It sure took a long time for President Obama to endorse Joe Biden for his 2020 run. The world couldn’t help but note that Biden’s longtime partner wasn’t giving Biden his heart-felt support after it became clear that Biden was going to be the Democratic nominee for 2020.
If @JoeBiden manages to lose the biggest slamdunk election in history then you can thank @BarackObama. Obama knew Biden was a risky candidate yet propped him up anyway over Sanders because corporate Democrats care more about maintaining the status quo than winning for the people. pic.twitter.com/3oawNbgHye
— Ryan Knight 🌹 (@ProudSocialist) August 17, 2020
Obama has privately expressed low faith in Biden
“Yet searing, anonymously sourced quotes from Obama kept appearing through the race. One Democrat who spoke to Obama recalled the former president warning, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.” https://t.co/EQenC06j1t
— Jamarlin Martin (@JamarlinMartin) August 15, 2020
According to a shocking new Politico report, President Obama has “privately expressed grave concerns” over Biden’s run for the White House. The report claims Obama has said of Biden:
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up.”
notwithstanding the endorsement, and the former Obama administration PR machine painting a sunny image of the relationship between the two, according to the Post, their relationship was “fraught with tension.”
Former communications director of the White House, Jen Psaki, commented on their relationship:
“You could certainly see technocratic eye-rolling at times.”
That mindset allegedly prompted Obama to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election rather than Joe Biden.
“The president was not encouraging,” Biden said of Obama’s support in 2016.
And while Obama maintained his distance from Biden following his 2020 announcement, behind the scenes, he was “talking him down.”
In April of this year, Obama caved and endorsed Biden, stating:
“I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now. He’s someone whose own life has taught him how to persevere,”
But commenting on Biden’s appearance in Iowa during the caucuses Obama said:
“You know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
What is this news coming out now? Just prior to the DNC convention? Politico isn’t exactly anti-Biden.
Ironically, Jim Rickards recently indicated that Biden would not even make it to The White House and would soon be replaced as the candidate, but that’s admittedly a prediction at best.
Democratic insiders are likely to drive him out of the race in around the next week.
Biden still may not be on the ballot
According to Rickards:
They don’t want to risk exposing him to the American people before the election. For Democrats, the stakes are too high.
One public incident or serious slip-up is all it could take to kill his chances in the election. The American people simply aren’t going to elect someone who they feel is mentally unfit for office.
Many voters obviously dislike Trump. But, no one could credibly argue that he’s suffering from cognitive decline.
So what’s going to happen?
The Democrat power brokers (Tom Perez, Donna Brazile, Valerie Jarrett, Philippe Reins, AOC, John Podesta, and a few others) will get in a room and pick a new nominee.
Biden will “release” his delegates, and party leadership will direct the super-delegates to support that choice. This will start a stampede among the former Biden delegates.
The Bernie Sanders delegates will already be onboard because they’ll be part of the consultation. Then the new nominee will pick a VP and the “convention” will tidy things up. The race will continue from there.
Alternatively, the power brokers could allow Biden to get the nomination and then remove him as nominee before the debates. That’s even easier because there are no delegates involved. It’s just an executive committee decision the candidate cannot refuse.
Still, the process will be a shock to millions of Americans who’ve been expecting a Biden candidacy.