MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, doing her best Rachel Maddow impression, has some sage advice to the Biden campaign: Shouldn’t Biden be offering his own version of a daily coronavirus briefing? Wouldn’t that be a great way to show what a clown Donald Trump is?
Clearly on a role and inspired by Democrat’s own clownish spokesman, Jim Messina, Ruhle added: “Should Joe Biden be counter-programming that? Should he be creating his own shadow government, shadow Cabinet, shadow SWAT team — and getting up there at a podium every night, saying, ‘Here’s the crisis we’re in, here’s what we need to do to address this?’”
Messina primed Ruhle’s call for a shadow government with his own pontificating: “When you see President Trump with his erratic leadership, his daily clown-show press conferences … to have real upstanding leaders like Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren talk about Joe Biden in personal terms – the kind of leader he would be – that contrast is really important right now… and it’s a contrast that the Biden campaign is going to bank on going forward.”
Well, Jim, looking backward, your dopey candidate did a passable impression of the mute clown Emmett Kelly staying on the sidelines, saying nothing, nada, zilch. That is, except to accuse President Trump of being a xenophobe when the administration closed our borders to Chinese travelers.
The only time Joe Biden opens his mouth is to insert a different foot. His own coronavirus adviser, Ron Klain, has been all over the map. Ron even encouraged travel to China during the outbreak. And, yes, all praise to Dictator Xi Jinping for being so transparent and candid.
But, to be fair, at the outset, no one got it right, especially the health authorities in New York. That great city is paying the price of their health commissioner’s poor judgement. His February 2nd tweet: “I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of coronavirus.”
Nevertheless, Ruhle’s idea of a shadow government is intriguing. Let’s go with it and recommend a few shadow cabinet secretaries:
For Shadow Secretary of State: Our first choice is Hillary Clinton, but she’s been there and botched that. So, we’ll have to go with Adam Schiff. With his financial ties to Russian oligarchs and Ukrainian crime bosses, he would provide ideal continuity in the State Department.
For Shadow Secretary of Defense: We need the calming influence of a liberal woman for this spot. Our nominee is former bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her lack of knowledge in economics has allowed her to keep believing the Green New Deal would be the perfect way to restart our economy.
For Shadow Secretary of Health and Human Services: Who else for this big spending department but Bernie Sanders? We could also see some savings as Bernie works closely with Adam Schiff to dismantle our border protection. (Bernie told a Fox News town hall that he would not close our border, even if it were necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus.)
Finally, for Shadow Secretary of the Interior, we can’t overlook our own self-described Native American, Elizabeth Warren. We’ll let her record of credibility stand on its own merits.
Ruhle’s suggested nightly confabs would be a fascinating redux of the Democrat debates. Remember how Joe Biden stood with a deer-in-the-headlights expression and complained that no one was asking him questions? His nightly shadow cabinet briefs would probably elicit a few really tough questions from the press like “So who’s this Tara Reade person, and did you sexually assault her 27 years ago?”
Be careful what you wish for Joe.