In this time of Coronavirus crisis, when the entire nation faces a deadly threat that cares not for political affiliation, the left reminds us that the best thing we can do as Americans is stay divisive. Now if only Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden could just remember. Supporters can forgive when he doesn’t recall what state he’s in, what office he’s running for, or whence the Coronavirus came. But forgetting to hate Trump? Oh, that simply won’t do.
Writing for The New Republic, Osita Nwanevu has some advice: “Go for the jugular, Joe Biden.” There was a time when the ability to get the job done by crossing the aisle was one of Biden’s primary selling points. That time is over, it seems. But aside from giving in to the millions of TDS patients who plan to vote this year, could Biden have a better reason not to stick his neck out?
“Instead of giving Trump wise advice on the coronavirus crisis, the Democratic frontrunner ought to attack his incompetence,” the author wrote. Speaking of incompetence and considering the former vice president’s apparent cognitive decline, Nwanevu’s suggestion stinks. From forgetting what state he’s in to declaring his candidacy for the Senate and telling voters that if they don’t like him, they can vote for the other Biden, Joe has racked up plenty of reasons to stay out of the limelight.
Sadly, he forgot all about them, and, as the author pointed out, “it can no longer be said that Joe Biden is missing in action.” Of all the things Biden has said since he returned to the spotlight, Nwanevu takes issue with what was quite possibly the most coherent, relevant, and truthful thing Biden has said in years. When Chuck Todd asked the former VP whether Trump had blood on his hands, the Democratic frontrunner replied:
“I think that’s a little too harsh. I watched a prelim to your show where someone used the phrase that the president thinks out loud. He should stop thinking out loud and start thinking deeply.”
The president does seem to work through his thought process verbally, and that the man running against him is willing to offer that explanation and shy away from Trump-bashing is commendable. That Joe Biden of all people was cognizant enough to see it is shocking, given his other performances of late. For those not familiar with his previous senior moments, Liberty Nation’s Jeff Charles has a hilarious collection of gaffes for your perusing pleasure. But let’s see what else the man has said since his return to the news.
While the left seems oblivious to the senseless things Biden says, the rest of us aren’t. “We have to take care of the cure,” he said on ABC’s The View. “That will make the problem worse no matter what.” He went on to sputter about flattening the curve. It has to be done – that was his point – but he took a meandering 56 words to make it. “I have not been tested for the Coronavirus,” Biden then told CNN’s Jake Tapper just hours later. “I have had, thank God, no symptoms that I’m aware of.” He then went on to cough into his hand numerous times.
During an appearance on MSNBC, the former VP said:
“Now all of a sudden, [Trump] is being tough on China. He’s making sure – and now he’s being soft on his xenophobia in the past, so I just can’t figure the guy. It’s like, I don’t know, it’s like watching a yo-yo. I shouldn’t have said it that way.”
Make of that jumble what you will, but it likely isn’t worth the effort to understand.
Moving into that gray area between lies and confusion, Biden recently said he “became a teacher, became a professor” rather than taking a “Wall Street job” after leaving the Senate. Confused? Sure. The University of Pennsylvania made him the “Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor,” but that was in 2017, after he left the White House. This wasn’t the first time he got the two jobs mixed up, but what about the idea that Joe Biden was some sort of educator rather than a Wall Street shark? Well, he never taught a class – and was never expected to – so it’s extreme hyperbole at best. He did, however, deliver about a dozen public appearances, for which he was paid $371,159 in 2017 and $540,484 through 2018 and early 2019. That’s more than he made as vice president – and quite a bit more than most who actually taught classes. The average salary for his fellow professors in 2017 was a mere $217,411.
Then there’s the sexual abuse scandal that somehow isn’t in mainstream media right now. As Liberty Nation’s Sarah Cowgill wrote, “if the #MeToo movement has any credibility, then the accuser, Tara Reade, must be taken seriously.” Luckily for Biden, Democrats aren’t subject to the same rules they impose for everyone else.
It certainly seems at times that Joe Biden has his moments of lucidity – but then he and his followers forget again his many slip-ups, even if no one else does. Should Biden take Nwanevu’s advice, whose neck will really be on the chopping block?
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