Donald Trump’s most egregious gaffes are most often ones of exaggeration, like inflating crowd size or pumping up good economic news. Then there are Trump’s absurd uses of adjectives, as Victor Davis Hanson writes, like tremendous, fantastic, incredible, awesome. The media eagerly latches on to Trump’s “perceived crudity” by the president’s “unpresidential promiscuous use of invectives” like liar, crook, cheat.
Yet, offers VDH, in terms of Trump’s 2016 campaign promises, as president, Trump has either met them or tried to meet them.
On the other hand, Joe Biden’s fantasies, continues Mr. Hanson, are quite different:
- Total memory losses and brain freezes—in which he has forgotten in what state he is, when he was vice president, or for whom he once served in that office.
- Mythography in which Joe Biden becomes an epic hero of every fiction he relates, as he stitches together half-true and quarter-true memories into mythical proportions.
- His race and gender hang-ups, in which he says something the Left would normally categorize as racist (e.g., “clean” and “articulate” blacks) or he breathes onto, touches, grabs, and hugs too long and too closely unsuspecting girls and women in the no margin-of-error #MeToo era.
- Promises that he never intends to keep, such as embracing the suicidal Green New Deal.
After all, we remember a much younger Biden’s lies about his college résumé, his plagiarism in law school, his decades of creepy hugs and breathing into the ears and curls of prepubescent girls, his intellectual theft of British Labourite Neil Kinnock’s stump speech and padding it with family distortions, his trademark appropriation of the ideas and buzzwords of others, his racialist commentary (e.g., Barack Obama is our first “clean” and “articulate” major black presidential candidate, Delaware donut shops are all stuffed with Indian immigrants, Mitt Romney would put blacks “back in chains”) and on and on.
For better or worse, the Democratic establishment apparently has decided that it has no choice (a Michelle wink-and-nod Barack-again joint Obama bid is off the table for now). The nominee is to be a supposedly senior statesman Biden, who can tack leftward before the convention and then successfully veer back to “good ole Joe” from the mines of Pennsylvania.
A Gaffaholic Biden or Premediated Lunacy?
Biden’s polling and viability have been testaments to the poverty of the Democratic field—at least as currently seen by the Democratic establishment itself and a third of the primary voters.
Rightly or wrongly, they believe it is for now either the gaffaholic Biden or a socialist bust—and Democrats seem to prefer random senselessness to pre-mediated lunacy.
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