Do you Feel…?

You may want to rethink that yes, if the answer. We have come to perilous times, where conspiracies make more sense than commonsense. Take, for example, Joseph Biden’s debate debacle with Donald Trump. An astute observer should have seen Biden’s cognitive decline years ago. I am no expert, and it was obvious to me—and plenty of other folks. Now, post-debate, Biden’s brain, and the continuation of his campaign, are the dominant topics seemingly everywhere. But something smells fishy here—and it ain’t good.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan organization, is responsible for organizing the face-off between candidates, which typically starts some time following each respective political party’s convention. CPD had scheduled four debates, with the first slated for Sept. 16, 2024, at Texas State University in San Marcos. In a statement, the organization explains that it received a “letter dated May 15, 2024 from Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Chair for the Biden-Harris Campaign, in which the Biden-Harris Campaign informed the Commission that President Biden will not agree to debate under the sponsorship of the Commission during the 2024 general election campaign”. The B-H campaign decided to organize its own debates, and Trump agreed to participate.

Initially, I speculated that the Biden team sought to trump Trump with choice of news organization moderating (CNN), rules (like muted mics), and venue (no public audience) that favored the older politician and any cognitive, ah, issues that could cause concerns. But a few days after the mid-May announcement, I told my wife—and a few friends—that Biden, not Trump, was being set up. Timing of the debate was the tipoff: About a month before Democrats’ virtual delegate roll call (to satisfy deadlines to be on all states’ voting ballots) ahead of the actual convention (August 19-22).

Coincidentally, or not, June debate gives the Democratic Party time to replace Biden. Otherwise, why break protocol and schedule an early face-off between the presumptive candidates? The “hide him in the basement” strategy worked well four years ago, and it would be better for obscuring Biden’s obvious befuddlement and tendency to be easily confused. Putting him before the cameras, for 90 minutes-plus, is like putting a deer in your car’s headlights. Given Biden’s gaping open mouth, and blank stare, the analogy is frighteningly appropriate.

This was all planned. Somebody within the Democratic party wants Biden off the top of the ticket. By the DNC rules, that’s no easy feat. Unless I misunderstand, either he releases his delegates (and withdraws his candidacy) or the majority of them revolt (refusing to cast their votes for him).

Either scenario should concern every Democrat that cast a Primary vote for Biden. A replacement candidate would be chosen during an open convention. Meaning: toppling of the democratic process of national voting to choose the party’s candidate. And the Left calls the Right a threat to democracy. What’s democratic about that?

Nothing is what it seems. The panic about Biden’s competence as candidate—or as President of the United States—is a feint. How could any party politician or White House reporter not see that Biden has had cognitive dysfunction for a long time? While holding my journalist peers in low regard, even I don’t believe they were totally clueless before Biden bumbled through the debate, stumbling from one incoherent sentence to another. Somebody knew. Many somebodies.

A real conspiracy theorist, or Twilight Zone script writer, might suggest that the sudden turnabout against Biden is less about genuine shock and more sign of planned coordination—all of it leading to some other Democrat running against Trump. Do you feel good? About that? You tell me.

The Featured Image comes from Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra on June 6, 2024. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 2:32 p.m. PDT.