Biden’s schedule

I hold the view that Biden should resign — and it might take a little time for him to do that. Personally, I think Kamala Harris could finally be the person to stand up to Trump in a debate and totally kick his ass. At this point, that’s the only thing that will save the remnant of democracy that’s still here.

I’ve always liked Kamala Harris. She might confuse the culture warriors a bit. It’s a risk to run a candidate with her smarts. We know how some people feel about Dr. Fauci. By the time they get through with Kamala Harris, 35% of Americans will think she was born in Kathmandu.

Since Biden told Trump to shut up, and beat him, in 2020, Trump has been found to be a rapist, by a jury, and a felon, by a jury. And of course the massive fraud.

But none of that compares, in my view, to him bragging about ending Roe v. Wade. The only thing worse than ending Roe vs. Wade, is being a rapist and ending Roe vs. Wade.

I have a hunch that a female candidate could make a pretty strong case against Trump. Women in this country have mothers and daughters, and I have faith that American women are not stupid, and it seems to me they are paying attention.

I think Biden was perfect four years ago. He was the exact person the country needed to defeat Trump and begin to hold our democracy together. He’s done a brilliant job, getting the country through COVID, heating up the economy and recovering without a recession, and passing historic legislation, while doing battle with a larger-than-normal fascist cult that’s committed to chaos.

Alas, Trump has prevailed in stopping Congress from working using the courts to advance his efforts. We’ve had huge setbacks in human rights in the United States, and we have many more on the line in this next election.

The Supreme Court has taken away a woman’s right to privacy. They have taken away rights from minorities by ending Affirmative Action. They have taken rights away from black people by gutting voting rights and allowing racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. But it’s hard to gerrymander women, and they still have the right to vote. I still have hopes that we’ve reached the bottom and the upcoming election will mark the beginning of a new era in American politics — that being the era of women’s rights.

That said, I’ve been panicking. I know that panic accomplishes nothing, but that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been thinking that Biden should be criss-crossing swing states by air and bus, giving rally after rally, or lots of TV interviews or other public events, in order to prove that he’s OK. But he’s not. I’ve invented theories in my head about him spending a last few days with his family at Camp David and in the White House, before retiring in a few days. That’s what my imagination is doing. But Biden’s schedule is actually pretty normal for this stage of a campaign.

I asked my good friend Chat GPT to compare these dates to Obama’s schedule June 29, 30, July 1, 2, and 3, 2012, and the equivalent dates for his two-term re-election. And while we’re at it, what was Bush’s schedule at this point in 2004, and Clinton’s in 1996. Here’s what they were doing on these dates in history, prior to their re-election.

Biden’s Schedule, June 29 – July 3, 2024:

  • June 29: Attended three campaign fundraisers in New York and then returned to Camp David.
  • June 30: No public events scheduled.
  • July 1: No public events scheduled.
  • July 2: No public events scheduled.
  • July 3: No public events scheduled.

Obama’s Schedule, June 29 – July 3, 2012:

  • June 29: Delivered remarks at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia.
  • June 30: Held campaign events in Pennsylvania.
  • July 1: No public events scheduled.
  • July 2: Delivered remarks at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia.
  • July 3: Private time at Camp David.

Bush’s Schedule, June 29 – July 3, 2004:

  • June 29: Campaign events in Ohio.
  • June 30: Attended events in Pennsylvania.
  • July 1: Campaign events in Michigan.
  • July 2: Campaign activities in West Virginia.
  • July 3: Campaign events in Pennsylvania.

Clinton’s Schedule, June 29 – July 3, 1996:

  • June 29: Engaged in campaign activities in the Midwest.
  • June 30: Continued campaign trail in key states.
  • July 1: Participated in public events and fundraisers.
  • July 2: Campaign activities in New York.
  • July 3: Continued campaigning in key states.

This comparison shows that the schedules of past presidents during their re-election campaigns included a mix of public events and private time, much like Biden’s current schedule.