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Are Disappointed Democrats Just Settling for Biden?

Former Vice President Joe Biden has recently surged to become the frontrunner in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But, is that because there has been anything new in his message, or because Democrats really love his policies? Or, is it merely because they are settling for the best of two remaining mediocre candidates?

Until his sudden and unexpected victories on Super Tuesday, Joe Biden was just a doddering old fool with his best days behind him, unimpressive in every presidential debate and certainly nothing special on the stump.

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His lackluster performance in the first three presidential contests was embarrassing, and, to make matters worse, Biden has been showing clear signs of mental decline, such as false memories and bizarre delusions.

After Super Tuesday, Biden is still the exact same guy described above, but he’s also the Democrats’ new front-runner. How do Democrats reconcile the two?

Biden, whose primary campaign was on the way out, suddenly finds himself in a marriage of convenience with Democratic voters, who realize belatedly and with a feeling of desperation that they have no other viable choice for president.

So if Biden is still the same confused old man he ever was, what changed that pushed him to such a resounding victory on Super Tuesday? The former Veep can thank his last remaining opponent, Bernie Sanders, for that.

On the Sunday, just prior to Super Tuesday, in a televised interview, Sanders reminded voters who he is and always will be by praising Fidel Castro and refusing to distance himself from revolutionary socialist movements. From that moment, he sank like a stone as Democratic voters decided they weren’t going to let this happen. Rank-and-file Democrats, it turns out, are not nearly as “woke” as their candidates or the media have tried to suggest. They aren’t stupid — which is to say, they aren’t socialists.

Democratic primary voters also probably considered former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, given his massive ad spending and his ability to self-finance. But, after his appalling, disappointing, infuriating performance at the Democrats’ Las Vegas debate, most of them were having none of it.

They also couldn’t go with Elizabeth Warren, who has polled weakest against President Trump among all the Democratic candidates.

As a result, Biden suddenly came back from the dead. Then, with Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar finally dropping out and endorsing Biden, Democratic voters all around the country decided spontaneously and simultaneously that now was the time to settle for, well, “that guy.” They will line up, lockstep, behind the safe, establishment choice whom everyone had been anticipating as the winner last summer.

The current thinking among most Democrats probably goes something like this: Joe Biden doesn’t seem like a bad guy. He was a good Vice President under Obama, and he’s certainly better than the monster we have in the White House right now. Biden may not be our perfect candidate—but who is?

But, word of warning to Dems, this hasn’t necessarily been a winning formula for either political party. Democrats elected their last three presidents by taking risks and choosing dark-horse candidates (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama). Their relatively inoffensive, “safe” nominees (think of Al Gore or John Kerry) tend not to do so well.

Before Trump, Republicans had also fared poorly in choosing inoffensive, “my turn next” nominees out of large, competitive fields. Neither Bob Dole nor John McCain nor Mitt Romney had what it took.

Recent election history, especially Mr. Trump’s, has been unkind to conventional wisdom – and I remind Democrats of another old adage, “Be careful what you wish for…”

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  • Joanna Ishee
    11 March 2020 at 3:53 pm
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    I figured out what this is about if hillary were his running mate then if he got president his dementia would take him out of job and she would become president and choose Obama for her vice president. Please vote trump . That evil woman and man would destroy our country! !

  • R Paul Williamson
    11 March 2020 at 4:18 pm
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    Doddering old fool? You must be referring to Traitor Trump, who has told 7000 lies, blabbers on in his incoherent speeches, thinks he is Jesus Christ and Hitler together, and is completely both corrupt and incompetent.

  • Policestate
    11 March 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    This Democratic run up to the presidential election , Is pretty much on the same lines as the 2016 elections. The Fix was in from the start, The Dems knew there was no way Sanders was going to become the Dem nomination, they just played him and his supporters once more.

  • Raymond
    11 March 2020 at 4:50 pm
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    If Biden wins the democrat nomination, he will choose Hillary as Vice President. Then the democrats will use the 25 amendment to have him declared incompetent and he will be removed.

