The Establishment Rallies to Biden: Backfire Helps Trump - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
The Establishment Rallies to Biden: Backfire Helps Trump
Amy Klobuchar endorsing Joe Biden in Dallas (YouTube screenshot)

They are utterly clueless that what they are doing helps Donald Trump.

As the impassioned support for the socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders rises inside their party, threatening to swamp and sink the Democratic Party, Establishment Democrats and Never Trump Republicans have rallied to the gaffe-prone, frequently confused former vice president. Because, of course, he’s one of them.

Biden, heretofore lagging badly to Bernie Sanders and his army of young socialists, finally managed to win his first primary ever — South Carolina. And in a blink — mysteriously, we don’t know how, can’t possibly imagine why — fellow candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed Biden. There was also an endorsement from ex-candidate Beto O’Rourke.

So too has Never Trumper Bill Kristol jumped on the Biden bus, along with former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel. And most amusingly, there was this as headlined by the Hill:

Comey endorses Biden; campaign says no thanks

This gem reports as follows, with bold print for emphasis supplied:

Former FBI Director James Comey on Super Tuesday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, but Biden’s campaign cheekily asked to “return” the endorsement.

Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order,” Andrew Bates, director of rapid response for Biden’s campaign wrote on Twitter in response to Comey’s endorsement. “How can I return it, free of charge?”

Ya can’t make it up.

What all of this illustrates vividly is exactly what President Trump and his supporters have long since come to believe as gospel. The 2020 election, like the 2016 election, is about the Bipartisan Establishment versus the Deplorables — average, hardworking Americans. And as Hillary Clinton made plain, the Establishment views the Deplorables with utter disgust and disdain.

Rush Limbaugh, as usual, understood exactly what was happening with all this and said the following during his Tuesday show (emphasis added):

Throw away Plugs (Biden). This is a great swan song for Plugs, he’s been a loyal vice president, he’s done whatever the party said. Now it’s his job to go out there and lose as the party moderate. His job is to go out there and be Walter F. Mondale, and while he loses, he is to maintain the Democrat Party establishment in power.

Remember, Trump sweeping to victory also swept out the Republican Party establishment, and they became, in part, the Never Trumpers. They are a bunch of people without a party now. The Republican Party doesn’t want them. They don’t want the Republican Party. Hell, they’re now endorsing Plugs. These Never Trumpers, these conservatives, people that were charging you thousands of bucks to go on their conservative cruises, they’re now endorsing Democrats, for crying out [loud].

The Democrats do not want that to happen to them. And if it means Joe Biden losing the presidency but they remain intact as the face, as the power structure of the Democrat Party, then that’s what will happen. And they fear, if Bernie Sanders gets the nomination, he’s gonna go down in a stinging defeat, and they don’t want to have to defend Bernie.

They don’t want to have to be on the Bernie side because they don’t think Bernie and his madcap left-wing radicalism is helpful to them in their positions at the think tanks, at the networks, at the newspapers, you name it….

It’s not about winning the presidency right now, believe it or not. It’s about, A, keeping Bernie from running; and, B, it’s about the Democrat establishment.

Think media, think guests, think think tank members, think Washington establishment. It’s about them maintaining control over the Democrat Party, maintaining their gigs, maintaining their jobs, maintaining their perks and privileges. And they won’t if Bernie goes, ’cause if Bernie wins or if Bernie goes down, Bernie’s gonna be the titular leader of the party anyway. The party’s gonna fracture like crazy, they think. (sigh) …

They are Never Trumpers. They have been reduced to endorsing Democrats. They lost their cruise business. They lost their magazines. They lost everything! They lost their faux conservative audiences. They’ve lost everything, and now they’re trying to go back to the Democrats from where they originally came and say, “Hey, we’re home again. Welcome us back. We’re gonna endorse Biden.”

They’re saying, “We don’t want any part of you guys.… You left us once; you’ll leave us again. You guys are a bunch of flakes.” The Washington Democrat establishment does not want to run the risk. They’re making the same mistake that the establishment Republicans made. They’re thinking that the old-line ways are the only way to hold onto their party. They are trying.… They are living in utter denial about what this party is becoming.

You’ve got the Washington establishment that doesn’t want to go there. They want to hold on to their little fiefdoms. They want to remain the head of Meet the Press and Face the Nation and whatever the establishment identities are. They want their wives and their spouses to remain employed at these incestuous places, law firms and lobbying offices and so forth and various corporations in Washington. They’ve got a nice little thing going here.


This past week was the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), featuring thousands of conservatives from across America — and yes, others from places like Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, and Venezuela. It was sold out. Without doubt the president was the star of the event — but also without doubt he was drawing a line in the sand between himself and his millions of supporters versus the elites of the Washington Establishment.

The sudden rush by Establishment Democrats and Never Trump Establishment Republicans to rally and endorse Joe Biden is one more serious mistake these people simply cannot keep themselves from making.

It says everything about them, as Rush Limbaugh detailed, and everything about the real battle that is underlying the 2020 election.

All of it that is playing perfectly into Trump’s hands.

Ya can’t make it up.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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