Jesus Christ

"I don't think anybody's more qualified to be president or win this race than me," Joe Biden said, during his first interview since falling apart on national television while attempting to debate a comparatively composed Donald Trump. Biden's one-on-one with George Stephanopoulos was painful. Not as painful as the debate, but that's like saying Trump rallies are enjoyable compared to being waterboarded. The president (the current one) keeps coming back to his qualifications. Over and over agai

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    1. +1. This. 100x over. We have all watched her morph from a supportive, protective spouse to a person seeking and holding power for its own sake. Its elder abuse and its a disgrace.

      1. Where are you guys getting that? I’m not up on my WH soap opera but has anyone clearly established that’s Jill’s doing?

        Also – what power? She’s just the first lady. It’s a thankless useless ‘job’. Why would she want to hang on to that? Michelle Obama was clearly glad to be rid of it. So was Hillary Clinton, though for slightly different reasons… 🙂

  1. I’ve tried to see both sides of Joe stayin or leavin since the debate experience. I’ve concluded it’s ok for him to stay, and I do think there’s time enough for him to recover and possibly win. However, my reasons for thinking this go way back, all the way to 1968. At that time, I was in college and more involved in politics than at any other time of my life. LBJ dropped out of the Presidential race in March. Humphrey later became the nominee as we suffered the death of RFK and McCarthy’s faltering. Nixon looked to be a shoo-in to win the election. But by the time November came, I would contend if LBJ had stayed in the race, he would have defeated Nixon. Can’t prove that, but I have studied the issue a little over the years, and others have reached this conclusion. Could Biden do this, that is, come back and win? Hard, but not impossible in my opinion.

    1. Now, that does not jibe with my memory of the 1968 race. HHH was the establishment candidate. Like Biden, he was a liberal crusader with a remarkable record. BUT as LBJ’s VP he was firmly tied to LBJs increasingly futile escalations of the war in Vietnam. As a consequence, those opposed to continuing that strategy were hoping he would be replaced by McCarthy or RFK and strongly opposed the poor man. We younger people cut him no slack whatsoever.

      Not a direct parallel as the Biden family circles the wagons, but a preview of what to expect if the democrats force Harris down our throats instead.

    2. If McCarthy had performed better… well, we’d live in a much different world.

      I had a chance to meet Eugene once. He had a lot to say about foreign policy (he was a big fan of Reagan in that regard. Seriously.) McCarthy was the Bernie Sanders of his time.

  2. He literally has become a joke except categorically not funny. He has to know so please don’t insinuate otherwise, a befuddled, feckless, mumbling fumbling dotard. That the man at the switch, THE switch as in “has anybody seen my briefcase” clearly is showing distinct dementia and drastically diminished capacity. Once again obviously politics trump (ironic beyond the pail) everything including America’s best interests. Both sides are playing the same game, only power and control matter. Any of the addled, lapdog liberal rabble who sop up this tripe can’t care about our country. Is Joe were really half the man they insist he’d resign now!! A clear and present danger to America. Saddest and most depressing situation I’ve seen, two ridiculously terrible candidates poised to potentially be our next pres??

    1. Lest you (or anybody else) should forget: I’m a liberal. I’d vote for President Ilhan Omar.

      And no, I’m not joking. Not at all. Put her on the ballot. I swear to everything she’d get my vote.

      “Ohhhhhhh noooooooo!!!!” Republican tears. I love ’em. The shrill laments of faux libertarians who couldn’t name a Libertarian — proper noun — thinker if their lives depended on it. The cries of people who think a BMW X5 and a vacation property means capitalism worked for them. And the petulant tantrums of manchildren so insecure they have to loudly advertise their firearms with “This car protected by Glock” bumper stickers, unaware, apparently, that the people who “speak softly” are the ones who actually have the “big sticks.” If I still imbibed, I’d put a dash of Republican tears in every Balvenie. Mmmmmm. Delicious.

      My criticism of Joe Biden isn’t the “Heisenberg goes right” turn a lot of you seem to be looking for. That day — the day I take a right turn — is never coming. Never, never, never.

      My critique of Biden is just what it sounds like: A critique based on what you and me and everybody else can see with our own two eyes. It’s not some realization that his policies are bad. (His policies are fine.)

      That’s the same way my criticism of Donald Trump is based on what you and me and everybody else can see with our own two eyes (he’s a traitor and, just as bad in my view, a hopeless, partially illiterate moron), not some personal grudge against private citizen Trump, who can live long and prosper for all I care.

        1. Genuine answer: Because he tried to overthrow the US government on national television. And he called up Georgia’s election officials and instructed them to “find” votes on a recorded line. Both of those events/acts are treasonous.

          Trump doesn’t believe in the peaceful transfer of power. If you think for a second that he wouldn’t vastly prefer an authoritarian arrangement where all power was concentrated in the executive, but only if that executive’s him, then you don’t know anything about Donald Trump. (Or, more likely, you’re in denial.)

          And don’t give me any bullsh-t about Trump thinking he won in 2020. He knew he lost.

      1. Not the first time you’ve mentioned it, but I’m never surprised that your first choice of mid-shelf Scotch from your alcoholic days was Balvenie.

        Every Scotch region carves out its own niche (Islay, so smokey! Highland, so smooth!) and you opt for Speyside, official slogan (I’m pretty sure it’s on the tourism brochures), “Battery acid, so peaty!

        1. I genuinely liked Balvenie not just from a “Ahhh, wonderful liquor” perspective — I actually enjoyed drinking it.

        2. Nothing wrong with Balvenie or Speyside whiskey, might not be my “go to” Scotch but nice on the palate nonetheless. I’ll take my Balvenie or any other good Scotch without Republican tears on it though, I have no doubt H would enjoy such mix but I rather drink my fine poison unadulterated.

