Worst of All Worlds . . . For Democrats

The time for a political party to deal with a decrepit, elderly figurehead is not after the primaries, in which he won millions of votes and is presumptively guaranteed to be the party’s nominee. The recent attempts to replace President Biden as the Democrats’ candidate, coupled with his steadfast refusal to withdraw, put him and his party in a terrible position.

Not only was he obviously suffering from some form of cognitive impairment during his early debate with Trump, but now large numbers of senior Democrats and media figures have admitted this, demanded his resignation, and otherwise expressed a lack of confidence. This is, of course, a desperate attempt to win after internal polling shows he had fallen even further behind, because it was already obvious to most people that Biden wasn’t “all there.”

To some extent, the conspiracy of silence and Biden’s occasional moments of lucidity permitted these concerns to be denied and deflected until now. But this kind of careful stage management can only go so far. He is who he is, and his avoidance of some core parts of the job—meeting with regular people, press conferences, and the use of his brain—has been enabled to the fullest extent possible.

If Biden were to cooperate in these efforts and refuse the nomination, it would beg the question of whether he maintains sufficient fitness for office. After all, his term is not done until January 2025. Such a departure would also lead to an open question of whom to replace him with.

Kamala Harris has obvious problems; not least, she has never won a single state previously as a primary candidate. She is notoriously awkward, devoid of charisma, and kind of dumb. She got the job because she met Biden’s minimum standards to be a vice president, not least his demand that the person be a woman and a minority.

The bigger problem with the recent rebellion against Biden’s candidacy is Biden himself. Nothing about his rise was organic. He has been around a long time and has always been a blowhard, dishonest, kind of rude person, and all of this was capped off by an astronomical ego. He has problems today because he was installed in 2020 with the blessing and machinations of the highest Democratic Party leadership, likely with Barack Obama pulling most of the strings.

Thus, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg all pulled out of the race before Super Tuesday in 2020. And the COVID hysteria permitted Biden’s shortcomings—his lack of energy and inability to think and speak clearly—to be largely hidden from the public. He campaigned from the basement, with television ads and news media complicity doing most of the heavy lifting.

In addition, the 2020 general election was rather notoriously “fortified.” We do not know the exact manner and extent to which various changes affected the outcome in 2020, but we do know there was an unprecedented use of hard-to-verify mailed ballots, late-night stoppages of vote counts, and lots of people paid by anti-Trump partisans involved in the vote counting process.

In other words, Biden and his presidency have always been fragile because Biden’s 2020 election does not reflect the normal democratic process and the stratagems that artificially inflated his support created a corresponding reduction in his long-term popularity.

Perhaps, having installed Biden, the Democratic Party’s leadership and big donors figured Biden would do as he was told. But like so many people placed into jobs because of nepotism, affirmative action, and other anti-competitive tricks, he has quickly assumed a strong sense of personal entitlement. It does not get more powerful than President of the United States, where a cast of thousands makes life as orderly, pleasant, and reflective of one’s wishes as possible. Already blessed with a huge ego, Biden’s ego could only grow in office.

Plus, his wife clearly is very comfortable with the trappings of money and power that her husband’s office provides. We should not forget that Biden is the central node in a sprawling and complicated family-wide scheme of grifting, influence peddling, and self-enrichment. These are people who like money, pomp, and power. It is no surprise that his failson Hunter Biden assumed a big role as an advisor and leads the effort to persuade his dad to remain in office and continue his reelection campaign.

Even if there were some ideal candidate waiting in the wings, the optics of changing horses this late in the race and the logistical challenges of ballot access may not be easily surmountable. Biden, if nothing else, has name recognition and did win (sorta) at least one national election, which is more than could be said for Kamala Harris, California Governor Gavin Newsome, or others whose names have been bandied about.

