Well, it looks like we’ve come full circle, 25 has become 2. And after all of the screaming and yelling, hair pulling and eye gouging, we ended up exactly where most pre primary polls indicated we would, Biden vs Sanders. Ain’t democracy grand?
And while I’m stunned by the speed and decisiveness of the results of last Saturday and Super Tuesday, I’m not surprised that it occurred. After all, starting with the African American community in South Carolina, led by their favored son James Clyburn, and following that resounding victory, the people of 10 other states on Super Tuesday, all the voters did was exactly what everybody had been waiting for them to do all along. They coalesced behind a single candidate. And that candidate was Joe Biden.
South Carolina on Saturday and Super Tuesday were watershed moments. One of two things was going to happen. Either we were going to have a socialist Democratic candidate for President of the United States, or we weren’t. Clyburn sounded the alarm, moderate candidates who saw it wasn’t their time agreed, the voters responded, and the seemingly impossible became possible. And just an FYI, since October we’ve been chipping in to Amy Klobuchar’s campaign every month, so our favorite candidate was one who took one for the team, and we’re proud of her for that.
I know that it probably drives you crazy how I sometimes seem to get bogged down in the minutiae of things, but damn it to hell, sometimes that’s where the really important shit is hiding out. And in reporting on Tuesday from Virginia, North Carolina, and Alabama, there was something that came out over and over again that I think might just be the “secret weapon” for Biden going forward, not just for the remainder of the primaries, but for the general election as well.
Reporters for MSNBC spent a lot of time interviewing black voters leaving the polls in those three states, and there was a strange similarity in what they uncovered. In almost every case, voters who waited until election day to vote, broke almost universally for Joe Biden. And when asked why they chose Biden, they almost always gave the same answer. They were convinced by Clyburn’s endorsement and the results on Saturday to go for Biden. And when pressed for a specific reason why they chose Biden, the answer was almost always the same, they wanted to restore a sense of normalcy to the presidency and the country, and they wanted a decent man to be president again. Hell, even bomb throwing pundit Bill Maher said in a comedy special last year, I’d give anything for a president who bores my balls off!
You can argue a lot of things about Joe Biden, one way or the other, but the two things that you can’t argue are his decency and his normalcy. Look at it this way, Michael Bloomberg was the only candidate to personally visit every Super Tuesday state, and it ended up costing him about $20 million per delegate that he collected. Biden won 10 states on Tuesday, spent no money on advertising, and didn’t even visit more than half of them. And he won blowouts, because people knew exactly what they’d get with Biden, and it was exactly what they wanted.
This is something that Biden can use to his advantage in upcoming mano-y-mano debates against Sanders. Sanders did not respond well to the pressure of being the front runner in the last two debates. Sanders doesn’t take criticism well, and he became arrogant, loud and strident when pressed on his policies and proposals. Biden can exploit this. Biden can draw calm, pertinent contrasts between his proposals and Sanders, and then stand there looking unruffled and in control while Sanders angrily replies. Look back at 2008, and how politely he dismantled Caribou Barbie to avoid any hint of sexism in his performance, and the way he almost jovially disassembled Paul Ryan in 2012 when Ryan became flustered. Biden can consolidate his position with solid debate performances going forward.
And don’t even get me started on the general election. Personally, I highly doubt that His Lowness will ever step on a debate stage with Biden, his handlers can’t afford to let him. Trump is everything that people are sick and tired and exhausted of. And while El Pendejo Presidente standing there spitting venom at a calm and collected Biden might jazz up the Trump base, it would lose forever the white, suburban GOP defectors that Biden is already dominating with.
And there’s no reason for Biden to dive into the mosh pit with the Toddler in Chief. Not when he’ll have The Lincoln Project ready to give Trump and the GOP a long overdue taste of their own medicine. And not with Bloomberg’s millions ready to sally forth into battle with Lucifer 2.0. Biden’s advertising should be calming and uplifting, in contrast to Trump’s hysterical gibberish. And I heard yesterday that there may be a back door way for the Biden campaign to hire on one of Bloomberg’s arms as a vendor as opposed to a Super PAC, which would allow them to run pro Biden ads as opposed to anti Trump attack ads.
If the reporting from Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama is true, then the people have spoken. And what’s the old Hollywood saw? Give the people what they want. Normalcy and decency are not concepts that Biden has to stretch to achieve, they’re already baked into what he is. Keep people focused on everything that they so hate about Trump, and present Biden as everything that Trump and his merry band of freebooters can never be. This is our one shot, so we had better make it count.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen