Quick Take: The Definition of Insanity

Ace of Spades links to a report that Tara Reade told her future ex-husband about Joe Biden groping her back in 1993. The testimony in question — their divorce proceedings — dates from 1996. Which proves, if nothing else, that Reade’s allegations aren’t a last-second put-up job by unhinged partisan hacks, a la Blasey-Ford.

From this, Ace concludes:

I don’t see how he continues as the nominee. I wish I could — he’s so damaged he’d be an easy win.

But it’s over.

Wasn’t it Freud who said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results?

Democrats don’t withdraw. They don’t resign. There have been two that I can think of who have been forced out in the modern era: Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Both New Yorkers, and as New York is the definition of a one-party state, there were lots of powerful Democrats with vested interests going against them. These were, effectively, palace coups, not responses to the voters’ moral outrage. After all, who the hell else were they gonna vote for? A Republican? Get outta here!

And then Trump happened, as my students would’ve written back in my teaching days, proving that even token gestures were unnecessary. Trump’s romantic resume is exotic enough to give a French politician pause. Conventional wisdom says a guy like that can’t get elected dog catcher in a Puritanical country like America… but wouldn’t you know it, Evangelicals came out as some of Trump’s strongest supporters. Plus ça change and all that, oui?

The Media, in the form of the New York Times, has already explicitly said that they won’t be investigating Reade’s allegations — unlike the flaming-hot topicality of the Kavanaugh hearings, the 2020 Presidential Race is one of the Media’s famous “local crime stories,” at least as far as the Democratic nominee is concerned.


Hell, the Media are degenerate enough to consider dragging their senile (alleged!) rapist across the finish line as a personal challenge, and as for the DNC, they didn’t blatantly rig the Iowa Caucuses (and the SC primaries, and Nevada, and etc.) to let their guy down now. It’s Biden or bust. They’ll simply pronounce the allegations “debunked” like they always do, and if they’re ever forced to mention it again, they’ll resort to the tried-and-true “Republicans pounce on debunked allegations.”

The only way Joe Biden isn’t the Dem nominee is if the Dems decide

a) he can’t win, AND

b) his defeat will do such damage to the brand that he has to go.

In that case, he won’t be forced out over anything so ticky-tack as a credible rape allegation. No, if that happens, Hillary’s fixers will make sure ol’ Sundown Joe has an “accident.” I mean, who hasn’t severed his carotid artery while shaving and juggling loaded revolvers?

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8 thoughts on “Quick Take: The Definition of Insanity

  1. Pickle Rick

    I’m wondering who in the Party approached her to start this operation after 27 years? She didn’t just decide to do this on her own, since she’s certainly not a friend of ours. She kept her mouth shut during his entire Senate career after then, and when Barry picked him as VP candidate or during the 8 years of that maladministration. So she took one for the team and the Party like a good little loyalist for almost three decades and only now decided that Gropey Joe needs to go? I’m not buying that. This stinks like someone activated her, and the Party is behind it. But who? Obama, Clinton, or some other kingmaker? An independent operation from Cuomo and the New York wing?

    1. Severian Post author

      The whole thing stinks, it’s true, but there’s one big thing making me think it’s not an op after all: The timing is just so classically….chick.

      If she’d made her allegations while Biden was a Senator, her name might’ve made the local papers. Maybe. You can do whatever you want to a woman if you’re a Democratic Congressman. Ted Kennedy fucking killed a woman and nothing happened to him. She reports him while he’s in the Senate, he pays her off, that’s it. No one ever hears the name “Tara Reade.”

      Similarly, if she dropped this while Biden was being vetted for veep, the worst that would happen is Obama quietly dropping Biden “for health reasons.” Yeah, she gets paid, same as before, but nobody hears the name “Tara Reade.” What, was the Media going to report something potentially damaging about their Magic Boyfriend, even third-hand?

      But now that the guy is actually running for President, the Media has to “cover” it. They’ll do their best to minimize it, of course, but the guy Biden’s running against is Donald Trump. He surely won’t fail to mention all the hundreds of thousands of hours of breathless coverage the Media devoted to Stormy Daniels et al, while spending all of ten minutes on Tara Reade.

      The name “Tara Reade” gets all over the papers. She gets lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of attention. For a gal who must be staring menopause in the face, that’s one hell of a high….

