Streetwise Professor

February 9, 2024

Senility, Sundowning, and Seances: The Biden Presidency in a Nutshell

Filed under: Politics — cpirrong @ 11:48 am

“Independent” Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s squirreling away–and sharing–classified documents (including documents with very high classification levels) merely puts the exclamation point on what your lyin’ eyes have been telling you the last few years: Joe Biden, never sharper than a bowling ball (as friend of the blog Global Guru put it), is now a senile husk of a man who struggles to remember important parts of his own life.

Actually, Hur leaves Biden an out: he’s faking it. As Hur put it, he decided not to indict Biden for the crimes he committed in flagrante delicto because if put on trial, Biden would “present himself to the jury” as a well-meaning, befuddled old man. The “present himself” suggests that Hur is insinuating that Biden’s forgetting is feigned, a la mobster Vincent “The Chin” Gigante.

As if that would make it better.

But Biden’s forgettiness and mental fog have been on conspicuous display even when he has a strong incentive not to pretend to be befuddled.

For example, his multiple recent claims to have spoken with world leaders who happened to be dead at the time of the alleged conversations.

Apparently Biden doesn’t attend summits. He attends seances.

In a kamikaze-like attempt at damage control, they wheeled out Biden for a late (for him) press conference at 8PM ET last night.

Never a good idea to put a man prone to sundowning on display in a stressful situation after sundown. Like most kamikazes, Biden went down in flames without impacting the target.

In fact, the performance put paid to any doubts regarding Biden’s senility. His rage-y responses to press questions are symptomatic of senescence, not a refutation thereof: it is well known (and experienced by many with aged parents) that the senile respond with intense anger at any suggestion of their cognitive decline.

This is where we are now as a country. The crucial question is where we will go from here. Can Biden possibly remain the candidate in the 2024 election? Hell, can he even remain president until the 2024 election? If not, then who will it be?

Initial indications are that the Democrats are sticking with their (husk of a) man.

Perhaps they think they are shackled to a corpse, and have no other choice. But are they really shackled to Biden? Do they believe they are because the alternative is Kamala, who is as clueless as Biden but doesn’t have the excuse of senility? Or is it because the string pullers figure that it is far easier to pull the strings of a sundowner with a closet of skeletons than someone who is compos mentis and at least remotely ethical (by DC standards)?

Regardless, this election is shaping up to be an utter clusterfuck. How has the greatest country in the world come to this?

My simple answer is the one I gave back in 2016 when I thought things were bad but I had no idea what a real clusterfuck is: our “elites.”

Establishment delenda est. Perhaps the only good thing that can come from our politics in the coming months is that this will come to pass. Hope was the last thing to emerge from Pandora’s Box. And that’s pretty much all we have right now.

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  1. As you say, prof, the first thing to go is the patient’s insight to his own condition.
    If they section 25 him tomorrow there’s still time to run some primaries and get another candidate. But the committee seems quite unwieldy and Joe will no doubt protest he’s still compos mentis.
    So it’s likely to take an embarrassing amount of time to dump him, leading to Shamela Harris not only being interim president but also candidate.

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    Comment by philip — February 10, 2024 @ 6:24 am

  2. The papers here are carrying articles speculating that Charles III’s illness may mean we’ll need a Prince Regent. Who decides? The papers tell me it’s a group of five: Queen Camilla, the Lord Chancellor (senior legal chap in the House of Lords), The Speaker of the House of Commons, The Lady Chief Justice (head judge in England and Wales), and the Master of the Rolls (another senior legal wallah).

    It seems awfully London-centric but I suppose that’ll make meetings easier.

    Comment by dearieme — February 10, 2024 @ 7:33 am

  3. Of course, the Dems have alternatives. Getting rid of Totally Legit Joe would not be pretty, but it is certainly doable. A delegation of high-ranking Dems pay Joe a visit in his office and suggest to him very strongly that son Hunter will be going to prison for a long time if Joe doesn’t decide to step down. For health reasons. Or to spend more time with his family. Or to sail single-handedly across the Atlantic. They might also suggest that Joe himself might be facing some prison time if he doesn’t cooperate. I find it hard to imagine that some Dems who have some contact reality haven’t thought of this. However, it appears that no one has the testicular fortitude to do it. The clock is ticking.

    Comment by MBlanc46 — February 10, 2024 @ 2:17 pm

  4. Part of the Dems’ problem in defenestrating Joe is that there are probably several factions – some of whom think they can control Joe, some of whom think they can control Kamela, and some who have a different puppet in mind. Their maneuvering will probably slow the process past the failsafe point, where it is too late to select another candidate. Perhaps they will find a replacement for Brown, so they can ‘convince’ Joe to step down post-election – but that runs into the same internecine conflict: who gets to pick the next figurehead? If Kamala is “remotely ethical” (even by swamp standards) it’s only because she has never had the power or influence to make her worth corrupting.

    Comment by dcardno — February 10, 2024 @ 4:34 pm

  5. The fault of the elites, or the fault of the people who vote for them and who refuse to hold them to account?

    Like most things, making democracy function is hard work. Maybe its responsibilities are beyond us? The Founders deliberately restricted the franchise – I guess there is discussion of it in the Federalist Papers.

    ‘You get what you vote for’, ‘Stupid is supposed to hurt’, ‘Whom the gods would destroy, …’ and so on.

    Anyway – momentum is building. Maybe this time the powers behind the Democrats will try to think EVEN A LITTLE beyond just winning the next election with whatever convenient meat puppet is at hand.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — February 10, 2024 @ 8:12 pm

  6. My only issue with Robert Hur’s report is why didn’t his parents name him Ben instead of Bob.

    If it had been me, I would not have resisted the temptation sure in the knowledge that, even if my son didn’t make history, he would surely make his mark in Hollywood.

    I mean Charlton Heston. Come on!

    Comment by Simple Simon — February 11, 2024 @ 12:16 pm

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