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Democrats have fallen into a major power struggle, presumably between the Biden and Obama camps. “Resident” Joe Biden ruined himself in the debate last June, a fact none can now deny. George Stephanopoulos, on Friday, succeeded only in making Biden look weaker than ever – but not weak enough to quit. When that interview ended, most expected that to be the end of all discussion – even if it was the end of the Democrats’ chances of winning, up- or down-ticket. But now donors are revolting, and the House Democratic Conference, at least, worries about losing seats and friends. No one knows what is likely to happen when Congress returns from the weekend.

Nervous reporters

The White House, for its part, seems to be in full cover-up mode. Late Friday evening, an unconfirmed report went viral about Biden having a “medical emergency” aboard Air Force One. (Both Air Force One aircraft are fully equipped to handle any medical emergency, even one requiring surgery.) Monica Crowley, now at Newsmax, first reported it – though where she got her information, no one will admit.

As X users can see, someone left a “Community Note” saying someone saw Biden calmly deplaning at 7:50 p.m. EDT. Whoever left that note, did have a source.

They also cited this bulletin from Forth News, saying plainly that Biden deplaned at the Delaware Air National Guard base, fielded some questions, then got into his limousine, part of the usual Secret Service motorcade. Apparently the excitement started because someone reported “not seeing” the President when the motorcade stopped at Biden’s home in Wilmington. According to OANN’s Chanel Rion, that’s not unusual.

But why didn’t anyone realize that earlier? Or did Biden suffer some kind of attack, and did the on-board medical or paramedical staff treat him for it? No one will say, one way or the other.

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Donors revolt!

Twenty-four hours later, a much more serious report came in. The Democrats had planned a fundraiser for Biden in Wisconsin late in July. They had hoped to raise a million dollars – then half a million – then had to call the whole thing off. That, according to The New York Times, which also reported that the Democrats might cancel another fundraiser. Biden was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. That celebration is on, but an associated fundraiser might not be. Donors are expressing reluctance – or refusal – to support Biden’s reelection campaign.

Later that evening, Mike LaChance at The Gateway Pundit reported that David Axelrod had expressed doubts about Biden after the George Stephanopoulos interview. “Sad,” Axelrod reportedly said.

The Hill gave further details. Axelrod called Biden “dangerously out of touch.” His point: Biden was polling six points ahead of Trump four years ago. Now he is six points behind. The problem is: David Axelrod is an Obama insider. So anything he says is suspect, because he might be under orders to push Biden to quit.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader, was supposed to have a teleconference with “top Democrats” today. Biden’s campaign was to be Topic A. That meeting might still be happening at time of writing, but no reports have come from it so far.

Democrats worried about DEI considerations

Yesterday afternoon, Charles Gasparino at The New York Post threw a stink bomb into the debate. He said America might soon have its first DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) President. That would, of course, be Vice-President Kamala Harris. Gasparino seemed to suggest that Biden would resign his Presidency and allow Harris to become President in his stead. If that doesn’t happen this year, then it might happen next year – if Biden wins another term.

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This morning, Ben Kew of The Gateway Pundit reported loud virtual screams of “racism” thrown at Gasparino. This X thread was typical:

Neither age, sex nor race is ever an issue when an adult can do the job he or she has. The problem is that neither Biden nor Harris can do their jobs, as Gasparino made clear. Besides, DEI is about preferring people of “underrepresented” demographics, qualified or not.

But one user displayed an incredible amount of Constitutional ignorance:

First, the Presidency is not a hereditary office! Second, Amendment XXV Section 1 in explicit:

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death or resignation, the Vice-President shall become President.

Democrats facing decision time

Also this morning, Axios reported that Biden and an increasing number of Democrats have clearly drawn their battle lines. Biden absolutely refuses to quit, either the campaign or his job. First Lady Jill wants to retain the trappings and revenge capabilities of power. Hunter just wants to stay out of prison. Both want Biden to stay in this race.

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Opposed to them, Congressional Democrats are definitely worried about Biden dragging down the ticket. They also say they’re “worried about the country, and about democracy.” More likely they’re worried about Trump, his team, and his followers tearing down their agenda.

Axios told their readers not to be complacent in observing that only five House Democrats (so far) have called on Biden to step aside. These are Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), Seth Moulton (Massachusetts), Mike Quigley (Illinois), and Angie Craig (Minnesota). They’re the ones speaking publicly, for the record. Axios insists that many more are privately saying Biden can’t be their candidate. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has already opened the door on the Senate side.

One would expect everyone in the White House to be on the same page – but they’re not. This afternoon, Christina Laila of TGP cited a New York Times piece describing a groundswell of opinion among Democrats that Biden can’t win, therefore he shouldn’t run. Among them: a “senior White House official” who has watched Biden show his age for months.

Analysis

Clearly it’s Biden and his family on one side, and Obama and his minions on the other. As mentioned, Biden, his wife Jill, and his son Hunter each have their reasons for Biden to keep running. Obama has his own reasons to stop Biden from running. Obama never had confidence in Biden anyway, while he (Obama) was President and Biden Vice-President. Clearly Obama supported Biden as a means by which to have his “third term.” Equally clearly, Obama no longer trusts Biden even to carry out his orders.

Presumably he slips those in for Susan Rice to carry out. To do that, she draws up papers, places them before Biden, hands him a pen, and says, “Sign.” And he signs – and needs no persuasion to sign anything. When he thinks clearly at all, his thoughts are on revenge against those he perceives as his enemies – all Republicans.

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But all that means nothing in the face of obvious cognitive decline. This was on display this morning at a black church in Philadelphia, where the pastor tried to excuse Biden’s “stammering.” Obama knows it. (Did he order someone to drop “fake news” about Biden having a “medical emergency”?)

Biden’s schedule includes a major press conference this Thursday after a three-day NATO summit. The country will watch what Biden says at that press conference, and how many Democrats line up behind Obama to push him out.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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