I Will Not Mock Joe Biden

 
“You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.
-Alexander Solzhenitsyn 

A few of months ago, I made a couple of (what I thought) were amusing posts on social media about Joe Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail. They were generally good-natured little jabs about his tendency to slip up during interviews and how often he loses his temper in seemingly normal situations. At the time, they seemed funny, and my friends and I got a good laugh out of them. Now though, after some reflection, I’m beginning to think that my remarks about Biden weren’t nearly as funny as they were cruel, that perhaps I should hold myself to the same standards that I hold the world. I have decided, for the sake of my own moral character, that I will not mock Joe Biden.

Let’s begin with the most basic truth: I’m not a fan of Joe Biden. He’s a career politician that has been the architect of countless bad ideas and has generally pulled the country in the wrong direction for forty years. However, I do not hate Joe Biden. Hate is a counterproductive emotion, and hating someone simply because you disagree with their politics is destructive to both your moral character and political discourse. My personal disagreements with him do not justify any cruelty on my part toward Joe Biden as a human being. I hope that I am above that.

 
I only wish that the party that is nominating Joe Biden felt the same way.
 
It is clear that Mr. Biden is a diminished man. In countless interviews, the presumed democratic nominee has shown that he simply lacks the mental acumen to hold elected office. He stumbles over names, speaks incoherently about boilerplate subjects, and has obvious difficulty maintaining his train of thought. He is a man in decline, which is not that unusual for a 77 year old. In a better world, he would be at home spoiling his grandchildren, holding his wife, and reflecting on his accomplishments after four decades of public service.
 
We, however, do not live in a better world.
 
For reasons that are beyond me, the democratic party has decided to pitch their efforts behind Biden, in what has become something of a ghastly spectacle. Each day, they trot out a new video of Biden rambling on about the issues of the day. With each new installment, I am driven to point of pity. Encouraging this man to engage in a highly stressful activity when he is clearly not at his best is cruel, and I wonder about the health of an institution that would allow it to go on unabated. I understand the that desire to beat Trump (of whom I am not a fan) has reached a fever pitch on the American left, but is it worth your basic human dignity to do so?
 
In my imagination, I foresee what a debate might look like between Trump and Biden: an insecure, petty political animal vs. a man that quite literally has no faculties with which to defend himself. It will be a bloodbath of epic proportions. We, however, will watch with bated breath. One of the hallmarks of our decadent society is our bottomless appetite for the blood-sport of partisan politics, and nothing, not even the destruction of a fellow human being on national television, will sate that hunger.
Perhaps if a better man were on stage with Biden, he would say something like this:
“I understand that the democratic party has already formally nominated Mr. Biden for president, but it has become clear to me that the stress of this campaign and his general mental decline has made him unfit for office. It is beneath my dignity to tear down a man simply because I am running for political office. With that in mind, if the democratic party chooses to replace Mr. Biden with a more capable candidate, I will offer no opposition. I fully understand that replacing Mr. Biden may lessen my chances of winning this election, but no election–even the presidency–is worth destroying a fellow human being. Please, for the sake of human decency, consider my offer.”
These, of course, will not be the words that Trump speaks. They might have been the words of a Ben Sasse or a Mitch Daniels, but our current political process is built to self-select those most willing the inflict damage on their fellow man for partisan gain. It is a process that rejects decent men and women as defective and promotes the mast savage and craven among us. What we are currently witnessing is the apex that process–I hope.
No, I will no longer mock Joe Biden. I will not participate in a process that destroys another man. I may not be able to stop the disease of American political culture from soaking into the very marrow of our moral fiber, but I will not invite into my soul. Let it take over the world, but not through me.
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  1. Brian Watt Inactive
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    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

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    Franco (View Comment):

     

    Wallmart greeter! Perfect job for Joe Biden! And then I wouldn’t mock him, unless he starts hair-sniffing….

    Certainly a better job for him than President of the United States.

    He may be tempted to frisk young girls for stolen groceries or make strange remarks about some people’s ethnicity…so there is a liability issue for Walmart to consider.

    Alternatively he could ignore his greeter job and spend all day down at the shampoo aisle, smelling women’s hair.

    Yes, there is that. I’m afraid management at Walmart will have to monitor him all the time.

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  2. jeannebodine Member
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    @jameslileks, would you mind explaining why this OP earned your “Lileks Post of the Week”? Most of the commenters disagree to some extent with the OP author’s premise. I believe some rational, worthy arguments have been put forth based on the high stakes of the 2020 election.

    Do you genuinely believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn would call for kid glove treatment against the apparatchiks of the the USSR so he could congratulate himself on taking the kinder, nobler way? Of course, the comparisons are wildly dissimilar to the point of absurdity but underneath, there remains a nugget of core truths.

    Our country finds itself facing a stark choice in 2020. The Democrats would put us on an eventual path to transforming America into something unrecognizable to the American experiment. Every facet of life would be affected via the coercive power of a centralized government: economics, wealth redistribution, the justice system, censorship, abridgement of our 2nd Amendment rights, social programs, energy, voting, freedom of religion, private industry and more.

    So let’s ask ourselves genuinely, what would Alexander Solzhenitsyn (WWASD?)

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  3. Full Size Tabby Member
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    jeannebodine (View Comment):

    @jameslileks, would you mind explaining why this OP earned your “Lileks Post of the Week”? Most of the commenters disagree to some extent with the OP author’s premise. I believe some rational, worthy arguments have been put forth based on the high stakes of the 2020 election.

