Say It Ain’t Joe

First off, the moron in chief actually tweeted this today.

One commenter to the tweet noted that the MiC has tweeted in support of a new moon mission in the past, and in fact signed a directive in 2017 telling NASA to refocus its efforts to moon exploration. To which another commenter responded, “To every Trump tweet there is an equal and opposite Trump tweet.”

But what I really want to talk about is Joe Biden. His campaign is not going well.

As recently as this Wednesday, Biden’s campaign was saying he still supported the infamous Hyde Amendment that bans federal funding for abortion. But after angry posts about Joe’s record on abortion rights ripped through social media, Joe on Thursday night announced he had changed his mind. He cited the several recent draconian state laws limiting abortion access as his reason.

Well, okay. But then last month the Biden campaign told the world that Joe was working out a “middle ground” position on climate change, and he was promptly hammered for it by pretty much the entire political left. So the campaign hustled out a policy proposal that “contains a number of passages that seem to have been copied and pasted, at times with very superficial changes, from various advocacy organizations, policy shops, and in one instance a Vox article,” it says at Vox. The proposal may not be bad — although it has been criticized for going too easy on fossil fuel interests — but it does give the appearance that Biden and his campaign hadn’t thought about this stuff too much until recently.

How long has he had to think about running for and serving as president? Why isn’t he better prepared? One gets the impression that Joe thought he could run on charm and the strength of his resume. Maybe at some point in the past that was so; not this year.

I’ve already complained about why “electability” is a chimera (see also). What does Joe Biden offer the nation, really? I don’t want to go through all of Joe’s political history in this post; not even the Anita Hill debacle and his famous support for the credit card industy. Those happened several years ago, although we don’t know if he’s really learned anything since. Let’s focus on his record as President Obama’s Veep.

In response to someone who touted Biden’s experience with foreign policy, a writer at Talking Points Memo said,

This is, frankly, insane.

First, let’s look at Biden’s history and America’s foreign policy over that same time frame. We’re we REALLY so successful? Did we change the world in any beneficial way? Did we end our involvement in unnecessary wars? Did we help bring freedom and democratic governance to the oppressed? Did we really accomplish anything at all, or did we merely slow the foreign policy free-fall nightmare of the Bush/Cheney years?

Second, let’s not pretend this is something it isn’t. In general, foreign policy is EASIER than domestic policy. The Executive branch has more freedom of action, and the questions in play tend to be straightforward. Can anybody REALLY distrust that a Warren or Harris administration would make good decisions, considering the number of advisers and experts available to them?

How effective was Joe with domestic policy? It’s hard to say, but of course the Obama Administration wasted way too much time and political capital trying to “work with” Republicans, who consistently spat in their faces. Yet today Joe seems prepared to walk down that same Road of Fail and is talking about his talents for bipartisanship.

In April, John Long wrote for New Republic,

In his campaign launch video, Joe Biden echoed a refrain common among establishment Democrats, retiring Republicans, and legacy media pundits since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The story goes like this: Trump is a malign interloper who swept in and “hijacked” the Republican Party, leading it astray from its true, noble ideals. Biden implies this in his opening pitch, saying that once we are rid of Trump, all will be more or less well.

Did Joe sleep through the Obama Administration?

See also Richard North Patterson:

In Biden’s account, Trump is an aberration—as though America got hit by a moon rock. His tacit slogan seems to be “back to the future”: all we need to restore the supposedly Halcion days of Obama-Biden is to excise Donald Trump.

No. As many have said, Trump is just a symptom. The Republican Party is the disease. Yes, Trump must be defeated, but our leadership has to understand where the sickness is coming from or some even more depraved version of Trump will be in the White House soon enough.

I was sorry Biden didn’t run in 2016, because I believe he could have taken the nomination away from Clinton and probably would have beaten Trump. But we can’t go back now. If he’s the nominee I will vote for him, but please, let it be somebody else.