Hang on, Droopy

A plastic surgeon on Mark Halperin’s 2WAY conversation yesterday (video posted here at Halperin’s Wide World of News site) discussed President Biden’s facelift. He thinks the surgery is historic. Biden is the first president ever to have had a facelift (and other such cosmetic procedures, I would add). He patiently explained that this is why Biden’s beard now all but sprouts from his ear lobes.

Last year the Daily Mail added up the probable expenses he has incurred on cosmetic procedures in a good story here. Last week the Daily Mail followed up with another story here.

The plastic surgeon thinks Biden’s facelift makes him look substantially younger than he otherwise would. Maybe so. I think Biden looks like an escapee from Madama Tussauds.

Biden also resembles an escapee from a memory care facility. Something is seriously wrong with him. Whatever it is, Biden’s disease is progressive. His condition will not improve. It will get worse. Indeed, Biden’s condition has visibly deteriorated over his term in office. We all saw it during his June 27 debate with President Trump. All of a sudden it became undeniable.

The White House says it was a cold. It was jet lag. It was a combination of the two. Alright? — as KJP inevitably put it. It was a bad night. He was tired. He has been working too hard. Who ya gonna believe?

The patent falsity of these explanations is offensive all by itself. In the Halperin video linked above, by the way, physician (ophthalmologist) and former Rep. Nay Hayworth reiterates her belief (at about 34:00) that Biden is most likely suffering from Lewy Body dementia, although her list of possibilities includes “a whole range of dementias.”

Yesterday in a letter to congressional Democrats Biden declared his “firm commitment” to accept the Democratic nomination for president and stay in the race. He seeks to prevent defections from his campaign for reelection. He will not step aside. In his letter Biden rightfully employed the trope of “our democracy” that should have become a punch line before now:

We had a Democratic nomination process and the voters have spoken clearly and decisively. I received over 14 million votes, 87% of the votes cast across the entire nominating process. I have nearly 3,000 delegates, making me the presumptive nominee of our party by a wide margin.

This was a process open to anyone who wanted to run. Only three people chose to challenge me. One fared so badly that he left the primaries to run as an independent. Another attacked me for being too old and was soundly defeated. The voters of the Democratic Party have voted. They have chosen me to be the nominee of the party.

Right on!

After a riotous press conference with KJP yesterday afternoon (video below), the White House also released a letter from Biden’s doctor denying that Biden suffers from a neurological disorder. Biden’s stated determination has mostly achieved the desired deterrent effect so far.

What is to be said? Biden and the Democrats deserve each other. The country, not so much.

As a Republican, I enjoy it. The status quo is not good for Democrats and yet it will not hold. Rather, like Biden, it will deteriorate.

If Biden is suffering from a progressive neurological disease, more information about it will emerge in coming days whether the inner circle at the White House wants it to or not. This morning the Wall Street Journal reports, for example, “How Biden’s Inner Circle Worked to Keep Signs of Aging Under Wraps.” Subhead: “Aides kept a tight rein on the president’s travel plans, news conferences, public appearances and meetings with donors while Biden’s stumbles became increasingly obvious.” The story appears under the byline of five reporters with the help of three others who contributed to it noted at the end.

Biden can hang in there. We urge him to hang in there. The Democrats have no effective lever to remove him as their candidate. He can sit tight. As I say, they deserve him.

Projecting ahead a few days or a few weeks, I still think it likely that the Democratic establishment will urge him to stand down and make way for Kamala Harris. It seems not to be a prospect that President Trump relishes. He likes the way things look right now just fine. Thus his unaccustomed silence. If only the Republicans could reschedule their convention to a later date and let the current production play out…

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