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Can Biden be derailed?

Can Biden be derailed?
May 11
20:59 2020

For many months, the sex allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden were treated as if they were of minimal importance.  Most of the media ignored the accusations of sexual by a former staffer in Biden’s Senate office, Tara Reade.  The charges were treated as if they were a long-ago issue that had been vetted and dismissed.

The left-wing rule that all women making such charges should be believed was nullified by feminist support of Biden.  Most pundits and voters did not see the early reports as a legitimate reason to vote for one of the other candidates.  After the South Carolina primary, Biden broke from the pack – and is now considered the presumptive Democrat nominee for President.

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Well … just when things were looking pretty rosy for Biden, the old charges got a new life.  Media started to pay attention to Reade – although most pushed back against her claims.  The left-wing Democrat press did what it always does.  It took up the role of a defense attorney – carefully crafting the brief supporting Biden.  In the process, they also took up the role of character assassin against Reade – something that was once a BIG no no in the feminist playbook.

Notwithstanding the early efforts by Biden, Democrat leaders and much of the media were all too happy to bury the story, it proved to have a life of its own.  Reade had a number of witnesses to whom she told her story at the time – and since.  His mother had even called into CNN to report that her daughter found sexual harassment in a Senate office.  Although she did not name names at the time, the people involved were obvious.

As more details came out, some Democrat leaders and a number of feminists began to wonder if Biden should be the Democrat nominee.  When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began to appear on television with his daily Covid-19 reports, there was talk of him being the standard-bearer.  Hillary Clinton’s name has been mentioned.

The only person who is not being mentioned as a replacement is Senator Bernie Sanders – who ran in the primaries and has more delegates than anyone except Biden.

Unless something really dramatic were to happen – like other women come forward with credible stories or Biden suffers a serious health event – it is virtually impossible to derail his nomination.  He would have to voluntarily step down – and there is no indication that he would do that.

And if he did – and the nomination was given to anyone but Sanders – The Democrats’ chance of winning the White House would drop to zero.

Democrats seem to be looking good if you believe all the favorable reports emanating from the elitist east coast news media.  But they are in a pickle, as they say.  Biden is highly vulnerable on three issues.  In addition to the Reade accusations,  he will have to deal with more exposure to his son’s questionable activities in Ukraine and China and the ongoing concerns about his age, health, and mental acuity.

The weakness of Biden’s candidacy is evident in how viciously the media is working to tear down Trump.  They know that Biden’s appeal is insufficient to draw a win in November.  They need to create an anti-Trump vote – an anybody-but-Trump vote.

No doubt, there are a lot more Democrats who would like to see Biden replaced than those who have already come forward.  There have even been newspaper editorials calling for Biden to step aside.  But it is extremely unlikely that Biden will step aside voluntarily – and no chance he can be forced out.

That means that we are on the threshold of perhaps the ugliest campaign in American history – and that is no small accomplishment.  What fun!!!

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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