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Are You Ready for … JOE-MANIA?

Posted on | April 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Are You Ready for … JOE-MANIA?


Try to control your excitement, America. Yes, he’s already run unsuccessfully for President twice — if you’re under 30, you weren’t even born the first time he lost — but this time Joe Biden is ready to win it all, baby. His platform for 2020? ORANGE MAN BAD!

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his 2020 campaign in a video on Thursday, warning about the rise of white nationalism under President Donald Trump.
The candidate featured lengthy footage of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, calling it a “defining moment” in the country’s history.
“It was there on August of 2017 we saw Klansman, and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and baring the fangs of racism,” Biden said.
He praised the “courageous Americans” who clashed with the group of protestors creating violence in the city.
“That’s when we heard the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation,” Biden said, repeating the hoax that the president called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”
He scolded the president for equivocating between “those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
“At that moment, I knew that the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden said, announcing his run for president.

The problem with this narrative is, it’s not true. The people “spreading hate” in Charlottesville were a comparative handful of extremists, whose takeover of what had been intended as a peaceful demonstration produced a wild mob scene in which a young fanatic drove his car into the crowd. President Trump did not say that the neo-Nazi nutjobs were “very fine people,” but this distortion has been repeated so often on MSNBC, CNN, etc., that it has entered the world of liberal mythology, like the belief that Ronald Reagan was to blame for the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Nevertheless, here is 76-year-old Biden — who was elected and re-elected in the 1970s on a platform of opposition to school integration — pretending to be the conscience of the nation vis-a-vis racism.

Of course, the “social justice” mob on the Left isn’t going to let Joe off the hook for that, or for the rest of his extensive political record.

Biden enters the race with 29% support in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls, and my money says it’s all downhill for him from here. The Democrats have gone so far left now, Kamala Harris is considered a moderate candidate in what I’ve called the “clown car” primary. It’s absurd to think that Biden can overcome his gaffe-prone habits, or that the radical grassroots in the early primary states will suddenly develop a fondness for the geriatric white guy. Daniel McCarthy writes:

Joe Biden’s inevitable 2020 presidential candidacy is a strange, strange thing. Biden has longed to be president all his political life: he first ran in 1988; he ran again 20 years later. Now we’re more than a decade past his last grab for power, and Biden, as he nears 80, thinks his day has come once more.
What are voters supposed to think is different this time? If Biden wasn’t good enough in 1988 or 2008, why should Democrats accept him as the best they can do in 2020? . . .
Do the voters who rejected experience and devotion to long-term status quo in 2008 and 2016 really want to embrace those things now? Signs point to ‘no.’ . . .
Biden has none of Obama’s charm or historic significance; just the opposite. And the Obama record without Obama is a pitiful thing.

(Hat-tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)



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