Dark Brandon Rises
President Handsome Joe Biden kicked off the midterm election season last night with a very fine speech from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, which by the way is where America’s foundational documents were written: The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.The location was clearly chosen and as the speech progressed one could not mistaken the symbolism.
Here is the speech and here is the text of the speech, so you can choose your preferred format:
Biden is not a gifted orator, he is not Barack Obama, but his biggest gift is ability to connect with people, his empathy is genuine. He is no lip-biting Bill Clinton. It’s a wonderful speech in which he lays out the stakes: democracy itself is at risk because of the MAGA Republicans and Donald Trump.
The speech was a call-to-arms for anyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, to reject MAGA/Trumpism/Fascism and the continued damage that it has done to the country. President Biden was very careful to avoid calling out all Republicans and was very specific: it’s about MAGA Republicans:
Now, I want to be very clear—very clear up front: Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.
Biden and his speech writers clearly do not want any sound bites pulled out of context to rile up Fox News (and good luck with that). I ran a search on the speech, he cites MAGA Republicans 13 times, he mentions Trump by name three times. I also ran a search of democracy, which has 31 hits, so clearly the stated theme of fighting for the soul of the nation and that democracy itself was the dominant theme.
We will be hearing today from Republicans and their allies in the media that this was a divisive speech, but I think that they will have a hard time getting the soundbites that they crave.
Joe Biden is an old pro at this and there are moments in the speech where you can hear protesters in the background. TFG always had protesters yanked out by security and often called for them to be beaten up (and sometimes they were). Joe Biden was in no danger, don’t worry about that, but he smoothly broke the speech and improvised,
Look, our democracy is imperfect. It always has been.
Notwithstanding those folks you hear on the other side there. They’re entitled to be outrageous. This is a democracy.
See what he did there? Yeah, it was pretty great.
For many years Driftglass used a clever graphic saying, “A nation cannot stand half Fox and half Free.” I think President Handsome Joe Biden said much the same.