      So yeah, for the record, I’m explicitly saying this is just your typical fucking chick drama on a grand scale. Sexual assault is bad, mmmkay, but that’s why it’s important that the victim go to the cops on time, the first time, every time, and not worry about what it’s going to do to your political party.’s chances in the upcoming off-year elections.

      1. Pickle Rick

        I’ll admit, that’s definitely part of it, but I still think someone within the Party is backing this, encouraging her need for creating the Tara Reade Show and being (briefly) the center of attention. She’s your older version of the Beltway Elite Girl that I had a briefly disastrous encounter with. They all suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. Remember after the Soviets collapsed, all of the factions and backstairs throat cutting among the Party elites came out. And I’ve always maintained we can understand the DNC as the Politburo. It’s not actually about ideological purity or revolutionary zeal, it’s simply the usual jockeying for power, money and ambition.

        Secondarily, I looked up Tara in 1993. Not exactly a top tier hottie. She sort of looked like a drag queen with that manly face she had.

  2. Pickle Rick

    And we know the Republicans are too fucking dumb and spineless to have pulled this caper off. They couldn’t even be bothered to open up Northam’s VMI yearbook, for Christ’s sake.

  3. MBlanc46

    Thomas Eagleton, McGovern’s original VP pick. Perhaps that not modern times. In some ways it feels like yesterday, in other ways it feels like a different world. Electro-shock therapy was a treatment too far for the Dems in those days. It sure does look like Biden, unless he starts drooling on himself in public. And he can win. Probably will.

    1. Severian Post author

      I forgot about him (he’s a forgettable guy). I bet he’s wishing he toughed it out… but given that Minnesota is as much of a one-party state as New York, I’d bet this is one of those “palace coup” situations — Franken was replaced by the state’s Lt. Gov., who went on to “win” the seat outright in the next election.

      Just a guess on my part, though — there are probably a few things more boring than Minnesota’s internal politics, but I can’t think of any offhand.

      However it played out, I think it’s safe to say that as a general rule, Democrats will only “resign” if their seat is guaranteed to go to another Democrat. Contrast this with, say, Virginia, where both Coonman and Poonman should’ve resigned. As Virginia only went blue because the Republicans, for some mysterious reason, didn’t contest a number of elections, the special elections called to replace Coonman and Poonman could’ve conceivably resulted in a Republican in the state house. And they won’t be having that, so neither resigned… and if you bring it up now, of course, you’re “pouncing” on “debunked” allegations. Same as it ever was.

  4. Wuhan Luke

    Hey kids, Wuhan Luke here again and a little off-topic – I have to get whatever flash of inspiration out wherever and whenever I can lest it vanish…
    Psyops Pt.2:
    1) Lose The Branding – when posting, postering, graffitiing, social networking, speaking, etc, lose the logos, symbols, related icons, any identifier of philosophy or politics. Nothing beats the horror of the unknown. Post a spicy meme or plant a sticker on a lamppost with let’s say the Hundred Hands branding or some form of Cat Fancier’s symbology, the intended viewer just says to themselves “ Oh, it’s those people again, good thing I don’t associate with those types.” Make it anonymous and then it can enter their mind that whoever planted that bit of fun may just be their neighbor. Maybe someone they know. Maybe a member of their own friends or family!
    Who could it be? Watch the paranoia grow. See the distrust fester. Soon everyone is a Cat Fancier or worse and they’ll be trying to point it out so much the boy who cried wolf will be an aspiration for them.
    2) While the above mayhem starts becoming apparent, let them blow off steam, let them tell us all how it truly should be. Don’t try to correct them. Don’t try to argue the subject. If an answer is required, merely say something like “I can’t argue with that (right now)” or I haven’t an answer…”). Don’t try to polish the logical turds, let those just sit and stink where they dropped so everyone can see it, and everyone knows just who dropped it. Handy for future reference.
    3) Toot some very, very ambiguous doggy whistles. Don’t make it obvious, wink-wink, nudge-nudge. Don’t call attention to one’s self and leave room for plausible deniability. Getting their hackles up is more important than feeling out fellow sojourners at this point. Undefinable intent, double entendres, well placed typos, and so forth. Do not attempt this in the heat of emotion or on the spur, that will out you. Plan it well.
    ‘Till we meet again.
    PS: good to see more posts and short essays from our host, thank you S.

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