  3. I really appreciate articles like this. The financial stuff is great too of course but your political coverage interests me so much more than finance does anymore. Thank you.

  4. clearly Jill will not do what must be done…calling Nancy Pelosi…bat signal Nancy Pelosi…

    H, … thanks so much for the Trump / Stephanopoulos interview…I needed that…

    1. That dialogue captured Trump’s syntax and “unique” logic flows quite aptly and your topic riffs were hilarious…earnest golf clap

  5. As soon as Biden replied, “No, I don’t believe I did,” to GS’s question, “Did you watch a replay of the debate?”, I stopped watching. I either did or did not watch a tape of myself debating, interviewing, speaking at a campaign rally or townhall, etc. I don’t need to consider whether to form a belief about it.

    He may be too far into dementia to know he needs to step aside and his handlers’ egos won’t let them set the transition to KH in motion.

    So much for Einstein’s quip about “god” not playing dice w/ the universe.

  6. Assuming Joe, against the odds, does win the election, it seems highly improbable he will be able to keep going for four years. So, it seems a vote for Biden is effectively a time-delayed vote for Kamala Harris, or Harris takes over the reins before November, making it a direct vote for her.

    The Trump/ Stephanopoulos piece was so funny, as its so not beyond the realms of fiction.

  7. Before I saw the debate, I was going to vote for Biden. And it’s likely I will if indeed I must. But to be perfectly honest, I’m disappointed that the Democratic Party has allowed this to come to pass, and I’m insulted that they expect people like me — mostly center-liberal — to vote for this candidate and feel good about it. They’re doing the electorate and the country dirty. Party and personality over country was, I had thought, a disease peculiar to the Republicans. It’s just sad.

    1. I’m agree with you too TTWD. I wrote in a non-favored Dem during the NH Dem primary as a signal – as signaling is all I can do. I’m appalled at what Team Blue has become since I registered to vote 40+ years ago. I see voting either third party or writing in someone I could support (if he/she had an active campaign) as a very valid action.

  8. If Biden leaves the race, and it’s opened up to any kind of competitive process, even if the exigencies only allow for a very incomplete kind of competition, I do not expect Harris to be the nominee. That doesn’t mean I have an idea who will be, but I’m confident in any kind of quasi-open contest there will be someone else who the delegates find more inspiring, even though they are Biden-Harris delegates.

    I hope we’ll find out if I’m right or wrong.

    1. The only way it’s not Harris is if it’s Obama. Anyone else “in the running” is looking at a VP slot.

      There is plenty of time to pull this all together, it’s only July.

      Also, not sure from the comment if you’re familiar with how party delegates work. It is different state by state, but at this point, generally Biden is the only person who can decide who the delegates go to at the convention.

      As for the large cash on hand balance the Biden-Harris campaign has is also controlled by Biden and can only be transferred to Harris.

  9. I think Biden should stay.

    I think he has the highest chance of beating Trump.

    Name recognition means a lot. Biden has better name recognition than anyone, other than Trump.

    I don’t care if Biden is showing down a bit. He can still hire good people.

    If he needs to, if it comes to it, he can step down, AFTER the election.

    Then we will have Kamala, and all the racists and misogynistis will come out of the woodwork. And the media would beat her up, non-stop. And then Democrats would pick someone else in 2028. And we would be fine. No problem. We survive.

    The priority, in my view, is keeping Trump out. And for that, we don’t want to give up the advantage of incumbency.

    Trump is a maniac and a menace, and he is no spring chicken either. The priority is to preserve our democracy, and that means that Trump has to go back to Mar-A-Lago, and stay there.

    Now, from a practical perspective, I am sure there is a neurologist out there somewhere who could help Biden. (If he would accept the help.). They could put him on steroids and put him on an exercise bike, and leave him there until the fog clears. I am sure there is some combination of meds and supplements and exercise that could get us a few more miles, out of this old jalopy.

    1. Here’s the question every Biden supporter has to ask him/herself. What are the chances the president will have another disastrous McConnell moment between now and the election?

      The answer to that question is: 100 percent.

      And therein lies the dilemma for Joe Biden, his family, and the Democratic party. They need to get the president OUT there — a lot — to demonstrate he’s in full command of his faculties and can do the job of president, maybe the most important job in the world. But the more they put him out there, the greater the chances he will stumble, garble his sentences, lose his train of thought, wander off in the wrong direction, and generally demonstrate to the world that he’s not up to the job. It’s sad, but we all see it and it’s time for people who have Biden’s trust to tell him it’s over.

  10. I had thought that after the post debate polls came out and showed what we all expected, that Biden would have made an announcement this weekend.

    Here’s how political pivots work:
    1- You start with- that will never happen
    2- Then eventually- well maybe, but probably not
    3- Then finally- “after long introspection and consultation with [whomever matters to said person] I’ve decided to…”

    This general process can be applied to the primary subject (Biden in the case) or other leaders within the party. You can follow the leadership within the Democrat party at various times along the above spectrum. The key point that stands out to me is Jim Clyburn getting to the maybe stage in regards to the Biden ‘24 candidacy, which means the final stage has a high probability of occurring. You don’t publicly get to the “Maybe” stage unless you’re 90% sure you’re going to go to stage 3.

    We need to keep in mind, being the president is 4-D chess and there are a lot a major things in play that the Biden administration is juggling. It very well maybe they cannot pull out of the race yet for one of these reasons. My best guess is the Israeli/Palestine peace deal is likely very close and Biden bowing out of the race would tank that deal.

    I would not be surprised to see a peace agreement next week followed by a national address from the Oval in which Biden walks the American people through the peace deal and closes with announcing he will not be seeking the nomination, instead putting Harris at the top of the ticket.

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