Could doddering old men blow Democrats’ chances in 2020

Democrats are desperate to find a senior statesman, or woman, to take on President Donald Trump. The party is running low on credibility after propping up a failed hoax of Russian collusion for almost three years.

Joe Biden could be just what they need to give a facade of normalcy to a party that is pushing a grocery cart full of far left cats off the side of the highway, if only he could get it together.

He joined nine other Democrats on night two of the second round in CNN’s presidential debate series in Detroit, Michigan.

The other candidates on stage were: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).

Facilitators were Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, and Don Lemon. Unfortunately, these so-called journalists are too deeply embedded with Democrats to be called moderators.

At the end of the brutal debate, the elder former vice president, peering through squinting eyes at the teleprompter said, “If you agree with me, go to Joe3-0-3-3-0 and help me in this fight, thank you very much.”

It was an unfortunate slip-up. He meant to encourage his supporters to text the number 30330, but it was so poorly worded that it opened the door to an avalanche of Twitter ridicule. Was he referring to his website or his 3030 campaign? No one knew for sure.

It wasn’t just what he said, but his halting, stuttering speech pattern, that made the optics of an 80-year-old man competing to be president of the free world a grim reality for the Democratic Party.

Biden also anointed his opponent Senator Cory Booker “president,” an error he tried to fix by renaming him “the future president”. This delighted Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie who thanked him profusely for the “endorsement”.

Booker said, “Well first of all, I’m grateful that he endorsed my presidency already.” He later tweeted: “Future President has a nice ring to it. Chip in $5 (or whatever you can) to help our campaign keep up the momentum.” They are now offering stickers with Biden’s quote at $4 each.

After the Mueller debacle, these unforced errors by the frontrunner are not the optics the party needs.  ‘Sleepy Joe,” can’t afford to live up to the moniker he was assigned by President Trump.

New York Times Opinion Columnist Frank Bruni on Thursday wrote in despair: “But there’s that way in which he trails off at the end of a sentence or an argument, all the little hiccups en route, the messy seams connecting one thought to the next, the demeanor that falls into a maddening gray area between engaged and fully animated. If Booker and de Blasio traffic in too many exclamation points, Biden traffics in too many ellipses.”

The party’s domestic agenda has been mainly focused on impeaching the president. The Mueller report failed to deliver a silver bullet to Trump’s presidency with proof he colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 elections and obstructed justice.

The testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller III before the House in July was supposed to ‘breathe life’ into a report that should have provided a rationale for impeachment proceedings, but failed to deliver solid evidence of wrong doing.

He turned out to be another fumbling old man. In a brutal takedown Charlie Hurt in a Wednesday opinion piece for The Washington Times wrote:

 “… There he was: in the bright lights on national television sputtering, bumbling and doddering about some report these people kept talking about. Again and again, Mr. Mueller would wander off topic and his mouth would wander off from the microphone. The lights flickered in his eyes as if there was a faulty connection …. How confusing it must have been for Mr. Mueller to keep hearing these people go on and on and on about a report that somebody named after him.”

Democrats may end up learning a harsh lesson. Like the 2007 movie No Country for Old Men suggested, America is a youth-oriented culture and social media will be merciless with Biden’s unforced errors. Sprightly 73-year-old Trump is somewhat of an anomaly, as his rival Hillary Clinton learned the hard way. Biden better be ready to go the distance if he hopes to survive against his primary rivals and the president.