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Assault on America, Day 428: Resurrected Joe Biden ain’t any better than the one left for dead

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“You know, he just ain’t that smart.”

Such was the general impression I took from the pundits talking about the “resurrection” of Joe Biden’s campaign in the past week. By all appearances, Barack Obama’s veep and right-hand man gained new life from his victory in the South Carolina primary last Saturday and then his surprisingly strong showing on Super Tuesday -- a remarkable feat considering many folks (myself included) believed they’d already attended his campaign’s funeral not even two weeks ago following his crushing defeat in the Nevada Democrat caucuses.

Establishment Democrats are so relieved about Joe’s improbable return to viability that they’re all-but dismissing the prospects of Bernie Sanders (and Elizabeth Warren, too) – the other “living” candidate still in the field -- which is risky considering the political winds haven’t completely shifted in Biden’s direction. Politics is a funny business and what appears certain one moment is utterly unfounded the next. Biden is in much better shape than he was after Nevada (where Sanders beat him by about the same margin he won in South Carolina), but it’s hardly time to start measuring the White House drapes for a January, 2021 move-in.

If history is a guide, it’s inevitable that eventually – maybe in a week or two or a month – Democrat voters will take a step back and reassess their fortunes and realize, once again, that Joe just ain’t that smart. Will it be too late at that point?

For now they’re happy as hogs that good ‘ol back slappin’, hair sniffin’, pearly white teeth grinnin’ and nude swimmin’ Biden is back in the game. Before the Super Tuesday states even voted, former Democrat Senate majority leader Harry Reid published an op-ed articulating the reasons why Grampa Joe is just the right guy to bludgeon President Donald Trump in this year’s election.

Pure fantasy, but it’s fascinating to witness how badly the elites want power back. Reid wrote at the USA Today, “As Trump continues peddling hate, division and cruelty, both rhetorically and in his policies, we need a candidate steeped in empathy and compassion — someone who is truly gifted at bringing people together. Joe Biden has experienced unimaginable tragedy in his life, and those experiences made him one of the most empathetic and compassionate people I have ever known. After Trump’s apathy, narcissism, hate and division, America needs a president who can reestablish America’s focus on justice and compassion in an administration and its policies.

‘Donald Trump represents the worst in American politics. He embraces and exploits America’s basest instincts. To defeat him, we need a candidate who represents the best of America — and everything that Trump isn’t.

“History will remember Trump as the nation’s worst president. We must unite behind the candidate who is not only the best equipped to win, but also able to lead us past Trump’s dark chapter in American history. That candidate is Joe Biden.”

Conservatives and Republicans know history will see Trump differently than Reid, but what else would you expect from the guy?

It’s hard to believe Harry Reid’s only been departed from the American political scene for a few years (he exited just before Trump took office, leaving “Chucky” Schumer in charge of the Senate Democrat circus) because he’s still every bit as annoying and detached from reality as he was when he haunted the halls of the U.S. Capitol building. It’s funny how in his op-ed Reid basically regurgitated Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign message from 2016 – you know, that Trump’s not fit to be president because he’s a corrupt business man and a racist and sexist and he represents all the worst in America, blah, blah, blah.

You don’t have to be very smart to be a Democrat political consultant these days. Tell your client to center their campaign on racism and xenophobia and homophobia together with unsupported (by the facts or feasibility) promises to rain goodies down on your unfortunate and bitter followers and you’ve got your platform. This is essentially the strategy of each 2020 Democrat this year, having liberally stolen from the political playbooks of every party hopeful since big bubba Bill Clinton, though it should be noted Obama offered somewhat of a more airy missive with his “Hope and Change” hyperbole.

The scheme didn’t work for Hillary four years ago and Democrats are deluded if they think the same “I hate Trump” venom will be catchier this time around. Lest anyone forget, Reid had a talent for saying some pretty off the wall things himself in his day. Anyone remember when two liberal hacks (Mark Halperin and John Heilemann) reported on Harry’s behind-the-scenes opinion of Obama’s initial run? From a 2009 CNN report, “He [Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’”

Apparently Hillary’s contrived “Negro dialect” – when she wanted it, of course – wasn’t nearly as awe-inspiring during her dual campaigns for the top job.

Reid’s race-based observation almost sounded like something Biden would have said, such as the time the half-century experienced pol talked about Indian business owners in his home state. The Associated Press reported Biden said in 2006, “I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.”

