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Conservatives have asked one big question since Jan. 20, 2021: “So … who’s actually running the country?” Theories abound, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, or Barack Obama wearing Susan Rice as a skinsuit. Due to the administration’s utter incompetence, I don’t see any single person running the show, but an infighting cabal propping up Biden’s husk to show internal dominance. Looking at the wreckage, I figured no one was in charge.
I’ve finally settled on a new paradigm: It’s not a Biden Presidency, but a Biden Regency.
Biden is surrounded with longtime D.C. power players, such as Ron Klain, Susan Rice, Anita Dunn, John Podesta, Gene Sperling – a veritable “who’s who” of Beltway knife fights and insider skullduggery. Throughout their long careers, they’ve never sought credit or voter approval. Just power.
And the less Joe is around, the more their regency can accomplish.
Not that these new courtiers always agree. Journalists spend their days trying to determine which of them is rising and who is falling – D.C.’s version of Cold War “Kremlinology.”
These competing power centers explain the contradictory policies coming out of the Oval Office these days. Aggressively pushing a new Iran Nuclear Deal while Russia buys Iranian drones to fight Ukrainians. When there’s no one to say “the buck stops here,” the bucks turn up in pretty strange places.
In history, a regency ran a kingdom when an incompetent ruler sat on the throne. Usually, these advisers ran the domain for a child king, but it was sometimes used for an infirm or mentally ill monarch (such as George III). Or president.
Woodrow Wilson (cursed be his name) suffered a stroke 18 months before leaving office, and his wife and a couple trusted advisers covered it up and took the reins. What makes Biden different is that he was incompetent before being elected. Democrat insiders dragged the addled fogey to victory with the intent of ruling in his stead. The media played along. Most of them are still pretending none of this is happening.
I suspect the kid gloves will fall the day after the midterm elections. It will be considered a foregone conclusion that Biden is a one-termer and the Beltway class will lift trial balloon after trial balloon to test various replacements.
Regardless, the United States will not have a president until Jan. 20, 2025.Published in