Former vice president Joe Biden is close to securing the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, despite publicly displaying well-known characteristics of senility.
All he has been required to do is show up for town halls, campaign events and debates appearing somewhat lucid and his handlers take care of everything else.
The 77-year-old has a long legacy of public service that gives him name recognition and impressive credentials. He served as senator for Delaware for over thirty years before striking political gold when he was chosen as former president Barack Obama’s vice president.
Democrats need a political big wig with a brand name they can bandy about to make them appear viable as a party for the 2020 election. They also need a well-recognized and respected name to attract millions in fundraising and Biden is their golden ticket.
He doesn’t even have to show up much in public now because of coronavirus stay-at-home-orders and social distancing. He can subsist on the gravitas he has earned with the political hierarchy and the public while doing media appearances from his basement.
Biden has made a record number of gaffes on the campaign trail, even calling himself an “O-Biden Bama Democrat” who is running for the United States Senate.
On Sunday he appeared on ABC’s This Week to talk about coronavirus when he forgot the year that the 1918 flu epidemic took place and became befuddled.
“We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and … correct the public health,” he rambled incoherently.
He often forgets what state he is campaigning in and what he is talking about in mid-sentence. Last month Biden said he was looking forward to Super Thursday instead of Super Tuesday. At a campaign rally in Texas, Biden said, “Look, tomorrow is Super Thur… Super Tuesday,” correcting himself quickly: “I tell you what, I’m rushing ahead, aren’t I?”
Political commentator Ted Rall wrote a critique of Biden for Rasmussen Reports in March complaining, “You Democrats ought to be ashamed of yourselves.” He accused them of “conspiring to gaslight the American people by engineering the election of a man clearly suffering from dementia.”
“This is no time to be “polite.” We are talking about the presidency,” wrote Rall. “Contrary to current ridiculous Democratic talking points, it is not ageist to point this out. One out of seven Americans over the age of 70 suffers from dementia. (Biden is 77.) If it’s ageist to talk about dementia among the elderly, it’s ageist to talk about immaturity among the young.”
“It is neither necessary to scientifically determine whether the former vice president has dementia. On the other hand, you don’t need an astronomer to know that the sun rises in the east. If you have encountered dementia, you know Joe Biden has it,” he concluded.
Trump called out the Democratic Party’s hoax on Saturday, dismissing a ‘Biden tweet’ during an exchange with a reporter at a press briefing.
The former vice president stated, “Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it.”
“Joe Biden actually just attacked you in a tweet, I don’t know if you have seen it,” said the reporter.
TRUMP: “He just what?”
REPORTER: “Attacked you.”
TRUMP: “He didn’t write anything. He has professionals from the Democrats writing.”
REPORTER: “Let me read what he said. He says ‘Donald Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it.’ How do you respond to that, sir?”
TRUMP: “He didn’t write that. That was done by a Democrat operative. He doesn’t write. He doesn’t — he’s probably not even watching right now. And if he is, he doesn’t understand what he’s watching. But just so you understand, it was very nice what they wrote. You know, they released it at a strange time, sort of a strange time to release something like that. But he admitted I was right. And if you read The Federalist story which most of you won’t, because you don’t want to, but you’d learn something because if you — it goes through a chart, times. I was early. Dr. Fauci, I don’t think he’s changed his mind but he said it was a very important step when we stopped China from coming in from the specific area that was heavily infected. We would have a whole different thing right now. So I don’t really know what Joe Biden said. I don’t really care. And again, I see — every once in a while I’ll say something, I’m make a speech and it will be critiqued and I get this beautiful, brilliant critique. Joe Biden didn’t write that … He wished he did but he didn’t.
Podcast host Joe Rogan is backing Independent Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary but said he will vote for Trump in the presidential election, if Biden secures the nomination.
“I’d rather vote for Trump than [Biden],” said the comic on Friday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“I don’t think [Biden] can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that. And we don’t know what the f-ck he’ll be like after a year in office,” said Rogan.
“The pressure of being president of the United States is something that no one has ever prepared for. The only one who seems to be fine with it is Trump, oddly enough,” he argued, adding “He doesn’t seem to be aging at all or in any sort of decline. Rogan contended that Biden’s numerous slip-ups were “not a normal way to communicate unless he’s high”.
Biden will be 78 if he is sworn in as president next January. His campaign has been insisting that he is better prepared to handle the global pandemic than Trump but many voters are not fooled by the party’s charade.