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A Look Back on Democrats Desperately Wanting to Elect Joe Biden

A Look Back on Democrats Desperately Wanting to Elect Joe Biden

The Democrats knew who he was, and they didn’t care

I recently found this article by Alex Wagner published on March 24, 2020, in The Atlantic. It’s entitled “Stay Alive, Joe Biden,” and the subtitle is this revealing sentiment: “Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.”

Think about that – the idea of a figurehead president fully envisioned and entirely accepted, right around the time that Biden finally seemed to be the nomination frontrunner. Nothing more was necessary; certainly not that specific, something known as “leadership.” It was okay that Biden did nothing and could not do anything competently. The idea was that (a) getting rid of Trump at the helm would magically solve all problems, and (b) the country could just about run itself after that, as long as Democrats were in control.

That’s not just hubris. That’s hubris squared.

Here are a few excerpts from Ms. Wagner’s piece:

Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past—who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics—rather than for anything in his present. It’s as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate.

That certainly was true, as far as it went. I think it’s dangerous; Wagner thought it just fine, as long as the idea contained the words “not Trump.”

More:

if you were on the campaign trail for the past three months, what struck you was not Biden’s organization (there was little), or his resources (there were few), or even the campaign messaging (Joe Biden has been—and forever will be—Joe Biden). What was striking was the sense of anguish and urgency articulated by everyone, everywhere, all the time. And that was before the pandemic.

The “anguish and urgency” was indeed felt by most of the Democrats I know. Trump was so obviously terrible, so profoundly and distressingly evil and destructive, that anyone who could replace him was outstanding with them. Where did this anguish come from? Not from anything that was happening as a result of Trump. Unless those people bought the bizarre and evidence-free idea that if only Trump had not been president, COVID wouldn’t have taken hold.  But, since it took hold in most of the Western world, that could not possibly be true -, and as Wagner rightly observes, this attitude of sheer desperation predated COVID).

A combination of the MSM and the Democrats purposely drummed up the anguish, and it was fed and watered by a series of their egregious lies.

More from Wagner:

There were the Bernie Sanders supporters on the campus of Florida International University who told me, however reluctantly, that they would vote for Biden because Donald Trump had to be stopped. There were the soccer moms canvassing for Amy Klobuchar in Johnson, Iowa, who made clear that their primary concern (more than Amy’s chances) was whether Trump was going to get reelected. There were the Culinary Workers Union members in Las Vegas who hadn’t been fired up by any candidate in particular, but who told me they felt as if they faced an existential threat from the Trump administration—and that was enough to drive them to the voting booth and pull the lever. There were the older black voters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who woke up at 7 a.m. to check out Michael Bloomberg, mostly because they were worried that Biden was slipping, and Trump had to be removed—and if Joe couldn’t do it, they said, then they had to find someone else who would.

Now comes the heart of the matter as far as Wagner and all the others were concerned. As usual for this sort of list, no examples are given for these Trumpian traits. They are considered so obvious, so well-understood, and repeatedly proven to the satisfaction of anyone with a functioning brain and moral sense that Wagner did not need to supply any examples:

Ending the Trump presidency — because of the lies, the cruelty, the indignities, the misogyny, the incompetence, the fraudulence, the corruption, the clownishness, the recklessness, the lawlessness, the selfishness, oh, the list went on — that was something that united men and women across the United States and left them in a state of anguish…

…Democrats—some independents, and some Republicans too—were terrified and furious at the prospect of another four years of Donald J. Trump.

That carefully-cultivated “state of anguish” – a sort of delusional hysteria – was not just crucial to a 2020 victory for the Democrats; it was necessary, and they knew it. For the rest of us, on the outside looking in, it was a lesson in Orwell. He wasn’t far off when describing the Two Minutes Hate and its unifying effects. Orwell wasn’t wrong when talking about something somewhat similar that could influence and guide a modern voting public, and people who consider themselves intelligent and sophisticated.

Whether or not you think Biden won fair and square in 2020 or because of fraud, it hardly matters to the point I’m attempting to make. The reality is that millions of people voted for a man who was not up to the task, and they rejected the man who had been doing a relatively good job by the usual objective measures.

One of the reasons they talked themselves into doing this was that they did not think it necessary to have any skills to be president – and by “skills,” I mean any record of having made good decisions in forty or so years of public service. They seem to have thought that a country like the US flew on automatic pilot and would go about without much guidance, and that is, just as long as Democrats held power.

And indeed, those Democrats didn’t have to be chosen for skills or track records, either. People could choose these Democrats because they were “progressive” and checked certain demographic boxes. Kamala Harris and the rest of Biden’s Cabinet are prime examples.

I can’t find anything recent that Alex Wagner has written about Biden. But his plummeting polls – even among Democrats – indicate that at least some people have finally noticed that more than a mere “corporeal presence” might be necessary to steer the ship of state. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage has already been done, with no end in sight.

[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]

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I think “hubris” is a poor choice of word to describe the situation where an entire political party throws everything it has behind electing a man they knew was not able to do the job.

Try “corruption” instead. Yes, that describes it much better! CORRUPTION.

    henrybowman in reply to irv. | December 20, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Well, maybe not. These people are collectivists, born and bred. If it takes a village to raise a child, maybe it genuinely ought to take a cabal to run a country. And it’s not like they weren’t already entirely comfortable with the working model of an appealing but empty-headed puppet politician run by shadowy kingmakers (*cough*AOC*cough*).

