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Democrats In 2020: One Creep Out, One Creep In

We made a conscious effort to make a Michael Avenatti-free zone by declining to cover his anti-Trump grandstanding and disbarment-level legal shenanigans. However, the announcement that Avenatti is taking himself out of contention for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president seems like a newsworthy event, especially in light of the announcement that Joe Biden is considering getting in the race.

Although Avenatti is a comic figure, known to Tucker Carlson fans as "the creepy porn lawyer," his presidential exploration wasn’t just hot air. According to reporting by Gideon Resnick of the Daily Beast, Avenatti formed a political action committee, purchased a voter database Joe Bidenused by the Democratic Party, and worked with a former adviser to Hillary Clinton. Avenatti made appearances in the early presidential primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, advocating for a strategy of direct and merciless attacks on Trump to defeat him for a second term.

And in those appearances Avenatti delivered the smash-mouth message that the new hard-Left base of the Democratic Party is looking for: “What I fear for this Democratic Party that I love so much is that we have a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight… When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”

However, after a series of very public humiliations, including being credibly accused of domestic violence, and being arrested, being referred to the FBI for criminal investigation for his role in submitting false testimony during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, being evicted from his L.A. office for not paying the rent, having a public spat with his most famous client in which she accused him of misrepresenting her interests and actually losing the case against President Trump and finding his client hit with Trump’s attorney fees by the judge, Mr. Avenatti has taken himself out of the running for President.

“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” Mr. Resnick of the Daily Beast reports Avenatti wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter. “I do not make this decision lightly - I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”

Mr. Avenatti’s concern and respect for his family seems a little late, given how often he has brought opprobrium upon them, but let’s go with that as at least a less dramatic than expected exit statement.

With the new name of Avenatti out of the Democratic field an old name surfaced; #CreepyJoe Biden.

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said during a book tour stop in Missoula, Montana. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”

No one can deny that Joe Biden has a lot of experience, but the former Vice President then proceeded to undercut the argument he was making for himself with this bizarre statement:

No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have – even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it…

Got that?  Joe Biden knows a great deal about stuff that he’s “not right” about.

In this Biden is making much the same argument for himself that establishment Democrats (and Republicans) make every election: Things are a mess, I have gained a great deal of experience making the mess, so elect me to continue to “not be right” about fixing the mess.

While Biden appeared to be extremely confident about his chances, he says that his decision to run will depend on his family, the Hill reports. He expects to make up in mind in the next couple of months.

“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around. I want to be there to take care of them, so we’ve got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family,” he said. “We’re going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that’s the basis of the decision.”

Cassandra Fairbanks, writing for our friends at The Gateway Pundit, reports that Biden cited his age and being out of touch with the #MeToo movement due to his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Anita Hill hearing as reasons not to run — not the fact that he is a well-documented creeper.

By “well-documented creeper” we assume Ms. Fairbanks is referring to Biden’s propensity to go hands-on with women and girls in a, well, creepy way.

From rubbing Stephanie Carter’s shoulders and whispering in her ear as her husband, Ashton Carter, was sworn in as defense secretary, to wrapping his arm around Senator Joni Ernst's then-teenage daughter, photographers have documented a series of women inappropriately groped by the former vice president.

America’s “Creepy Uncle Joe” also told Senator Joni Ernst's then-teenage daughter, “I hope mom has a big fence around your house,” Karol Markowicz wrote in Time magazine. One of the more awkward moments from the Joe Biden inappropriate behavior reel is his whispering, grabbing, and ultimately trying to kiss Delaware Senator Chris Coon’ daughter Maggie. She was 13 at the time.

With Michael Avenatti’s departure from the scene the creep factor for Democrats did not go down, in fact it may have gone up a couple of notches with the announcement that #CreepyJoe Biden is actively considering running for the Democrats’ 2020 nomination because, despite the fact that he is a well-documented creeper,  he is the most qualified person the Democrats have to be president.

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