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12/20/2022

Oh Dear, He’s Doing It Again

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:24 am



[guest post by JVW]

From National Review Online:

President Biden’s recent claim that he awarded his war hero uncle a Purple Heart during his tenure as vice president is not supported by a timeline of historical events.

At a military veterans event at Delaware’s National Guard headquarters on December 16, Biden said that his uncle fought in World War II and was eligible for the Purple Heart but never received it, Factcheck.org first noted. Once he was elected vice president, Biden claimed that his father encouraged him to give his uncle Frank a Purple Heart. Awarded strictly to service members who were wounded or killed in action, the Purple Heart is the military’s highest commendation.

“You know, I — my dad, when I got elected vice president, he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’ He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge. But he said, ‘And he won the Purple Heart. And he never received it. He never — he never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We’ll surprise him,’” Biden said in his speech.

However, Biden’s uncle passed away in 1999 and his father passed away in 2002 — years before he became vice president in 2009.

Maybe this isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, except that it once again calls into question President Biden’s mental acuity, especially now that he is a month past his 80th birthday. Telling harmless stories about family members isn’t the worst sin an elected official can commit, though certainly those who fib about inconsequential things tend to lie about important matters too.

– JVW

49 Responses to “Oh Dear, He’s Doing It Again”

  1. I’ll try to carry some of the blogging load over the next few days as we steamroll towards Hanukkah and Christmas.

    JVW (667e84)

  2. The next Congress should subpoena Biden’s medical records, as part of an investigation on how well the public is informed about presidential health. Then release them.

    I think that presidential health (and particularly mental acuity) is more important than petty wrangling over tax returns.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  3. Maybe this isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things…

    Except maybe… it is.

    Lest we forget:

    Georgia veteran sentenced, ordered to pay restitution after faking military honors and mental illness for VA benefits

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – A Columbus veteran has been sentenced to one year in prison and three years of supervised release, as well as being ordered to pay $76,000 in restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Gregg Ramsdell, 61 of Columbus, pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 in federal court to one count of false statements and one count of violating the Stolen Valor Act. He will not be eligible for parole. “Ramsdell’s conduct [as does Joe Biden’s] does a disservice to all of those who exhibit true valor, serving honorably and courageously in our nation’s armed forces.

    https://www.wbtw.com/news/georgia-veteran-sentenced-ordered-to-pay-restitution-after-faking-military-honors-and-mental-illness-for-va-benefits/

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    Biden claims his uncle Frank won Purple Heart but story doesn’t add up

    President Biden claimed Friday that his uncle Frank Biden won the Purple Heart for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II — but there’s no evidence of the award and key details of the story are chronologically impossible.

    The 80-year-old commander-in-chief has a habit of sharing false or embellished personal anecdotes to build a connection with his audiences and told his latest apparent tall tale during largely unscripted remarks to veterans in Delaware.

    “My dad, when I got elected vice president [in 2008], he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’ He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge, but he said, ‘and he won the Purple Heart and he never received it. He never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We will surprise him,’” the president recalled.

    “So I got him the Purple Heart. He had won it in the Battle of the Bulge. And I remember he came over the house and I came out and [my father] said, ‘Present it to him, okay?’ We had the family there,” Biden went on.

    “I said, ‘Uncle Frank, you’ve won this and I wanted to —’ and he said, ‘I don’t want the damn thing.’ No, I’m serious, he said, ‘I don’t want it.’ I said, ‘What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.’”

    Biden told the story apparently to make a point about the humility of veterans, but the known facts indicate it’s not true. Biden’s father, Joseph R. Biden Sr., died in September 2002 — more than six years before his son was elected vice president. Frank Biden, Joe Sr.’s brother, died in 1999.

    The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. The Defense Department referred questions to the Army — the military branch in which Frank Biden served — but the Army did not immediately respond.

