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The only time Democrats get any scrutiny from the media is when there is a primary battle. Adversaries of Democrats, Republicans and others like myself, relish these times. Schadenfreude abounds as we watch the in-fighting and displays of hypocrisy.

However, the corporatist media has been consolidating for over the last two decades, and they are careful to avoid damaging real contenders; at least the ones who don’t threaten them directly (Tulsi Gabbard). Contenders in the center lane, the ones who will maintain the statist quo (sick), will be given plenty of leeway.

The problem is, they’ve propped-up centrist Democrats while the actual party has been moving leftward at a double-goosestep pace.

Joe Biden has been coddled for years as Obama’s wing-man. Joe was his diplomat to the white working-class masses, the ‘regular guy’ from Scranton who’s never had a real job or had to make a payroll, but nevertheless represented that demographic in the abstract.

Joe, the regular guy who talks regular and isn’t especially bright is the Democrats version of the non-threatening white guy who is acceptable for high office.

The party that never met a Republican President who they didn’t feel the need to mock as stupid, ignorant or masterfully evil, gives a pass to Joe, whose best quality is that he’s somehow humble in his blustering.

No one in the media is on record claiming Joe Biden is intellectually gifted. These things don’t really matter when it comes to Democrats. The media, and it seems the Biden campaign itself, believe Joe is the “good” version of Donald Trump who will appeal to the lost white working class.

It reminds me of how many in the GOP thought Herman Cain, Armstrong Williams or Ben Carson ( however deserving they were on merits) might attract black voters, or at least absolve them of the unfounded charges of racism.

Joe is like the youngest of three boys who could never compete with his older brothers. Mom’s favorite, and Dad can’t call him to account without reprisals from Mom. This dynamic perpetuates mediocrity at best.

The unconscious rationale is this: Unfortunate things always happened to Joe, and everyone should feel sorry for him. Nothing was ever really his fault. Now he’s running for President and he deserves it out of sympathy. He’s worked hard and paid his dues. Bad things have happened to him in his personal life.

This is not a good message to be sending the electorate.

Progressives have no interest in nominating Biden. His support is shallow. He only has the appearance of viability because of his history and his demographic and his position as the un-Trump.

He’s still polling well. My suspicion is he’s doing well with LIV’s – and there are a lot of Democrat LIV’s – people who pay little attention to politics and respond to pollsters, knowing the basics about Biden. He’s ‘qualified’, was Obama’s VP for 8 years, isn’t offensive or controversial, has a pronounceable name, and looks the part.

These people aren’t all dumb. They’ve been dumbed-down by the media-entertainment complex, distracted, dazzled and exploited.

And get this… he’s their most viable candidate.

The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.

I can’t wait for the next debate!

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  1. Bishop Wash Member

    Franco: the ones who will maintain the statist quo (sick), will be given plenty of leeway.

    I love that turn of phrase. 

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    • December 18, 2019, at 5:19 AM PST
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  2. Bishop Wash Member

    It’s odd that the Democrats have switched to the Republican’s playbook of nominating the person “whose turn is next”, Hillary and now potentially Joe. The Republicans backed into picking a new guy and got the Presidency. 

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    • December 18, 2019, at 5:29 AM PST
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  3. Franco Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    It’s odd that the Democrats have switched to the Republican’s playbook of nominating the person “whose turn is next”, Hillary and now potentially Joe. The Republicans backed into picking a new guy and got the Presidency.

    I’m thinking Biden is the 2020 version of Bob Dole?

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    • December 18, 2019, at 5:40 AM PST
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  4. Bishop Wash Member

    Franco (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    It’s odd that the Democrats have switched to the Republican’s playbook of nominating the person “whose turn is next”, Hillary and now potentially Joe. The Republicans backed into picking a new guy and got the Presidency.

    I’m thinking Biden is the 2020 version of Bob Dole?

    I could see that. 

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    • December 18, 2019, at 5:47 AM PST
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  5. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Franco: Scranton

    What?! The Electric City!

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    • December 18, 2019, at 6:00 AM PST
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  6. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Franco: The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.

    There is a contingent of Democrats who may not be particularly woke, but are informed enough to see it as nothing more than Bloomberg buying his way toward the Presidency. (Sort of like Steyer.) They’re going to have their knives out.

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    • December 18, 2019, at 6:13 AM PST
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  7. Bishop Wash Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey (View Comment):

    Franco: The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.

    There is a contingent of Democrats who may not be particularly woke, but are informed enough to see it as nothing more than Bloomberg buying his way toward the Presidency. (Sort of like Steyer.) They’re going to have their knives out.

    I saw a cynical theory that Bloomberg is only running to get a deal on anti Trump commercials. Supposedly candidates pay a lower rate than PACs so he decided to be a candidate. 

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    • December 18, 2019, at 6:25 AM PST
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  8. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey (View Comment):

    Franco: The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.

    There is a contingent of Democrats who may not be particularly woke, but are informed enough to see it as nothing more than Bloomberg buying his way toward the Presidency. (Sort of like Steyer.) They’re going to have their knives out.

    I saw a cynical theory that Bloomberg is only running to get a deal on anti Trump commercials. Supposedly candidates pay a lower rate than PACs so he decided to be a candidate.

    I read another cynical theory about how running would allow him to enrich himself more without actually having to do anything. I mean, the guy is a gazillionaire, and yet people will still throw money at him if he declares himself a candidate.

