A few days ago, I was drawn into yet another Facebook political debate. I can’t help it. I’m a political junkie and off my meds.
The debate was about the 2020 presidential campaign, and I made the comment that I identify as a “right-leaning moderate”
Within a few seconds after writing that post, some guy (a “friend of a friend” ) attacked me and said I was not a moderate . . .blah, blah, blah. . . .because I am not a big fan of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential bid.
At first I thought that I should just move on. I don’t know the guy and we had never met or interacted before. But I could not help myself. I decided to defend my position and my lack of enthusiasm for Joe Biden.
In summary, I posted that I was indeed a moderate Republican — to the left of people such as Sean Hannity, former Maine governor Paul LePage and President Trump (even though I did vote for Trump in 2016). Before my ardent friends on the left hyperventilate, I will not be supporting Trump’s re-election campaign.
I voted twice for George W. Bush. I also voted for the John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket in 2008. I posted that I identify with other moderate Republicans such as Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense (and former Maine Senator) William Cohen.
I voted for Barack Obama in 2012, yet I still considered myself to be a so-called “moderate,” steering left of hyper conservatives such as Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham and Rush Limbaugh, but to the right of outspoken liberals, such as Rachel Maddow, Jimmy Kimmel and Chuck Schumer.
This year, I will hold my nose and cast my vote for Biden. But I am worried about his mental health and his ability to execute the duties of the president.
Jolting Joe has left and gone away
Joe Biden is all but assured to be the Democrats’ choice to prevent another four years of Donald Trump.
But is Biden really the best candidate for Democrats? After almost four years of the Trump Administration, the Democrats throw Biden into the ring to take down Trump? Really? That’s the best they got?
I have my own theory about why Biden came out on top: he is not an extremist. He is experienced and he is likable. But most of all, he is a moderate and may also be able to pull some fence-sitting, moderate Republicans like me: RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).
And here’s a conspiracy theory I have heard about: The Democratic Party is banking on the probability that Biden (if elected) won’t be able to finish his first term; thus his vice presidential pick is critical — not to mention the need to fire up the Dems and increase voter turnout from younger voters who may otherwise stay at home on Election Day.
Several weeks ago there was an op-ed published in the Washington Post that details several examples of behavior and missteps that lead to a troubling possibility: Biden may have some serious cognitive issues.
In fairness, the op-ed penned by Marc A. Thiessen also reminds us that President Reagan had his own cognitive issues.
Furthermore, Biden’s age could be another chink in his political armor. Thiessen points out the following:
“Joe Biden is 77, four years older than Reagan was during the 1984 campaign. If Biden is elected, he’ll be older on the day he takes office than Reagan was on the day he left office. So yes, his mental fitness is a legitimate issue.”
As I pointed out in my aforementioned Facebook post. I am a political junkie and a second-rate pundit with an internet connection and a keyboard. But, over the course of my professional roles (journalist, public policy and political consultant,) I know it is critically important to remember that voters are more likely drawn to voting FOR a candidate as opposed to voting AGAINST a candidate.
Then again, tapping Sarah Palin as a running mate didn’t accomplish much for John McCain. Why? Because voters were electrified by Barack Obama and his charisma. Obama could have picked Vito Corleone as his running mate and still would have won the race by a landslide.
In summary? Biden’s choice of a running mate is of paramount importance.
Joe Biden is no Barack Obama. He needs to widen his base, including young voters, progressives, the LGBTQ community and yes — even moderate Republicans like me.