With Vermont Senator Bernie Sander’s surge in the polls and recent wins in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, moderate Democrats had real cause for concern that the self-proclaimed socialist would win the nomination. However, it seems their dreams of putting a more centrist figure like Joe Biden into the Oval Office are not entirely lost. Not only has the former Vice President recently won his first primary, but now he has lost several more opponents and gained them allies.
On Monday, shortly after former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar left the race, they both publicly announced their endorsement for Biden, giving him just the push he needed to enter Super Tuesday with a real shot at winning.
But these two were not the only ones to suddenly endorse the ever-electable Biden. Former Representative and presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of El Paso, Texas has also thrown in his name as a loyal supporter.
However, it has been assumed by many that all three of these new Biden supporters might have some sort of ulterior motive for their recent endorsements.
Take Buttigieg, for example. Allahpundit has suggested that Biden may have offered the former South Bend, Indiana mayor a position as the head of Housing and Urban Development if he would admit defeat. And as far as usual political tactics go, this one is fairly typical. Besides, what could damage could Buttigieg create in such a harmless position.
But if that is the case, then we have to assume something similar has been offered to others, like Beto O’Rourke. Not only did O’Rourke publicly endorse Biden, but he was given special treatment and even stage presence at Monday night’s Dallas Rally for Biden. So what is Beto getting?
Well, as Biden said on Monday night, Beto will be taking “care of the gun problem.”
Now, if you remember correctly, Beto was one of the most aggressive anti-Second Amendment activists ever. When he was running for president last year, he vowed that he would not only change laws regarding background checks but would also literally take your guns. How could we ever forget his “Hell, Yes, we will take your AR-15s” line? He even told America that he would force law enforcement agencies to go door to door to strip you of your weapons.
And with Biden accepting Beto’s endorsement and promising him a job dealing with the “gun problem,” you can bet that your Second Amendment rights won’t be safe with Sleepy Joe either.
But what would that even look like? Gun control is typically a law enforcement concern, which makes the most likely position to be Attorney General. But would Biden really suggest Beto for that job? Surely not. O’Rourke is far from being qualified for such a position.
He has next to no law experience, save when he was arrested for fleeing the scene of his DUI accident and burglary. Before he entered Congress, he was an English major and had odd jobs, none of which dealt with law or guns. And once having arrived in Congress, his few years there were spent on committees that never even spoke the word firearms, let alone created laws about them.
Other than Attorney General, the only offices that deal with law and conceivably gun control would be in Homeland Security or the Justice Department. But Beto, once again, isn’t anywhere near qualifying for those either.
It’s possible Biden could create some random, new position for Beto as a “Gun Control Advisor” or something. After all, the former VP’s hero, Barack Obama, created “czars” for just about everything he could think of while in office. Biden could take a page from his book and do the same for Beto, creating a meaningless position but one that makes him look useful for the next four years.
While Beto might be siding with a more moderate candidate now, which puts him a more favorable light for future political endeavors, his hard stance image on guns might be Joe’s worst nightmare. For all the world, this looks to be another example of Biden changing on his policies, just to get more votes from die-hard anti-Second Amendment supporters.