Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz where the curtain is parted and the Wizard is revealed for all to see. That’s what Biden’s announcement was last week.
To give Six-Pack Joe credit, some of what he said is right. Spot on, in fact. For example, he said it was time for Democrats to “defend” the Obama record. Absolutely they should be made to defend their record and all the absurdity they have wrought over the past two terms.
He also told some whoppers. Like the bit about partisanship. How does a man who has made a decades-long career out of hyper-partisan behavior get to lecture everyone else about the very behavior he’s engaged in for years? Oh wait, that’s right, when Biden says he wants to end the partisan divide what he really means is that he wants to silence one side and instead press forward into Obama’s third term.
That’s why Obama was there standing behind Joe Biden. As far as the optics go, it was awkward. Two people stood behind the Vice President. One was Obama. The Great and Powerful Oz in all this is there to appear supportive of his new pet attack dog. That’s Biden’s role. He’s there, part of the campaign but not a part of the campaign, to make sure that Democrats treat 2016 as the third term Obama told 60 Minutes he thought he could win. C’mon Joe, do you think we’re dumb enough to believe that you couldn’t at this point launch an effective campaign?
Hence the heaps of platitudes Joe Biden afforded the Wizard’s track record.
Democrats didn’t always used to be this way. Think about it. Just a few days before the Biden announcement Jim Webb announced he was dropping from the race. Jim Webb. A Democrat cut from older ideological cloth. The kind of guy still left of center, but with enough centrist tendencies to not be a realistic choice for elected office. Democrats like these haven’t been seen around too much. Really since Bill Clinton’s first bid for the White House in 1988. Yes, 1988. He briefly ventured a run in 1988 until a scandal began to percolate in Little Rock that convinced him instead to take a leadership position in the Democrat Party and bide his time until 1992. 23 years ago.
As for the other Clinton, the Biden announcement essentially promised her the nomination IF she servers as Obama’s third term. If she doesn’t, there’s the matter of those email servers and the information illegally maintained on them. Sure, the media is running around asking themselves repeatedly whether Hillary broke the law or not. Is it legal to have classified material on a private server at one’s home? Nope. Why? Because a law says so. Go figure.
She’ll make for a reliable third term. What, Lincoln Chaffee is going to come out of his stupor and run on something besides the invasion of Iraq that happened over a decade ago? Every riot or demonstration in Baltimore is an indictment of the O’Malley record. Ouch, there’s that “I” word, indictment. That word was practically written between the lines Six-Pack Joe read from off his teleprompter: “Obama record good, partisan nonsense bad; if you indict Hillary it’s partisan; Obama good”.
As for Bernie Sanders, Hillary needs a running mate. Obama needs a Plan B. Enter from stage far left, Bernie. It’s no coincidence “Babies for Bernie” is sweeping social media. That’s where Obama drew his base from in 2007. Where else to find uninformed people that can be easily sold on the idea of a new round of American socialism.
That’s what the Democrat Party has become in a scant 23 years. The party that could once field honorable candidates like Jim Webb is now Babies for Bernie’ing it’s way past a Hillary indictment provided they can convince enough uninformed voters to go all in. There are lots of them.
Many who are 23 years old today were a critical part of the base that re-elected Obama in 2012. This is the generation who’s philosophical depth results in questions like “do black lives matter” (asked at the Democrats debate) being treated seriously — and resulting in “boo’s” when one candidate dared suggest that all lives matter. The promises of free college, health-care, $15 and hour minimum wage, and all the rest are tossed out there to buy these voters. These are men and women spoon fed and raised on moronic ideas like “Main Street versus Wall Street” and the “evil one percenters”. At 23, they were 8 years old the last time a Clinton Occupied the White House. Hillary should be a shoe-in for them … while the rest of us are realizing each day that, truly, we are not in Kansas anymore.