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Does Biden really intend to take it up to Election Day?

Does Biden really intend to take it up to Election Day?

Does President Biden really mean to remain in the race and let the people decide in November?  He emphatically says so.  But I am dubious.

Even if he intends to step down and hand the nomination to Vice President Harris – or intends to resign and hand her the presidency – Biden has to pretend he is going to take his candidacy to November.  Or to mid-September when early voting starts.

If he were to withdraw now, he knows the convention would be chaotic – and who knows who would come out as the standard bearer?  Stepping down after the nomination gives Harris the nomination … or the presidency.

It would have to come very quickly after that August Democratic National Convention because it will be only one month until the start of early voting.  Harris would assume control of the Biden/Harris campaign structure and money.  No one would be able to derail her as the Democrat standard bearer for 2024.

I find it hard to believe he really intends to go all the way.  He knows … Jill knows … his family knows … his closest advisers know … what most everyone in America now knows … that Biden is in the early to mid-stage of serious physical and mental decline – and that it will inevitably get worse over time.  He will not finish a second term.  Jill Biden and the President’s handlers are handling – and will continue to handle more and more the business – until he is totally incapable or has passed on.

Just as President Franklin Roosevelt’s wife and handlers knew he was a dead man walking when he ran and was elected to a fourth term, Team Biden knows their man will not complete a second term.  One way or the other, they are setting Harris up for the presidency.  The only thing that can thwart that plan is for Biden to run and lose.

And there is the rub. 

Prior to the debate, Democrats were already concerned that Biden could lose to President Trump.  Biden was trailing in the polls and losing the battleground states.  But with the odds at 50/50, it was a risk that had to be taken.  Although many Democrats believed that Biden should not have gone for a second term in the first place.  Before the debate, they were stuck with him – and at least he was essentially in a tie with Trump.

Biden’s disastrous performance in the debate changed everything, especially the perception of his chances of beating Trump.  In fact, many Democrat leaders and strategists have expressed their belief that the diminished Biden cannot beat Trump.  A larger number have expressed a similar belief in private or off-the-record conversations.

Compassion for Biden is turning to anger.  While some say Biden is a great person, it is time for him to step down to preserve his legacy and give Democrats a better chance of winning in November.  But …others are upset that Biden and those around him have been lying about his condition from the get-go, and are continuing to lie in order to keep him in the race as a way to protect their powerful positions.

The Democrat race is now all about the future.  Biden’s past accomplishments mean nothing in terms of his ability to perform in the future.  Biden’s ability to stay in the race depends on his avoiding any senior moments in the future.  The calculus depends on what the polls show in the future. Biden’s current situation is very precarious.  Any more bad news will likely tip the scale.

So, which is it?  Biden sincerely intending to take the campaign to November?  Or … is the fix in for Harris to be played out after the convention?  I think the only thing that will keep Biden in the race is bullheadedness by him and Jill.  That is the Democrats’ dilemma.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. frank stetson

    Is the horse dead yet? Nah, one more beating….. You go on about this even more than MSNBC.

  2. Joseph S. Bruder

    You could certainly ask the same of Felon Trump. He’s managed yet again to delay things, but currently his sentencing is scheduled for September. Is he going to take it all the way? And if he goes to jail, who is he going to hand it to? Republicans have no idea, and probably Trump hasn’t decided (or figured out a way to monetize) his running mate (i.e. best ass kisser). For all you know, he could pick David Duke, or the leader of the Proud Boys.

    Biden’s debate performance wasn’t exactly disastrous. He had a rocky start. You can blame his cold, his travel schedule, his stutter, the fact that he is fucking PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and has a busy schedule, or you can blame his age. Maybe he was preoccupied by the upcoming NATO 75th anniversary summit…

    (a great performance, by the way. Biden was at the top of his game on the world stage, while they usually laughed at buffoon felon Trump. Note that at the end of Trump’s term, despite all his bitching about paying their fair shares, there were only 7 countries spending up tp 2% of GDP on their militaries, and now during Biden’s 4 years it’s up to 23. And Europe as a whole is at 2% even if every member isn’t there yet. And the 35 NATO countries are all buying most of their weaponry from US companies. Trump wants to pull out of NATO ( the most successful treaty in the world, ever), and is still claiming he will end the Russian war against Ukraine, which is, frankly, impossible. Even the US leaving NATO isn’t going to get Putin to give up Ukraine. The only other way would be to green-light Putin to nuke Ukraine. Just another of Trump’s dangerous lies).

    …All of those things probably played a role. Yes, he’s in his 80’s, and is a little slow sometimes, but he’s still sharp as a tack. Trump on the other hand, took advantage of the lack of fact checking, and rattled off lies as fast and often as he could. And what was that about “We had H2O” during his presidency”? While that was undoubtedly one of the few true things he said, what the hell is he talking about? Is he worried about his shower pressure or the number of times he has to flush his toilet to get rid of classified documents? Do you folks even listen to what he says anymore?

    Biden had one bad debate, and now all the pundits (including Larry) are in a tizzy. Although I must say, it almost sounded like Larry was about to compliment Biden on his legacy before he pulled away from the brink. The New York Times (and a dozen other billionaire-controlled media) are demanding Biden resign, but there’s no clamoring for Felon Trump to drop out. Republicans are still planning to run a 4-times-indicted, 34-count convicted felon, tax fraud, charity fraud, fake college fraud, business fraud, pageant-voyeur, grab-em-by-the-pussy rapist. Republicans must be so proud.

    • Archie

      I love my favorite felon. He’s better than any of the commiecrats


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