"Politics is perception, and if things don't work out, the amount of time it'll take you to go from being a hired gun to a cocktail party joke can be clocked with an egg timer." — Leo Solomon talking to his lobbyist in "The American President."
Switch out “hired gun” for “Democratic presidential frontrunner,” and you have the albatross hanging around Joe Biden’s neck. In the span of two weeks, the chants turned from “Run, Joe, Run!” to “Say it ain’t so, Joe!”
If things don’t work out, Mr. Biden’s descendance into joke territory will be, ironically, the result of the intolerance that he and his Party created.
Mr. Biden was the frontrunner in a crowded field. His outspoken nature, close relationship to President Obama, and perception as the most relatable candidate made him seem the Democrats’ best chance.
But all that changed after Nevada Democratic politician Lucy Flores claimed that, in 2014, the then-Vice President smelled her hair and kissed the back of her head. Since then, at least six other women have come forward with similar stories of unwanted behavior, such as placing his hand on the thigh of a college-aged sexual assault victim; hugging too tight and long; rubbing noses; massaging shoulders; touching necks; and draping his hand down the length of a woman’s back.
The big question is whether Biden can weather the storm. Will the numerous free passes from hypocritical Democrats be enough to put this issue to bed, or will his opponents keep up the pressure so that it consumes Mr. Biden’s campaign? Being such a touchy issue, it’s anyone’s guess.
Biden’s “non-apology” apology aside, it’s time that commentators, presidential candidates, and politicians stop calling for Joe Biden to exit the race under the pretense that his actions are “disqualifying.”
That’s not their job, and saying it is grossly irresponsible. The only “qualifications” are outlined in the Constitution — criteria which Joe Biden meets. Therefore, the arrogant “intelligentsia” needs to stop trying to dictate who should, and should not, run for office, particularly because we already have a system to determine that: it’s called elections.
If Mr. Biden’s supporters want to defend him, great. But is it too much to ask that they not insult us (and themselves) with the ridiculous excuses that Joe’s behavior is because A) he’s just a “touchy-feely” guy who prides himself on personal contact, and, alternatively, B) he’s from a different generation.
Give us a break.
You don’t have to be from the modern era to realize that Mr. Biden’s behavior crossed the line. It’s one thing if a person touches another’s arm during a conversation, but that’s apples and oranges compared to uninvited intimate acts such as smelling hair, squeezing a co-ed’s thigh, and massaging/kissing shoulders.
Ironically, Mr. Biden is caught in a bind no matter what. He either engaged in such behavior not knowing it was wrong, illustrating a lack of judgement and the inability to adapt to changing societal norms. Or he knew it was inappropriate, yet did it anyway — actions perhaps borne out of the arrogance that stems from being a top-level politician for fifty years. Whether his primary opponents will box Joe into a corner remains to be seen, but should he emerge as the nominee, you can bet Donald Trump will make hay with “Creepy Joe.”
Most disturbing are the double standards employed by the Left.
If a Republican faced the same allegations, he’d almost certainly already be gone. There would have been infinitely more media stories, and the pressure to step aside would have been monumentally escalated. But because “Joe is Joe,” and because he is leading in the polls, which feeds the Left’s irrational obsession to beat Mr. Trump, he has gotten a huge free pass.
The best example can be found when comparing reactions to Mr. Biden with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Yes, the allegations differ in that Justice Kavanaugh was accused of physical assault whereas Mr. Biden’s actions, while physical, were not “assault.”
Nonetheless, the hypocrisy is quite telling, such as with liberal actress Alyssa Milano. She was at the forefront in condemning Mr. Kavanaugh, stating that she believed his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — despite virtually no evidence and an accusation full of inconsistencies, for an incident that allegedly occurred 36 years prior. Yet now, despite ample video evidence of Mr. Biden touching women inappropriately over the years, Milano ignores it all, conveniently changing her outlook: “Just as we must believe women that decide to come forward, we cannot assume all women's experiences are the same." That’s code-speak for only supporting those who advance one’s selfish political agenda.
If the Left takes no prisoners in its quest for intolerance masquerading as purity, it will kiss its chances of re-taking the White House goodbye.
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.