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The Strategies of Dementia Politics

DementiaJoe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate. Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight. He stays off the campaign trail on the pretext of the virus and his age-related susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity.

I say “pretext” without apology. Quarantine should not have otherwise stopped Biden over the past three months from doing daily interviews, speeches, and meetings. But each occasion, however scripted, rehearsed, and canned, would only have offered further daily proof that Biden is cognitively unable to be president or indeed to hold any office.

Often Biden cannot finish a sentence. Names are vague eddies in his mind’s river of forgetfulness. He is in a far more dire mental state than a physically failing FDR was in his 1944 campaign for a fourth term.

The earlier career of a healthy Biden illustrates that he was not especially sharp even when in control of most of his faculties. We recall the former sane/nutty Biden of Neal Kinnock plagiarism, his “put y’all in chains” demagoguery, the studied racism of Biden’s riffs about a “clean” and well-spoken Obama, and the sane/insane Corn Pop stories. All are the trademark of a once fool Joe Biden, who was at least alert when compared with his current catalepsy. If Donald Trump can be ungrammatical, Biden is agrammatical — he simply streams together half-thoughts without syntax and then abandons the sentence entirely.

If Trump repeats vocabulary, Biden increasingly searches for words, any noun, whatever its irrelevance to the point he is making. Biden seems to suffer dyscognitive seizures, in which, for moments, he has no idea what he is doing or saying or where he is — a tragic, nearly epileptic condition. In scary episodes, the pale, scaly, and frozen visage of Biden appears almost reptilian, like a lizard freezing and remaining stationary as it struggles to process signals of perceived danger.

Inserting memorized answers into rehearsed questions, as if the entire con was spontaneous, only reveals how his once episodic dementia has become chronic as he loses his prompt and place. It was understandable that his handlers saw opportunity in secluding Biden during Trump’s tweeting, alongside the contagion, the lockdown, the recession, and the rioting that in voters’ minds had equated fear of chaos with the culpability of the current commander in chief.

But there were always problems with placing Biden in suspended animation in his basement, even as he seemingly surged ahead of Trump in the early-summer polls.

One, seclusion, quiet, and the absence of intellectual stimuli often only enhance dementia, while travel, conversation, and new imagery and experiences tend to unclog for a bit the congested neuron pathways. The more Biden “rests up,” the more he seems to be non compos mentis in his rare staged interviews. His brain is like a flabby muscle, and restful disuse does not make it firmer.

Two, in theory, there should be a shelf life to a virtual presidential candidate. True, Biden has climbed in the polls, as the public never sees or hears him — in the manner that an unpopular lame-duck Obama disappeared to the golf courses and retreats in 2016 and yielded the media spotlight to the dog and catfighting between Trump and Clinton. Obama then discovered that the more he retreated from the public eye, the more the public liked the old idea, rather than the current reality of him.

So too the ghost model was supposed to work for Biden.

He is a cardboard candidate, but at least he’s not on the front lines of commentary on statue toppling and the contagion, and so he can be blamed for neither.

But by avoiding the campaign trail, Biden is only postponing the inevitable. He is compressing the campaign into an ever-shorter late-summer and autumn cycle. If he really agrees to three debates (he may not agree to any at all), and if he performs as he usually now acts and speaks, then he may end up reminding the American people in the eleventh hour of the campaign that they have a choice between a controversial president and a presidential candidate who simply cannot fulfill the office of presidency. And if Biden is a no-show, Trump will probably debate an empty, Clint Eastwood–prop mute chair.

Why, then, is Biden the nominee at all — other than that he leads in the delegate count and surged after Democrat back-roomers panicked when Bloomberg imploded and Bernie surged? As a result, politicos forced or enticed all the other primary candidates to vacate and unite around someone nominally not a socialist.

Is one consolation that Biden’s dementia offers a credible defense that he has “no recollection” that he was in on Obama’s efforts to surveil an oppositional campaign and abort a presidential transition?

While all Democrats know that the cat must be belled, no one wishes to step forward to do it and remove Biden — and indeed no one knows how to steal a nomination from an enfeebled winner and hand it off to an undeserving but cogent alternative. Take out Biden in August, and who knows what sort of candidate stampede might follow in today’s insane landscape?

So what are these strategies of dementia other than putting Biden on ice while redefining the election as Trump versus the media’s version of the virus, lockdown, and economic stagnation?

Pity is one pretext. The progressive media have put Biden’s blank stares and word searching off-limits. We are not supposed to remember that Trump was hounded by progressive M.D.s, to the point that he took — and aced — the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test, an examination that no one in his right mind would suggest Biden now take, given that the results would be no surprise.

Dementia is also about the only valid reason one can legitimately say, “I don’t remember.” So ask Joe Biden about those early January 2017 strategy sessions in which Obama, Biden, and their henchmen plotted the surveillance of the Trump campaign and the destruction of Michael Flynn — and he can honestly say, “What administration?” Ask Biden about his past illiberal statements, his associations with neo-Confederate senators, or his plagiarism, and without guile he can retort, “What? What plagiarism? What senators?” Burisma? Hunter Biden’s Chinese lucre? He will look dumbfounded and turn to an aide to ask, “What is Burisma, and who is Hunter?”

