A Biden-Buttigieg Ticket?
Joe Biden declared he was ready to win on "Super Thursday"!
At a Super Tuesday Eve rally, Joe Biden declared he was ready to win on “Super Thursday,” and then attempted a reference to the Declaration of Independence, saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women created by — go — you know — you know, the thing.” Biden reminds me of how much I miss George W. Bush’s creative speaking skills. You know, astute observations like, “I think we agree, the past is over,” “They misunderestimated me,” and “Fool me once, shame on … shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Bidenisms notwithstanding, it was a big night of endorsements for the 77-year-old former veep in his contest with 78-year-old socialist Democrat Bernie Sanders. Biden picked up endorsements from former Senate leader Harry Reid and three of his former Demo primary opponents — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and, most significantly, Pete Buttigieg.
For the record, in recent weeks I have taken the lonely position of insisting that rumors of the imminent demise of Joe Biden’s campaign were greatly exaggerated. Now, I am certainly NOT a political prognosticator or bookmaker, but I do have some time-tested instincts. Almost a year ago I declared that Biden would be the nominee after other contenders tossed their constituents his way.
The Super Tuesday primary results will provide a good indication of how much steam Biden has left. But I still believe he will be competitive against Sanders through the Demo convention in July, and he is the Demos’ best shot at defeating their arch nemesis, Donald Trump.
Having said that, however, while the conventional Democrat political consensus is that Sanders can’t beat Trump, keep in mind that Trump demolished the conventional Republican political consensus in 2016. And as I wrote last year in “Take Sanders’s 2020 Campaign Seriously and Literally,” don’t underestimate the threat Sanders poses if he were to actually win the Demo nomination.
Responding to the primary departures, Sanders said, “Tonight, I want to open the door to Amy’s supporters, to Pete’s supporters. To all of Amy and Pete’s millions of supporters, the door is open. Come on in!”
However, I am hedging my bet last year that Biden’s running mate would be Kamala Harris. As our analyst Thomas Gallatin concluded Monday, Buttigieg withdrew because Biden made him an offer he couldn’t refuse — and I think that could be the bottom of the Biden ticket. Buttigieg was Biden’s most ardent defender through the primary debates, taking on Sanders, Klobuchar, and Mike Bloomberg. In fact, this “deal” may have been cut before the first debate.
Klobuchar’s endorsement will be helpful, but Biden may not need Harris or Klobuchar to balance his ticket. Buttigieg’s gender disorientation will lure legions of Demo female voters to the Biden ticket.
Regardless of who Biden plugs into his VP ticket slot, he will be enthusiastically supported by billionaire leftist Mike Bloomberg, who may actually help broker the ticket depending on how many delegates his impulse advertising voters provide him. He will provide Biden up to a billion in advertising graft against Trump in the general election. Bloomberg said he spoke with both Klobuchar and Buttigieg, and he “thought both of them behaved themselves.” Apparently he has not spoken with the other vanity campaign member of the billionaire leftist club — his sidekick Tom Steyer, who spent $250 million for no delegates and has yet to endorse Biden. I guess he is misbehaving.
As for Biden’s campaign, Trump landed a typical sucker punch: “For sleepy Joe, he doesn’t even know where he is, what he is doing, or what office he is running for. Maybe he gets in — because he is a little more moderate — so maybe he gets in, but he’s not going to be running it. They are going to put him into a home, and other people are going to be running the country, and they are going to be superleft radical crazies.”
Of course, the biggest endorsement hurdle for Biden remains that of Barack Obama, who is far more ideologically aligned with Sanders and is keeping his powder dry for a potential Michelle Obama run in 2024. He may also still be agitated at Biden for his 2007 description of Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” They never had a beer summit to resolve that one, though I suspect Obama is pulling some strings for Biden behind the curtain.
Once the ballots are cast Tuesday, it is worth noting that there are four candidates who represent two Democrat Party factions. Biden and Bloomberg represent the left-of-center “moderate” Demos, and Sanders and Elizabeth Warren represent the far-left socialist/feminist wing. My guess is, at the end of the day, the Sanders/Warren faction will have more delegates, unless Biden really surges, but as noted above, the Biden/Bloomberg faction will be competitive all the way to the nomination.
In the final analysis, the question is, which Democrat “useful idiot” will prevail!
Update After the Super Tuesday votes were counted, Joe Biden surged out front of Sanders, with 564 delegates versus Sanders 497, but Biden’s path to the nomination is still cloudy. Bloomberg has suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden. As I noted above, the combined Biden/Bloomberg faction delegate total is 615, but the combined Sanders/Warren faction delegate total is 558.
And a footnote on endorsements: The Biden campaign’s Rapid Response Director, Andrew Bates, rejected a Biden endorsement posted on social media by corrupt former FBI director James Comey. Bates issued a “return-to-sender” response: “Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge?” This is a fascinating rejection – Biden’s campaign saying no thanks to Comey, who set off the bomb to take down Biden’s opponent Trump. They could have just remained quiet.