Looking back

It is impossible to exaggerate the role of the press in ignoring and suppressing President Biden’s incapacity over the years. It was only yesterday when news of Biden’s incapacity was deemed “misinformation” and “disinformation.” Now it’s a given. Biden has inadvertently exposed the mainstream media as tools and fools.

We observed the decline of Biden’s faculties in the course of the 2020 campaign. At the time I set the over/under on his faculties at 40 percent. Whatever it was in 2020, it has declined since then.

Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer Barton Swaim covered Biden on the trail running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Last week he recalled in a Wall Street Journal column:

Most of the press has been studiously incurious about Mr. Biden’s diminished state since the 2020 campaign—long before Mr. Trump seemed likely to be his opponent in the 2024 election, and before even Mr. Biden was the 2020 nominee.

In the run-up to the South Carolina primary that set Mr. Biden on a path to the nomination, I saw him at several events. At a small community center in North Charleston, S.C., Mr. Biden was scheduled to speak on his housing plan at—if memory serves—10 a.m. He was an hour late. When he arrived and began speaking, he looked and sounded so enervated that—this is not an exaggeration—I thought he might be dying.

He moved slowly, slurred his words badly, repeatedly said “North Carolina” when he meant North Charleston, and plainly had no idea why he was there or what his housing plan was. I found this alarming, but everybody else in the room—supporters and other reporters—evidently didn’t. After the event, Mr. Biden seemed to revive sufficiently to pose for selfies with that killer grin, and the event was over.

I reported what I saw. As far as I could tell, nobody else did.

On “reported” Swaim links to his February 2020 column reporting from Charleston. In his 2020 column Swaim contrasted then candidate Tom Steyer (Steyer? whodat???) with Biden in performance before black audiences. For some time now the whole world has seen what Swaim saw in February 2020.

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