By Ron Hart
The field of Democratic presidential candidates is in disarray. How bad is it? It’s so bad that the encouraged and anticipated entry of Joe Biden couldn’t make it any worse.
Biden has been a perpetual punch line for the last seven years. He was put into his role as VP by President Obama apparently to dispel, forever, the notion of white supremacy. But compared to Bernie Sanders and the untrustworthy Hillary Clinton, Biden looks like he belongs on Mount Rushmore.
Being Joe Biden is an ongoing indignity. He is known to insist on swimming nude daily and making his Secret Service agents watch. If he leads our military and the free world, I guess he will be the Commando-in-Chief.
And he is known for always being wrong. Until their drubbing in the last election, Biden maintained that the Democrats would hold the Senate. In his book “Duty,” former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates boldly said, “I think he [Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over that past four decades.”
But Biden touts his foreign affairs bona fides; this is puzzling, given what Secretary Gates said and Biden’s implication that al-Qaeda had been defeated. This is the same Biden/Obama team who traded five Taliban leaders for one U.S. deserter, Bowe Bergdahl. Obama tried to include Biden in the deal; the terrorists said “No way!”
Through his press secretary, President Obama reiterated his long-held statement that tapping Joe Biden for VP was the “smartest decision he has ever made in politics.” Considering Obama’s other decisions, this is sadly true—and telling. They’re a team.
There was one scary time when both Obama and Biden were out of the country and we worried about who had our nuclear launch codes. It was comforting to know that, with Biden out of pocket, the nuclear codes were given to North Korea’s envoy, Dennis Rodman.
On the bright side, Biden told a South Carolina Democratic fund-raising event that, if he ran, he promised to serve only one term as president. Nothing makes you feel more confident and secure about a leader than a promise to get his presidency over as quickly as possible.
Biden has already started acting presidential: He will launch an expensive website that doesn’t work and will soon start dividing the country by race.
Uncle Joe has to make his decision to run pretty soon. He’s just waiting to see if Hillary continues to slide in the polls or gets perp-walked. If arrested, Hillary may still replace Obama; with Dems, even in prison jumpsuit orange, she’s the new black.
She is losing to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, and her support is down by 33% in Iowa.
Obama and Biden control her fate in their selective prosecution decisions.
The Obama Injustice Department must decide if it will prosecute Hillary over her nefarious use of a personal email server and destruction of evidence. Hillary was happy to see her campaign sign, “Ready for Hillary,” in D.C. Unfortunately, it was in front of the Federal Courthouse.
Joe Biden met with left-wing cover girl Elizabeth Warren, telegraphing a run. Neither has email issues; Biden does not know how to use email, and Senator Warren only communicates with smoke signals.
Next for Joe Biden is campaigning in Iowa. He has to be careful. The last time he was in Iowa he got stuck in a corn maze for days. It was the oddest thing he’d ever done since whatever he did the day before.
President Obama is encouraging Biden to run in order to extend his legacy. Obama knows that his work is not complete: The racial divide is not wide enough, only 45 million Americans are on food stamps, and only 93 million are out of the labor force. Obamacare, his energy policy, taxes and regulations have not put enough American companies out of business or forced them to move overseas.
With polls saying that “liar” is the first word that comes to mind when Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned, things are shaping up well for a Joe Biden run. Until the last few months, the national joke that was Joe Biden’s unserious nature made it impossible for him to run. But Donald Trump’s success gives him encouragement that anything is possible.
The race could be Biden vs Trump: “Plugs versus Rugs.” We live in a Kardashian-like world now. We no longer want political leaders who will lead us; we prefer, instead, that they entertain us.
(Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator, can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit RonaldHart.com.)