We believe you, Joe – that you’re not joking, that is. You make bizarre off-the-cuff remarks all the time and then accuse others of being racists and bigots. We realize you’re desperate (since you’ve got no issue program to tout) but it’s gotten kind of ridiculous. Biden’s been shielded from any realistic scrutiny throughout his career, first in his safe blue state senate seat and then cowering from view hidden behind the much larger shadow of Barack Obama.

No wonder Democrats think Joe’s so great… well at least they do now. It was different a couple weeks ago!

And not to go overboard on a used-up out-of-the-game loser like Reid, but his contempt for the masses wasn’t very well disguised when he had occasion to comment. Speaking on the opening of the new capitol visitor’s center in 2008, Harry said, “My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway. In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true.”

It might be the only time Reid’s ever told the truth, including his opinion piece. To be fair, saying dumb things isn’t solely a Democrat problem and even Trump’s uttered (or Tweeted) some unwise quotables (bulletin board material?) he shouldn’t have. But Trump’s occasional misspeaks aren’t dripping with disdain like those of Biden and Harry Reid.

And Trump knows his audience. The president gushes praise on Americans – all of them – including supporters of his political antagonists. You won’t catch Trump bashing ordinary citizens, just the political elites who assault him first (which definitely extends to establishment Republicans too). Democrats (and Never-Trumpers) abuse Trump and the people who champion him. Don’t believe it? Watch this clip from January on CNN.

I’m not a high-dollar Democrat adviser, but here’s some on-the-house advice for them: stop attacking Trump’s supporters as backwards rubes who hate minorities and foreigners and Muslims and non-Christian immigrants and start offering something people can vote for rather than vote against. (Note: I offer the tip because I know they’ll never take it!) While it’s true that in 2016, Trump likely received millions of votes from people who simply couldn’t stomach Hillary Clinton, he still ran with a very detailed agenda full of proposals he intended to implement if given the privilege of serving as president.

And he’s done it.

One final point on Harry Reid’s slobbery endorsement of Joe Biden: Reid claimed Biden is so “compassionate,” but does anyone detect it from the candidate himself? Not long ago the Democrat establishment favorite labeled a New Hampshire student who asked him a question about his vaunted electability a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” as well as stared an 83-year-old Iowa farmer in the eye and called him a “damn liar” for asking the candidate about his son Hunter’s Ukrainian scam.

And they say Trump is rude? Where’s the compassion, Joe? How about being “presidential”?

Biden repeatedly says he can “get stuff done,” but what exactly does this mean? That he can return the federal judiciary back to its pre-Trump orientation of legislating from the bench? That he will magically bring the warring congressional factions together to sing Kumbaya, hold hands and forget all about principled divisions? Can Joe convince everyone in America to abandon $2 a gallon gas and the country’s new position as the world’s top energy producer to espouse dumping billions into windmills and subsidizing electric cars?

Nope. Joe can’t do it. He ain’t that smart. Many people excuse Joe’s lack of ability because of his advanced age, but he’s been a walking-talking gaffe machine his whole life. Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg are both older than Biden yet they’re a lot more lucid. Face it, Joe’s as dense as bricks.

Not only that, there are millions of Trump volunteers primed to present the other side of the story. Katherine Doyle reported at The Washington Examiner, “Launched on Monday, the new Army for Trump website looks like a road map for ‘Team Trump’ to reach the 2 million trained volunteers that campaign manager Brad Parscale said it would have by November. ‘It's time to get out there and start knocking on doors, making phone calls,’ Parscale said recently at the Conservative Political Action Conference. ‘It's time to become digital activists and fight.’

“In 2016, Parscale said, the campaign had close to 16,000 trained volunteers. ‘We will have 2 million trained volunteers for 2020,’ he said. ‘We are already past 500,000, and we don't have anyone to run against yet.’...

“Registering voters is one priority for the campaign, whose data shows that registration makes a voter 80% more likely to turn out on Election Day. Team Trump is heavily engaged in recruiting new voters in swing states and states that traditionally vote Democratic in their bid to secure a Trump victory, with plans for outreach to black voters, rapid-response, post-rally televised ads, and a Trump blimp.”

I can’t wait to see the Trump blimp – and the conservative “army” in action. It’ll be a sight to behold as Trump’s Keep America Great legions spread out across the country and motivate newcomers to get involved. Democrats will no doubt try to replicate the same type of response, but the decided lack of enthusiasm for Biden will soar like a lead balloon among the grassroots.

If Bernie Sanders wins, it’s a different story. But Biden? He just ain’t that smart. And voting against Trump won’t be enough, especially since Reid tipped their (empty) hand early – all Democrats have is racism and fear mongering going for them. That’s Hillary redux. Democrats very well could regret bringing Joe back from the political dead.

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