It is, honestly, a beautiful thing to behold. One faction of the Democratic Party tried to create insurmountable pressure on Biden to drop out, citing his manifest cognitive issues, which were on display in the televised debate with Trump. The early debate itself was a risk that Biden undertook to give his failing campaign shock therapy.

In the course of the post-debate discussions about Biden’s competence, internal polls leaked, which showed the extent of the damage. Then heavy hitters like Obama and Bill Clinton weighed in and said everyone should chill out and stick with Biden. Biden himself said he was going nowhere. Then everyone rather unpersuasively began to shift gears and suggest Biden merely had a “bad night.”

A disunified Democratic Party played a clever game in 2020, and now that game is backfiring. They were able to rig things one time and pull an incompetent and incapable candidate over the finish line, but now the guy they installed won’t leave. They can’t figure out how to make him win again or whom to embrace as an alternative, even as the party is unified in its loathing of Donald Trump.

The party that makes a fetish of democracy is now going to be beaten democratically because its antidemocratic tricks failed to account for their figurehead not cooperating and the people themselves being disgusted with his performance.


Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.



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Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.

Photo: CHESANING, MI - MAY 19 - A sign against President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's reelection bid in front of a residences home a few miles outside of Chesaning, Michigan, U.S., on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Emily Elconin for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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  1. Yes, it’s certainly the worst of all worlds for Democrats now, but I won’t forget or forgive the Republican Party’s complicity in installing Biden then, subsequently pretending he was lucid, experienced, a leader or had any integrity whatsoever. What kind of “opposition” party does this country have? It never fights for its own base. It never fights the good fight. It lies constantly. It doesn’t lift a finger (or apparently fire one brain cell) when the people across the aisle are going a few degrees further than playing dirty.

    In addition to Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building, perhaps a Hall of Shame should be added as a reminder that feckless cowards like Mike Pence and most of the Senate Republicans harrumphing over their constitutional obligations to rubber stamp stolen/fraudulent elections have a place in our memory as well.

    Finally, as much as people want to believe Donald Trump is the foregone conclusion, this isn’t a robust primary for Republicans as well. I see the same signs of obsessively worshipful fans where informed, reasoned citizens ought to be. There is a pernicious sense of misplaced loyalty to a figure where a sense of duty to the republic ought to be. Fact is, neither party deserves to survive. Democrats are virulent Marxists and Republicans are less than nothing. It doesn’t bode well for the future of this republic.

  2. Actually, the problem is mathematical. The Dems intend to cheat and do so quite aggressively. The problem is that they KNOW the public (average American voter) won’t accept or believe it if Biden or Kama Sutra “wins”. The level of election fraud necessary to get either of these two incompetents elected is simply too extensive.

    The Dems need a candidate they can reasonably–with the aggressive propaganda assistance of the Enemedia–spin as winning an upset victory over Orange Man Bad.

    Now, will the Deep State & Co. throw caution to the wind and do what has to be done to get Biden or Harris over the finish line? I’m guessing they will. So, before everyone starts breaking out the popcorn over the Dems dilemma, I’d suggest instead going to the range.

  3. I think the reason for most of the support for Trump by the grassroots is the unprecedented level of political persecution He has had to withstand . The people understand how Un American it all was . I for instance under normal circumstances may have supported Desantis as he is no doubt a very effective executive and champion of the peoples rights . But of course I could find no assurance that He would’ve been any where near as motivated to put an end to this kind of Stalinesque political lawfare and intel blob shenaniganry as someone who has been on the negative recieving end of it to the extent that President Trump has been .
    I’ve been pretty consistent in my opinion that re establishing the rule of law is perhaps the highest priority if we we’re to hypothetically try and salvage this republic (I say hypothetically because at least half of me thinks it may be too late to salvage , but I believe it is best to try and do the right thing even when ones chances of success may be little to none ) .
    I can only assume this is to some degree the animating opinion driving the overwhelming support for President Trump by others as well , and thats good enough for me , I have no problem with it .

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