FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021
The cult of the upper-end press: The whole thing started with Nancy Cordes of CBS News.
She could have asked Joe Biden anything. Instead, she asked him this:
CORDES (3/25/21): On a related note, have you decided whether you are going to run for reelection in 2024? You haven't set up a reelection campaign yet as your predecessor had by this time.
Has he decided to run in 2024? Skillfully, we glanced at the calendar. Just as we expected, it still said 2021!
Biden has been president for barely two months. The slate is crowded with major issues, procedural and substantive both.
Cordes could have asked about any topic. Instead, she wanted to know why Biden hasn't declared for re-election yet, the way The Craziest Boy in History had already done at this point.
Everyone thought it was totally nuts when Crazy Boy started so early. But given the chance to approach any issue, Cordes was wondering why Biden hasn't done the same thing!
Biden gave the shortest possible answer. He said it's his intention to run.
Then he turned to CNN's Kaitlan Collins—and the analysts came out of their chairs. After some questions about the filibuster, Collins came out with this:
COLLINS: You made news by saying you are going to run for reelection.
BIDEN: I said that is my expectation.
COLLINS: So that is a yes, that you are running for reelection?
BIDEN: I don’t know where you guys come from. I am a great respecter of fate. I have never been able to plan for three and a half years ahead for certain.
COLLINS: If you do, will Vice President Harris be on your ticket?
BIDEN: I would expect that to be the case. She’s doing a great job. She’s a great partner.
COLLINS: Do you believe you will be running against former President Trump?
We're grateful that she didn't ask him if he had bumper stickers yet. Wondering what planet he found himself on, the embattled Biden said this:
BIDEN: Oh, come on. I don't even think about it. I have no idea. I have no idea whether there'll be a Republican Party. Do you? I know you don't have to answer my question, but I mean, you know, do you?
At that point, he offered a short, effective speech about who he's in office to serve.
In fairness, no one asked him to state his view about which royal made which royal cry about the bridesmaids' dresses.
Does he feel bad that Meghan and Harry are going to have to make do with a $15 million house? Nobody pushed him on that!
He was allowed to duck those points. But asking those re-elections questions in March 2021? We'll call it a cultural lesson.
Let it be said that we're big Kaitlan Collins fans at this particular site. Due to her youth and her inexperience, we were major skeptics when CNN hired her and assigned her a major post, all at age 25.
But at one point during The First Covid Year, Collins stood up to the ludicrous President Trump in a way no colleague was willing to do. We've been fans ever since. We vastly admire her confidence.
The analysts moaned when Collins asked that string of re-election questions. It's very, very hard to grasp how empty the guild's culture is.
Are they finding it hard to quit Donald J. Trump? Even Collins, who we want to admire, couldn't help bringing him up!