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Douglas Andrews / Oct. 13, 2020

Some Good Questions for Joe

The media has no interest in asking tough questions of Joe Biden, but we do.

You know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.

That’s a pretty scathing indictment of the man Barack Obama hand-picked as his running mate more than a dozen years ago. But it wasn’t just an isolated insult. Obama also once said, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f—k things up.”

Perhaps even more damning, though, were Obama’s deliberate efforts to convince Biden not to run at all.

In 2016, he sent a liaison to try to talk his former veep out of it, thinking Hillary Clinton — Hillary Clinton — would have a better shot at succeeding him and building on his, ahem, agenda. Three years later, around the time Biden was deciding to get into the race, Obama was more blunt: “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.”

No dice. But what does Obama know that tens of millions of his fellow Democrats apparently don’t know?

Twenty-eight Democrats ran for their party’s 2020 nomination, and this is the best they could do? This is their standard-bearer? Biden dropped out of the race 12 years ago after getting a measly 4% of the vote in Iowa. This year, he stuck it out despite finishing a dismal fourth in Iowa, behind the homosexual Millennial, the septuagenarian socialist, and the fake Indian. Then he finished fifth in New Hampshire and lost by 26 points to Bernie Sanders in Nevada.

Dude can’t take a hint. And neither, it seems, can Democrat voters. These, after all, are the people who got to know Biden best. Here again, what do Iowans and New Hampshirites and Nevadans know that the rest of the nation’s Democrats don’t know?

Speaking of questions, Kyle Smith at National Review has some doozies for ol’ Scranton Joe. Mind you, these are simply questions that a decent, honest, and self-respecting media would’ve already asked. Like this one: “Barack Obama’s personal physician for many years, reviewed your records and said, ‘He’s not a healthy guy.’ On day one of your presidency, should you win, you will be 13 years past retirement age and older than any man has ever been at any point while holding that office. This fall you have on many occasions ‘called a lid,’ or shut down all operations for the day, by 9 a.m. Shouldn’t the American people be worried … that you have the stamina for the world’s toughest job?”

Or this one: “You once told Mississippi Senator John Stennis, a racist opponent of school desegregation, that you viewed him as a ‘hero’ and were honored to take over his office after he retired. In 2010 you gave a eulogy at the funeral of Senator Robert Byrd, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan whom you called ‘a dear friend.’ … As recently as 2016 you fondly recalled that you welcomed the assistance of Stennis in one of your Senate reelection campaigns even though Stennis once said, ‘Those who would mix little children of both races in our schools are following an illegal, immoral, and sinful doctrine.’ Isn’t your record of supporting these avowed white supremacists disturbing, disgusting, and disqualifying?”

Smith has other questions, too, including one about the intellectual chops of a guy who finished near the bottom of his class at Syracuse Law School, and the reliability of a guy who, according to Obama’s former defense secretary, has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

More recently, of course, there’s Biden’s bizarre unwillingness to level with the American people about whether he supports packing the Supreme Court with leftist justices and thereby upsetting the Court’s 151-year-old balance of nine justices.

The media might not want to know, Joe. But we sure do.

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