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What About Bobby?
Is Trump-Kennedy the Dream Ticket for 2024?
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With authoritative polls showing that only 37% of Democrats want President Joe Biden to seek reelection, the potential candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is both intriguing and potentially substantially impactful on the 2024 presidential race.
Kennedy - who is the scion of the Kennedy political legacy, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, and the son of former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy - has a long record of environmental activism and support for other progressive policies - but it is his longtime criticism of the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations for which he is best known.
Kennedy raised concerns about the link between vaccinations and autism in 2015 and has emerged as the best-known critic of the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccination—culminating in his landmark book, The Real Anthony Fauci.
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The Democrat Party has changed very dramatically since Robert Kennedy's uncle, John, ran as an ardent anti-communist, supporter of a major defense buildup, tax-cutter, and supporter of a silver-backed dollar in 1960. President John Kennedy also became deeply suspicious of the intelligence services after being fed the flawed plan for the Bay of Pigs Invasion, as well as being surprised that U.S. intelligence services provided no "early warning" that the Russians had mounted U.S. targeted missiles in Cuba in 1962. Indeed, it is Kennedy's vow to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds," that was among the probable causes of his assassination in 1963—as I documented in my New York Times Best Selling Book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ.
Just as the Democrat Party machinery cheated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders out of the Democrat presidential nomination in 2016 and again in 2020; that same party machinery - now within the firm control of Barack Obama - can be counted on to kneecap RFK Jr. in the Democrat nominating process.
Remember that Democrats have already "reformed" their presidential nominating process to do away with the historic Iowa caucuses and first-in-the-Nation presidential primary in New Hampshire. The Democrats' 2024 nominating process begins in South Carolina in a primary essentially dominated by African Americans—a perfect setup, if as I have predicted, Joe Biden ultimately is eliminated as a 2024 candidate and is replaced with Michelle Obama.
Kennedy, however, should not be entirely discounted. Firstly, despite a degenerative voice disorder, he is an articulate and charismatic figure who clearly has the "Kennedy magic." Given the enormous power of Big Pharma and the current domination of the Covid-19 vaccination narrative within the modern Democrat Party, finding a majority in any caucus or Democrat primary will be exceedingly difficult.
In recent weeks, Kennedy also seems to have rejected the neocon, globalist orthodoxy of Joe Biden's Democrat Party—posting this on Twitter:
Kennedy and President Donald Trump were good friends prior to Trump's elevation to the presidency and it has been reported that Trump, who shared Kennedy's concerns regarding the link between vaccinations and autism, had promised RFK the appointment of a balanced blue-ribbon commission to study and report to the President on the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. Trump's failure to follow through on this pledge is most likely a significant factor in Kennedy's decision to run in 2024.
While the odds of RFK wresting the presidential nomination from the Democrat establishment candidate are narrow, the prospects of Kennedy impacting the process are great. I believe that if he can pull together a minimally effective campaign, he could garner as much as a third of the Democrat primary vote. These voters will be disaffected at the end of the process, particularly if the Democrat machine uses the same heavy-handed tactics on Kennedy that they used on Sanders; denying him ballot access and any meaningful debate.
With Kennedy emerging as the leading vaccination skeptic in the country and staking out an anti-globalist "America First" foreign policy view, those in Trump World would be wise to carefully monitor the progress of his candidacy. Just as a third of Bernie Sanders' voters ended up voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential general election, the votes garnered by Robert Kennedy could easily end up in the Trump column in November of 2024.
Given America's state of peril, if RFK performs better than expected, the former President should consider the drafting of RFK as the Republican vice presidential candidate in a "bipartisan" unity ticket. This idea is not without precedent; Senator John McCain really wanted Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2008. McCain was ultimately talked out of the idea.
Whether a freshly nominated Trump - who I believe will sweep to the Republican nomination despite the obstacles put in his way by the deep state and the two-party duopoly that is increasingly frantic not to face him again at the polls - could persuade a Republican National Convention to nominate Kennedy for Vice President, whether Kennedy - having been man-handled in the Democrat Party nominating process - would accept such a nomination, and whether state law in certain states would allow for the nomination of a registered Democrat on the Republican ticket, are all potential obstacles to what I believe could emerge as a "dream ticket."
No incumbent president in modern times who faced but beat back a significant challenge for re-nomination has gone on to be re-elected. This includes Carter in 1980 who was challenged by Ted Kennedy, not Ford who was challenged by Ronald Reagan and not Biden next year. One thing is certain, however, the selection of RFK would silence those within the Republican Party who are today critical, in retrospect, of Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as building a bridge for thousands of Democrats and Independents disgusted by Biden's fumbling foreign policy and the implication of the collapse of U.S. economic dominance to vote for Trump.
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