayers (do they even pray?).

With Joe Biden looking increasingly tired, careworn and unable to get his thoughts straight, Democrats have a heck of a problem. Like a football team with no one backing up an aging and failing quarterback, the party is desperately searching for another option -- and time is running out.

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