    Frank Biden’s tombstone does not identify him as a Purple Heart honoree, nor does his obituary. A partial registry of known Purple Heart recipients also doesn’t note anyone by that name receiving the award, though that database is not comprehensive. The Post’s librarians could not locate prior references to Frank Biden receiving the Purple Heart, which recognizes wounded and killed soldiers, in the Nexis archive and the Factba.se repository of Joe Biden’s public statements also doesn’t contain prior references. he tale involving Biden’s uncle is similar to another emotionally impactful but false story told by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2019 — this one involving a Navy captain supposedly refusing to accept a Silver Star for his heroism in Afghanistan. A Washington Post fact check from the time said Biden “jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion, and regret that never happened.”

    Biden made other dubious remarks Friday, including telling veterans that “twice as president” he had been “in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq and those areas” — despite never visiting Afghanistan and Iraq as president and getting no closer than the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, almost 300 miles from the Iraqi border.

    Biden is the oldest-ever US president and his mental acuity frequently is a matter of public debate — particularly after he asked “Where’s Jackie?” as he searched for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) in September, despite publicly mourning her death and even calling her family to offer his condolences in August. Multiple times this year, Biden has incorrectly said that his son Beau Biden died in Iraq.

    But Biden also has a decades-long habit of stretching the truth and ended his first presidential campaign in 1987 due to a scandal involving plagiarism of speeches and a law school paper. Then-Senator Biden infamously borrowed British politician Neil Kinnock’s family history — with Biden changing geographic details to falsely claim in speeches that “my ancestors … worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.” Unlike Kinnock, who had used the line to describe his own family in Wales, Biden’s ancestors did not mine coal.

    Biden also falsely claimed in 1987 that he “graduated with three degrees from college,” was named “the outstanding student in the political science department,” “went to law school on a full academic scholarship — the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship” and ”ended up in the top half” of his class. None of those claims were true. Since becoming president, Biden has shared a number of false or embellished stories in an apparent attempt to connect with his audiences.

    In October, Biden dubiously claimed that “I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically” while visiting the US territory, despite the fact that there was only an extremely small Puerto Rican community in Delaware when he launched his career.

    At a fire-safety event the same month, Biden said firefighters nearly died extinguishing a blaze in his kitchen in 2004, prompting the local fire department to describe the fire as relatively “insignificant” for trained professionals.

    Biden admitted in September to visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that “I wasn’t arrested” trying to visit Nelson Mandela during the Apartheid era, despite saying so at least three times in 2020. But Biden proceeded to say that “I got stopped, prevented from moving” during a congressional trip to the small country Lesotho near South Africa — despite a fellow traveler, former Rep. Don Bonker (D-Wash.), telling the Washington Post in 2020 that he had “no recollection at all” of that version of the story either. n May, Biden said at the Naval Academy’s graduation ceremony that he was appointed to the military school in 1965 by the late Sen. J. Caleb Boggs (R-Del.). A search of Boggs’ archives failed to turn up evidence of the appointment. The date also doesn’t match up with Biden’s college years and Biden’s request for Vietnam War draft deferrals cast further doubt on the account.

    In January, Biden told students at historically black colleges in Atlanta that he was arrested during civil rights protests — for which there is no evidence. Biden in September 2021 told Jewish leaders that he remembered “spending time at” and “going to” the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the 2018 mass murder of 11 people in the worst anti-Jewish attack in US history. The synagogue said he never visited and the White House later said he was thinking about a 2019 phone call to the synagogue’s rabbi.

    Also last September, Biden told an Idaho audience that his “first job offer” came from local lumber and wood products business Boise Cascade. The company said it was news to them and Biden had not previously described an interest in moving to the state.

    https://nypost.com/2022/12/16/biden-claims-his-uncle-frank-won-purple-heart-but-story-doesnt-add-up/

    The problem is real. He’s over 80 now… he has had multiple brain operations [that we know of]; is clearly on meds of some sort… and is supposedly ‘the most powerful person on Earth’… but you wouldn’t let him drive your kids in a school bus– or an 18 wheeler full of gasoline through traffic; conduct surgery of any kind, nor pilot a passenger jet– let alone run a railroad… just tripping up a set of steps is an embarrassment… and he can barely speak or read… but as CIC he carries the codes to unleash thermonuclear Armageddon and vaporize all life on the planet. Bob Gates’ assessment of this twit was spot on.

