The conventional wisdom holds that Joe Biden would be the most formidable opponent for Donald Trump.
The problem with conventional wisdom—as evidenced by the recent failure of Hillary Clinton as the anointed one—is that it’s often wrong.
Many of the Democrat candidates are frauds. But Biden has so much baggage I hope he runs.
Why? Because he’s a dreadful candidate.
He’s gotten caught as a plagiarist in law school and on the campaign trail.
He withdrew from the Democrat race in 1988, saying that his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his past mistakes.
But there’s more.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden presided over two of the most contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in history, those for Robert Bork in 1987 and Clarence Thomas in 1991.
In the Bork hearings, he stated his opposition to Bork soon after the nomination, reversing an approval in an interview of a hypothetical Bork nomination he had made the previous year. He opposed the Bork nomination because the renowned jurist was too much of an originalist.
In the Thomas hearings, Biden’s questions on constitutional issues were often long and convoluted that Thomas said he couldn’t understand the question being asked. Biden angered the left by not allowing supporters of Anita Hill to testify before the committee. Think about how that would play in today’s #MeToo environment.
Biden voted against the 1991 Gulf War, supported the invasion of Afghanistan, and supported the invasion of Iraq. Then he changed his mind about the latter, opposing the 2007 surge, which was arguably the most effective part of the war.
As vice president, Biden counseled Obama against killing Osama bin-Laden. Then he changed his story. For more background, see https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/us/politics/joe-biden-osama-bin-laden.html
If elected, he would be the oldest president ever, running counter to the Democrats’ new generation strategy.
Simply put, bring it on, Joe. We’ll be able to add Bidened right before Borked in the dictionary of American politics.