Anybody but Trump

If Joe Biden is using a walker with an oxygen tank attached, and if his eyelids are propped up by toothpicks, and if he cannot debate after supper time, we will vote for him on Election Day with gusto. Biden had his Mitch McConnell moment during the debate last week, freezing under an assault of lies and slander from convicted felon and philanderer Donald Trump.
Biden is running. He has enough pledged delegates for the Democratic nomination. Gavin Newsom does not. Neither does Gretchen Whitmer. Many Democrats, including those who participated in the Iowa Caucuses, preferred somebody else — namely, Pete Buttigieg or Bernie Sanders. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg is now the talk of Washington parlors. Biden was back in the Iowa pack, and Vice President Kamala Harris was even farther behind. For that, Biden and the Democratic National Committee told Iowa and its caucuses to get lost. Iowans in 2019 might have seen this day coming.
We are where we are: an elderly Biden with a competent vice president who is finding her footing. Biden has been a decent president, despite his many frailties. Trump is a criminal who promises to seek retribution on his adversaries — all of them. When Trump was president, he destroyed ag markets and was forced to write huge checks to soybean growers for screwing things up. He is married to an immigrant but maintains that immigration “poisons our blood.” He was found liable by a jury for sexual assault, he was found guilty of fraud in another civil judgment, and he was found guilty by a jury of 34 felony counts for trying to pull the sheets over his soiree with a porn star.
If Joe Biden has a pulse, vote for Joe Biden. (The Constitution doesn’t say he needs a pulse, does it?) If he doesn’t, vote for whichever Democrat takes his place. Anybody but a criminal Trump back in the White House destroying our democracy and banishing our freedoms. We would suppose that to be Vice President Harris. We would be proud to vote for the daughter of immigrants, and the first woman president. Meantime, Biden is president and is running for re-election. He looked good enough the day after the debate, saying he hasn’t lost it and he still knows the truth. It will just have to do.


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