• I Don’t Want to Vote for Michelle Obama

    February 29, 2024

    Posted in: Democracy

    I don’t want to vote for Michelle Obama.

    Joe Biden is, as a candidate, a dead man walking. Forget about doctors; anyone who is caring for an aging parent with cognitive decline can see all the signs and knows what is coming next. Joe can’t remember words or names, or dates, and walks stiffly with his arms locked. He falls often. He gets angry and cusses. It is all there. We all know what is being hidden, just like mom dribbles her food or rages someone is after her money. It is not a pleasant hing to watch, this infantilization of a person you once looked up to, but the decline is obvious and the decline is a one-way street. It  hurts, it really does, whether it is mom or Joe Biden, to watch it all knowing there is nothing that can be done.

    The issue is, however sympathetic one is toward mom, none of that applies to Joe Biden the president as opposed to the elderly man. Biden is charged with running the United States on all of our behalf, a job like no other. Special counsel Robert Hur’s nearly 400-page report is full of damning evidence of Biden’s carelessness with vital national-security secrets. His defense of Biden is the man is just too old and forgetful to be held responsible for his actions. It is one thing to explain away mom’s behavior at dinner, another when addressing national security. There is room at family gatherings for “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” but not in the White House. If Joe is unfit to stand trial for his casual misuse of classified documents then he is unfit to be president.

    The public seems to be catching on. Nearly every poll shows Biden behind, often by several points. His approval rating suffers in the high 30‘s. He is losing to Trump; heck, even Nikki Haley beats Biden one-on-one in some polls. “President Biden’s poll numbers seem set in quicksand,” wrote one commentator. A recent ABC News poll found 86 percent of Americans think Biden is too old to serve another term. We might feel bad for Joe, but we’d all feel better if he was retired to a beach chair in Delaware eating ice cream instead of standing poised above the nuclear button (and you worried about Trump.)

    Problem is, bound by tradition, Joe Biden is “entitled” to run for a second term, which he is in theory doing. No primaries, no public discussion, just an assumption that Joe is allowed two cracks at the ball. Is tradition powerful enough to hand the White House over to a senile old man for four more years? Or is Joe Biden’s legacy among Democrats to be the guy who put Trump back into power? Consider Barack Obama’s infamous assessment: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*ck things up.”

    The obvious alternative is Biden steps aside on some pretext and Vice President Kamala Harris steps up to be the Democratic candidate. Harris, who found her way into office as the DEI sweepstakes winner after humiliating Biden to his face in the 2020 debates, has none of Joe’s public appeal and on her bad days little of his cognitive abilities. Poll after poll shows her losing, her lack of experience among other things a hindrance to her ascent to the Oval Office.

    But what about if Harris got that experience, via the 25th Amendment? It is doubtful that ploy is even possible. The 25th lays out presidential succession when the Chief Executive is “incapacitated.” It requires a mini-coup of sorts, as the process involves the VP herself to initiate things, alongside the Cabinet. They would need to declare the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and notify Congress the vice president intends to take over. If Vice President Kamala Harris could get eight Cabinet officers to go along with a letter to Congress, her status as the “Acting President” would likely be short-lived anyway. Biden would only have to declare “no inability exists” and then resume his office.

    Harris would then have to send another declaration within four days to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, rejecting Biden’s claims. Congress would have 21 days to vote on the removal, which would require two-thirds majorities in both houses. If Congress did not vote within 21 days, the president would resume power. As with the many demands that the 25th be invoked during the first Trump administration, the amendment designed to deal with presidential death or true temporary disability such as surgery, just cannot be squeezed and tickled into a mutiny by the Vice President to save her party defeat in November. As Constitutional law scholar scholar Jonathan Turley wrote, invoking the 25th Amendment “would require more than just memory lapses and ‘get off my lawn’ press conferences… the sole question is whether he can carry out the duties of his office. The standard is not whether he can carry out those duties well.” The concern over Biden, and Harris, is real, but the 25th Amendment is not the solution.

    That leaves the nuclear option: Michelle Obama, the September Surprise.

