One of the reasons I am willing to look past some of the less desirable qualities of President Trump’s personality is because I understand that when we go to the polls to elect a President, we are endorsing (electing) an entire administration. A president is only the personification of an entire Executive Branch. A President brings in an entire team – and, more importantly, a political philosophy … a platform … an agenda of proposals.
For me, the choice is not just between Trump and Biden, but on a broad range of issues and policies – and the people who will be implementing them.
Having Biden is scary enough. I do believe that he is a wannabe – he wants to have his name in the record. In terms of policies, I do not see any core beliefs. They are – at any moment – whatever he thinks will get him elected. He proved that in getting the nomination.
I also believe he certainly lacks the energy – and perhaps the mental capacity for governance. Even though he has spent the recent campaign season hiding in his basement – relying on his staff and the overly friendly media to create his celluloid-thin public image.
It is admittedly a bit of an exaggeration, but you start to see a feeble old man being the vessel of his clique of advisors. If this man cannot run for President – if he cannot stand on the debate stage three times – he should not be President. It is arguable that he has become nothing more than a stalking horse for his vice-presidential pick to become President. It is just my opinion, but if I had to bet, I would put my money on Biden NOT completing his term. That is why I will be paying particularly close attention to his selection.
More important than Biden, himself, are the folks who he will put into all those critical positions of power. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said that the Democrats are rich in talent to fill the top ranks of our government. But those in which he takes pride, I view with alarm.
There is the matter of the courts, but that issue seems to be well debated – and the sides of the voters already well established. But what about all those other appointees.
Biden has a shortlist for Vice President – none of which I care to see empowered. But there is all the Cabinet and all those agency heads. Will Senator Elizabeth Warren be back in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Biden has already promised Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a major position. Will she be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency? Vehement anti-Second Amendment former Congressman Beto O’Rourke is another who has been promised a big job in the Biden administration.
How about California Congressman and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as head of National Intelligence – the post once held by James Clapper. If California Senator Kamal Harris is not picked for Vice President, you can almost bet that she would be Biden’s Attorney General. If she gets the VP nomination, someone like stridently partisan and pugnacious Congressman Eric Swalwell is likely to be on the list for AG.
The Secretary of Education is likely to go to a school union approved candidate – perhaps even one of the heads of the two major education unions. Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers would be a leading candidate. You can kiss school choice to the side no matter who Biden puts in that post.
There is no need to worry about who Biden will pick for Secretary of Labor. That name will be given to him by the union bosses – even though the Department should be representing the 94 percent of American workers who do not belong to unions. But that will not happen with a Democrat in the White House.
For Secretary of the Treasury, there are rumors that Biden may pick Robert Reich, the semi-socialist who previously headed the Department of Labor. You can bet that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez would be in line for a Cabinet position. He could go back to his old job as Secretary of Labor, but a change of scene could have Perez heading to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One of the names being floated for Secretary of Health and Human Services is Washington State Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. She is a staunch advocate of abolishing private healthcare.
How about Susan Rice for Secretary of State? She was is a former UN ambassador and National Security Advisor for President Obama. She is at least waist deep in the bogus Russian conspiracy fiasco, but that should not matter to Biden. For Secretary of Veteran Affairs, I would place a bet on Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.
While it is unlikely that Senator Bernie Sanders would give up his seat for an appointed post, you can rest assured that he will serve as a recruiter for Biden – drawing on his team of hardcore left-wingers and socialists to fill in a lot of those more obscure – but important — offices.
Would Biden be crazy enough to put Al Sharpton in as head of Housing and Urban Development? Angela Hurlock, head of the Chicago Housing Authority, is likely to be on a short list. Biden needs someone to plaster over decades of failed racist public housing – and the waste of billions, if not trillions, of dollars in the process.
Most Presidents reach across the aisle for some appointments. Most often they are not the most dedicated individuals to their own party. That would make the increasingly left-wing former Ohio Governor John Kasich as a possibility. He has already endorsed Biden. Other Republican apostates could be former Florida Congressman David Jolly – whose only job seems to be as a paid anti-Trumper on CNN and MSNBC.
This commentary just covers a few of the mountain tops. With thousands of appointments, you can imagine the types and ideology of the folks who will be filling all those jobs. Sanders had predicted that Biden – and his administration – will be the most progressive (left-wing) in American history. He is right – and that would be very wrong,
So, there ‘tis.