You would think that if you publicly denounce someone, you’d be the absolute last person in line to work for that person in the future. But apparently, it matters not what you actually believe so much as that you are willing to work for the cause.
This week began a new venture for Jenn Ridder, as she now joins Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as states director. But it wasn’t all that long ago that she was proclaiming for all the world to hear that Biden shouldn’t be the party’s choice for nominee because it was unlikely that he would be able to beat Trump in a general election.
Ridder has plenty of experience with political campaigns and the Democratic Party to be sure.
In 2008 and again in 2012, Ridder worked for Barack Obama at the state level in Colorado to oversee his campaign operations, which is what she will now be doing for Biden in crucial battleground states.
Then in 2018, she successfully saw that Jared Polis rose to be elected as Governor of Colorado as his campaign manager.
And her most recent campaign, as well as where her criticism for Biden comes from, took place last year when she worked as campaign manager for Montana’s Democratic Governor Steve Bullock during his attempt to gain the White House.
So it’s pretty safe to say that she would be a good fit for Biden’s campaign. That is if she actually believed in him.
During her time as Bullock’s campaign manager, it became apparent that her job would indeed be a tough one. Bullock seemed to struggle at every turn to gain any sort of real popularity, which eventually forced him to withdraw his presidential bid in December of 2019. Ridder’s job was to get his donors to see his potential and that he could take on names like Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and of course, Donald Trump.
So in September of last year, she spoke to his donors warning them that anyone named as the nominee would have to battle one on one with Trump, who had already proved to be a rather tough opponent. In addition, she said that individual contestants, such as Biden, might have what it takes to do so, insinuating that Bullock, on the other hand, did.
Ridder said in a memo to donors, “Again and again, we hear from Democratic primary voters that the most important quality in a candidate is their ability to beat Trump next November. At the same time, there is a growing fear that the candidates promising revolutions are out of step with general election voters while others fear Vice President Biden may be unable to take down Trump.”
And indeed, this was a concern for many. Sander’s ideas, while wildly popular among the leftist-bound party, were viewed as too radical for the general population. Biden, on the other hand, was and still is to some degree, seen as too much of a pushover to actually be able to stand up to Trump when November and the real heat starts.
Ridder obviously was trying to position her boss at the time, Bullock, as the goldilocks of the two, someone with not-so-radical views but who would also have the guts to give it right back to Trump and withstand any heat.
Now, some would say that this statement by Ridder was nothing more than simply trying to get her guy more votes. And that could be. Maybe she didn’t really believe that Biden was unelectable. Or perhaps she just decided that the money he could offer her would make up for any unbelief she may have in his abilities.
No matter the case, his electability has been in question now for some time. Between his dementia prone mind, the sexual assault allegations against him, and his current state of hiding out in his basement, it’s no wonder most of the world isn’t in agreement that he isn’t the man for the job. And bringing someone on board who was once known to purport that exact sentiment probably isn’t going to help out all.