    Our Joey is more terrifying for the world than Vlad, Xi and NorKo’s Kim. At least they can row a dinghy with both oars in the water. 80 year old Brandon is just dinghy— and wholly adrift. Which, given the rest of the crew around him, puts the United States up the creek w/o a paddle.

    “I trust his judgement.” – Nancy Pelosi, 82.

    DCSCA (a1e76a)

  4. I’m on the record that Biden’s team should think of the national interest and decline a second term. It’s hard to argue that he’s the best choice for the job from the DEM perspective.

    With that said, I’m not wild about the suggestion that private medical information should be used as a political cudgel. I may agree that of recent a bit too much has been made about tax returns. But it’s also unusual for a political neophyte with a sprawling real estate empire to get elected to the highest office. I think the GOP should have wanted to clear any conflicts of interest or unscrupulous financial ties. Certainly the DEMs are mainly interested in embarrassing Trump about charity giving, losses, taxes paid, and total income…..which really don’t have much to do with conflicts of interest or sketchy dealings….necessarily. I do like financial transparency and politicians using blind trusts to reduce conflicts of interest. Health wise…especially with people living longer and older candidates being more common….there should be some way for sensitive information to be conveyed objectively. Again, it’s in everybody’s best interest to know if there is any real decline. I’m not actually sure how that is measured objectively. Does anyone know?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  5. It seems like “His primary care physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor vouched for Biden’s physical and mental condition in a six-page memo released by the White House.” Is this not sufficient or should there be some sort of panel?
    https://theweek.com/feature/briefing/1015081/biden-age-and-mental-state

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  6. should there be some sort of panel?

    Yes. The Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide. — 25th Amendment, Section 4

    nk (5079b9)

  7. >The next Congress should subpoena Biden’s medical records, as part of an investigation on how well the public is informed about presidential health. Then release them.

    Seems reasonable. I think there’s a strong argument that when it comes to the President, and likely certain other high level officials, this should generally be public information.

    aphrael (4c4719)

  8. Frankly, Biden’s mental faculties are so alarming, you’d have to think he’d step down soon.

    I think he’s much more of a danger to this country than Trump ever was, and that’s saying a lot.

    Gimmie Kamala over Biden any day…. jeez.

    whembly (d116f3)

  9. “His primary care physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor vouched for Biden’s physical and mental condition in a six-page memo released by the White House.”

    If it walks like a duck, talks lie a duck, it’s a duck… says Doctor Quack.

    ___________

    Frankly, Biden’s mental faculties are so alarming, you’d have to think he’d step down soon.

    … or step into traffic. But then, as demonstrated, walking up stairs shows much more promise. 😉

    DCSCA (8b4394)

  10. Yeah, she’s just dumb and superficially power hungry, but if the cackle can be electroshocked out of her, President female David Paterson I could live with. They better figure crap out by January 2nd.

    urbanleftbehind (945ece)

  11. Last month, George Will wrote about Biden’s deteriorating cognitive abilities and Harris’ incompetence, and his words still hold. The Dems need another set of candidates for 2024.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  12. in this case, age and health have nothing to do with it

    Biden has been spinning takes like this for decades

    he was mentally challenged when he ran in ‘88 and he’s mentally challenged now

    JF (9ce515)

  13. Biden is not disabled. He’s simply lying, as the New York Post wrote:

    https://nypost.com/2022/12/16/biden-claims-his-uncle-frank-won-purple-heart-but-story-doesnt-add-up

    The 80-year-old commander-in-chief has a habit of sharing false or embellished personal anecdotes to build a connection with his audiences

    He had told a different anecdote with the same theme before, not involving his family, in 2019. Quoting from the New York Post:

    The tale involving Biden’s uncle is similar to another emotionally impactful but false story told by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2019 — this one involving a Navy captain supposedly refusing to accept a Silver Star for his heroism in Afghanistan. A Washington Post fact check from the time said Biden “jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion, and regret that never happened.”