    Imagine a mediocre spring dragging into a lackluster summer. Ukraine drags on Biden. Israel drags on Biden. The economy drags on Biden. The Democratic National convention is without spirit and the calendar yields to autumn. Trump leads in most every poll and while the Never Trumpers still take their share of skin it looks more like Democrats will stay home from the polls and hand over the White House. If only there was someone not named Harris who could step up as the Great Hope. Imagine, says RealClearPolitics, “should Biden be incentivized to suddenly declare a new health issue that leads him to announce a week or two after the convention that he will continue his term but will not be running, suddenly we have one of those crises that should not be wasted. Rising above it all and quelling the haggling, Michelle – with her 91 percent popularity among Democrats and 68 percent nationally when she left the White House, and with the Obama fundraising and political network and experience – can accede when pressed, for the good of the country, to graciously accept her grateful party’s nomination.” Who else could it be? Gavin Newsom? Hillary?

    (Michelle) Obama has the popularity and name/face recognition to step in at the last moment for a tired, placeholder Joe (September is “the last minute” given the 50 sets of laws governing how much time is needed to add a candidate to the ballot and still make mailing deadlines for absentee votes.) Her own lack of experience is tempered by Barack and indeed a quiet selling point among Dems will be that this is indeed a third term for some sort of Obama administration. With Obama’s popularity and bullet-proofing against accusations of racism, no one will worry at all about sweeping Kamala Harris aside, perhaps with the promise of a nice university job to show no hard feelings. Celebrity endorsements would pour in headlined by Oprah and Taylor Swift and someone near immune to Trump’s personal insult style of campaigning would take the rostrum against him. It would be a close election.

    “If race and gender are your basis for selecting someone for a job, and the identity of your party is tied to that temple of identity politics, then they will risk looking hypocritical if they sideline her [Harris] after they sideline Biden. And I do think Michelle Obama offers them a convenient path out of that problem, somebody who checks the boxes that they need to have checked per their own ideology, while also selecting an alternative to Biden that they may view as more palatable in a general election… it’s looking increasingly like it’s not going to be Biden as the nominee. And I think that it should not be shocking to see someone like Michelle Obama take the role of the nomination,” former GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy said.

    Obama for her part said she’s “terrified” about the potential outcome of the 2024 election, listing November’s presidential contest as among the fears that keep her awake at night. How’s that for motivation?

    The Democratic National Committee rules that apply are actually simple, saying “The Democratic National Committee shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the Democratic Party between National Conventions… This responsibility shall include filling vacancies in the nominations for the office of President and Vice President.” The chairman confers with Democratic Congressional Leadership and the Democratic Governors Association and takes a decision to all 483 DNC members to vote on.

    RCP reminds it has been done before. In 1972, Democrats realized weeks after their convention the man they had nominated for vice president, Senator Thomas Eagleton, had undergone shock therapy a decade earlier. Eagleton withdrew from the ticket and left it to the DNC to choose a replacement. They got Kennedy in-law Sargent Shriver to agree to what became a “suicide mission.”

    So the real question is: would you vote for Michelle Obama? A lot depends on the answer.

     

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

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      PVB: I don’t see Obama’s wife as a viable stand in for Joe Biden.I have no idea if or how Joe Biden will be ushered off the stage. I sense that many others may hold a very low opinion of Barack and his wifely accommodator. Joe Biden seems a stubborn and narcissistic politician. Getting him to step aside for 2024 doesn’t seem likely.

      02/29/24 7:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      2

      Elections? We don’t need no stinkin elections, bro.

      Let US hope the MAGA Supreme Court rules The Presidense has absolute immunity and we can forget about elections. Biden can then order the MAGATs on the Supreme Court arrested for whatever, turn the Faux News building in Midtown NY into a home for migrants, send the MAGATs in Congress to Gitmo for reeducation, force Donnie Diapers to shame-walk down Fifth Ave in his golden sneakers and nothing else…cause he ain’t got nothin else.

      The MAGATs want a dictator. Bro, you gonna get one.

      02/29/24 9:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      3

      Peter,

      Michelle Obama? Even suggesting voting Dem will get you PNG from AmeriCONYOUSERVITO. Your deluded readers will await your next article listing reasons why you will vote for Donnie Diapers.

      03/1/24 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      4

      Who hasn’t been a lawyer who has run or served as POTUS within the last 40 years? Michele would be just another lawyer in a steady march from law school to the Oval Office. Trump is the one standout outlier (yes he also has out lied everyone who has been POTUS and that includes Nixon). My guess is that Barack and Michelle are not the beloved darlings for all the public their press agents have sold them as. I wouldn’t vote for Michelle and the Dems are certain I am the declared abstention who would.

