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Members of the Mafia are reputed to be bound by an oath of Omertà. The criminals are expected to maintain silence and secrecy about the inner workings of the gangs and handle their own conflicts internally. A unified front against all outsiders is needed to keep the organizations operational.
The Democratic Party is another shady gang that relies on a code of silence among its members. Democratic officials usually operate in such lockstep that it is rare to hear one share an unguarded message. But one Democrat recently broke from the party line regarding President Joe Biden’s future.
Not only did Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota go on the record to cast doubt on Biden’s capacity for another presidential run, but he also revealed many other Democrats are doing the same thing in private.
According to a Monday article in The Atlantic, Phillips expressed a preference that the erratic Biden should not be the only option for Democrats in the 2024 election.
“This is not a knock on Joe Biden, just a wish for competition,” the congressman said. “In the business world, if the dominant brand in a category had favorability ratings like the current president does, you would see a number of established brands jump into that category.”
He said this belief is widespread among his Democrat colleagues.
“Believe me, there are literally hundreds in Congress who would say the same thing,” Philips said. “But they simply won’t f***ing say a word.”
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