    Washington Post fact check in 2019:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-he-campaigns-for-president-joe-biden-tells-a-moving-but-false-war-story/2019/08/29/b5159676-c9aa-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  14. @12. Sure it does; failing health and advanced aging aggravates and magnifies existing maladies and malignancies. And he’s surrounded by a pack of power-hungry, self-interest-driven enablers. He’s an angry old Irish [or is it Italian-Puerto Rican this week] pug. And it leaks out… He’s a danger to himself, the country… the whole frigging world.

    DCSCA (8b4394)

  15. The New York Post article mentions a number of false anecdotes Biden has told, but does not include what could be the most famous – his claiming to have caused the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

    The beta version was told while he was still vice president, in an interview with the Atlantic published online in August 2016:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/08/joe-biden-interview/497633

    Clemons: So you’re sort of like this psychological, political, geostrategic therapist?

    Biden: Well in a bizarre sense, every successful foreign-policy person from [Henry] Kissinger on, that’s what they’ve been. I don’t go in and make demands. For example, [Ukraine President] Poroshenko, I pushed him on getting rid of a corrupt [prosecutor] general. We had committed a billion dollars, I said, “Petro, you’re not getting your billion dollars. It’s OK, you can keep the [prosecutor] general. Just understand—we’re not paying if you do.” I suspended it on the spot, to the point where our ambassador looked at me like, “Whoa, what’d you just do? Do you have the authority?” “Yeah, I got the authority. It’s not going to happen, Petro.” But I really mean it. It wasn’t a threat. I said, “Look, Petro, I understand. We’re not gonna play. It’ll hurt us the following way, so make your own call here.” The same with Erdogan.

    That one has the flabbergasted U.ZS. Ambassador. The later version, with a canceled press conference and with no mention of the U.S. Ambassador, was at an appearance before the Council on Foreign relations on January 23, 2018 during the Q&A period:

    https://www.cfr.org/event/foreign-affairs-issue-launch-former-vice-president-joe-biden.

    …They made—I mean, I’ll give you one concrete example. I was—not I, but it just happened to be that was the assignment I got. I got all the good ones. And so I got Ukraine. And I remember going over, convincing our team, our leaders to—convincing that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.

    So they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said—I said, call him. (Laughter.) I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  16. It seems like Donald Trump doubted that the story was true, at least the way he got it, and he asked Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, 2019, to check it out. (Zelensky, of course, knew that the story wasn’t true, because he knew how and why the prosecutor had gotten fired, but he didn’t want to disabuse Trump of this notion because of the importance he placed on relations with the United States. No source for this, just logical reasoning)

    I’m trying to find the original link, from which I could get the Internet archive version or white house archives version, but here is one (there are some slight errors or omissions in the original transcript, by the way, as is the case with all of them since they were not recorded but computer generated and corrected
    by people who listened in and took notes)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/25/politics/donald-trump-ukraine-transcript-call/index.html

    …. I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.

    By the time the story got to Trump, courtesy probably of Putin and Giuliani, (via informants Putin sent to Giuliani I mean) the prosecutor had not only been investigating Biden’s son, or the company he was being paid by, but Biden had boasted of firing him to protect his son.

    As late as September 25, 2019, Trump was under the impression that Biden had basted of firing the prosecutor to stop an investigation </b? Guiliani was under the impression that that was the case, but not that Biden had said he did it to stop and investigation.

    https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-president-zelensky-ukraine-bilateral-meeting-new-york-ny

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think that somebody, if you look at what he did, it’s so bad — where his son he goes to China, he walks away with a billion and a half dollars. He goes to Ukraine and he walks away with $50,000 a month and a lot of money in addition to that. And the whole thing with the prosecutor in Ukraine.

    And he’s on tape. This isn’t like “maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t.” He’s on tape doing this. I saw this a while ago. I looked at it and I said, “That’s incredible. I’ve never seen anything like that.” Now, either he’s dumb, or he thought he was in a room full of really good friends, or maybe it’s a combination of both, in his case.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  17. Last month, George Will wrote about Biden’s deteriorating cognitive abilities and Harris’ incompetence, and his words still hold. The Dems need another set of candidates for 2024.

