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Biden’s Advance Team sends a message

Either that or they’re as incompetent as the rest of his administration was in planning the great Afghanistan bugout.

In politics an Advance Team is sent ahead of a politician to the areas where photo ops and such are going to be held after speeches and other political events. Sometimes the photo op is the political event.

In any case the idea of an Advance Team is to scope out the best areas for the photographs and avoid things that will make your candidate look bad. One of the classic faux pas happened in 1988 when the campaign staff of Democrat Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis thought he’d look tough riding around in a tank. Instead he looked like Mickey Mouse and the drumbeat of laughter helped send him on his way to a loss against the goofy George H W Bush.

Here in NZ it’s hard to forget the equally boneheaded effort by the political naif, Don Brash, trying to squeeze his clumsy, gawky frame into a dirt track race car. I shared in the hideous chuckle of laughter that went around the nation.

And so we come to this photograph of Biden during a recent visit to Idaho, a state he lost by 30 points and therefore a place where a Democrat needs to be on his toes to not get cornered by Republicans.

My favourite among the MAGA kids is the boy on the right of the picture with a tee-shirt showing Donald Trump as The Terminator (“I’ll be back”).

Written by Tom Hunter

September 15, 2021 at 11:45 am

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  1. Yup, the tank & Willie Horton didn’t help Dukakis’ cause.

    Sexual stuff, that would’ve been OK, those things are more often than not a resume enhancement for Democrats. Care for a Waitress Sandwich at La Brasserie, anyone ?

    Porky Roebuck

    September 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm

  2. I’m surprised the Republican parents of those kids allowed them to get that close to Grandpa Gropey, but I guess they figured this photo would be worth the risk.

    Tom Hunter

    September 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

  3. Good move putting the sunnies on him. That way nobody knows whether he’s awake with his eyes open. Or even alive.

    This presidency looks more like “Weekend at Bernies” every day.

    John JohnO

    September 15, 2021 at 3:52 pm


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