• Bidin’ His Time

    July 18, 2022

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Biden, Democracy

    The New York Times and Washington Post sent up flares last weekend on behalf of the Deep State: one way or another they said, Biden is on borrowed time. The last man standing who ended up the answer to Anyone But Trump turned out so inadequate for the job Deep State parliamentarians gave him a vote of no confidence and say he should go.

    The Times wrote a scathing summary of What Everyone Knows, that Biden at 79 is a wreck; in their words the man “is testing the boundaries of age and the presidency.” He can barely walk unassisted. He has his zombie moments on stage. He is fully dependent on wife Jill to nudge him onward in public events, redirect him, get him back on the TelePrompTer and even then he will read anything there, including stage directions, Ron Burgundy-like. Not a pretty picture. It is also not a new picture, given the pass on campaigning Biden was granted by the MSM which helped hide all this during the campaign. That’s why the MSM articles are so noteworthy, they denote a change. From here on to 2024 it is OK to (finally) talk about how old and 25th Amendment-ready Biden is.

    The 25th Amendment got a bad name during the Trump years, being invoked as the handy-dandy alternative to multiple failed impeachments and prosecutions, a kind of last chance to dump a seated president when all else fails politically. In fact the amendment, written after the Kennedy assassination exposed the problems of no clear line of deep succession in the Constitution in the nuclear age, provides precisely the mechanism needed in Joe Biden’s case. Biden’s wacky gaffes have strayed over the line. His clumsy and chaotic policy killed innocents in Afghanistan and embarrassed the U.S. globally. His claim “Putin cannot remain in power” in response to the Ukraine War, and that the U.S. would absolutely defend Taiwan, threatened relations with two superpowers. Aides rushed to blurt out no policy had changed and gently correct the president. Falling off a standing bike is a problem for Joe; falling off nuclear policy is a problem for America.  On the face of it all Biden either needs to resign for “personal reasons” (the timing set so it does not appear tied to the latest Hunter revelations) or face the judgement of the 25th and reality, that he is medically no longer fit to carry out his role as Anyone But Trump.

    There’s no need for a specific trigger; the outstanding defeat expected for Democrats in the midterms could readily serve however, or the latest polls which show Joe’s approval ratings at a Nixonian 33 percent, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new presidential candidate for the 2024 presidential campaign. Only 13 percent of American voters said the nation was on the right track — the lowest point in NYT polling since the depths of the financial crisis more than a decade ago. The Deep State does not need a reason to invoke the 25th Amendment, Joe is the reason. Biden is a good egg and a loyalist, he’ll go as quietly in 2022 as he did in 2016 when he was likely told by Barack Obama he was going to have to sit out the election to pay off the party’s blood chit and allow Hillary to run unprimaried.

    Biden leaving is the easy part. What happens next?

    The obvious follow-on is not much better than Biden staying in the White House until 2024 (nobody expects him to run then under any circumstances.) If Biden resigns or is moved from office under the 25th Amendment, Kamala Harris as vice president automatically takes over. Her poll ratings are as dismal as Joe’s and after 18 months in office has nothing, literally nothing, to show for it. Despite being a black woman, Harris brings little to the table; she couldn’t even beat Biden in the Democratic primaries and the identity politics she is a living symbol of have lost some of their luster. She is far too quiet on what could be her signature issue, abortion rights, tagging along with the slow motion efforts to look busy out of the White House.

    The tricky thing about Joe leaving power is thus what to do with Kamala. She hasn’t done much to make her a strong candidate going forward, and she hasn’t made enough mistakes to justify nudging her, too, aside. It’s a real conundrum. Her approval rating is 15 points below where Biden stood at this stage in Obama’s first term and 11 below Mike Pence under Trump.

    Right behind the Kamala problem is the, um, well, somebody problem. There is no likely Biden successor. The left-overs from the 2020 campaign, guys like Beto and Buttigieg, are just that, leftovers. Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary faces a conundrum of his own. Should he appear too competent in the role he risks being forever labeled the technocrat he is at heart, handy with tools around the office but uninspiring for the big stuff. Stumbling as Transportation Secretary, he’ll lose even the points he has for basic competence and appear more a glory seeker. Guy can’t win.

    Spokesmodels like Beto have no chance in a national campaign. They look good on home ground but don’t have the intellectual meat on the bone needed to campaign effectively across 50 states, especially in a primary where they really do need to answer questions on complex farm subsidies in Iowa and drooping Social Security in Wisconsin and failed solar jobs in Ohio and critical race theory in Virginia. You can only stand there and smile so long before someone (such as Democratic primary voters in 2020) notice there’s nothing more behind the smile.

    Several of the Democratic governors-in-waiting face tough re-election contests before they even think about 2024. The bottom-feeding criteria of “Anyone But Trump” is now “Anyone a bit better than Biden.”

    Somewhere there are Deep State Democrats in a room wondering how they got there, especially after winning the last election. Trump has defied them multiple times, the Dracula candidate they cannot put down and must resign themselves to facing off against in 2024 without the aid of the pandemic. Biden the caretaker president was just re-elected by the MSM as a punchline, and Harris has not risen to the challenge. Their bench is thin, the issues facing the country — it’s the economy again, stupid — mostly of their own fumbling design. There are people in that room rolling their eyes and saying they have little to gain replacing Biden, and arguing that he be allowed to serve out his term. They may be right.



