Rocky Road Ahead: Biden Detours Off Easy Street
Rocky Road Ahead: Biden Detours Off Easy Street
A Rocky Road lies ahead for Biden. Progressives disagree with his Obama 3.0 cabinet picks. The legacy media spent the last year spoon-feeding him green Jello, while covering-up his questionable affiliations and running offense on Trump. Joe’s flank is exposed in 2021.
Victor Davis Hanson writes in PJ media,
Joe Biden will be our next president. But he will face Nemesis in a way that few other presidents have ever encountered the cruel Greek god. Biden’s hubris and that of the media/Democratic Party fusion almost guarantee such divine retribution.”
He is a wise man, and his hypothesis is likely to be accurate. Joe Biden is unprepared for the rocky road ahead. The media did him no favors by coddling him with softball questions. Ignoring the ethics questions surrounding his China and Ukraine connections has left him with a wide open flank.
I don’t see Kamala running to give him cover because he’s the one obstacle between her and the seat behind the Resolute desk. As a woman who knows her way around powerful men, she knows that being seated at the desk is better than under it. Joe is but a bump in the road for her.
Where does this leave Biden?
Hanson brings up another idea, one that has been bandied about following Kamala’s selection as a running mate.
Given the Democrats’ Faustian bargain with their leftmost faction, destructive rumors about Biden’s faculties or his family’s financial escapades will more likely come from his own party’s left wing, eager for a Harris presidency, rather than from the Republican opposition.”
Well now, this is interesting. What if Biden, in a moment of lucidity, realized that his very legacy is imperiled from his own party? A politician with as much “ass covering” experience as Biden would find a way to protect himself from the donkeys at his basement door. Especially when those asses draft legislation to remove the President.
Maybe in his basement downtime Biden read The Heritage Foundation article,
Pelosi claims that new legislation she is backing, which would give a congressional commission authority to determine if a president is incapable in its “opinion” of carrying out his duties, is “not about President Trump. ”No, this “legislation applies to future presidents,”
Talk about rocky starts! A lesser person may speculate that Nancy is paving the way to her own desk in the Eisenhower building.
An expert in CYA (cover your ass) politics might pull members of the lower chamber into cabinet positions. Ideally, a way to bolster his progressive makeover and appease the party entrenched with identity politics.
Enter Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) for Housing and Urban Development, and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La) to lead the White House public engagement office. Rounding out the trinity is New Mexico’s Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary. And just like that, the House Democrats just lost three votes. Yes, there will be Democrats replacing them, but it will likely be after Biden’s first 100 days.
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md) has expressed reservations on pulling House Democrats into the Executive Branch, The New York Times reports,
Mr. Hoyer had publicly raised concerns that selecting House members for the cabinet could weaken Democrats’ narrow majority in the chamber, telling reporters last week that he had counseled the Biden administration against choosing more House Democrats for posts.”
One can speculate that Biden would rather take his chances with tighter margins in the House because it can only help his cause. Firstly, it reduces the number of Democrats willing to vote him out (and there isn’t a Republican who wants to retain their seat willing to push Kamala into the West Wing). Secondly, if his first hundred days is a flop, he can blame obstructionists on the right. For Biden, it’s a win-win.
If the legacy media holds true, their “investigation” will be cursory at best. Just enough to hold the appearance of actually doing something. Joe knows this, and is accustomed to the “Demedia” covering for him. They can continue to run interference for Joe, and try to claw back a bit of public faith in their own integrity. From their point of view it looks like a winning proposition.
Though, it is highly unlikely to happen. The New York Post reports,
A whopping 76 percent of those who have been “very closely” following the news believe the media ignored the stories to help the president-elect, and 72 percent of that group also think the former vice president “likely” knew about and profited from his son’s dealings.”
Joe may have a plan for the House insurrection, but he’s getting hammered by the ultra progressive wing of the party. Both AOC and Bernie Sanders have been vocally opposed to Biden’s cabinet choices.
AOC was forthright during an interview on The Intercept,
I think what a lot of people fail to remember is that, you know, we now have a Biden administration that’s bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, but when Obama was making appointments, he was bringing back a lot of Clinton appointees. … it’s a revolving door of just the same people for the last 10, 20, 30 years …. an extreme disdain for this moneyed political establishment — that just rules Washington no matter who you seem to elect.”
I don’t have to like her to admit that on this point, she’s correct. Biden 2021 is looking a lot like Obama 3.0
When the best thing the media can sell about a while male cabinet pick is a literal lie… It says something about the fixation on identity politics. (Incidentally, Pete Buttigieg is NOT the first openly gay cabinet appointee. That honor goes to Richard Grenell as acting DNI in the Trump administration).
In their mission to make Biden “the fixer of all fractures and healing our wounds” The New York Times highlights the current fractions in the Democratic tent,
Mr. Biden and his allies and advisers acknowledge it may be a considerable challenge to convert the array of constituencies he rallied against Mr. Trump into a sturdier governing force.”
Of course, in a few weeks the Patron Saint of Sniffing will have gathered his party into one cohesive unit. At least that is what the NYT and legacy media will be selling.
It’s unlikely the Americans who spent the last 4 years being derided by Biden et al, will fall for such gaslighting.
And if today is any indication, neither will this guy.
Wolf Blitzer: "Do you think the president-elect is doing enough right now to amplify progressive voices and policies?"
Bernie Sanders: "I don't" pic.twitter.com/im5v2mUekW
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 16, 2020
At least until the grift flows in his direction. Being a Socialist is expensive!
2021 is shaping up to be as dynamic as 2020.