    Another Voice in reply to irv. | December 20, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    At Real Clear Politics posted earlier today Joe Machin had an interview as a follow up to Bret Baier’s on his Sunday Show. This a more recent statement as an add on.
    “The bottom line is… basically, they’re staff. And it’s staff-driven. I understand staff. And that is not the President. It is his staff. And they drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is. And that’s it”. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2021/12/20/sen_joe_manchin_the_biden_administration_is_staff-driven.html

Democrats have to believe that it takes no particular expertise to run the country. Otherwise, they couldn’t justify running for office at all.

The Trump meme has a picture of Trump and the words
“In reality they’re not after me they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”

The elites hate the Christian morals and values set, regardless of race or gender.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings will not be denied.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=trump+They+hare+you+I%27m+in+the+wat&t=brave&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fnypost.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F2%2F2019%2F12%2Ftrump-tweet-meme-1.jpg%3Fquality%3D90%26strip%3Dall%26w%3D618%26h%3D410%26crop%3D1

Let’s hope Governor Desantis of Florida runs in 2024.
He has the MAGA agenda without the mean tweets

NO ONE VOTE FOR BIDEN – THEY VOTED AGAINST TRUMP

“Anybody but Trump” was the slogan I heard most among Democrats in 2020. It was not “Childcare for all” or some other policy objective.

They never cared about the policies or the fact that the radical progressives were taking over the Jackass Party.

I told people – when you abdicate the decision – you have a high risk of getting someone worse than the guy you don’t like. They didn’t care. I recall one conversation that ended “ANYONE WOULD BE BETTER THAN TRUMP” — they bought the Progressive Propaganda.

NOW – those same people are crying about how they feel cheated by Biden. They thought they were getting a competent moderate and ended up with an incompetent radical progressive.

AT LEAST TRUMP DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO. DEMOCRATS ALWAYS LIE – TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR SO THEY CAN GET INTO OFFICE.

BASEMENT CAMPAIGN

Biden spent most of the last 3 months of the campaign in his basement.

The biased Jackass Media did his campaigning for him. The media never said a critical word about Biden and never said a positive word about Trump. The even censured reports about Biden’s corrupt family.

Forget about ballot machines – the real election interference was by the media. Some have estimated that Biden got 5 million more votes than he would have if media had not gone all-in for him. That’s in an election where les than 100,000 votes could have changed the outcome.

    Peabody in reply to Ben Kent. | December 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    “BASEMENT CAMPAIGN”

    Hillary’s still trying to figure how come it worked for Biden but not for her. She even read her victory speech but all to no avail. Rumor has it that K.amala is giving her a set of knee pads for Christmas.

Same crap the Democrats have spewed for decades.

‘Bad luck’ is to blame when Democrats royally fuck up large cities.

Showtime: The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth
docu-series premiered on January 17, 2016 for 6 seasons
co-hosted by Alexandra Swe Wagner

The Democrats don’t have a single national candidate who could win. Meanwhile, Trump is back and will soon be doing his magic supporting Republican candidates challenging squishes in primaries. This will completely reshape the landscape for the following two years where there will be fewer Dems as well as fewer squishes.

Then it will be up to Trump to decide whether he wants to run in 2024. I hope he keeps us guessing into the primaries. If the Republicans rise in opposition heading into the primaries, DeSantis has to be solidly behind him. Trump would then be in the position of running (if necessary) or endorsing DeSantis who would almost certainly win in a landslide.

So it’s not only up to Trump but DeSantis as well. I am betting DeSantis knows how to navigate his way to two terms after Trump decides. For him, his terms begin either in 2024 or 2028… if he plays his cards right.

The Dems? They will be like Italy trying to raise an army in 1946.

Remember the number 3 ranking Loon in the House gave us this.

81 million votes. It was a fake election but the results are treated like it was a perfect election.

    Ben Kent in reply to r2468. | December 20, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Democrats pretend that there was no media bias and no unusual voting conditions.

    Stacy Abrams lost the election with media biased in her favor and no unusual voting conditions — yet she still claims the election was stolen from her. I have yet to hear a single person from the Jackass Party complain about Stacy Abrams claims.

    Media always reports “Trump claims, WITHOUT EVIDENCE, that the 2020 election was rigged.”

    > But they never add the “WITHOUT EVIDENCE” caveat to Stacy Abrams claims.

    And by the way – there is plenty of evidence that the 2020 election was not normal – just that the Jackass Fake Media do not want to look. Like the old saying goes “none are so blind as they who refuse to see.”

“because of the lies, the cruelty, the indignities, the misogyny, the incompetence, the fraudulence, the corruption, the clownishness, the recklessness, the lawlessness, the selfishness, oh, the list went on…”

This Atlantic author has described the Biden “presidency” to a T. However, in describing the Trump presidency it USA total figment of his imagination and we are all paying for these people’s diseased mind.

And in the end, we have a turnip as President.

juliathemechanic | December 21, 2021 at 2:59 am

Most people in America have absolutely no idea how American politics works, how the parties function, the rules of the house or senate or even what protections the constitution or the bill of rights provides. This is due in part to the removal of Civics instruction from the schools, but come on. Did you really think your government was out to help you? Did you think that if you sat back and ignored everything about the people you empower to create weapons and spend your tax dollars, that everything was going to be a-ok forever? We have bad politicians now for one reason and one reason only: they have been allowed to act however they want for decades. There is nothing but upside for a politician in Washington D.C. who wants to screw over their base. People who are allowed to act however they want will inevitably act badly. And even worse, when people are allowed to get away with murder they develop a deep hatred of those who empower their mendacity. This is what we are dealing with now. The self-centered idiots of the Republican Party have become the playthings of the Communist party.

The most despicable election fraud was South Carolina primary. Even the Bernie Boys could work that one out.

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