Because Joe Biden

Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?

If you look at who did manage to get to within a heartbeat of the presidency it all makes great sense.

20 thoughts on “Because Joe Biden”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    Because when they raise money, it belongs to them whether they continue to run or not.

    It is not Joe Biden you need to look at. At least he has a record of sorts to point to. It is Obama. If this incompetent, arrogant, narcissist can be President, who can’t? Everything he touches turns to sh!t and yet the media continues to claim he is the Second Coming.

    The sad fact is Biden is the talented one.

  2. Re: Barack Hussein Obama II. It’s still mildly astonishing how he became President of the United States in the first place.

    He was virtually a nobody before 2008. A one-term senator with no prior experience of running anything.

    John Kennedy and Richard Nixon were war heroes with long careers in politics before running for President. Ronald Reagan was a well known former actor and governor of California. Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas.

    Even George Walker Bush was governor of Texas.

    Obama wasn’t so much a blank slate as he was the Rorschach candidate. People saw what they wanted to see in him – hope and change and peacemongering post-racial Messiah, or crypto-Muslim communist infiltrator anti-Christ.

    It was eerie how he arrived seemingly out of nowhere and became the supreme leader of the most powerful nation on earth within only a few years. Like something out of Doctor Who.

    The American founding fathers were suspicious of democracy. They were right to think so. If a man with no background can ascend the Presidential throne with almost zero critical scrutiny from the press and the nation at large, to wield godlike powers of death and destruction at his whim, then the system is broke.

    And voting in a Republican next time around isn’t likely to fix it.

  3. Does anyone here watch ‘It’s always sunny in Philadelphia’?

    They made episode where they try to make money by running for some local government position and soliciting a bribe to drop out. There’s probably all sorts of those type of deals going on. “I’ll drop out and support you and then you give me a good job” etc.

  4. Dongguan, after seeing the ballot at our last election, I thought I should run for one of the down-ballot offices, like County Soil Conservation Officer. Since my last name begins with a “B,” I’d probably be first on the ballot. No one would have any idea who any of the candidates are, so I’d likely win.

    The problem is, I’ve been retired six years, so I really don’t want to be Soil Conservation Officer. I don’t need the money, and I don’t see it as an obituary enhancer.

  5. It is a largely second rate crowd going for the GOP nod. A couple of the more obvious front runners (Govs Perry and Christie) both have charges pending for various shenanigans!

    And the establishment choice, Bush, has been doing a splendid job of completely fucking up his response to a question (“Did/Do you support your brothers hijinks in Iraq?”) that a lump of moldy cheese could have seen coming.

    President Hilary Clinton. Calling it now. Guaranteed.

  6. The Meissen Bison

    Gamecock: The problem is, I’ve been retired six years, so I really don’t want to be Soil Conservation Officer. I don’t need the money, and I don’t see it as an obituary enhancer.

    Since you can look forward, when your remaining years are spent, to a long-term involvement with soil, maybe a little self-interest should prompt you to run?

  7. “It is a largely second rate crowd going for the GOP nod. A couple of the more obvious front runners (Govs Perry and Christie) both have charges pending for various shenanigans!”

    Lawfare from the Dems – file bogus ethics charges against any promising RNC candidate, then use the fact that charges have been filed to say “Look, charges have been filed* (*by us, ahem!)”.

  8. Obama was elected because the Rs picked McCain.

    As for JFK being a war hero, he was a motorboat skipper who was so inept that he let her be rammed by a Jap destroyer – the only such loss by the USN. It’s said he did a decent job swimming around helping his men, but how much of that repute was bought with the usual Kennedy money and power, God alone knows. Two swimming brothers, eh? What a shower!

  9. Yeah, Bush is having terrible trouble answering hindsight questions on what would you do twelve years ago while Hilary is having no trouble at all answering questions about why she blamed Benghazi on a YouTube Video when she knew it was a planned terrorist strike or why her illegal mail server was wiped clean of evidence.

  10. To be fair, there’s a real question. A bunch of these people are never going to get the nomination. But then you look at 2012.

    No-one, including Herman Cain, thought he had a chance of becoming President. Nor was he running to force the candidates who did have a chance to address issues that are important to him (which is Bernie Sanders’ rationale). But he made bank (lots of campaign contributions), got his name out there, and got a media profile that meant his books sold better.

  11. Bloke in Germany

    It’s an easy question to answer. Name a famous Republican who you’d (a) trust to run the country and (b) could have a beer with.

