In the wake of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ early wins in the Democratic primaries for Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, it seemed that former Vice President Joe Biden was quickly losing ground for a successful presidential bid. However, a runaway win in South Carolina and then several high-profile endorsements seem to have changed that, giving the centralist hope of a decent turn out for Super Tuesday, a day in which Democratic primary caucuses are held in 14 states, adding up to be more than one-third of all Democratic delegates.
Among those to support Biden were recent dropouts Senator Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, as well as former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Former Director the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan also endorsed Biden, saying that the former V.P. “is one of the most honest, decent, practical, & experienced individuals with whom I have ever worked. If nominated & elected, he is capable of unifying our country & restoring America’s standing around the world.”
To each of these publicly-made endorsements, Biden, either personally or through his campaign, reached out and thanked their supportive gestures. For some, such as Beto and Buttigieg, this appreciation was even given with a possible job offer should Biden win the White House. Buttigieg may be the new leader of Housing and Urban Development, while Beto will be in charge of the “gun problem,” whatever that means.
But apparently, not everyone was given the same amount of gratitude.
Take former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey, for example. When he publicly endorsed Biden on Wednesday, his offer of support was pretty much thrown back in his face for all the world to see. Not that we can blame anyone.
Comey, in his usual, the world needs my help attitude, tweeted his endorsement, saying:
“Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in W.H. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need a candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie.”
Can you just imagine him sitting there, being ever so proud of himself for saying this and wholeheartedly expecting a ton of praise to come flowing his way from his newly found Democratic Party and or Biden’s campaign?
Now, Comey is a registered Republican, but when he was fired by President Donald Trump early in Trump’s first term, no one expected him to hold to partisan lines for the 2020 election. The only question was which Democratic candidate he would choose.
And Biden, being the least left-leaning of the remaining candidates, would have a good bet on anybody’s part – not what we were waiting on the edge of our seat or anything.
But it seems his new party and candidate of choice doesn’t really want much to do with him either.
Mere moments after Comey posted his support of Biden, Andrew Bates, who is the Biden campaign’s Director of rapid response, tweeted this in response, claiming he wanted to “return” the endorsement.
“Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge?”
Wow. I mean, it doesn’t get much more embarrassing than that.
Eventually, about two hours later, Bates did go back on his comment to Comey. He claimed that the entire thing was intended to be a “lighthearted joke” and not to be taken seriously. So someone must have complained or called in crying… After all, we know just how touchy Comey and his dealings with Trump were.
Bates wrote, “I forgot the #1 rule of politics, which is that if you talk about anyone or anything related to 2016, common sense goes out the window. It was meant to be a lighthearted joke – not a rejection. We appreciate the vote of anyone repelled by Donald Trump.”
However, joke or not, the damage had already been done. And I’m guessing Comey wasn’t laughing.