As we close in on a month out from the first Democrat
presidential debate, and as the number of declared candidates approaches an
absurd 25, there’s trouble brewing in the top tier.
I’ve said from the beginning that despite his robust poll
numbers I don’t see any way how former Vice President Joe Biden earns his
party’s nomination. He isn’t woke
enough, he doesn’t check the right intersectionality boxes, and he’s
notoriously creepy around professional women.
And then there’s the fact that something is obviously,
demonstrably wrong with the man. Just
This isn’t an issue of Biden’s history with stuttering. It isn’t a verbal tick. I’m no mental health professional, but I’ve
certainly been around long enough to see the effects of a mind that is slowing
down, or not firing on all cylinders. I
don’t watch this compilation and see material to make fun of somebody
with. I watch it and see material that
tells me proving mental fitness and competence for the highest and most
stressful office in the land is not going to be easy.
Sure, Democrats can always point to the lack of fitness for
office that is evident in the current president, but that doesn’t seem like a
winning argument when trying to unseat an incumbent.
But if Joe has issues, former media golden boy Beto O’Rourke
is a whole different kind of mess. Check
Now, as weird as this is, consider that it comes on the
heels of the O’Rourke campaign announcement that he was “re-introducing
himself.” The AP reported:
[S]ince his mid-March campaign launch, the buzz surrounding the former congressman has evaporated. Competing in a massive field of Democratic White House hopefuls, O’Rourke has sagged in the polls. He’s made few promises that resonated or produced headline-grabbing moments, instead driving around the country meeting with voters at mostly small events.
In a tacit recognition that this approach isn’t working, O’Rourke is planning to try again, taking a hands-on role in staging a “reintroduction” ahead of next month’s premier Democratic presidential debate. As he finalizes his plans, O’Rourke has entered an intentional “quiet period” to build out campaign infrastructure, according to an adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the campaign’s strategy.
Given that O’Rourke had previously entertained the country
with his teeth
cleanings. This isn’t normal,
and there’s little question that Democrats are realizing it too. Can you even imagine the nickname President
Trump would hang around Beto’s neck for the duration of the campaign?
Those betting on either of these two horses may know far
more than me, and heaven knows I never saw Donald Trump getting anywhere close
to the Republican nomination, no less the presidency. But I still think smart money stays away from