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March 02, 2024

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Greg

I guess democracy is now perfected?

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

I think Mencken was right.

Uncle Billy

Perhaps a surprising number of Americans think that ALL politicians are Crooks and Liars...

Tony

"America has lost its mind. Is there time enough for Biden-applied treatment?"

Maybe, If the Biden-applied treatment is a decision by him to leave a race he never should have entered in the first place. Image matters to mindless voters, and Biden's is terrible, thanks to his age, lack of charisma, and Republican attacks.

A younger replacement still might work, I think. Nearly every professional pol will say it's too late. They are mindless too.

Mary

Tony, you may not welcome my endorsement, but you'll have to wear it. You're absolutely right. I've had a few conversations on the side with PM (sorry PM, but you've sometimes publicised my private emails) and his view is that "it is what it is".

I don't live in America but there is genuine bemusement here over how impossible it is for you to force an unfit candidate to stand down. Not because Joe Biden is a bad person but because his obvious age related problems can't be brushed aside.

I don't know whose idea it was it was to hand Joe B. a melting ice cream whilst pronouncing about a possible ceasefire in Gaza. It's a complete debacle. Maybe someone is having a laugh?

PM

Mary, on occasion I might quote from an email comment, but without approval of the sender I would never identify the sender. And that does not qualify as "publicizing a private email."

Tony

Well Mary, I do welcome your endorsement. On this issue, we are quite in agreement, and your perspective from outside of the country highlights the ridiculous aspects of American politics, not easily recognized by many from within.

"It is what it is"? The meaning of this expression is "an expression used to characterize a frustrating or challenging situation that a person believes cannot be changed and must just be accepted". I thought we lived in a democracy where we have the power to disagree with and even try to change what cannot be accepted.

It is appropriate for Mary to have identified PM as the author of such a sentiment. PM is the author of a website meant to inform readers about his views on public issues, and his statements to others about these public issues are fair game.

PM

Of course my views are fair game, Tony. In fact for years I begged readers to disagree at any time on any subject. Therefore and again it was, of course, "appropriate" for Mary — and you — to express disagreement. Good for you both. (My reply to Mary was only to correct her about email confidentiality, which I always adhere to.) And finally, of course we should always try to change what we find unacceptable. On occasion, however, and rather frequent occasion, we run into a situation where trying means only beating your head against a wall. Such is the case with Biden and age. Short of death or incapacity, that situation is not going to change, full stop. And in this situation complaining about it publicly is horribly counterproductive to keeping a madman out of the White House. That is the No. 1 priority and indeed the only priority. And everyone opposed to putting a madman back in the White House should really keep that in mind. Thanks for your comment.

Tony

I agree completely that keeping Trump out of the White House. Based on polling such as you honestly report, I consider that it is highly unlikely that Biden can do it. People say, just wait awhile longer, and the polls will turn around. I've waited a long time for this to happen, and they just keep getting worse.

Bertrand Russell once made a statement (in another context) that "If you had bought ten dozen eggs from a man, and the first dozen were all rotten, you would not infer that the remaining nine dozen must be of surpassing excellence...". I believe this statement has some relevance to the current political crisis.

Only in the US will you find reasons to not replace a failing candidate more than six months before the election. When Biden gives his State of the Union address on Thursday, the most welcome thing I could hear is "I will not run nor will I accept my party's nomination".

I know that another candidate has said that before, and lost. But today's situation is completely different than when Johnson said it on March 31, 1968. As Heraclitus accurately said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”

PM

Tony, we've more than eight full months before the election. I'd say that's a trifle early to run up a white flag. Especially since those eight months are sure to filled by Trump's special brand of lunacy, and possibly one criminal conviction (New York). And when you say "Only in the US will you find reasons to not replace a failing candidate more than six months before the election," what you mean is no plausible Democrats chose to run against Biden. That's the reality that simply must be accepted, that's the "it is what it is." There is no alternative to Biden, it's way too late for another Dem to get in. Running a presidential campaign is a massive undertaking — I once worked on one, a successful one — that requires a good three years of planning, staffing and financing. Biden is not only our best hope out of no alternatives, he's our only hope.

Tony

Wrong. A plausible Democrat did choose to run. Dean Phillips. He's a mainstream Democrat who has been vilified by the Party for daring to criticize Our Leader's unwise decision to run again. So we sacrifice our young blood to protect an aging pol who is going to lose anyway. That no other Democrat entered the race is a damning indictment of the Democratic Party.

You claim that Trump might screw up. Yes he might, but I suspect he won't. That is beside the point. This strategy takes the initiative out of our hands and makes our success or lack thereof dependent on the actions of the Republicans.

I hate to say it. But the Democrats almost deserve to lose. In the primary, I will not vote for Biden. But if he's still around by the time of the general election, I will vote for him. I always vote for the lesser of two evils.

In the meantime, my best to you, and to your health and well-being. In our democracy, your opinion matters too.

PM

It's been enjoyable trading differing views with you, Tony. My last will be — Dean Phillips, plausible? At the moment he has 0 delegates. (Biden has 206.) If the base wanted an alternative, they had one, and they creamed him. Not to mention that Phillips is altogether unqualified to be running the country, which, by the way, Biden has been doing quite well. Oh and my apology if I implied the Dems' main strategy is to hope Trump keeps screwing up. That's more of a given than a strategy. Otherwise their Guns of Summer have yet to be unleashed. My best wishes to you as well, Tony. You're a good advocate (though of course I'm right and you're wrong — that was a joke). Take care. —PM

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