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Dear Democrats: Please Nominate the Notorious Gaffe Machine Joe Biden

Posted on | June 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Dear Democrats: Please Nominate the Notorious Gaffe Machine Joe Biden


Honestly, I don’t want to drag Joe Biden over this one, but since we’re all living through the Great Wokeness Witch-Hunt of 2019, why shouldn’t the Democrat front-runner pay his pound of flesh?

Several Democratic presidential candidates sharply criticized Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday for invoking two Southern segregationist senators by name as he defended himself over accusations of being “old-fashioned” and fondly recalled the “civility” of the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr. Biden, speaking at a fund-raiser at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, stressed the need to “be able to reach consensus under our system,” and cast his decades in the Senate as a time of relative comity. His remarks come as some in his party say that Mr. Biden, the former vice president, is too focused on overtures to the right as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.
At the event, Mr. Biden noted that he served with the late Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both Democrats who were staunch opponents of desegregation. Mr. Eastland was the powerful chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Mr. Biden entered the chamber in 1973.
“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” said Mr. Biden, 76, slipping briefly into a Southern accent, according to a pool report from the fund-raiser. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son.’”
He called Mr. Talmadge “one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys.”
“Well guess what?” Mr. Biden continued. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

Let me remind you of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, where a Supreme Court nominee was viciously smeared because of dubious claims about sexual misconduct in 1982, when he was 17.

That was just wrong, and it’s likewise wrong to drag Biden (or anyone else) for their political activity more than 40 years ago. Unfortunately for Biden, he was the one who raised the subject — quite deliberately — to make a point about how it is necessary, in order to accomplish anything in politics, to work with people who have very different opinions on important issues. And while this shows why Biden’s candidacy might not be the slam-dunk some pundits might think, my hunch is that this won’t actually hurt him much. Let’s face it: Lots of Democrat primary voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are probably as sick of this “social justice” identity politics stuff as we are. They want to support a Democrat who can beat Trump, and if that requires saying nice things about segregationists, well, “very fine people on both sides,” eh?

Like I said, it’s 2019, and practically everybody is “racist” according to the Left, and having Biden say this kind of stuff might help extinguish the bonfires on which the SJWs want to incinerate us all. But that wasn’t the only controversial thing Joe said Tuesday:

Former Vice President Joe Biden told affluent donors Tuesday that he wanted their support and — perhaps unlike some other Democratic presidential candidates — wouldn’t be making them political targets because of their wealth.
“Remember, I got in trouble with some of the people on my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, you know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who’s made money,” Biden told about 100 well-dressed donors at the Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side, where the hors d’oeuvres included lobster, chicken satay and crudites.
“Truth of the matter is, you all know, you all know in your gut what has to be done,” Biden said. “We can disagree in the margins. But the truth of the matter is, it’s all within our wheelhouse and nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living would change. Nothing would fundamentally change,” he said.
Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and former Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, both of whom spent decades on Wall Street, were among the attendees at the event.

Sometimes a Democrat accidentally tells the truth.



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