I don’t really care who the Democrats nominate for president because I think they are all unelectable in their own often hilarious ways. But it looks like the race is now down to Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. Biden’s campaign seemed mostly dead only last week, but picking up South Carolina has brought the big money donors back to him from other candidates and big money means you can pretend to be a viable candidate on TV. This set into motion the other candidates withdrawing from the race rather than facing the humiliation of running out of money. (And I am sure they were promised something in return too. I am trying to imagine Buttigieg as the first CIA Director with six figures of student loans.) And the endorsements from establishment titans started to shower Biden like a southern thunderstorm.
The only problem with all of this is that Biden is visibly senile. He cannot put a single sentence together without a teleprompter. That’s not an exaggeration. He often seems not to know where he is, a point that Trump is already mocking at his rallies. Democrats are seriously going to run a man with dementia because they view him as their last option outside of a socialist.?
Is it an acceptable scenario for them that the president have fairly advanced dementia? They want to put a walking silver alert in control of the military? They are okay with the message that sends to our country’s adversaries? Or does the party already know who his puppeteer is going to be? Do they not have a sense of what’s going to happen at all? Do they think no one in America is going to notice this, that they haven’t already noticed it? Or are they pleased with the idea that putting a man who will be in his 80s in office means a four-year long mulligan on the Democratic primary?
Today’s “gaffe” was unreal and it already has nearly 5 million views: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created by the you know, you know the thing.” You want this man debating Trump?
I’m beginning to think establishment Democrats know the party does not have an electable option for president at this point and they are simply trying to minimize collateral damage to the rest of the folks on the ballot. They’d rather run someone with dementia than a socialist, because that’s marginally less damage to their brand, they think. I am not sure about that.