      03/1/24 8:16 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      While MAGA fears the Deep State wants to remove Donnie Diapers from the ballot, it should fear the Deep State actually planned to keep him on the ballot. It could have initiated proceedings years ago, but waited. Polls show the Repugs could run Nikki and win easily. The DS plan was to keep old horse-face in the race and saddle him with increasing weights of criminal charges. It is working. The Repugs are losing bigly in the campaign donations. The GOP rats are heading for the exits, knowing Diapers will lose in the homestretch.

      It doesn’t matter who the Dems bet to win. Biden could collapse and the Kamala-entry would be declared the winner.

      03/1/24 10:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      6

      Let US accept that Donnie Diapers is as delusional as he appears. Which VP candidate has the balls to use Section 4 of 25th to Section 8 the clown? You can bet Donnie will demand VP loyalty no matter what.

      Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

      Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department [sic][note 2][7] or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

      And you think January 6 was wild?

      03/3/24 1:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      7

      When Peter moved as far away from the US without actually leaving it, I figured he knew something the rest of US didn’t. Maybe it is this:

      Polls indicate the majority of Repugs want a Christian Nationalist government. PRRI based its survey results on a five-point definition of Christian nationalism. Respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed—either “mostly” or “completely”—with the following statements:

      The U.S. government should declare America a Christian nation.
      U.S. laws should be based on Christian values.
      If the U.S. moves away from our Christian foundations, we will not have a country anymore.
      Being Christian is an important part of being truly American.
      God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all areas of American society.

      So what do you do when the country doesn’t want you?

      03/3/24 5:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      8

      Is Donnie Diapers, the great dictator, taking US for a ride?

      CNN reported the Trump campaign has been cracking down on staffers taking more expensive Uber rides and has also made sure that campaign offices meet the bare minimum of functionality, like a toilet.

      Uber alles in the toilet. This is how Germany ended.

      03/4/24 8:58 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: will there be something similar to the current You Tube humorous HITLER RANTS parodies eventually featuring Trump as America’s padrone?

      03/5/24 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      10

      MAGA doesn’t want democracy. It wants chaos.

      How else to explain why Nikki is not the MAGA candidate when polls show she is much more likely to defeat senile Joe? While political conventional wisdom would suggest in 2016 that support for Donnie Diapers was a finger in the eye of the Bush Crime Family, the continued support for the demented one suggests MAGA is a cult intent on chaos. It has gone down in elections since Diapers descended. Faux Propaganda Network can take much credit for this, but it only feeds lies to its viewers wanting to swallow it.

      Like every cult before it, MAGA has no use for critical thinking. A cult mob surrenders to the lowest levels of the human brain. In a world it perceives as chaos, a cult strikes out inflicting pain on the Other. January 6 may have been the MAGA Reichstag moment.

      MAGA motto: Let democracy burn.

      03/5/24 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: Israel wins by default regardless of their misapplied pounding of the hapless Palestinians. Islam is too “foreign”and illegitimate to Americans. Many Americans due to their need for a Jesus modeled afterlife will cling to their “Christian” beliefs of resurrection and demand that this nation side with Israel. No one said the human species was guaranteed to be a lasting and notable period in Earth’s history. We might self extinguish which would put us somewhat below the dinosaurs who apparently succumbed to an outside force. We might be the source of our own demise.

      03/5/24 5:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      America accepted only a few Jews fleeing the Nazi Germany cult. Today it accepts more refugees than the rest of the world. The MAGA cult would stop that. The MAGA cult would be a source of our demise. Damn, THE DEAD ZONE was so prophetic.

      03/6/24 7:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      13

      Rumors persist that Donnie Diapers needs a black person like Senator Scott to run opposite VP Harris if he wants to get the black vote. What about the North Carolina Lt Governor Robinson? Donnie Diapers would get the White Nationalist vote with that guy.

      Robinson: “This foolishness about Hitler disarming MILLIONS of Jews and then marching them off to concentration camps is a bunch of hogwash.”

      Would Peter vote for that GOP ticket?

      03/6/24 12:02 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: It does seem that some humans are so angry and miserable in their waking life they want a world where others have little chance of even brief moments of tranquility or serenity.

      03/6/24 9:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Doc said...

      15

      There is a lot more to the 2024 election than mere personalities. The last two Presidents worked hard to destroy the US economy. The last three years have doubled down on this and we are going to witness a very significant crash in the next few years. The question is when. IF the “elites” see it happening in the next four or so years, they will make sure Trump wins so they can blame it all on the Republicans. Always follow the money and always examine who wins.

      03/20/24 10:08 AM | Comment Link

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