Democrats also knew that they would lose with an Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, or Bernie Sanders as their masthead. The primaries, even heavily loaded to the left-wing base, taught them that well enough. The hard-left agenda of winter 2020 went nowhere, and it will go less than nowhere in the fall after months of televised arson, looting, and gratuitous violence.

In contrast, even a cardboard-cutout version of Biden offers them the veneer of the “moderation.” A Bill Clinton–style Biden phantom, if elected, can allow a passageway for a leftist surrogate into the presidency, the same way that Harry Truman, a centrist, was put on the ticket in 1944 to save the country from Vice President Henry Wallace’s Communism.

Translated, that means the Democratic donor class accepts that they cannot win while siding with the mobs on the street and their appeasers and apologists — and yet the latter leftists are needed to provide the missing 5 to 7 points for victory. With a wink and nod, the vice-presidential candidate will be seen as assuming the presidency and giving to the Left what they could not achieve through a presidential election — while old Joe Biden from Scranton stares at the TV screen a bit longer to prove he’s not a raving socialist.

Also, expect the Democrats to push the following strategies harder and harder as they square the circle of a demented candidate who nonetheless could prove enormously useful — if he can just get elected.

Expect more calls to cancel the debates as corrupt, fluff, reality-TV pizzazz, and utterly unnecessary. Anticipate that the virus lockdown will be prolonged nearly until Election Day and will de facto lead Democrats to call for a Zoom campaign: Biden talking to the camera with a teleprompted script behind the screen.

Election Day voting, we will be told, is merely an ossified construct. The key to our new electoral process is not Neanderthal driving into a COVID-infested polling booth, but rather voter-harvested mail-in ballots.

Expect the vote in November to be declared in advance warped, stolen, and invalid — and then declared valid and fair if Biden wins.

Expect blue states to remain economically mired in quarantines, in hopes of aborting a recovery. Democratic leaders will never really crack down on what heretofore have been blue-state rioting and looting; the chronic chaos and recession will be kept alive and geared to the November election.

Are there problems with such Biden basement strategies? Lots.

A hard-left candidate for vice president will have to do the campaign messaging as a public auxiliary of, and in line with, Joe Biden. She will privately reassure her base that it’s all a moderate con, assuming that leftist voters are sophisticated and cynical enough to be willing to be lied to now for the sake of gaining power shortly.

It will also be problematic to assure the country that Joe Biden is 110 percent fit to be president in November but then to leak to the public by February 2021 that he’s crazy and it’s past time for his radical vice president, regrettably, to move him out.

Using Biden as an empty vessel also assumes that he is at least a vessel. But what if Biden, say, on October 25, 2020, has one of his blank-outs? Or what if he announces once again, but this time at his final rare press conference: “I am going to beat [be] Joe Biden!” What then? Do they call Christopher Steele out of retirement to do a hasty file on Joe Biden, the delusional nut, and use Yahoo or Mother Jones again to leak the dirt in order to switch the order of the Democratic ticket?

Given the current racial hysteria, how do Democratic handlers muzzle the not always latently bigoted Biden? Often dementia is a cruel pathway to the truth, free from normal self-censorship, politeness, and social awareness. Meaning: What if Biden has more “you ain’t black” moments or Corn Pop storytelling, or he mimics a black accent to riff about chains, “clean” blacks, and such? And in the present climate, will people be forgiving when he brags that his home state of Delaware was once a “slave state”? One or two such outbursts could shrink his share of the black vote to 80 percent, which would lead to losses in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida.

In the chaos of July, Biden’s handlers have been acclaimed geniuses for anesthetizing him. But in the different season of October, he may finally be forced out from his lockdown, in the wild manner that soon-to-be looters and arsonists, at last, emerged from quarantine in June — pent-up, angry, incoherent, and self-destructive.

Reprinted with Permission from - National Review by - Victor Davis Hanson

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2 months ago

I agree 100% with your article. I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind would vote for Biden or anyone like him. If this was President Trump, the Dems, media, leftist liberals would be all over him. The one thing I will say, if Biden wins he will not be calling the shots as President. It will be either his VP or someone else. God help us if he wins. America will no longer be a democracy, it will under Socialist rule and your freedom will be gone. I hope and pray that everyone realizes what will happen if… Read more »

2 months ago

The ability of the media to cover for Biden and actually have him ahead in some of the polls tells you how effective the liberal media is at duping a weak minded population that can only read headlines and believes them with out question.

2 months ago

The democrat party has held blacks down long enough! Blacks have prospered under President Trump. The president has kept his promise by making more jobs available to everyone. Blacks do not owe their vote to a democrat party that will keep them down and dependent. What will Biden do for blacks that he hasn’t already done in the past 40 years? The answer? Nothing! Trump has grown the economy once, he will grow it again! Everyone will benefit!

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Biden will be puppet for whose ever in charge IF Win.