  • Jacquie
    11 March 2020 at 4:50 pm
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    Biden is obvious “bait” for the Democrats. Elect him, then replace him as mentally incapacitated with Hillary, his VP, who can slide in as President with no questions on all her crooked history and fraudulent “donations ” to her tax free “Foundation” which was nothing more than a slush fund for Bill and her. An entire history of fraud since she entered legal work force in Arkansas. A puppet for enemies of USA with no shame when her price is paid! The drug and insurance industry are funding her climb to be our next president! Watch them pull her strings. Even her daughter has proven she too has no integrity!
    A cold but brilliant “Master Plan” of the evil Dems!
    Do not vote Biden-you are electing Hillary!

  • David Jines
    11 March 2020 at 5:10 pm
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    As an Independent who is really Tee’d off at the Democrats right now. They needed a JFK, and came up with an idiot.

  • Tom
    11 March 2020 at 5:35 pm
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    It has nothing to do with Biden. It has EVERYTHING to do with who THE PARTY decides to be the VP. Even Biden does not realize that he’ll get pitched rather quickly if he were to win.

  • derek blurb
    11 March 2020 at 5:35 pm
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    This is what we need to replace an arrogant know it all who can handle anything = a doddering bumbling geriatric who will do as he is told by his democrat sycophants. They will turn the USA into the Democratic Republic of Amuhriker where instead of the unequal sharing of riches, we will equally share the miseries, poverty and starvation, just like North Korea and Venezuela… That is for all except the Aristocrats of The Party.

  • Buddy H
    11 March 2020 at 6:17 pm
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    I can’t wait for the debate. President Trump is sharp as a tac and Democrats have given him LOTS of ammunition.

  • Fran
    11 March 2020 at 6:52 pm
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    Don’t care Voting for President Trump

  • Ralph Rastopsoff
    11 March 2020 at 10:16 pm
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    Respond to there accusations, people will think it must be true ?
    You’d best continue to investigate Biden and his families Crimes 🤔👍
    I need your heIp also so I can help you, “Mr President Donald Trump”, have Social Security”, give me back my wife’s retirement? Then I can donate also to your Re-Election Campaign! So can I count on you “Mr President Donald Trump”.
    🦅🙏🇺🇸🙏🇮🇱😢🦅maximus1948@icloud.com

  • John Roberts
    11 March 2020 at 11:03 pm
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    If Bigen Berrnie win in the primarys the world will be in trouble.also hillery is woting for Biden. If someting happends to him Hillary becomes President? We dont whant that to happen Pessident Trump.we need to win big sir to keep that from happending at any expense.I ask you to find a way to keep this from happending.

  • Big Ed
    12 March 2020 at 4:50 am
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    The fact that Joe Biden is the best the Demorrhoids have tells you everything you need to know about that party. I have trouble seeing how anyone who loves this country can pull the lever for a guy who is clearly having mental problems-but then, the whole damned party has mental problems, too. Couple the fact that the Demorrhoid voters are nuts and that they actually hate the country and it becomes apparent that they just might vote for Old Joe anyway. My greatest concern for the election isn’t the quality of the Demorrhoid’s candidate so much as the quality of the voter fraud they are capable of. In the past, I’ve seen scads of voter fraud perpetrated by this band of criminals, but my thinking is that they so hate Trump and his backers that, as the saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet”.

  • Mary
    12 March 2020 at 11:38 pm
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    Unfortunately Mr. Biden does not state anything for the future that he has planned!!!! I think his time is over since he makes a lot of mistakes in his so called speeches. He does yell a little louder now so I noticed. Good luck to our President Donald Trump.

  • DENISE Lemmel
    15 March 2020 at 5:27 pm
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    People have no idea what they are getting into if Biden is elected! He’s not competent to be our president! Hillary is a criminal and if she gets appointed, this country is in for a rude awakening! You may not like Trump, but the choices are not worth the price our country will pay! Trump is pro-America, people just are unwilling to let him help.

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