It isn’t earth-shaking news, as the comings and goings of Cedric Richmond aren’t by and large earth-shaking, but this merits at least passing notice…
White House adviser Cedric Richmond confirmed Tuesday that he will depart President Biden’s staff for a position at the Democratic National Committee — shortly after reporting that he called left-wing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib “f—ing idiots.”
Richmond, 48, will serve in a vague DNC role boosting the party’s efforts to avoid a wipeout in the midterm elections in November. He and the White House described the transition as a promotion.
Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, was one of the few relatively fresh faces among Biden’s senior West Wing staff, which is dominated by longtime associates of the 79-year-old president. He reportedly struggled to be included.
It’s unclear if Richmond’s criticism of Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Tlaib (D-Mich.) had anything to do with the timing of his exit.
The former Louisiana congressman tore into the left-wing “Squad” members after progressive activists slammed Biden for hiring him despite his history of accepting campaign donations from fossil fuel executives, according to excerpts from the book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future” by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.
“I am thrilled that the president has entrusted me with helping boost the robust work already being done at the DNC to make sure that Democrats grow their majorities in the House and Senate, and increase the number of Democratic governors in state capitals around the country,” Richmond said.
There’s a lot of speculation out there about Richmond’s departure.
What seems fairly solidly apparent is that Team Biden is sending Richmond to the DNC in order that he might try to revive some semblance of the Democrats’ hopes of staving off disaster in the midterms.
But it’s important to understand what that means.
Yes, Team Biden would like to hold onto their Democrat majorities in the House and Senate. But they’d also like to hold on to control of the Democrat Party. And the “f-ing idiots” Richmond decries are gunning for that control right now; when the midterms devolve into disaster, the interesting thing is that it won’t be the “f-ing idiots” who lose the elections.
A Republican can’t win in AOC’s district. Or in Rashida Tlaib’s district. Or in Ilhan Omar’s district. The Hard Left/Democratic Socialist gang are dug in. If you can’t beat them in a primary, and Democrat incumbents never, ever lose in primaries, then it doesn’t matter how big the GOP wave is this fall – the AOC’s of the world are going to survive.
Think of them as the cockroaches who outlast the nuclear holocaust.
Who’s at risk this fall? The Democrats who represent the working-class “swing” districts. The ones who had to pretend they were moderates in order to get elected.
Cedric Richmond isn’t one of those, but he styles himself as pro-business and not-quite-woke. Richmond went with Biden in the 2020 Democrat primaries because he isn’t as far left as the AOC’s of the world, and that paid off for him in a job in the Biden administration. Then he backed Troy Carter over Karen Carter Peterson and Gary Chambers in the special election to replace him as the congressman from Louisiana’s 2nd District. Carter votes the same as Peterson, but he styles himself as “mainstream” like Richmond does.
There isn’t a lot of difference between these people, mind you. It’s mostly a question of style. But people absolutely hate AOC and Rashida Tlaib because of their style. They hate Democrats because of their policies.
So Richmond has to try to figure out how to save the “moderates” in this fall’s election, because if he doesn’t there is no saving Team Biden. Here’s something interesting…
Yes, it’s very early. But if given the choice right now, which Democrats do Americans want to see run for president in 2024?
The perhaps not-so-surprising answer emerging from the latest I&I/TIPP Poll seems to be: “Anyone but Joe Biden.”
In our April opinion poll, we asked Americans of all political affiliations across the demographic spectrum “Who do you want to see run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2024?”
Just 19% of those responding answered “Joe Biden, 46th president of the United States.” The rest of the choices were spread among 18 candidates, along with “other” (6%) and “not sure” (28%).
Put another way, 81% of Americans don’t want Biden to run again.
Specifically, other names on the list included (in declining order of preference) Vice President Kamala Harris (7%), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (6%), former First Lady Michelle Obama (6%), former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton (4%), former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (3%), and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (3%).
Trailing in the preference race is a long list at 2%, including losing 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy.
That poll shows the Democrats are completely fractured and have an atrocious bench, but what it also shows is that Team Biden is in a lot of trouble.
Get crushed in the midterms and the only people still around in public office will be the AOC’s of the world – not because they’re good politicians but because they represent the bluest of blue states and districts. And their prescription for the future of the Democrat Party isn’t a course change. It’s “more cowbell.”
They’ll drive the Democrats even further to the left. We’re talking about Joy Reid-style idiocy here.
So if Cedric Richmond can’t save those moderates, what happens then?
He becomes a Team Biden political guy at a time when Team Biden can’t command a majority of the party for his renomination. We can’t even remember the last time an incumbent president lost the party’s nomination. Gerald Ford came close in 1976, Jimmy Carter had a scare in 1980, Lyndon Johnson gave up rather than trying to get it in 1968. Other than that? We’d have to research it.
But it’s likely it’ll happen to Biden. If he even tries to run for re-election.
That doesn’t put Cedric Richmond in a great place. You know what it might mean for him?
Perhaps it means he comes home.
If the midterm is a disaster, and Team Biden finds itself isolated within its own party with the remaining Democrats on Capitol Hill being the Squad and their pals dragging the party further and further into hard-core woke socialism, Cedric Richmond won’t have much to offer the DNC unless he undergoes a full ideological conversion and becomes a born-again Marxist.
But what’s available to him is Grand Poo-Bah status among Louisiana’s Democrats.
Right now, Chambers looks like the guy making the most headway toward that goal. Chambers has raised nearly a million dollars (by now, maybe even topping that mark) for a hopeless Senate bid against John Kennedy, and in so doing he’s humiliating the white Democrats in the state by swamping their candidate Luke Mixon. When it’s all said and done Chambers will greatly outpoll Mixon and leave a decent chunk of change in the bank he can roll into a PAC and run somebody for governor with in 2023.
White Democrats, and some of your more “mainstream” black Democrats, are very reticent over the idea that the Louisiana Democrat Party would turn into Gary Chambers’ private political organization the way Georgia’s Democrats belong to Stacey Abrams. Cedric Richmond could fix that, though. He could come home after this fall’s electoral disaster for the DNC and then put himself out there as a candidate for governor.
He won’t win, but he’d be the guy everybody has to come and see in Louisiana if they want to run as a Democrat. And in advance of 2024, that would matter – because Cedric Richmond would be the guy who could deliver Louisiana in the 2024 primaries. Whether that’s for Biden, or for one of these other clowns.
Naturally, this is all speculation. But something is going on, because there is zero reason why Richmond would leave that cushy job in the Biden White House to take on the impossible task of trying to stave off the midterm wipeout that’s coming. And while we don’t much fret over his future, it’s easy to see Richmond’s return to the Louisiana political scene soon.