    Right message; wrong messenger.

    DCSCA (8b4394)

  18. Biden’s defense to all of this has been that, in asking for the prosecutor to be fired, he was only carrying out Obama’s policy — and otherwise he and his people don’t say much.

    George Kent, who thoroughly understands how the U.S> got the prosecutor fired – and when – and how – was recently nominated to be Ambassador to Estonia.

    Biden has to keep him in U.S> government employ to keep him silent.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  19. NJRob (eb56c3) — 12/20/2022 @ 6:23 am

    Sammy,

    Biden said he got the guy fired.

    Which is a lie, and if George Kent was asked point blank under subpoena, I think he’d say that.

    If that was Trump, he’d be impeached for it. But we see how the fraud is played.

    Well, hed have amuch harder time skating on his statements.

    Biden never said he got him fired to protect his son or the company his son was being paid by.

    That detail was probably supplied by Vladimir Putin.

    I also see people want to destroy the law to bury Trump. That’s all that matters to them.

    They have some factual errors and some legal errors I think – or they are stretching the law in a way that is no twise..

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  20. IIRC, the WH counsel is not bound by privilege claims since he is the government’s lawyer, not the president’s. Would this not also be true of the WH physician?

    If so, get him in front of Congress, perhaps in closed session to avoid grandstanding, to explain most fully his observations of Biden’s mental acuity.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  21. Right message; wrong messenger.
    DCSCA (8b4394) — 12/20/2022 @ 12:50 pm

    The irony of this is noted.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  22. 10. David Paterson was actually quite a good governor. he was legally bind, but has sight. Because he was legally blind, he was not involved in corruption or anything like that, but had a sinecure as State Senate Minority Leader. He’s not like Kamala Harris.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  23. https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/january-6-select-committee-final-public-hearing-transcript

    (53:58) …As we’ve established through months of investigation,

    Elaine Luria (54:00):

    … investigation. That is because the mob wanted what President Trump wanted, to impede the peaceful transition of power.

    No, they were not on the same page.

    The mob wanted to impede what Congress did.

    Trump wanted to influence it.

    It would do him no good to simply stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election. Trump needed to be certified himself or else if this continued till noon on January 20, 2021, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become Acting President.

    Now you can maybe include in a crime what Trump wanted to do because it includes influences any official proceeding.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  24. Fact is, Biden has always done weird stuff like this…even before the hair transplant. And it is always about self-aggrandizement. Fighting with people while lying, etc. Claiming to be present at things for which he was not in attendance. Again, always promoting himself with that aggressive smug attitude. Sort of sounds familiar.

    But this set me off many years ago. How many lies in how many seconds?

    https://youtu.be/D1j0FS0Z6ho

    Simon Jester (f97b12)

  25. Fact is, Biden has always done weird stuff like this

    Simon Jester (f97b12) — 12/20/2022 @ 4:15 pm

    True. It’s no surprise he plagiarized.

    I guess he doesn’t think people will like the real him.

    norcal (862cdb)

  26. Sadly, norcal, it doesn’t matter to many folks. Heck, think about Ted Kennedy’s hijinks.

    I just want folks to use the same yardstick when they judge politicians, not some partisanship influenced flexible one.

    Simon Jester (f97b12)

  27. I just want folks to use the same yardstick when they judge politicians, not some partisanship influenced flexible one.

    Simon Jester (f97b12) — 12/20/2022 @ 4:23 pm

    I agree. Both Trump and Biden are full of organic waste matter.

    I feel so liberated since I stepped out of the tribal world.

    norcal (862cdb)

  28. I could not agree more. Many folks say that the personal values of a politician do not matter. Okay. But I think that politicians who quite literally cannot help themselves but lie and brag…well, I can ignore the occasional blowhard in a bar (or on a blog). But that little self control, why should they have any power?

