It’s time for the Dems to Embrace their Inner Donald Rumsfeld

Last night’s Presidential Debate, the first of this cycle by all accounts, went to Donald Trump, the seditious bastard.

While Trump was at his best, it wasn’t so much that Trump won (there are 10 billion Guatemalans attacking the Lincoln Memorial right now) as Biden’s performance was below expectations.

The Dems are, however, nothing but consistent.

They are in full-on bed-wetting mode.

The reality is that this debate is a blip on the screen of a very long campaign and will not change the outcome.

President Biden has made it clear, repeatedly, that he is not stepping down; just today, in fact, Biden said:

“I know I’m not a young man − to state the obvious,” Biden said near the end of a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Folks, I don’t walk as easy as I used to. I don’t speak as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to. But I know what I do know: I know how to tell the truth.

“I know right from wrong. I know how to do this job. I know how to get things done. And I know, like millions of Americans know, when you get knocked down, you get back” up.

Inside the Beltway, there are groups of Republicans and Democrats doing their jobs, war gaming out whether President Biden stays as the nominee or voluntarily or involuntarily is replaced.

The Republicans are split into two camps — pro-Trumpers who want to keep Biden the nominee because they believe Biden represents the best chance for Trump to win, and the other Republicans who are either agnostic about Trump or believe for the good of the country there should be another Democratic candidate.

The Democrats who want Biden gone are afraid Biden will lose or had a very rose colored view of Biden’s state of mind — people like Joe Scarborough.

The “mental fitness” issue is completely overrated.  It did not affect President Reagan’s re-election when there were plenty of questions of his mental acuity.  Nancy Reagan came in, protected the President, and everyone was OK with that, the issue had no power at the ballot box.

My sense is that the issue will not be dispositive for voters.  They believe, rightly or wrongly, that the institution of the White House and the United States government will protect the country.

Others believe that this is a rosy view of Nancy Reagan’s role, a role that Jill Biden has stepped into now is based on not wanting to leave the White House.

The American people give good guys who make sacrifices to serve in public office the benefit of the doubt, about many things.

And Biden is seen as a good guy.

The mental fitness issue does not have the traction the hand-wringers and political enemies of Biden or Trump think it has.

But really, right now, with four and a half months left in the campaign, we have to trust and take President Biden at his word, he  really does have the best interests of the country at heart.

And he is not resigning.

Also, he is not stepping down.

And no convention in six weeks will remove Biden without his consent.

As one veteran Dem political operative told me today:

The dynamics of replacing him are extremely difficult particularly if there is no obvious replacement. The only one who could do it would be Michelle Obama and she won’t do it. Donna Brazille suggested replacing Hillary in October 2016 but no one took her seriously.

I have run nominating conventions. All of the delegates lie.

In other words, even if there was the will to replace Biden, actually doing it would be impossible, especially since there is no consensus replacement candidate.

And notwithstanding the fact that “there is a lot of chatter among donors and party establishment types,” Biden isn’t going anywhere.

He’s not voluntarily leaving, nor is he involuntarily leaving.

It is time the Dems embrace the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld, “you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Or, here’s an oldie from the 1864 Presidential campaign that President Lincoln used to explain why he should keep his job for a second term — “You don’t switch horses midstream.”

President Biden will win his reelection for many reasons, principally that voters do not like chaos, and Trump is chaos.

Political chaos and instability cause inflation, job losses and hurts Americans economically and decreases our standing world wide.

And Donald Trump, the seditious bastard, represents political, legal, constitutional and economic chaos, plain and simple.

It is one of the big reasons Joe Biden, in his current state, will beat Trump for the second time at the ballot box.

It won’t even be close.

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