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Re: Politics

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earthling wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:46 pm
Am voting for Biden as a Not Trump but am hoping Biden is a delegator and picks a competent cabinet that he listens to. The cabinet he selects may be more important than VP pick.
Once he is president that is true as those selections would not be known in advance. The VP selection, however, is critical in getting him into the presidency. He has come across as a man who is possibly a little too old for the task at hand so many out there are looking at the VP as a likely president over the course of that first term. Trump is a moron and a liar but he's been the same lying moron for the last 10 years. Biden's mental sharpness seems to have declined over the last 4 years.

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Agree, agree, agree.

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Biden could certainly telegraph a range of cabinet selections, much as he has regarding his VP and like Trump did with potential Supreme Court nominees.

I would expect his cabinet to be very Obama-like, as would his entire presidency.

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Re: Politics

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Biden would do well to pick a lot of governors to fill out his cabinet; and of course, some experienced staff from past administrations who ran agencies, and could take them over and run them well again.

Governors are already experienced in governing and overseeing agencies. That takes a lot of the pressure off Biden--leaving him to make major decisions and not have to deal with failing agencies, or scandals. I don't see Biden pursuing a second term, so the VP pick is important because he can hand off the office to them for a second term -- should they win of course.

Biden's mother lived to age 92. His father 86.

The other thing to remember about Biden is that he has had a lifelong struggle with stuttering. Many mistake that for cognitive problems. If you watch him in one-on-one interviews, he seems much more with it than when he's at a campaign rally or debate.

Biden is also a longtime jogger, and very fit for his age. He's probably physically healthier than Trump.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/politics ... index.html

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Re: Politics

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Trump is mentally and physically deficient and degrading noticeably.

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The issue with announcing a bunch of cabinet picks before the election is you’re effectively tying your campaign to any baggage said pick may carry or be uncovered. Risky enough with just the VP (see Quayle and Palin).

Perhaps you could proposed one or two picks (state and defense?) but much more and I’d think you’re needlessly adding risk for minimal return.

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I agree, you can't flat out pick. But you could float a list of people you would consider or say you would pick a Sec of State along the lines of Madeline Albright.

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Re: Politics

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Leaking names of interest in background could work, not officially. I'd rather Uncle Joe be a puppet to a competent cabinet (as Reagan essentially was especially 2nd term) than attempt to be a leader.

He also needs some training from his handlers to think before he speaks and comment later. He could possibly win election by saying nothing outside prepared statements. It may come across as manufactured but would be better than the flippant ridiculous and out of touch remarks he's been making. Sticking to a script would probably be better for his 'condition'.

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