Ralph Cardinal
2 months ago

I am afraid Washington DC needs an enema!!

Dennis mahood
2 months ago

If Biden wins he won’t serve 2 days as President the Democrats have made sure of that whoever they put in as VP will become President, why do you thing they want a woman of color to get the black vote.

Barbara K Mezeske
2 months ago

Why can’ there be video debates w/o an audience and w/only commentators and the 2 candidates? Surely a debate would show Biden’s true mental capacity when he is forced to stand up and think for himself without a script?

Linda M DuBois
2 months ago

I agree with this article. Joe Biden is not fit to be president. I an familiar with the degrees I’d dementia seeing it my parents and later my late husband after his stroke. Biden is in deep dementia and anyone that votes for him is blind.

2 months ago

The only thing about Biden that perplexes me is if he can be propped up until the election because he is sliding so obviously & so fast. We know he will not be running the country if he is elected, but his VP might. So who will be his VP? When we know his choice we will know just how much danger we are in & we will know the game. The Dims know this. That is why his choice is slow-tracked and is also vitally important. In any event, if Biden wins, this country will not be governed by… Read more »

Patriot Will
2 months ago

Joe Biden has been an empty-shirt pretender his entire political career. He has consistently lied, cheated, and stolen. I do not feel sorry for Joe. I feel sorry for the good and honest people who become demented. However, Joe Biden has been such a scoundrel that I can not even pretend to feel bad for him. Yes, it’s amazing that so many people hate this country and President Trump so much that they would vote in a person with dementia. I still have hope that when push comes to shove most people will not allow out noble country to become… Read more »

2 months ago

NONE of this is about whether or not they want or believe BIDEN, they dont care. They simply want to take a chance people will feel sorry enough for him to elect him, so the DEMS can then REMOVE HIM from office probably immediately. NEXT of course they put the VP into power, then the speaker of the house (PELOSI) would be VP. OMG wake up. What would be scarier? PELOSI a VP or KAMALA as POTUS? FOR SURE the country would be changed. If this is what

John A. Fallon
2 months ago

I am tired of all this talk about how much people HATE the PRESIDENT, who are the haters? I see them as a small but VOCAL mixture of sheltered hollywierd “stars”, grossly overpaid athletes and supposed ” journalists who all live in , never-never land, never EARNED an honest paycheck, all thier lives they have been treated as if somehow they are “SPECIAL”, IT IS TIME THEY WOKE UP, YOUR MOMMIES LIED TO YOU!!! You ain’t speeeeeeciaaaaalllll

Press ONE for English
2 months ago

Superb article but it misses the main point and a few more as well. First off you can’t oversell the hatred there is out there for Trump. Otherwise (at least semi) rational people fly into a seething rage whenever Trump’s name comes up. these people do not care that Crazy Joe is Compost Mentis, they would vote for a doorknob if the alternative is Trump. Second, you can’t oversell the stupidity of the average voter, especially the leftist. If they hear something on the NBC Nightly News (or worse PBS or NPR) then it has to be so. No thought,… Read more »

2 months ago

It is most obviously Michelle Obama that will be vp. Obama has been in background until now. They didn’t move to Hawaii as originally planned, but moved down the street from white house.
All these dem “planned events”, one right after another, are proof of dems strategies.

2 months ago

Does anyone with any critical thought even trusts these “polls”, or not openly recognize the manipulation by the Left any longer as we watch the plans of the old playbook acted out in current events? While I have my suspicions, we all should certainly be wondering who will be the dark horse candidate released at the last minute to take Biden’s place for curiosity.

2 months ago

Hearing just one of Joe Biden’s gaffes–oh well, we all make mistakes, although some can never be lived down. But string a dozen of his best clips together, and you have–a man running for President of The United States??! Are you kidding me??   No, the democrats are more wily than that. Guaranteed, they’re up to something. Whether it’s an ideal VP who could win in 2024 and cover for Biden, if he takes the election this fall, or the ultimate rabbit trick–conjuring a brand new presidential candidate at the last minute. Someone whose charisma could even get some Trump… Read more »

David Wyncoop
2 months ago

Biden is a joke. I find it almost impossible to believe that Biden could lead President Trump in even a kindergartner’s poll. If people are so stupid and or hateful that they would vote for this loser, we are all in serious trouble! Same goes for AOC, et al, Pelosi, Shumer, Shiff, Nadler, and on and on. Their problems are different but they all fall in the same “basket of deplorables”. It seems to me that so called leaders such as Pelosi should be approved by a national vote. Why should a handful of idiots which she obviously represents be… Read more »

Mark Wright
2 months ago

I enjoyed the assessment of the former VP Biden. My hopes are that more democrats will see what’s going on in that Party and want to keep our US Constitution intact by supporting a proven stable American leader & re-elect President Trump for another four years.

2 months ago

Joe will be taken out at the convention

2 months ago

Has anyone thought about it being an act to avoid standing trial for treason and sex crimes he is going to be facing when Durham and Barr are finished with their investigations ? Just asking as a possibility .

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