    Simon Jester (f97b12)

  29. Most importantly, I cannot abide bullies. Period.

    Simon Jester (f97b12)

  30. Many folks say that the personal values of a politician do not matter.

    Personal values often inform political values, and vice versa. But sometimes the political values overcome the other thing entirely. I really don’t care about the social values of someone who wants to tax me out of house and home. And I really don’t care about the political values of someone who beats his spouse or kids.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  31. I really don’t care about the social values of someone who wants to tax me out of house and home. And I really don’t care about the political values of someone who beats his spouse or kids.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 12/20/2022 @ 5:21 pm

    This is related to the reason I think it’s ridiculous to have “hate” crimes. It doesn’t matter to me if you stole my car because you hate me or because you’re a junkie looking for money. The damage to me is the same.

    norcal (862cdb)

  32. Kevin, norcal, I just want a situation where we can say “Yeah, Candidate X seems like a decent person, but I just don’t want them to be President.”

    Instead, we have this ridiculous nonsense about devils and angels. People like DJT or JB don’t help in this regard.

    I also think our system likes us to hate each other.

    Simon Jester (f97b12)

  33. Instead, we have this ridiculous nonsense about devils and angels.

    Simon Jester (f97b12) — 12/20/2022 @ 6:02 pm

    In a better world, politicians would be all about character and policy, but there are too many uninformed or misguided voters who don’t want to or are incapable of sorting these things out, so instead they seize on the dumbest reasons to vote for somebody.

    “Oh, he has a beard. Can’t have that!” Or “She drives a foreign car.” I mean, people even made a big deal out of the Howard Dean “Arggghhhh”.

    As I’ve said before, the sh!tshow will continue until the voters improve.

    norcal (862cdb)

  34. in this case, age and health have nothing to do with it

    Biden has been spinning takes like this for decades

    he was mentally challenged when he ran in ‘88 and he’s mentally challenged now

    JF (9ce515) — 12/20/2022 @ 12:21 pm

    No, the Biden of 2012 who wiped the floor with Paul Ryan and even the one who almost ran in 2016 was WAY more on the ball than the one who ran in 2020. I don’t know when the worm turned, but his quirks were of the pompous, self-aggrandizing kind, not the type of an increasingly disconnected, senile old man. It was so noticeable that even Julian Castro said it right to his face during one of the Dem debates.

    I suspect Beau dying probably broke something in his brain and he’s been spiraling ever since.

    Factory Working Orphan (bce27d)

  35. I suspect Beau dying probably broke something in his brain and he’s been spiraling ever since.

    Perhaps. He did have 2 brain aneurysms repaired way back in 1988. Maybe one of those fixes isn’t working.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  36. The way the Biden of old wiped the floor with anyone was by bold faced lying that the media gave him a 3-4 day pass on. Once everyone moved on from the topic, the media would give it the “oh well, another one of good ol’ Joe’s whoppers” treatment. Biden has been nothing but a liar and a blowhard his entire career, but he has conducted his blowing and lying more or less inside the lines of Washington mores. Trump was unable to conduct his lying, blowhardiness and general jackassery within those mores at all. I’m often more comfortable with someone that says “bleep that, not doing it” than someone who plays around with a broken set of rules and acts like that makes them beyond reproach

    steveg (298eff)

  37. @34. OFGS, his brain was broken decades ago- hence the multiple brain surgeries. As if Joe’s the only SOB who ever lost somebody… Beau died nearly 8 years ago… lest you forget the Americans he got killed in Afghanistan last year– their family grief is fresher… He’s always been an emotionally unstable dweeb- a ‘blowhard’ as Brit Hume told him to his face; a lifer long government parasite, living and feeding off of others. Hence the history of BS and blatant plagiarism. By far the worst and most incompetent POTUS in 100 years. And America- as well as the Western world– is paying the price. He makes the Carter legacy shine like a newly minted Lincoln penny.

