A lot of faith, these days, is put in candidate Joe Biden. But a couple of things have happened since he effectively ran away with the nomination.
One, he is confined to his basement – given his age and risk of COVID. His health condition won’t change after November.
Yes, any sane adult would be better than Trump in the Oval Office – as the lawn sign says. But being better than Trump is a low bar. The country is in crisis. We’re headed to a depression, with the economy shut down, with people unemployed, schools, college campuses closed. We need a leader able to perform the herculean job ahead of us.
Two, a former aide, Tara Reade, emerged saying Biden had assaulted her in 1993. The details are graphic: “It Shattered My Life”. The press has treated Biden gingerly on this. Trump has worse allegations, from more women.
Biden supporters continue to stand by him. Many, privately, admit they wish they knew of Tara Reade’s story earlier.
Biden’s aides have denied the allegations. But Biden never did so himself. The alleged assault came two years after Biden chaired the Clarence Thomas hearing.
We had a great roster of primary candidates: Buttigieg, Sanders, Klobuchar, Yang, a couple of governors, a couple other senators. They had great debates, were credible, and ready. Biden was badly trailing in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada. He was effectively written off.
Then, how did Biden run away with the nomination?
Biden is the result of a new primary process that fused South Carolina momentum into the new Super Tuesday. This has given too much power to state politicians in South Carolina – both in the Dem party and the GOP. This time, Dem party Whigs in that state catapulted Biden, not on the strength of his skill, but based on an endorsement from Jim Clyburn, with South Carolina voters neatly falling in line on orders from the above.
Next cycle, Republicans in South Carolina will catapult to Super Tuesday whoever they usually support – which, in South Carolina, would be the most rabid, America first, conservative, born again, Trumpian gun toting Dixie that they can find.
With Super Tuesday awarding more than a third of pledged delegates, the primary election is nationalized. It was never supposed to be this way. This is not the old state by state process that Obama and Hillary Clinton went through, all the way to summer. And caucuses, favoring reform candidates, have effectively disappeared.
Voters have three days to decide after South Carolina, before Super Tuesday. That is THREE DAYS.
Massachusetts voted on Super Tuesday for Biden, and he never showed up for an election rally. Most who voted early wasted their vote, with their candidate dropped out.
Remember the Boston Globe editorial page and many other democrat voices protesting Iowa and New Hampshire for voting ahead of Nevada and South Carolina? They got it wrong. Nobody really understood how the primary process worked any more.
Biden, the only somnolent candidate, with his national party connections, bested everybody else.
That is really bad news this year, and will be bad in four years time. Both national parties are corrupt, and both national parties will have more influence in the primary race than ever in recent memory.
The reason why the Dem national party is corrupt? Follow the money. Small donors give directly to candidates, big donors give to the Party to get around amount limits. Biden collected from big donors though the Party structure, as did Hillary four years ago.
When both parties put up bad candidates for general election, the winner is not known, but the result is guaranteed. We get a bad President, the US government gets weak, incompetent, impotent, and, slowly, irrelevant. We end up looking more like a Confederation of states than the United States we ought to be.