THE ANYBODY BUT BIDEN TRAIN

There are a lot of people terrified at the prospect of Joe Biden leading the DNC ticket next fall. None of them are named Donald Trump. It is increasingly clear that the liberal media is out to destroy Biden. Everyday there is another negative report about Biden and it is not coming from Fox News. It is coming from places like the New York Times and the Washington Post.

They certainly have a lot of ammunition. Unlike with Trump, they don’t have to make things up. All that is necessary is honest reporting and Biden has serious problems. Today, David Axelrod piled own. Axelrod, famously, was the campaign manager for Barack Obama. Here is what he tweeted:

David Axelrod:  It’s one thing to have a well-earned rep for goofy, harmless gaffes. It’s another if you serially distort your own record. @JoeBiden is in danger of creating a more damaging meme

Slate piled on:

“When did Joe Biden start believing he had opposed the Iraq War?

Biden voted to pass the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution on Oct. 11, 2002.* Though Biden now tells NPR that this was an intermediate step and that he had not expected it to lead directly to war, the possibility of invading Iraq to instigate “regime change” was explicitly under discussion at the time. In fact, the first article I found in a Nexis search for newspaper articles that included the words “regime change” in the months before the vote was an Aug. 1, 2002, New York Times piece that begins with the words, “In the first public hearings on the administration’s goal of ousting Saddam Hussein from the Iraqi presidency, an array of experts warned a Senate committee today that an invasion of Iraq would carry significant risks.” The chairman of that Senate committee was Joe Biden.”

I am not sure this will work. In fact, these types of attacks may actually help Biden. It is quite simple, if these people are against Biden, then he can’t be all bad. The problem is that all of the alternatives to Biden are certifiably insane. By what stretch of the imagination is Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete or Kamala Harris a better choice for President than Joe Biden. Granted, the problems regarding Biden are real, and serious, but he is still a better option than any of the above.

Assume Biden is elected. He would be surrounded by competent people, who would just ignore him. That would not be ideal, but it also wouldn’t be fatal. On the other hand, electing someone like Elizabeth Warren could be terminal. Her ideas are so far left that one has to swim several miles west from the California coast just to get a glimpse.

I have no idea how to predict this. I can just observe the obvious. For the Democratic Party this is the political equivalent of Hurricane Dorian. No one knows where it came from, no one knows where it is going, the damage is horrific and every prediction, so far, has been wildly inaccurate. I suspect hurricane Biden is stalled over the DNC primary process and until he moves on, one way or another, the damage is guaranteed to be catastrophic. No matter how this ends, the debris left behind will be monumental.

A lot of people realize this. They are all leaping on board the “anybody but Biden” (ABB) train. That’s nice, but so far the ABB train is running empty..

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