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This clip is not proof, but it is illustrative, and brilliantly so.
Obama is the first President not to have scuttled out of DC shortly after having become an ex-President. There’s a reason for that. That’s the meat — here are some potatoes to complement the picture, from Angelo Codevilla’s The Ruling Class:
Professional prominence or position will not secure a place in the class any more than mere money. In fact, it is possible to be an official of a major corporation or a member of the U.S. Supreme Court (just ask Justice Clarence Thomas), or even president (Ronald Reagan), and not be taken seriously by the ruling class. Like a fraternity, this class requires above all comity — being in with the right people, giving the required signs that one is on the right side, and joining in despising the Outs. Once an official or professional shows that he shares the manners, the tastes, the interests of the class, gives lip service to its ideals and shibboleths, and is willing to accommodate the interests of its senior members, he can move profitably among our establishment’s parts.
If, for example, you are Laurence Tribe in 1984, Harvard professor of law, leftist pillar of the establishment, you can “write” your magnum opus by using the products of your student assistant, Ron Klain. A decade later, after Klain admits to having written some parts of the book, and the other parts are found to be verbatim or paraphrases of a book published in 1974, you can claim (perhaps correctly) that your plagiarism was “inadvertent,” and you can count on the Law School’s dean, Elena Kagan, to appoint a committee including former and future Harvard president Derek Bok that issues a secret report that “closes” the incident. Incidentally, Kagan ends up a justice of the Supreme Court. Not one of these people did their jobs: the professor did not write the book himself, the assistant plagiarized instead of researching, the dean and the committee did not hold the professor accountable, and all ended up rewarded. By contrast, for example, learned papers and distinguished careers in climatology at MIT (Richard Lindzen) or UVA (S. Fred Singer) are not enough for their questions about “global warming” to be taken seriously. For our ruling class, identity always trumps. [emphasis added – bdb]
This is not a smoking gun to back up the claim that Obama-people still run a shadow government wearing Biden-people as skinsuits. Instead, it is a reminder, complementary to the reminder video clip above, that when you’re in the club, you’re in the club, and when you’re not — you’re not. But man, oh man, when you’re in!
Obama was objectively smarter than the permanent DC fixture “Slow Joe.” Joe has vicious instincts, apparently honed in a monstrously dysfunctional crime family. Obama may fuddle his own speech when he lies, but he’s intelligent. Smart enough to be pliable, to carry out the will of his handlers, not his own. Obama takes third-party money and builds an army in the streets. Joe takes third-party money and buys Corvettes. Hifalutin’ trailer trash vs. Stalinism — Obama wins.
Joe was finally propelled into the Oval Office only when he was no longer a threat. Easily handled, and after the Obama-era construction of a fully functioning, thank-you-very-much, election-proof powerklatura. Susan Rice and Ron Klain (who?) were the coordinators of Obama-clique policy through listless Biden vessels.Published in