"DID YOU BRING THE STUFF?" A DESPERATE AND NERVOUS JOE BIDEN ASKED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BALCONEY, SWEAT DRIPPING FROM HIS BROW. "I'M REALLY JONESING."
THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- HANDED OVER THE SACK OF SALT WATER TAFFY WHICH THE PRESIDENT IMMEDIATELY BEGAN DEVOURING.
WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE RESULTS OF A POLL THAT FOUND 75% OF DEMOCRATS WANT SOMEONE ELSE THAN HIM TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024 BUT BIDEN DISMISSED IT.
"NAH, NOT HAPPENING. THEY LOVE ME. THEY LOVE MY DIRTY BATH WATER. LIKE COVID 19, THEY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF ME," HE INSISTED CHEWING WIDLY.
SO HE IS NOT WORRIED AT ALL?
"NOT A BIT," JOE BIDEN EXPLAINED. "I'VE GOT A SECRET PLAN. WHEN THINGS START TO GET TOO BAD, I SEND OUT THE KAMALA-BOT AND SUDDENLY I LOOK SMARTER, WARMER AND BETTER BY COMPARISON."
Moqtada is self-presenting as he's keeping the government from being formed and some will believe that. He's not keeping it from being formed. The Kurds have to decide on the president which, at this point, they still haven't. After the president is voted on -- and that has to be done in a gathering but that gathering doesn't have to take place in the official Parliament building and, due to COVID, it could, in fact, take place virtually.
But should cry baby Moqtada get his way and a new vote be held, he is aware he probably won't get his way then. Meaning? Moqtada saw his own cult -- after he instructed them to vote -- turn out in their lowest numbers ever. Let's say he and his goons were granted a revote that took place this fall. What has he accomplished to up those numbers?
By contrast, there are a number of non-Sadrists who sat out the vote that now feel they shouldn't have. It's much more likely that the same low number is all Moqtada will be able to turn out in a re-vote whereas many others could show up to vote. Equally true, Mustafa al-Kadhimi will be stopped if he tries to prevent the security forces from voting this go round. He'll be stopped by the court. He pulled that one out of thin air and surprised observers back in October. It was announced right before the elections.
There's already a court ruling ready to be released if there's a revote. He's not going to be able to deny Iraqis from voting this time just because they're close to Iran and just because they're in the security forces.
All security forces were supposed to be entitled to turn out in early voting. But then Mustafa announced that the paramilitaries couldn't. These militias were supposed to work election day -- often far from home -- to protect election polling places and then return to their own districts in time to vote before the polls closed.
It was Mustafa's attempt (goaded by the US government) to prevent the militia members close to Iran from voting.
It shouldn't have happened -- and a lot of non-Iraqis aren't aware it did because the western press ignored it. They only care about a fair vote when they're personal pets don't suffer. I don't like the militias, we were against them ever being made part of the Iraqi military. But I won't pretend that a fair election took place when they were disenfranchised.
Many did pretend, many western outlets. They would include the fact that the militias were saying the elections were not fair and then these 'fair' outlets would insist that there was no evidence of fraud. No evidence? They were prevented from voting with the rest of the security forces in the early election that is held just for the security forces. Then they were still expected to protect polling places on election day for their assigned shift -- often requiring several hours of travel to get to the polling place they were assigned -- and were supposed to somehow make it to their own polling place to vote.
This did not happen by accident. It was a means to suppress the vote.