Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) recently announced that he is running against Joe Biden in the Democrat primary race.
He had two rather amusing interviews this weekend.
The first is because of the semantics he used to try to keep people upset with him for challenging Biden at bay. The second was just a blatant admission that the system is rigged when there is an incumbent in play.
In a Friday interview with MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, Phillips insisted that he is not running against Joe Biden. He prefers to say that he is running for the people who want an alternative to Joe Biden.
His argument was pure semantics, and I think he made himself look like a complete and utter idiot in the process, but he is not from my party, so let him play the fool.
In a second interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, it got even better.
Phillips openly stated that even though he is running, he has virtually no chance because the machine is rigged against him.
He stated, “Well, the good news, Michael, is thank goodness, we still live in a country where voters make the decision. If they want, this is a choice.
“Now, I’ve got the Democratic National Committee competing against me, an extraordinarily large machine. Of course, it’s rigged against any challenger candidate under any circumstance.”
Well, now, that does not sound very Democratic, does it?
I have always been of the belief that both the DNC and RNC need to stay out of the races until a primary winner has been chosen. The only role they should play is to facilitate debates among the candidates, including when there is a legitimate challenger against the incumbent.
I also happen to think that, incumbent or not, participation in the debates should be mandatory if the candidate wants to enjoy the support of the RNC or DNC during the general election.
I don’t care who you are, the American people have the right to have you defend your record and agenda before an election. Protecting candidates, like the DNC is doing with Biden, or just deciding to skip the debates, is not very Democratic, in my opinion.