Joe Biden is a Fraud

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Joe Biden is a Fraud

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.

He failed to gain any trac­tion against Mike Dukakis in 1988 and Barack Obama in 2008.

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​/​u​s​/​p​o​l​i​t​i​c​s​/​j​o​e​-​b​i​d​e​n​-​o​s​a​m​a​-​b​i​n​-​l​a​d​e​n​.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.

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.

He failed to gain any traction against Mike Dukakis in 1988 and Barack Obama in 2008.

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.