Though I’ve never run for political office, I know a little something about it. And I know enough about the personalities of those that do run to know, you don’t always just give something away for free. You usually try to get something in return. That’s the art of negotiation. Especially when you don’t want to do what the other party wants you to do.
Let’s look at the Democrat race for president as an example. It was about a week ago, you had Pete Buttigieg drop out of the race, just before Super Tuesday. Now, Pete had a few delegates in his pocket. He’d done really well in Iowa, and could have snagged some more in the fourteen states that were up last week. You know he would have done well in Indiana. But he got that phone call from DNC Chair, Tom Perez, who asked him to drop out and throw his support to Joe Biden. What did that cost the DNC? What deal was made for Buttigieg to drop out? It wasn’t just a “Gee, ok…for the good of the party, I’ll stop doing what I’ve spent the last year and a half of my life doing”. There had to be some quo to the quid in that one!
The next morning, Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race, and threw her support to Biden as well. Now, it made sense that both of these people were going to back Biden. They were two rather moderate candidates compared to the likes of Warren and Sanders. But again, I have to ask the question, what did Klobuchar get in return? She may have slipped up a bit and given a clue during a Biden campaign stop she was on in Michigan. She said, “I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy, as hard as that was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else than to join the tick….”
She stopped in mid-word. She was going to say “join the ticket”. That would imply that she is going to join Joe Biden as the Vice Presidential nominee. Was that what Amy Klobuchar got in return for dropping out of the race? I can’t believe that politicians at this level just leave and don’t get something in return. That most assuredly could have been Klobuchar’s angle. And it would have been a good angle for her to take.
Most people don’t believe that Joe Biden is healthy enough, or lucid enough to stay in control for four years. Was Klobuchar playing the odds that at some point in the first term of a Biden administration, she, as Vice President would have to step in and take over? It’s happened several times before…usually after the death of a president, the last time being John F. Kennedy, or the resignation of a president, as in Richard Nixon.
Now, my more liberal friends will point to the gaffe Klobuchar made and say she just misspoke. That may or may not be true. We will have to wait until the convention to find out. But regardless, it gives pause to the conspiracy theory that Joe Biden isn’t going to be able to make it four years if he is indeed elected…and that Klobuchar sees that as the way to become the first woman president in this country’s history (much to Hillary Clinton’s chagrin).
Not saying it’s going to happen. Not wishing that it will happen. Just saying what was said, and how Sigmund Freud could be smiling in his grave about right now!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!