    You rake in cash and you don’t have to do anything. But then, I think that’s been the strategy of most of the Democrat candidates.

    Heck, I think that accounts for most of Washington.

    Or, as David Harsanyi wrote yesterday . . .

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    • December 18, 2019, at 6:48 AM PST
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  9. E. Kent Golding Member

    I am not a particular Bob Dole fan, but it is a gratuitous, horrible insult to compare him to Biden. Dole was at least honorable, and served his country in war.

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    • December 18, 2019, at 7:17 AM PST
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  10. Franco Member
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I am not a particular Bob Dole fan, but it is a gratuitous, horrible insult to compare him to Biden. Dole was at least honorable, and served his country in war.

    This proves it’s not just SJW’s who are so easily offended using lazy logic.

    I was only comparing Dole to Biden as candidates in a similar political position as next-in-line but somewhat lacking in charisma and grassroots support.

    The context is pretty obvious. 

    By the way, I have little respect for Biden but a “horrible insult”? I’m pretty sure Dole and Biden were congenial pals back in the day.

     

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    • December 18, 2019, at 7:49 AM PST
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  11. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    It’s odd that the Democrats have switched to the Republican’s playbook of nominating the person “whose turn is next”, Hillary and now potentially Joe. The Republicans backed into picking a new guy and got the Presidency.

    It is not at all odd. The indie voters in the USA are the deciding factor in all Presidential races.

    Obama won in 2008 because of the indies. So did Trump in 2016.

    Pew pollsters were the first to show us in 2008 that the public has moved away from being herded into either the Dem or Republican parties. Especially given that until just recently, for many situations, the leaders in both parties desire endless wars, unregulated banking, disdain for the middle class and especially the working class, and the revolving door between governmental agencies and Big Corporations, so agency protections do not exist. Abortion was one of the few issues that indicated a difference between the parties.

    In 2008, individuals stating that they were totally loyal to the R party were around 26%. But the Dems who had the winning candidate that year were at 36%. So a full 36% of voters felt abandoned by both parties. My next door neighbor, fed up to the hilt with the 2008 Economic crisis and the Bailouts, went from being a staunch R to voting for Obama. Of course, he revised his thoughts on Obama the moment Obama was elected and announced Tim Geithner as head of Treasury.

    These days the Dems obsession with intersectionality, ID politics and abortion being okayed at nine months has made a demarcation between the two parties once again crystal clear.

    But with even Candace Owens extremely upset about the flaws in our health care insurance situation, as well as the flaws in delivery of services, there are going to be some interesting discussions ahead for people. I would love to see a Sen Candace Owens. Those who want to hold on to certain values of the R party, such as “if you can’t pay for health care insurance and treatments, too bad, kid, you are out of luck,” had better bone up on their debating skills, as Ms Owen is one terrific debater.

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    • December 18, 2019, at 1:51 PM PST
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  12. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Franco (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    It’s odd that the Democrats have switched to the Republican’s playbook of nominating the person “whose turn is next”, Hillary and now potentially Joe. The Republicans backed into picking a new guy and got the Presidency.

    I’m thinking Biden is the 2020 version of Bob Dole?

    I could see that.

    But with half the brain and none of the character. You may recall Bob Dole always held a pen in his right hand. That is because his hand was permanently closed and he had no real use of the arm after about 2 years of recovering from being shredded by a German shell as Lieutenant Dole led his men in an attack.

    On April 14, 1945, Dole’s company launched an attack, but a stone wall and a field of land mines trapped them in an exposed area, according to an excerpt on his 1996 presidential campaign website.

    As a German sniper began to fire on his unit, Dole selected a group of Soldiers to go with him to take out the sniper when his radioman was hit.

    Dole, now on his stomach, pulled the wounded Soldier across the battlefield into a foxhole. Seconds later, an enemy shell exploded, ripping into his right shoulder, shattering his collarbone and part of his spine while leaving his arm dangling.

    […]

    It took nearly three years and nine operations for Dole to recover from his wounds, which left him without the use of his right arm and limited feeling in his left arm. He improvised ways to strengthen his arms, and even learned to write left-handed, according to the website.

    Dole earned two Purple Heart medals and two Bronze Stars with valor and, in 1947, he was medically discharged from the Army as a captain.

     

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    • December 19, 2019, at 1:44 AM PST
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  13. Jon1979 Lincoln

    DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey (View Comment):

    Franco: The entrance of Bloomberg complicates matters more than it helps.

    There is a contingent of Democrats who may not be particularly woke, but are informed enough to see it as nothing more than Bloomberg buying his way toward the Presidency. (Sort of like Steyer.) They’re going to have their knives out.

    Bloomberg generated so much hate from the progressives in New York City during his 12 years as mayor, precisely because of the things the majority of people liked about his mayoralty, like keeping the crime rate low, supporting charter schools and limiting city budget increases in the latter part of his term. The Sanders/AOC types would never gravitate to him as the presidential nominee, no matter how much he apologizes for and/or renounces his past positions (the progressives don’t believe him, and Mayor Mike’s ego is so big that they’re right that he’s never going to admit he was wrong, other than as an election strategy).

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    • December 19, 2019, at 9:23 AM PST
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  14. Henry Castaigne Member

    I’m not sure Biden is gonna be as effective with working class whites as some people think. 

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    • December 19, 2019, at 8:08 PM PST
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