Everybody’s running for president; every Democrat, that is. Former Veep Joe Biden disregarded my unsolicited advice and threw his shades in the ring. Why not? He’s the polling frontrunner, which is a meaningless distinction at this point, Just ask Ed Muskie, Howard Dean, and Rudy Giuliani. That’s right, the artist formerly known as Mayor Combover was the early GOP frontrunner in 2008. In 2019, the artist formerly known as America’s Mayor is reduced to being Trump’s mouthpiece. Where’s that rebuttal report, Rudy? Or was it just another lie?
I’m still undecided in the race. I like four candidates and consider them plausible presidents: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar. Note that none of them is a white dude and three aren’t dudes at all. They haven’t received the level of media attention that four white dudes have: Bernie, Biden, Beto, and Buttigieg. I’m uncertain whether to call them the Great White Hopes or the Killer Bees so I gave the two labels equal billing in the post title.
Here’s the deal: I understand the attention paid to Bernie and Biden. The former was the 2016 runner-up and the latter has run twice before and was Barack Obama’s veep for 8 years. They have the name recognition to go along with the white hair of which Bernie has much more than Joey the Shark. They have another thing in common: they’re both septuagenarians, which is not disqualifying but gives me pause.
Mayor Pete seems to have supplanted Beto as the MSM’s darling. They both have slender resumes for putative presidents but it’s the Why Not Me election so they’re running. My preference is to have a nominee who has run and won statewide, which rules out the young gun set of the Killer Bees.
I will support anyone against Trump but the mayor of a college town with a population of 109K? Really? Julian Castro also has not run and won a statewide race but at least he was a big city mayor and cabinet secretary. What’s the difference between him and Mayor Pete? Ethnicity. The campaign press corps has a hard time identifying with a Latino; even one with such an amazing Horatio Alger-type back story. Julian is just as cute as Pete and would also make history. Beto would simply be the latest white dude to be nominated albeit a white dude who used to be in a band. I was too. Perhaps I should run.
There’s another difference between Castro and the other young guns: he’s running a substantive campaign. He’s thought a lot about immigration and how the system can be changed and reformed. It’s badly needed after the chainsaw tactics of Trump and Miller. Castro is a longshot but he’s making a contribution to the dialogue in a way that neither Beto nor Buttigieg is. Frankly, I hope that Castro and/or Beto will drop out and run against John Cornyn back home in Texas. Winning the senate is every bit as important as retaking the White House. Democrats have been fixated on the latter way too long. We need to multi-task.
It’s still early and anything can happen in the Democratic field. There are two qualities that are being underestimated by observers thus far. First, the 2020 nominee has to be tough: Team Trump’s only path to victory is total annihilation of their opponent. Second, many voters want a restoration of what Gamaliel called “normalcy” and Adrastos calls normality. They are quite simply exhausted by the endless Trump scandals. I’m convinced that many 2016 Trump voters will pull the lever for peace and quiet in 2020.
The post title is, of course, wry and sardonic. None of the Killer Bees thinks of themselves as a Great White Hope although both Bernie and Biden need to do a better job explaining themselves to people of color, especially black women who are tired of being taken for granted. They should be: they’re the backbone of the Democratic base. That’s why the clips of yesterday’s She The People forum were so much fun to watch. Warren killed it. Bernie struggled. So it goes.
One reason I chose the featured Killer Bee image was the sign in the background: Swine Flu Inoculation Center. The executive branch is loaded with swines. We need to stop the disease called Trumpism in its tracks. Additionally, the Insult Comedian has pandered to the anti-vaxxers who have brought back measles. Thanks, Trumpy. We need inoculation from these swines. If it takes the Great White Hopes or the Killer Bees, so be it. Just win, baby.
The last word goes to the original Killer Bees led by the great Elliot Gould:
I’m caught in another last word lie. Does that qualify me for a Trump regime cabinet job?
Let’s shut things down with the musical stylings of the Blues Brothers; some of whom were also Killer Bees:
2 thoughts on “Great White Hopes Or Killer Bees?”
Sometimes I think I gaslight myself, misremembering things that never happened, or vice-versa.
‘Uncle Joe’ says he likes Republicans and can work across the aisle? He can work with the Snapping Turtle and Senatorette Graham? He can compromise with the Future Chief Justice and Virgin Mayor of Keg City Bart O’Kavanaugh and former future farmer of Amerikkka King?
For 8 years, Saint Biden of the magical bipartisanism was President of the Senate, while Senator McTurtle was Republican Caucus Leader. At the same time that Merrick Garland was waiting for his seat, Saint Biden was at the front of the the room, working his f-ing ‘I still like Republicans’ magic. At the same time Obama was trying to shore up the structural collapse of the Bush II years, Biden was in daily proximity of the leadership of the Republican Party in the Senate.
Now, of course, I will absolutely work for, speak for, write for and donate money to Biden if he wins the nomination, but by Christ’s own tears I swear we have to remember what he has gotten us so far. Biden may have baggage, but if while carrying that baggage, he also delivered the goods – I could accept that. LBJ was by all accounts, a full-on bastard – but brought his full game to Civil Rights but got nut-cut over the War on Poverty. FDR was an elitist mo-fo, but had the goods for the New Deal but needed 4 more years to win the American peace. When I look at Biden, I see Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh – I see 8 years of Republican obstruction and 8 more years of obstruction of another sort, the only baggage Biden seems to carry is some weak ass, clumsy ‘aw shucks’ bullshit.
Yours in Solidarity,
As a San Antonian, I know for sure that Julian is the real deal. Finding it aggravating that he doesn’t get the buzz he should.
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