In 1 Corinthians 9:22 St. Paul says “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” To some extent, a presidential candidate must do that. He must be all things so that all the various special interest groups can buy into his story. And for a Democrat candidate that’s a very diverse group of special interests. He’s got the black vote and the feminist vote and the Latino vote, the gay vote and the lesbian vote and now he even has the trans vote. Well, that’s their shtick after all. But this year threading that needle is going to be extra tricky for Creepy Uncle Joe. Take for instance the feminist vote. Tara Reade has made that sale interesting. Although several feminists have openly said that even if they believe Joe Biden sexually assaulted Reade back in 1993, they would still vote for him in November. Columnist Katha Pollitt puts aside all doubts about whether morality is involved in her election calculus. She stated, “I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.” Well that’s refreshingly honest. Another woman, Lisa Bloom, flatly states that she does believe Reade’s claim but she’s endorsing Biden anyway. And she’s a women’s rights attorney! Ain’t that a kick in the head!
What all this tells me is that Joe is not going to energize the feminist vote. And if the feminists aren’t feeling it, they’re not going to be very effective proselytizing their less strident sister in the next cubicle over. I mean how persuasive is an argument that ends with, “So you see Joe Biden has many fewer rape allegations against him than his opponent.” I think a lot of women will feel that argument leaves them a little underwhelmed.
Now let’s look at the black vote. A few days ago, Biden had a video interview with a black social media personality who calls himself, and I kid you not, Charlamagne tha God (CTG). On his radio show called the Breakfast Club he tried to pin down Biden on what gimmees he would promise to the black community. But Biden resisted saying “You got more questions, but I tell ya, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Now this comment raised howls of anger from the African Americans on both the Left and Right. But Biden’s supporters aren’t actually offended by the patronizing remark. But they want him to know they haven’t signed on the dotted line. They want a black woman as his running mate and they want money.
CTG stated, “If you created legislation that hurt [the black community], then you have to create legislation that helps. It’s just that simple. Like, the whole system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt,” McKelvey said in a Friday interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett. “He’s been a very intricate part of that system, whether you’re talking about in ’84 with mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers, or you’re talking about ’86 with crack laws that gave you more time for crack cocaine than powder cocaine, or you’re talking about the ’94 crime bill, like he really was one of those people on the front line when it came to the war on drugs and mass incarceration.” “If he wants to be president, he needs to fix that. He needs to really, really help the people that have helped Democrats all of these years,” he added. And on another interview, he added he wants details on Biden’s “slavery reparations” stance.
To me it’s pretty clear that Biden’s support in the black community is extremely conditional. To tie it up he will have to promise some extremely expensive programs. And chances are he really can’t deliver on those. And even more problematic, if he makes those promises it is going to jeopardize his support from other parts of his fractious coalition.
Now the final piece of the puzzle has less to do with the special interest groups and more to do with self-preservation. Over the course of the last six months Joe Biden has made so many verbal gaffes that everyone including the republicans has stopped paying attention to them. He not only commits factual errors like forgetting what state he’s in or what office he’s running for but he has on occasion lapsed into spouting gibberish in an attempt to finish off some thought that he’s lost the thread of. It’s gotten to the point that even his own constituency has stopped denying that he’s becoming senile. So, if you’re an independent and even if you’re not a Trump fan you’d have to hesitate before voting to put a man as intellectually compromised as Biden in charge of the largest thermonuclear stockpile on the face of the Earth.
So, there we have it. The Democrats had to anoint Biden because otherwise Bernie Sanders would have been the candidate and he’s a Communist Loon. But Joe is essentially a lying, plagiarizing, sex predator suffering from advanced senile dementia. Oh, and he allowed his son to cash in on his political connections to the tune of about a billion dollars from China and the Ukraine. It seems to me even taking into account the equivalent of the Great Depression descending on us after the COVID-19 debacle it’s going to be mighty hard to lift Joe Biden into the White House. Even in these benighted times that may be too much to expect from the American people. We’re nuts but we’re not Biden nuts.