Who’s Running the Country?

By Daniel Greenfield, Gatestone Institute, July 8, 2024

Pictured: President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 5, 2024. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Candidates past their prime go up to bat because they have the biggest networks of fellow politicians, donors and party activists. It’s as if Major League Baseball favored players on the basis of seniority and how well they networked, not based on how well they can pitch or hit.
  • Voters self-importantly think of elections as the big political competition, but that’s like judging companies based on the keynote addresses of their CEOs. Elections are the least important part of politics. All the really important parts of politics happen behind closed doors. What politicians do isn’t run for office, they network, they cut deals and they plan their careers.

  • That network, which we occasionally call by wholly inadequate names like the “establishment” or “D.C. insiders” is the reason Biden is up again in 2024. And why he can’t be gotten rid of.
  • But where did Obama come from? He came out of that network of radical activists, donors and government personnel now running the country. Obama is not a brilliant genius or one-man dynamo, he was a lazy and unoriginal activist lawyer, one of tens of thousands of Ivy Leaguers who join the political side of the network….
  • It’s not really Biden’s ‘turn’ though. It’s the turn of the strategists, lobbyists, staffers, donors, allies and more nebulous figures known as ‘friends’ whom he accrued over the years. They’re invested in his success, and they’re profiting from it. And they won’t easily give it up.
  • It’s not just about Jill and Hunter Biden. Joe Biden has tens of thousands of political mouths to feed. Money has been collected, favors promised, people have bought homes in D.C. bedroom communities, lobbyists have secured fat contracts and donors have opened up their wallets.
  • Replacing Biden with another candidate would upend much of D.C., put tens of billions of dollars in flux and create massive instability in this corrupt local economy. Much of D.C. would rather ride it out (especially since the campaign people will make just as much money if Biden loses) and preserve the integrity of the networks and the illicit pinkie swears that allow special interests to buy influence without having to worry if their man will suddenly be swapped out.
  • That is what “it’s his turn” really means.
  • Not just Biden, but many, if not most, elected officials are figureheads who exist to broker favorable arrangements between their personal networks of donors and staffers, and those of other elected officials, and the ones in the bureaucracy that actually make policy. The revolving door between staffers, personnel, appointees and lobbyists who move between administrations, offices, boards, corporations, think tanks and firms is the actual force that runs the country more than most elections.

The 2016 presidential election was going to come down to two candidates, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, whose ‘turns’ had come. And then Donald J Trump rode down an escalator, took their ‘turn’ and the establishment has never been the same since. Because it was their ‘turn’.

In 2020, it was the ‘turn’ of Joe Biden, a man whose only political credential was that he had stuck around long enough to stick to things, like the Senate and the Vice Presidency.

Now in 2024, it’s Joe Biden’s ‘turn’ again. No one in his party was under the impression that he was the best candidate, the best campaigner or the best president, but damn it, it was his ‘turn’.

And now the Democrats are panicking because the candidate taking his ‘turn’ is imploding.

Biden’s debate meltdown has frightened Democrats, but they still have no answer for how to stop the car accident that everyone else could see coming from miles away. And no good strategy beyond getting the party leaders to confront their candidate and ask him to step down. But how do you take away Biden’s ‘turn’ when turns are the most sacred thing in politics.

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  1. Mikey-Wikey

    Are you going on with that NT crap again. Do you never get tired of your obsession. on’t you know that obsessions drive people crazy.

    But it seems that we all will be driven crazy long before you get hit on the head resulting in a sudden return to your senses……if you ever had them. It’s sickening for Jewish Jews to have to be subjected to this fantasmagoric drek.

    That phony crap should be definitely in a new category called

  2. It’s not an exclusively Democrat problem. The GOP put up Bob Dole against Bill Clinton and John McCain against Barack Obama because it was their ‘turns’. They let Mitt Romney go up against Obama a second time because it was his ‘turn’. And after Republicans lost two straight presidential elections because they ran establishment candidates taking their ‘turn’, voters were so sick of it that they did what they would have never done before and picked Trump.

    Because it wasn’t his ‘turn’.

    Clever, Dan!

    Maybe I’ll get to see them all crash and burn on each other.

  3. And now the Democrats are panicking because the candidate taking his ‘turn’ is imploding.

    This is another way of saying, that the Dems don’t have any real leaders: They kowtow to one another, use the public treasure to buy supporters, and attack any potential adversary — the typical way of autocracies throughout history. Meanwhile, the undoing of the order is continually whirling beneath the surface.

    The Bible represents this in a simple image:

    1. The ENEMY himself has a nature, peculiar to himself: He continually thirsts for conquest, but is unable to create people and places to conquer. As a result, though he has the power of the fiercest of creatures under his dominion, they exercise their own insationable lusts attacking one another. The Devil is thus portrayed as a seven-headed beast; and the city of his strength, to whom he gives his power, is an exact replica of himself.

    2. We have had access to this war plan for thousands of years, and the outcome is a foregone conclusion.. I just need to insert a few labels, to complete the picture:

    A. The first beast is the devil. He has no power in the earthly realm, because this is the dominion given to mankind. He therefore exerts influence through, men, by plying their minds with thoughts.

    B. The second beast, the one upon which all the rest depend, is the current “top predator”, if you will — the one whom Greenfield and others here on Israpundit are concerned about — the rulers of the United States, whoever they may be at the moment.

    C. The “seven heads” are the other great civilizations of history: some present, some past: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, JOE BIDEN 😮 !!! Add to these the hopefuls, waiting in the wings: China, Russia, BRICS, you name it. These are lackeys of the “Bidendragon”, or whatever you want to call him. They will NOT succeed in overthrowing him; because his place in history is irrevokably ordained by God.

    As Jesus said,

    Matt 24
    [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    [6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    [9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    [10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    [11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    [12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    [13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    [14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    Does Hunter Biden control the US? or Obama? or Klaus Schwab or others? Whoever the current #46 is, he will NOT “endure unto the end”. That is all we need to be concerned about, and to live accordingly.