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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      Really PVB? A thin bench in what dugout? Biden serving out his term? That seems unlikely. Harris will be exposed as the racial and gender identity calculated VP choice of Biden. Then what? A film or music celebrity pinch hitter? I don’t see the Democrats surviving the legacy of the closeted plutocrat Barack Obama who set all of this mess in motion with his ambition to become POTUS which he never should have aspired to become. An opinion of course.

      07/19/22 7:57 PM | Comment Link

    • jpb said...


      Certainly the “Deep State” was against the Afghanistan pull out. I think we both agree it was the right decision. Sure ideally it could have been prettier, but I’m not sure how this translates to reality. If you’re going to criticize how messy it was you at least have to outline your less messy alternative to make the criticism more than just easy pot shots. As a clever guy I like to read once said, “Why blame Biden? He played his part as a Senator and VP keeping the war going, but his role today is just being the last guy in a long line of people to blame, a pawn in the game.”

      As a person who didn’t vote for Trump, I was appalled at all the cheap entitled talk about using the 25thA to oust him, an elected president. While I certainly think the case for the 25A is much stronger with Biden, creating this precedent stinks just the same. This is because any voter in 2020 who cared enough to type in “Biden gaffes” in a search engine could have easily and plainly seen that Biden was a reanimated creation of the Democratic Party; it was easy to discover he wasn’t/isn’t much more than a clinically living person with a heart beat who was/is not Trump, and despite this he was elected. And I completely agree that the Democratic Party-aligned private (and publicly-funded) media organs dragged him across the finish line, though they did not have a monopoly on information. And agreed that his gaffes really are dangerous, as you nicely put it with bikes vs nukes.

      In this vein the key question becomes, is Biden significantly more of a walking animatron than he was when he was elected; significantly so enough to justify creating a precedent for invoking the 25thA? I’m not convinced.

      Thanks for the article as always. I had to look up blood chit.

      07/20/22 5:12 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Why are the Democrats now seemingly stuck with Biden? Some will say don’t blame Obama for Biden since the party decides the VP slot. Obama could have balked and said- fine- I’ll run for POTUS later when I have more experience and clout but Obama is more “all appetite” than Hillary. The weak and clueless often prevail because of their outsized ambition.

      07/21/22 12:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      When are you guys going to get wise to Peter’s Three Card Monte game of political distraction? Keep your eyes on the Deep State, Peter says. The game is fixed. The Dems and Repugs are run by the same money men. You did notice the fierce political battle to cut the MIC budget, right? No? Hmmmm…

      The 1% dark money has corrupted a fair game of politics for 50 years. The poor munchkins have no chance. The Deep State paranoia is a distraction so the munchkins don’t focus on the real guys running this rigged game. If only the people would run these bloodsuckers out of town, you know, like that coward Josh Hawley.

      07/22/22 5:22 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      The $839 billion National Defense Authorization Act, approved in a 329-101 vote, is $37 billion more than the administration sought in military spending.

      The Deep State borders both parties.

      07/23/22 12:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Peter doesn’t address the Joker in the deck: the only way the Dems win is if Trump the fool card is played again. Of course Biden is past his time. He didn’t win the last election, more than Trump lost. This why the DOJ has to drag out any investigation that could prevent Trump from ruining again.

      07/23/22 12:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Speaking of a “no confidence” vote, the Murdock media empire just voted NO on Demented occupying the White House ever again. This may confuse the racist Repug munchkins who have been brainwashed by the Murdock propaganda to believe Demented was the Chosen One. Murdock, the wizard behind the curtain, is just looking for a way out as Trump is facing Justice in Georgia prison.

      07/24/22 8:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Trump the Dracula? Well, if that is true then the Murdocks have put a stake in the ol bloodsucker: According to the New York Post, “One thing is perfectly clear at this point: people either support Donald Trump or they support the United States of America. There’s no overlap.

      Even the formerly Trump-loving New York Post is telling us that the ex-President’s behavior that day cannot be defended.”

      Imagine Putin attacks American forces and Trump does not react if it can benefit him.

      07/25/22 7:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Doc said...


      They don’t trust Kamela. Kamela will go before Joe does. That way they get to pick the VP and that will be their choice for 2024 and give them a leg up. I predict that this will happen after the November elections. The lame duck house and senate will remain in place to both approve Kamela’s replacement and get signed whatever BS the demons still need to pass. Even harmful to America stuff will pass and they can blame it all on Joe in 2024.

      07/25/22 11:04 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer: The majority of Americans are Christians who happily worship an autocratic single deity running the cosmos. They want consistency- a single autocratic ruler running their nation. Makes perfect sense.
      Doc: Dumping Kamala- if that becomes the party’s goal- will require more cleverness and finesse than the Biden team has yet to show.

      07/25/22 12:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...



      Single deity? I think you are thinking about Putin.

      Americans hate all their political leaders. Try reading an American newspaper once and see the popularity polls.

      Meanwhile the brainwashed Russkies have anointed Putin deity for life, right?

      07/26/22 10:13 AM | Comment Link

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