    The list extends to precisely zero people. On the other side, the list is only slightly longer.

    So the USA has finally hit the political singularity. The marginally more competent party has no one anyone can name let alone would want to vote for.

  12. The problem is that the Republicans have on a much larger scale the UKIP problem; their hardcore supporters are a coalition of groups who want something different to the hegemonic ideology, but do not agree about what that other thing is. The “Left” are a coherent coalition. The “Right”, defined simply as the Non-Left, are not.

  13. Philip Scott Thomas

    It’s really no mystery why Obama was elected despite his inexperience. My little brother voted for him. Twice. And that WGCE is a perfect example of the typical pro-Obama voter: he supported Obama because it made him feel better about himself. If he voted for Obama he couldn’t possibly be racist, or a product of the fly-over states (which in fact he is).

    When I went back to the States last year for my Mum’s funeral he told me he felt like a fraud, as if his whole life was a lie. I had to bite my tongue not to say, “Well, you little wank-stain, that’s probably because you are a fraud. You pretend to be this left-coast liberal, all open-minded and liberal and free of prejudice. But in fact you’re still the same close-minded, authoritarian, judgemental moralist as your mother. You voted for Obama for the same reason you adopted your fraudulatent pose: because it makes you feel better about yourself.”

  14. @Dan – “President Hilary Clinton. Calling it now. Guaranteed” – hmmm, I wouldn’t bet against you, but there’s a bit of me wonders that Sarah Palin would beat her.

    She’s much brighter than Palin, but Palin does seem to be a real human being. And I’d much rather you know with you know than you know 😉

  15. @BiG – “It’s an easy question to answer. Name a famous Republican who you’d (a) trust to run the country and (b) could have a beer with.”

    Sarah Palin.

    (a) ok, perhaps not so much
    (b) deffo
    (c) deffo 😉

  16. So who are all these Democrats you would trust to run the US?

    Hillary Clinton?

    Elizabeth Warren?

    Michelle Obama?

    BTW. It’s the wimmin’s turn this time cos the blacks got it last time unless it’s Michelle who’s a black woman.

  17. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I would have little problem with one of Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal. Yeah, they’re all ra-ra for Jeebus, but that doesn’t narrow it down much. Alan Dershowitz said Cruz was one of the smartest people he’d ever met, and Walker has a habit of winning elections against Democrats. Hillary is not a bright woman. None of her accomplishments is positive. If there were not this massive, inbuilt Leftist bias in the US press then there’s a fair chance she’d be in prison.

  18. So Much for Subtlety

    Kevin B – “BTW. It’s the wimmin’s turn this time cos the blacks got it last time unless it’s Michelle who’s a black woman.”

    Sarah 2016!! At least she would annoy the right people.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “I would have little problem with one of Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal.”

    Cruz and Rubio look good but they are weak on immigration. If the US is to survive in the long term, and the Republicans survive in the short term, the US has got to stop adding another dysfunctional underclass to the one it already has.

    “Yeah, they’re all ra-ra for Jeebus, but that doesn’t narrow it down much.”

    That is a good thing.

    “Hillary is not a bright woman. None of her accomplishments is positive. If there were not this massive, inbuilt Leftist bias in the US press then there’s a fair chance she’d be in prison.”

    She clearly broke the law on the e-mail servers, but she won’t go to jail. The donations to her Foundation look a lot like corruption, and there is a governor of Illinois who is in jail for precisely this. But you’re right. She will probably get elected.

  19. Asked an acquaintance of mine about Hillary the other day. He’s met her twice. He’s not particularly left- or right-wing and has a lot of first-hand and behind-the-scenes experience of politicians and so is appropriately cynical about them, and always has some interesting observations (e.g., John Major is one of the toughest negotiators he’s ever met and is a lot taller than you expect). He has nothing but contempt for Obama.

    I was very surprised when he said not only that Hillary’s fantastic but that, if he were younger, he’d be over in the US helping with her campaign.

    To say that this man has no time for corruption would be a gross understatement. Ditto bullshit. I can only conclude that Clinton is a hell of a lot more impressive in person than she appears on TV. If she goes round the country meeting as many people as possible, she’ll get elected. Shame.

  20. “John Major is one of the toughest negotiators he’s ever met and is a lot taller than you expect”

    My uni g/f was waiting tables at an event Major was at and she said the exact same thing (about his height; don’t know if he tried negotiating on second helpings or not)

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