In a recent dust-up on the post Dems clean up in Virginia, I wrote:
The question is…which Dems won? The centrist Dems or the real ones?
We shall see…
If the centrists won, what we have here is a continuing pendulum swing, nothing more. On every level of government, at least since Bush I, what we are seeing is layers of bipartisan illusion. This inevitably leads to voter disillusionment, which then leads to voting for the only other game in town, the other illusion. On the largest…and thus slowest…scale, Bush I led to the Clinton I illusion, which then led to Bush II. The Bush II illusion led to Obama, and and then the Obama illusion led to Trump.
The only difference now? The pace is picking up. Why? How? Because the strength of the bipartisan, centrist duopoly illusion is fraying. As Bush II…a man whose mind in closer in its weakness to the average voter’s than any other president we have had for a very long time…famously said:
There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.
Even the most innocent, slow-witted marks eventually wise up to a con game, especially when the con man overplays his hand as seriously as Trump has overplayed it.
No, trickle-down wising up.
But how deep is that wising up?
Like I said…we’ll see.
If the left wing of the Dem party can maintain some real traction through 2018/2019…not the best bet in the world, especially if Trump is impeached, resigns or is at least somehow rendered totally powerless, because if that happens the TweedleDeeDems will crow “See??? We won!!!”…but if they do maintain some traction up into the real primary season, maybe I’ll start to believe that things are getting better.
Until then? It’s “TweedleDeeDem and TweedleDeeRatPub,” that long-running situation comedy where the bad guys regularly morph into the good guys and vice-versa.
WWF politics at its best.
Or at its worst, depending on how you look at it.
This occasioned the usual panicked responses from a number of our resident leftinesses, including this exchange:
Lol “real dems.” Two words next to each other that mean nothing. “Real dems” is shorthand for “dems I deem sufficiently pure.” And bullshit. I have two goals when voting: 1. More Democrats 2. Better Democrats. I’m not going to let pursuit of the latter distract from the former.
So far, the non-pursuit of “sufficiently pure” Dems…in fact, the active DNC discouragement of their success as evidenced by so many sources over the last year or two…has led to the failure of your two professed goals.
1. More Democrats 2. Better Democrats
You also write:
I’m not going to let pursuit of the latter distract from the former.
Joe Biden…the former Senator from the great state of MBNA…thanks you.
And he’s not alone.
When the DNC’s anti-progressive hustle starts again in earnest with whatever non-centrist Dems dare to raise their heads in search of 2020…if the recent housecleaning of the DNC by getting rid of all Sanders reps with any clout isn’t earnest enough…go ahead.
Vote your conscience.
P.S. The word “conscience” has nothing whatsoever to do with the word “consciousness.”
Which was then answered by MDL:
WTF does Biden have to do with anything?
Not in the Senate, never my senator.
My conscience is clean, mother fucker. Always vote D, NEVER R. NEVER third party.
What did you do in 2016? Sit out and snipe?
To which I responded:
Biden is being run as a 2020 possibility by the neocentrist Dems.
You didn’t notice?
You gonna vote Biden?
Never ever vote third party?
Enjoy the swamp.
After the swamp?
MLD then kept flailing on about the unlikelihood of Biden running, etc. I guess she doesn’t keep up with the real false news.
Read on for my take about the recent efforts of the neocentrist Dems regarding Biden’s candidacy.
There appears to be some “Run Biden Up the Flagpole and See If Anybody Salutes” action going on from the DNC Dems.
Biden: ‘I regret that I am not president’ but ‘it was the right decision’ for family
Just over two years ago, then-Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not run to succeed President Barack Obama in the 2016 presidential election. This week, he admitted he regrets that he doesn’t currently occupy the Oval Office given the potential he sees in the United States.
“I regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity,” Biden told Oprah Winfrey in a clip from an OWN Network interview aired exclusively by “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “I think America is so incredibly well-positioned.”
Biden, who served eight years as Obama’s vice president after 36 years in the U.S. Senate, said he did not have second thoughts, however, about the reason why he passed up the opportunity to enter the race.
“I don’t regret the decision I made because it was the right decision for my family,” he said.
When Biden announced in October 2015 that he would not be a candidate in the following year’s Democratic presidential primary, he was less than five months removed from the death of his son Beau, a former Delaware attorney general, due to brain cancer at the age of 46. Only six weeks after Biden’s election to the Senate in 1972, his wife Neila and daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident that seriously injured Beau and son Hunter.
The former vice president explained that in order for one to decide to announce whether he or she is running for president, they need to be able to answer two questions.
“One: Do they truly believe they are the most qualified person for that moment? I believed I was,” Biden said. “But, was I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor?
“I knew I wasn’t.”
Reflecting on the tragedies that have befallen him personally as he wrote his forthcoming book, “Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose,” Biden said he recalled a conversation he had with his mother Catherine “Jean” Finnegan Biden just after the deaths of his wife and daughter in which she encouraged him to persevere.
“She said, ‘Joey grab my hand. … Out of everything horrible, something good will come if you look hard enough for it,'” he told Winfrey. “That was my mother’s notion. We were taught just to get up. When you get knocked down, just get up and move forward.”
Many of those early lessons came during Biden’s childhood in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the blue-collar northeastern Pennsylvania city he would reference with frequency while on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012. Winfrey noted that in those days, Biden was known as “a boy with a vision” who knew from a young age the kind of person he wanted to grow up to be. Asked if he fulfilled his vision, Biden said yes, but said it wasn’t a matter of his professional achievements.
“I wanted to live up to my parent’s expectations and I wanted to be that person that met my mother’s standard, being defined by my courage,” he said. “I wanted to be that person who, no matter what happened, just got back up and kept going. I wanted to be that person who was there and loyal to people who were loyal to him.”
Since leaving the vice president’s office, Biden has not shied away from criticizing President Donald Trump, in particular his handling of the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in Virginia in August and his efforts at diplomacy. In the final month of last year’s presidential campaign, Biden remarked that he wished he “could take Trump behind the gym,” insinuating he wanted to fight the real estate mogul over then-recently revealed comments from 2005 in which he boasted of sexually assaulting women.
I particularly note the phrase “In the final month of last year’s presidential campaign, Biden remarked that he wished he “could take Trump behind the gym,” insinuating he wanted to fight the real estate mogul over then-recently revealed comments from 2005 in which he boasted of sexually assaulting women.”
The pros know what works. The good ones do, anyway.
As I wrote in an earlier comment here:
…in a contest with a testosterone-poisoned freak like Trump, a strong man who looks quite capable of smacking Trump in the mouth if he overstepped his boundaries would have a better chance than did HRC.
Combine this with Donna Brazile’s recent claim that she considered replacing HRC with a Biden/Booker slate when HRC’s health became a real issue…true or false, it doesn’t matter because it’s all a clickbait experiment at this point… and I think Biden’s seriously considering running in 2020