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An interesting shift has occurred: RFK Jr. appears to have pivoted away from targeting “Trump supporters” with his anti-vaccine and anti-Ukraine jargon and is now embracing his much more natural looney progressive stance, likely in an effort to consolidate the radical left-wing vote. This strategy seems logical when you think about it. Taking on Trump’s solid base might seem like a dead end, but the real opportunity for RFK Jr. lies in cutting into Biden’s fragile support—a scenario desperate Dems hardly need or want.

The Wall Street Journal’s political analysis suggests that this VP pick is turning out to be a boon for Trump and a headache for Biden. Just take a look at how Trump’s polling lead ticks up whenever RFK Jr. enters the mix.


Kennedy was obviously drawing some votes from both major-party candidates, and he still is. But more recent polling has most often shown him helping Trump more than Biden, both nationally and in the battleground states. The RealClearPolitics polling averages nationally now show Trump leading Biden by 1.6 percent (46.6 to 45.0 percent) in a two-candidate race, and by 5.4 percent (40.7 to 35.3 percent, with Kennedy at 12.3 percent) in a three-candidate race. There isn’t much battleground state polling of a three-candidate race, but we do have ample numbers for a five-candidate race, with Kennedy’s support dwarfing that of Jill Stein and Cornel West combined. These polls tell a similar tale of Kennedy boosting Trump marginally. In the RCP averages, Trump’s lead grows from 5.2 to 6.0 percent in Arizona, 5.2 to 7.4 percent in Georgia, 3.0 to 6.0 percent in Nevada, 4.4 to 6.7 percent in North Carolina, 0.2 to 2.0 percent in Pennsylvania, and 0.8 to 2.7 percent in Wisconsin (Michigan is an outlier with Trump’s lead dropping slightly — from 3.5 to 2.8 percent — when the other candidates are added in).

President Trump is leading Biden in nearly every poll, and honestly, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Under Grandpa Joe, the country’s turned into an absolute dumpster fire—like everything’s gone sideways and upside down.

And speaking of Trump, here’s his latest scathing analysis of RFK Jr.’s campaign:

With a campaign already being dragged down by a senile, buffoonish candidate, the last thing Democrats need is some radical pulling off progressive PR stunts. This is exactly what RFK’s “VP event” was—complete with drum-playing Indian tribes and the announcement of a filthy rich globalist harpy running mate named Nicole Shanahan.

Perfect. Send in the clowns.


What do we know of Ms. Shanahan?

Not much, except that she is a philanthropist to largely progressive causes and that she is very rich.

She reportedly helped pay for Mr. Kennedy’s Super Bowl ad to the tune of $4 million via a Super PAC. The ad got mixed reviews and ended up with the candidate apologizing to his family

How rich Ms. Shanahan really is is unclear, but it is clear the bulk of her money comes from her divorce from Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and, depending on the source, the ninth richest man on the planet.

RFK Jr’s campaign had been luffing and needed a boost. He looked to the financial. It’s hard to blame him, because that’s the putrid state of American politics. But if you’re trying to run an honest broker campaign against corrupt traditional parties, it’s not the best approach. It’s actually a turn-off.

This is rather sad because of the optimism and excitement he initially engendered.

It was said that much of RFK Jr’s appeal was with the more libertarian right, not the increasingly leftist Democrats. I thought that was accurate. I would imagine that unfortunately those days are over if the nomination of the “progressive” Ms. Shanahan is real. Who will RFK Jr. appeal to now?

These cringe-worthy developments ought to serve as a massive wake-up call for so-called “conservatives” who cooled on Trump and fooled themselves into thinking RFK Jr.’s anti-vax stance somehow made him a viable “centrist” candidate. Well, as it turns out, RFK couldn’t resist going “full radical.” He may have attempted to come across as a relatable centrist, but that fake facade didn’t last long. Now, he’s beclowning himself on stage, flanked by drumming Indians and his VP wannabe, some high-falutin, uber-wealthy Silicon Valley lawyer.

Here’s what conservative pundit and popular podcaster Charlie Kirk had to say about the embarrassing moment:

RFK’s vice presidential announcement event opened with a “land acknowledgment” of the Muwekma Ohlone Indian tribe. These land acknowledgments are used by radicals to delegitimize the existence of the United States and the people who settled it, and to demand sweeping legal and financial privileges for these tribes at the expense of the American people.

First off, it’s a historical fact that nearly every society has faced conquest at some point. Japan, Korea, and Thailand are the only nations that dodged European colonization. Like it or not, conquest is part of human nature. It might be high time we accept that fact and move forward. Additionally, maybe it’s time to rethink the whole strategy of parading “drumming Indians” on stage just to demonize America and score some progressive brownie points. Aside from that, Democrats can’t be thrilled about RFK Jr. veering so far left. Pulling these stunts doesn’t do much to Trump’s base, but it poses a real headache for Biden. If RFK keeps leaning into this, he’s bound to peel away a chunk of Biden voters—the ones craving more progressive action and those put off by Biden’s age, seeing him more as an “Alzheimer’s patient” in a suit than a president. It’s a tightrope walk that could end up tipping the scales big time, and that’s why Democrats are in trouble. They’re not just fighting President Trump; they’re also fighting RFK Jr.

Sure, Kennedy is starting to come off as a major Bozo to those on the right, but to the lukewarm progressives, he probably seems like a much-needed breath of fresh air.