This Isn’t a Biden Presidency. It’s a Biden Regency.

 

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.

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  1. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Mayor Pete is maintaining a campaign-style schedule.  “Pick me,” is his message.  

     

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  2. Stad Coolidge
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I’ve finally settled on a new paradigm: It’s not a Biden Presidency, but a Biden Regency.

    I think it’s more like a Biden “Marionettocracy.”  There are people behind the scenes pulling the strings . . .

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  3. mildlyo Member
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    Regency sounds better than weekend-at-bernie’s, but only just.

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  4. genferei Member
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    Where are the dozen or so Bob Woodward books about what’s really going on in the Whitehouse?

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  5. Painter Jean Moderator
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    I agree – I don’t think there’s one person running the show, but rather a gaggle of incompetent staffers who aren’t always on the same page, though they are all further Left than the American electorate.

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  6. Percival Thatcher
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    genferei (View Comment):

    Where are the dozen or so Bob Woodward books about what’s really going on in the Whitehouse?

    He has got to finish his expose on the Clinton Foundation first.

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  7. Buckpasser Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Mayor Pete is maintaining a campaign-style schedule. “Pick me,” is his message.

     

    Pete Buttjudge needs permission from his wife first.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    As insane as the decisions have been coming out of the WH, this scenario makes sense to me. I’d sure like to be a fly on the wall when they’e fighting over the big stuff–like whether the plants in the oval office are giving off too much Co2. Sigh.

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  9. Columbo Member
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    mildlyo (View Comment):

    Regency sounds better than weekend-at-bernie’s, but only just.

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  10. Michael Henry Member
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    Very nice analogy, Jon.  Another great British tradition to bring to bear on our current situation would be beheadings.

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  11. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Regardless, the United States will not have a president until Jan. 20, 2025.

    Maybe not even then if Biden wins again. 

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  12. Front Seat Cat Member
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    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework.  We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

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  13. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework. We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

    I think Obama is more of a pawn than he realizes.  

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  14. Front Seat Cat Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework. We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

    I think Obama is more of a pawn than he realizes.

    Can you expand that thought?

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  15. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Never have so many done so little for the citizens of the United States.

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  16. I Walton Member
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    The Chinese run Biden.  The digital companies and the bureaucracy run most of the rest.  The thing is, the country can’t be run from the top.  They will destroy it but  won’t back off as key people make big bucks, others feel like they’re running matters and feel good, but they are destroying it.  This country can’t be run by a narrow ignorant group from the top.   If they fail to steal the next elections we can put it back together, but that is not at all clear.  

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  17. Old Bathos Moderator
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    Whoever is the chief puppeteer is hampered by the fact that the VP cannot learn her lines and POTUS can’t remember his either and could not pronounce the words even if he did. Even a supposed policy maven like Barry Soetoro would have trouble relaying genius policy thoughts thru a retarded ventriloquist with a defective dummy.

    And to hear of internal WH squabbling is like the guys who designed the emperor’s new clothes starting to believe their own BS and getting embroiled in a debate about fashions and design.

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  18. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework. We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

    I think Obama is more of a pawn than he realizes.

    Can you expand that thought?

    There is nothing in Obama’s career before, during, and after his years in the WH that suggests he personally devised and shepherded any significant policy initiatives.  

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  19. Columbo Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework. We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

    I think Obama is more of a pawn than he realizes.

    Can you expand that thought?

    There is nothing in Obama’s career before, during, and after his years in the WH that suggests he personally devised and shepherded any significant policy initiatives.

    Looking back, I believe that we were very lucky that Obama did not have passion to work, devise or shepherd anything. Imagine what ‘they’ would have accomplished if he had exhibited a minimal level of energy to be the face/voice of a particular policy initiative. The Senate was the perfect easy job for him before the Peter Principle kicked in.

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  20. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Columbo (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    This is a first in the US? Have we ever been in this position where one administration (Obama) reinserts its power in a future administration? I’m just asking…….because I don’t recall this ever happening….

    Clearly, Obama expected to hand the reins off to Hillary and was shocked, as was many others, that someone who was not part of the political game, won.

    His people are in place in this administration as well as in the WEF, if you do your homework. We’re in trouble as a country, and world. But it doesn’t have to be accepted…….

    I think Obama is more of a pawn than he realizes.

    Can you expand that thought?

    There is nothing in Obama’s career before, during, and after his years in the WH that suggests he personally devised and shepherded any significant policy initiatives.

    Looking back, I believe that we were very lucky that Obama did not have passion to work, devise or shepherd anything. Imagine what ‘they’ would have accomplished if he had exhibited a minimal level of energy to be the face/voice of a particular policy initiative. The Senate was the perfect easy job for him before the Peter Principle kicked in.

    I could not agree more.  

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  21. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    I believe that Obama was as much of a figurehead as Biden is. Obama never wanted to do any of the actual work of Presidentin’. He was far more interested in the party scene. The only thing Obama enjoyed about being President was the adulation and the access to celebrities.

    The people actually running the country today are the same ones who ran the country when Obama was president. The difference is they don’t have to deal with the Clinton Foundation anymore. Trump effectively took out Hillary for them. This has released them to cause more trouble because they don’t have to worry about whether Hillary gets her share of loot from whatever plan they come up with.

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