Indeed, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is a human being, prone to all the usual foibles. He’s “gaffe prone.” He’s everyone’s “creepy uncle,” too touchy-feely for comfort and a “hair-sniffer” to boot. He’s a stutterer who has worked for years to manage what laudably has not been — over the last several decades — a disability. To the current President of the United States he is “Sleepy Joe,” due in part to some weary debate performances.
He has been charged with plagiarism over 30 years ago, and more than once.
Why include that here?
Because it will most assuredly return from the ether, courtesy of his opponents, once his nomination is announced.
So why hide it?
Let’s address this now:
Flashback: Joe Biden's first presidential run in 1988 cratered amid multiple instances of…
Former Vice President Joe Biden mounted an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1988. When incidents of plagiarism in…
And, see here for something a bit less accurate on the matter— allegations by Josh Nelson, the Vice-President of Credo Mobile:
The Joe Biden climate plan plagiarism "scandal," explained
Joe Biden's climate plan, released on the morning of June 4, contains a number of passages that seem to have been…
The charges have been addressed by Biden time and again — he was guilty, make no mistake — and they will continue to be a vulnerability.
Joe Biden appears to possess a short fuse, a quality that is not necessarily a bad thing in a candidate that some have considered “safe” and others dismiss as representative of “politics as usual.” Of course, there is also the contingent who sees “Sleepy Joe” as nothing more than an Obama appendage.
That fuse, though. “Fighting Joe” may be the more apt descriptor. Has he switched positions on various issues such as, it seems, gun control? Sure. Politicians do that. I’m not defending it, just stating a point of fact.
But as I watch this video, I sense he just may be able to go one-on-one with the dirtiest player in the game, Donald J. Trump.
If “Fighting Joe” appears, that is, and he is able to remain focused.
There’s even the cutting sense of humor, which once again exposes this candidate’s breaking point:
Biden's "lying dog-faced pony soldier" moment, explained
A young female voter asked Joe Biden on Sunday why voters should believe he can win. His response was rather unusual…
The bottom line is Joe Biden is a career politician. He has risen from the ranks, has been a senator and a Vice-President, and may well become the next President of the United States.
None of this is happenstance.
One does not survive the brutal, back-stabbing business of politics with either a thin skin, a lack of knowledge, or a lack of skill.
Joe has survived for nearly 50 years as a politician, outdistancing most.
The fact that he was an integral part of one of the most lauded administrations in recent memory doesn’t hurt.
But … his recent transformation from bored debater with flashes of fire who most had written off, to our leading Democratic contender courtesy of Super Tuesday on March 3, was not chance.
Time and again Joe had risen, though this time was different.
Perhaps we should have known better.
Certainly, Joe Biden can be a surly bastard when the need arises.
Regarding his most immediate opponent, Bernie Sanders, a candidate who runs on the “youth vote” and promises revolution … Joe’s unexpected victory in state after state helped clarify at least one issue: Revolution is being largely dismissed in favor of those politics as usual, and the freneticism of Sanders is giving way to Biden cool.
The next day, March 4, social media quarterbacks widely credited Biden’s victory as representative of a desire for decency as opposed to yet another questionable revolution. “Democratic socialism” aside, those who said they had voted largely appeared to look for a rerun, rather than a progression.
We went that way nearly four years ago, several added.
If Biden attains the candidacy over Sanders, I believe the dance will be more exciting than frenetic, and more intellectually intense as Biden’s experience — and his temperament — may parry Trump off his game.
It is easy to write volumes of Biden’s years in politics, and of his record, but for simplicity’s sake allow me to link his annotated Wikipedia entry:
Political positions of Joe Biden
Joe Biden served as the Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 and in the United States Senate from 1973…
Senator Kamala Harris, on the second night of the first Democratic debate in Miami, Florida — who is now endorsing Biden’s bid for the presidency — called him out on his record on busing:
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In one of the most explosive moments of night two of the first Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris…
Several days earlier, a New York Times article reported Biden’s views of the issue.
We’ll surely hear about this again as well, moving forward.
Biden, though, yet again lived another day.
Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump was controversially acquitted in his impeachment “trial” (debatable), a call to judgement bereft of witnesses. In the midst of the scenario, for months prior, Team Trump accused Biden of using his influence to keep his son, Hunter, in a high-paying job at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma.
Hunter was accused by the Trump administration as involved in Burisma corruption. Hunter, though, was not under any prior investigation, for corruption or otherwise. The invented “scandal” began as Joe worked to have Viktor Shokin, the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, fired. Trump accused Joe of using his influence as Vice-President to prevent an investigation into Burisma, which would have in turn implicated Hunter.
The truth is America’s allies, Ukrainian anti-corruption activists, and the Obama administration all believed Shokin was actually not doing enough to combat corruption. Trump further, baselessly, stated that Hunter was also involved in corruption in China, to no avail.
Though many expect these accusations also to be reinvigorated during the inevitable Donald Trump-Joe Biden presidential contest (save for a Bernie Sanders last-minute miracle), Biden will be able to defend himself.
The rabid nature of the Team Trump aside, Joe Biden understands he needs to attract undecideds, and the more time he spends speaking up his issues should win some of those on the fence.
The rest is up to us, and us alone.
The phoenix I alluded to in the title of this piece was not Biden, incidentally, though most of the former Democratic candidates have, like Kamala Harris, come around to endorse him … but us. I do agree so many of us are starved for a return of decency, of rational and polite discourse and the cessation of leadership by Twitter.
Bernie Sanders and his most extreme supporters (calling themselves “Bernie bots” and frequently proclaiming “Bernie or bust!” on social media) apparently have misread the public’s appetite for yet another political revolution.
The expected youth vote that Bernie and his bots expected did not turn out as anticipated. And, many who said they did vote — for Biden — have expressed fear because they did not fully understand the quixotic concept of “democratic socialism.”
Joe Biden's stunning wins of nine states on March 3, Super Tuesday, was unlike any political comeback we’ve seen. Sanders was the assumed favorite in most of those states.
March 10 was similar business, with Biden winning four of six states (two remaining too close to call) at the time of this writing.
Nearly four years ago, Donald Trump introduced the concept of “draining the swamp” amidst a political revolution of the likes never before witnessed. Those voters who believed themselves unrepresented by career politicians saw in Trump an opportunity for hope.
Many believe he delivered. Those of us on the other side of the fence believe the antichrist would have a better track record.
With the economy presently plunging due in large part to Coronavirus uncertainty, Trump’s lauded golden ticket to re-election has taken a major hit.
Suddenly, a surprising number of Democrats, and those on the fence if evening news interviews are any indication, are buying into Biden as a trusted figure, and our best choice for new leadership despite, or because of, the perception of being a flawed but decent human being.
Though Joe Biden may not have been on my list of personal favorite 2020 Democratic presidential contenders past or present, I will certainly vote for him should he win the nomination.
I believe him to be more than capable, and easily underestimated.
Never underestimate a fighter, who sells a return to decency … by being himself, warts and all.
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