Joe Biden

Corona meltdowns

Featured image The great Victor Davis Hanson eloquently chronicles the “Corona meltdowns” of Nancy Pelosi, the media, and Joe Biden in his American Greatness column of that name. This is his take on the media circus on we see in the daily White House coronavirus task force briefings: Watching the media deal with the daily White House briefings reminds the country that we have never had journalism of this low character before—not »

Biden Must Go

Featured image As the Trump administration has been working feverishly (if at times misguidedly, in my opinion) to deal with the Wuhan virus, Joe Biden has been a pathetic bystander, putting out videos from his house and appearing occasionally on television. In both venues he has repeatedly lied about what the Trump administration is doing. Or, to be fair, he may be so out of it that he just doesn’t have a »

Biden: “Hard to envision” an in-person Democratic national convention

Featured image No baseball for the foreseeable future. No NBA. No Euro 2020 soccer tournament. No matter what sports you enjoy watching, you’re missing out on pleasurable experiences above and beyond the joys of going out and about. But there’s a bright side. The Democratic national convention may not take place in its usual form. That’s what Joe Biden says. In his view, it’s “hard to envision” an in-person Democratic National Convention »

Joe Biden Can’t Be President (2)

Featured image Three weeks ago I wrote a post titled Joe Biden Can’t Be President: I’m not saying Biden shouldn’t be president. That has always been true. I am saying that he lacks the physical and mental qualities necessary to to the job–not to do it well, but to do it at all. Evidence of Biden’s incapacity continues to pile up. Earlier today, he gave an interview to MSNBC in which he »

The lives (and words) of others

Featured image The Washington Post has published investigative reporter Neena Satija’s article “Echoes of Biden’s 1987 plagiarism scandal continue to reverberate.” The article is behind the Post paywall. It’s not bad, but you’re not missing much if you remember the controversy. Satija’s article includes a few exculpatory statements mitigating Biden’s appropriation of the lives and words of others. In one case, speechwriters are blamed. In the most famous case, involving Neil Kinnock, »

Slow Joe and Silly Jimmy

Featured image The Wuhan coronavirus crisis has removed Joe Biden from the front page and rendered him largely irrelevant. Meanwhile, President Trump, after a less than stellar start, has hit his stride in daily briefings about the outbreak. A majority of Americans say he’s handling the crisis well. Hoping to regain relevance, Joe Biden did an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. I had never seen Kimmel’s act before. He came off in this »

Former staffer says Biden sexually assaulted her

Featured image Tara Reade worked on Joe Biden’s Senate staff in the early 1990s. She claims that in 1993, Biden sexually assaulted her. In an interview with journalist Katie Halper, Reade alleges that on one occasion, Biden began kissing her without her permission, pushed her against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers. According to Reade, he said “come on man, I heard you liked me.” The »

Slow Joe’s Slow Pitch

Featured image Never has the nickname “Slow Joe” Biden fit better than in today’s somnambulistic performance from his home in Delaware about what he thinks needs to be done about the coronavirus. Take in this 60 second excerpt from the middle of his remarks and ask yourself if this looks like a person who can make it to November: I’ll bet you didn’t know that Biden was such an expert on logistics. »

The Sanders effect

Featured image It’s good to see Bernie Sanders’s “revolution” crushed, even if it’s by a sympathetic escapee from Madam Tussauds who doesn’t have his heart in it. Of course I’m talking about Joe Biden. His motto ought to be the skin is too damn tight. As it is, his motto seems to be: no enemies to the left. It is the motto that served Alexander Kerensky so poorly in connection with the »

Biden rolls on

Featured image Not long ago, the Democratic primaries scheduled for tonight looked like big deals. Few were worried about the coronavirus and it wasn’t clear whom the Democrats would nominate. Now, the Democratic primaries deserve brief mention, at the most. I will briefly mention them. There are three that haven’t been postponed — Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. In Arizona, they are still voting. In Florida, Joe Biden has won big, as expected. »

“Their islands are sinking”

Featured image CNN hosted the Biden/Sanders debate last night for two painful hours. Bernie Sanders played the role assigned by DNC Central Command almost to perfection. His assigned role, rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, is to assist Biden by making him look sane by contrast with Sanders. Biden is unable to take full advantage of the assistance by his adherence to the current orthodoxies of the Democratic Party and his desire to »

Old timers struggle to keep epidemics straight

Featured image Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debated tonight on CNN. The opening topic was, of course, the Wuhan coronavirus. Biden began by presenting a list of ideas for dealing with the pandemic. Sanders agreed with Biden’s ideas, but insisted that we need to address underlying problems in our health care system and economy that contribute to our vulnerability. In other words, though Sanders didn’t utter them, we need socialism. Biden countered »

Slow Joe Getting Slower (Updated: He Lied—Again)

Featured image Since we’re all settled in now for The Great Hunkering and looking for things to do, you might want to spend four minutes watching Slow Joe Biden from his “virtual town hall” in Illinois a few days ago. The opening section of this clip shows his propensity for sheer confusion and befuddlement, but then in response to a question about the Endangered Species Act he goes off in into full »

Biden picks new campaign manager, the woman who ran Beto’s campaign

Featured image Joe Biden’s campaign has just completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in political history. So how has Biden responded? By reshuffling his campaign team and picking a new campaign manager. The Washington Post reports: Former vice president Joe Biden has named Jen O’Malley Dillon as his new campaign manager, a major shake-up that comes just as the party’s leading candidate plans a major organizational expansion to prepare for the »

Joe Biden Can’t Be President

Featured image I’m not saying Biden shouldn’t be president. That has always been true. I am saying that he lacks the physical and mental qualities necessary to to the job–not to do it well, but to do it at all. Biden’s mental status has slipped badly over the last few years, and he appears physically frail as well. Both his handlers and the press try to shield him from public scrutiny and »

The good news for Joe Biden [UPDATED]

Featured image The good news for Joe Biden isn’t just that he is now almost certain to become the Democratic nominee for president. It’s also the fact that, unlike Hillary Clinton, he will become the nominee cleanly. He will defeat Bernie Sanders fair and square. Thus, Sanders and his supporters will have nothing resembling a legitimate grievance when Biden wins. The question, of course, is whether the lack of a legitimate grievance »

After last night

Featured image We have quickly settled into the new conventional wisdom to account for the sudden rise of Joe Biden from the walking dead to the top of the former heap of Democratic presidential candidates. Biden will be the Democrats’ 2020 nominee for president. What is to be said? Below I offer a few arguable — even when clichéd, they are brief! — observations. 1. The Sanders crowd still represents the throbbing »