2024

Joe Biden In South Carolina: An Anointing? Or An Exit Strategy

Democratic incumbent poised for a landslide … but will his own party sweep him out of office?

South Carolina Democrats get their say this Saturday in the presidential nominee selection process. U.S. president Joe Biden‘s expected easy win is the biggest political non-surprise since Ronald Reagan romped to reelection with 49 states way back in 1984.

And why shouldn’t it be? It was planned that way.

Biden and his obedient minions on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made sure well in advance they’ll get the very outcome they want here – the saving of Biden’s bacon (again). Accordingly, they gleefully discarded the 100-plus-year tradition of New Hampshire’s primary as the first in the nation. Then they shuffled the cards and re-stacked the primary calendar to make sure things turn out in their favor.

Recall 2020: After disastrous showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina brought Biden’s moribund campaign back to life. And that ‘First in the South’ victory catapulted him to a huge Super Tuesday victory – and the Democratic nomination.

Between South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison at the helm of the DNC and House Democratic honcho Jim Clyburn’s time-tested ability to turn out the black vote — the bedrock of Democrat support in the Palmetto State — Biden’s victory is a foregone conclusion.

Like Donald Trump‘s victory later this month is also a foregone conclusion …

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All that remains are a few pesky final details. How big a score will Team Biden put on the board? Will Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips match the solid 20 percent of the vote he scored in New Hampshire almost two weeks ago? And will anybody show up to vote for self-help guru and party gadfly Marianne Williamson?

Intriguing as those questions are, a bigger — and far more important — question lurks behind the scenes.

Is the whole primary campaign actually nothing but blue smoke and mirrors to mask Biden’s pre-planned presidential retirement?

Whispers are mounting that the party’s top movers and shakers have been plotting for months to dump Biden at this summer’s DNC convention in Chicago.

It’s easy to understand why they feel that way. Biden’s myriad problems can be quickly summed up in just a few quick words: 81. Losing it. Inflation. Border mayhem. Wars (Ukraine-Russia, Israel-Hamas). We could go on, but you get the idea. Oh, throw-in approval ratings so low they make Walter Mondale look like a political rockstar.

Add it all up, and it spells serious trouble ahead come November. Any politician worth his or her salt knows that when the top of the ticket is dangerously weak, it can hurt other candidates down the ballot.

So, the repeated whispering goes, old Joe will be forced to walk the plank this summer in order to save the SS Democratic Party from going down with him. Given the general lack of enthusiasm among everyday Dems for Biden-Harris 2024, an entirely fresh ticket could spark excitement and rekindle the desire to win.

But just who would head that new ticket?

Speculation has centered for months that it just might be the wife of Biden’s old boss: Michelle Obama.

The prospect has grown beyond gossip and is slowly seeping into the MSM. For instance, The New York Post carried this story on January 22, 2024: “Michelle Obama May Already be Working On A 2024 White House Bid.” Conservative pundits such as Bill O’Reilly say it’s coming.

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Such a selection could prove to be a double-edged sword for Democrats. While a Michelle Obama nomination would certainly galvanize the party base, that vote is already in the bank. It would be like a salesman making a pitch to a customer who’s already bought the product.

But what about the rest of the citizenry? Republicans reflexively loathe the name ‘Obama,’ regardless of whether the first name is Barack or Michelle. So, there are no votes to be gained there.

That leaves independents. True, certain old-school concerns are no longer relevant. After having had a black president and the first woman major party presidential nominee, the concept of a black woman candidate wouldn’t appear to be as radical as it would have a decade ago.

But there are pitfalls in the claim that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 nomination cleared the way for Michelle Obama in 2024. True, both gained unique insights into the day-in, day-out workings of the presidency that only come from being married to the head of the free world. After that, the comparison quickly falls apart. Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton served in the U.S. Senate and as secretary of state prior to running. Michelle Obama? [Insert sound of crickets chirping.]

The Obamas remain darlings in Democratic eyes, a reminder of the party’s glory days of 2008. But does that attraction extend to the general public?

Democrats understandably want to win in November. The current team is problematic at best and potentially politically toxic at worst. Torpedoing Biden-Harris might not be a bad move. But sending in Michelle Obama as a replacement isn’t necessarily a panacea.

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J. Mark Powell is an award-winning former TV journalist, government communications veteran, and a political consultant. He is also an author and an avid Civil War enthusiast. Got a tip or a story idea for Mark? Email him at mark@fitsnews.com.

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8 comments

Nanker Phelge February 2, 2024 at 4:19 pm

Dude, what kind of drugs are you on? And can I have some?

The election is going to be between: old and sane, and old and insane. Btw, it’s the GQP that wants to anoint Dementia Don the presumptive candidate after only 2 states…

“We are an institute in a powerful death penalty.”
-Donald J Trump, Stable genius

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Rent Free February 5, 2024 at 9:24 am

I’m extremely supportive of Will turning this political blog into a creative writing experimentation and exercise blog.

Can you imagine what kind of conspiracies he can invent over the next four years of Kamala finally getting Joe wheeled out to an old folks home so she can be president? These guys live in perpetual fear of another person of color in charge – they still haven’t gotten their panties untangled from 8 years of Obama!

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Losers gonna lose February 2, 2024 at 4:42 pm

Republican water carriers sound like deranged conspiracy nuts these days.

It’s hilarious when one of these dolts tries to project their very real, cult like behavior towards Trump onto Democrats. The entire Republican Party exists and works to try and cover up Trump’s Miriam of crimes. To the point that all they do in Congress is drum up BS investigations of Biden…and they can’t even do that in a convincing manner.

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RC February 2, 2024 at 4:57 pm

lol what a ridiculous article. Has there been any similar mention of the RNC tipping the scales for Trump?

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Bob February 2, 2024 at 8:04 pm

Does this blogger really believe what he typed or is he just cynically throwing non-sense out there?

Not sure which is worse.

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Jennifer Cox Top fan February 3, 2024 at 7:16 am

Joe Biden belongs in a skilled nursing facility, not the White House.

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Losers gonna lose February 3, 2024 at 9:04 pm

….and yet Biden will win in a huge landslide anyways.

That’s how awful and off putting the Republicans are to voters across the nation.

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Mister Ed's Vet February 5, 2024 at 9:31 am

Skilled nursing facilities? No, that’s where all those unvaccinated Trump voters went four years ago after several weeks on the vent when the horse meds didn’t work.

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