One of the key motivating factors in voting for Joe Biden in this past Tuesday's Democrat presidential primaries, it turns out, was a fear of socialism. Fox News and other media outlets conducted interviews with Democrat voters, and it turns out that many votes for Biden were actually votes against Bernie Sanders and his socialist revolution.

Many of these folks said they have serious concerns about Biden's ability to do the job, given his age and his consistent gaffes. Biden often seems to be confused and dazed and even short on details about his whereabouts or what position he is applying for. All of that raises questions about who might actually be in charge – you know, calling the shots in the off chance Biden is elected president.

The Washington Post and I seldom agree on anything but an op-ed piece on Wednesday summed it up well by suggesting that Super Tuesday voters were simply looking to get rid of Trump and not to stage a socialist revolution in the process. That is comforting. It also explains the lurch towards Biden and away from Sanders at the last minute.

The Democrats may have embraced a more centrist candidate just in time to save the party from total annihilation in November, but Biden's chances of defeating Donald Trump are still slim. Can you just imagine the debates?

We have spent the last four years learning about a murky shadow government and the deep state. Electing Biden would be a return to those days of secrecy and behind-the-scenes chicanery and corruption, with Biden simply serving as a propped-up figurehead. That is every bit as frightening as having Comrade Bernie leading the charge.

Like him or not, you know Donald Trump is calling his own shots. Who would be sending in the plays for Biden?

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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