To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Monday, July 15, 2024


Who Do You Suggest?


“Don’t compare me to the almighty. Compare me to the alternative.” – President Joe Biden, recalling a favorite expression of his father

And the comparison will be with a 76-year-old, felony-facing former president named Trump. Biden will win that contest, for a second time, and the country will finally be rid of [at least] that Trump.

And for Democrats who don’t want Biden Time again, who do you suggest? That’s right. No one else of great stature has announced or is even thinking about doing so.

On the elephant team Ron DeSantis, governor Florida, is already trying to emulate Trump by even suggesting that, in his fight with the Disney Corp., maybe a smart move would be to build a prison next to everybody’s favorite resort in Orlando.

Of course, it wouldn’t.

You can’t beat somebody with nobody and for over 40 years Joe Biden, sleepy or not, has been a somebody with high moral standards, common sense, the right set of personal values to succeed in DC, is a proven hard worker and, not unimportantly, is supported by a wonderful wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who still is an active teacher.

If you are wondering why I launched into this defense of an accomplished man who doesn’t need my backing, it was triggered by an article in The New Yorker penned by a wonderful writer – Susan Glasser – whom I almost always agree with. However, in her April 13 column, she goes out of her way to criticize Biden as too old, too fragile, too verbally challenged, too almost everything wrong when, in fact, Joe is merely a mortal man who has accomplished more in his public life than almost any other public servant during the same period.

If it matters, and it does, who has been in the arena, in the battle, taken the hits but is willing to get up and take some more, then blue-collar Joe is my man and he should be yours, too.

Unless you are looking for perfect … which he ain’t.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.