    DCSCA (fbd2b6)

  38. True. It’s no surprise he plagiarized.

    The ‘surprise’ -if not disappointment-is a generation ago, the press ran his lying ass right out of the presidential race for blatant lies and plagiarism easily flushed out by shoe-leather reporters. Aside from Fox’s Peter Doocy, who nails Biden’s ass to the wall w/every question, there’s no Sam Donaldson around today. This generation of lazy, twitter-obsessed, leg-lit, teleprompter script readers are managed by 30-something news directors obsessed competitive w/minute-by-minute ratings numbers against shrinking budgets. They gave Biden a pass for being the bum that he is– and the world is paying the price for their failure.

    DCSCA (fbd2b6)

  39. The power and responsibility of the Presidency is such that The People should be absolutely convinced that the person in that office is sane and not impaired.

    Some may scoff at whether a panel of doctors can make such a determination, but what we have now (a crony) isn’t acceptable. It’s failed twice now.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  40. Biden is the same now as he’s always been.

    During the 2020 campaign this site (along with George Will) fawned over Biden. He was supposedly a “moderate” with “decency.” Biden’s supposed “personal decency” was a favorite theme.

    For the record, I despise Trump.

    DN (f5dfb0)

  41. As I’ve said before, the sh!tshow will continue until the two 19th century seeded major parties are dissolved.

    FIFY

    DCSCA (46814c)

  42. Lest you forget: the day George Will became a complete conservative butthole:

    George Will: Stop wearing blue jeans, you juvenile rabble – ALLAHPUNDIT 6:45 PM on April 16, 2009

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2009/04/16/george-will-stop-wearing-blue-jeans-you-juvenile-rabble-n161410

    ‘Course, the perennial kiss-ass of Ronald Reagan conveniently forgot Ronnie wore jeans all the time at the ranch- even on his 1981 Man of the Year TIME cover- and especially after aide Nofziger told him to lose the riding britches and put on the jeans for a campaign photo shoot.

    DCSCA (46814c)

  43. #41

    The parties you want are a populist right wing party (sort of like George Wallace without the Segregation Now, Segregation forever aspect) and a Bernie Bro party. Not an improvement, and not reflective of the electorate.

    We have the parties we have because they are pandering to what the electorate demands. It’s probably even pretty close because there are so many small donations being fed into the big money aggregators, so the people have become the big donors much more than Scrooge MCDuck and his Chamber of Commerce friends.

    Look, I would prefer a Conservative/Libertarian NPR-like party and a Neo-Liberal Left to fight it out in the coffehouses and debate halls, but I know we aren’t going to get it.

    Appalled (f673fd)

  44. @43. We have the parties we have because they are pandering to what the electorate demands.

    Nonsense. Neither party represents the electorate- just a mere sliver of Royalist elite who’ve gamed the sysgtem for decades all the way down to the local level.

    The electorate today is mostly independents.

    DCSCA (46814c)

  45. Fully expect Joey to publicly console Kamala on the death of her father, Franco– then tell the press he played touch football on the same team with JFK, RFK and Teddy.

    DCSCA (46814c)

  46. Neither party represents the electorate

    DCSCA (46814c) — 12/21/2022 @ 8:33 am

    Are you kidding? Parties and politicians do their utmost to attract as many voters as possible.

    norcal (862cdb)

  47. @46. Look it up. Most voters are indies, unaffilated w/ Rs or Ds. Those 19th century parties represent a Royalist elite; a donor class. Certainly not the broad electorate.

    DCSCA (ff2896)

  48. The New York Post has a quiz today on what way 2 of Biden’s statements are lies (I see many of them are not personal, but statements on public issues, one of them is probably just an error – the correct name of a hurricane – and one was made by his press secretary. One is both personal and public (Biden saying he signed a law – barely got it passed – forgiving student loans)

    https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/year-in-joe-biden-lies

    One of those that was new to me is Biden saying he had met the person who invented insulin. The New York Post said that was a lie because that man ad died the year before Biden was born.

    Two months ago, they did gaffes:

    https://nypost.com/article/worst-joe-biden-gaffes

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  49. * New York Post quiz about on what way 25 of Biden’s statements are lies.

    In the printed paper, you get the answers.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)


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