    Do you genuinely believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn would call for kid glove treatment against the apparatchiks of the the USSR so he could congratulate himself on taking the kinder, nobler way? Of course, the comparisons are wildly dissimilar to the point of absurdity but underneath, there remains a nugget of core truths.

    Our country finds itself facing a stark choice in 2020. The Democrats would put us on an eventual path to transforming America into something unrecognizable to the American experiment. Every facet of life would be affected via the coercive power of a centralized government: economics, wealth redistribution, the justice system, censorship, abridgement of our 2nd Amendment rights, social programs, energy, voting, freedom of religion, private industry and more.

    So let’s ask ourselves genuinely, what would Alexander Solzhenitsyn (WWASD?)

    I sometimes “like” a post for the discussion it starts even if I disagree with the post itself.

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  4. Franco Member
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    jeannebodine (View Comment):

    @jameslileks, would you mind explaining why this OP earned your “Lileks Post of the Week”? Most of the commenters disagree to some extent with the OP author’s premise. I believe some rational, worthy arguments have been put forth based on the high stakes of the 2020 election.

    Do you genuinely believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn would call for kid glove treatment against the apparatchiks of the the USSR so he could congratulate himself on taking the kinder, nobler way? Of course, the comparisons are wildly dissimilar to the point of absurdity but underneath, there remains a nugget of core truths.

    Our country finds itself facing a stark choice in 2020. The Democrats would put us on an eventual path to transforming America into something unrecognizable to the American experiment. Every facet of life would be affected via the coercive power of a centralized government: economics, wealth redistribution, the justice system, censorship, abridgement of our 2nd Amendment rights, social programs, energy, voting, freedom of religion, private industry and more.

    So let’s ask ourselves genuinely, what would Alexander Solzhenitsyn (WWASD?)

    If this is post of the week, it doesn’t say much for the quality of posts here, agreement or no agreement.

    Dr. Bastiat has been more interesting, insightful and inspiring than anything else here. Maybe he’s won too many?

    I’m guessing the appeal of a post like this is the kind of template the Never Trump Republicans are so enamored with. Write how you are above insulting someone whilst insulting them in a patronizing way. This post is highly insulting to Biden, saying in effect, the guy deserves his pity. The fantasy speech is equally disgusting and insulting. This man is crippled, I will not play him in the soccer game! Get someone more worthy of a challenge!

    They love to act all high-minded and superior lecturing others who they ostensibly agree with on our manners and style. Thank you, Saint Republican!

     

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  5. Henry Racette Member
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    jeannebodine (View Comment):
    Do you genuinely believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn would call for kid glove treatment against the apparatchiks of the the USSR so he could congratulate himself on taking the kinder, nobler way? Of course, the comparisons are wildly dissimilar to the point of absurdity but underneath, there remains a nugget of core truths.

    I don’t think anyone is calling for kid glove treatment of Biden. I think — I could be mistaken, of course — that the post author is using the word “mock” as distinct from “criticize.” There is much in Biden’s record and policy pronouncements (to the extent that we can discern them) that warrant criticism, even harsh criticism. But it looks like Biden is experiencing the onset of senility, and I think the author is saying that he won’t mock Biden for his deteriorating mental state. That’s really all I read into it. And I agree with that sentiment: it’s okay to point out that Biden may not be mentally competent to run for the office or to hold it, and that can be done without mocking his growing deficiencies.

    I find the original post charitable and humane. I thought the tiny Trump criticism was unnecessary and a bit counter to the overall tone of the post, but for the most part appreciated the author’s point.

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  6. Jules PA Inactive
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    jeannebodine (View Comment):

    @jameslileks, would you mind explaining why this OP earned your “Lileks Post of the Week”? Most of the commenters disagree to some extent with the OP author’s premise. I believe some rational, worthy arguments have been put forth based on the high stakes of the 2020 election.

    Do you genuinely believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn would call for kid glove treatment against the apparatchiks of the the USSR so he could congratulate himself on taking the kinder, nobler way? Of course, the comparisons are wildly dissimilar to the point of absurdity but underneath, there remains a nugget of core truths.

    Our country finds itself facing a stark choice in 2020. The Democrats would put us on an eventual path to transforming America into something unrecognizable to the American experiment. Every facet of life would be affected via the coercive power of a centralized government: economics, wealth redistribution, the justice system, censorship, abridgement of our 2nd Amendment rights, social programs, energy, voting, freedom of religion, private industry and more.

    So let’s ask ourselves genuinely, what would Alexander Solzhenitsyn (WWASD?)

    I sometimes “like” a post for the discussion it starts even if I disagree with the post itself.

    i agree. I’m sure Lileks read the post and the comments. I don’t think his vote for post of the week presumes agreement with anything. 

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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Joe has been ruthless and effective in promoting evil and opposing the good. He should repent and ask God for forgiveness. He should fear God more than human mockery.

    I think he is now neurologically impaired and it might be that it is up to us to pray for him.

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  8. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
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    WillowSpring (View Comment):

    jeannebodine (View Comment):
    As to a small net worth, Mr. Biden and his family have had their hands in the state and federal government’s pockets since he entered government. I don’t have exact figures; I only have the recollections from reading Delaware and Philly’s papers about deals, the appearance of impropriety, opaque transactions, suspicious bids and contracts for the past 40 years.

    Read “Profiles in Corruption” by Peter Schweizer. Joe managed to keep ‘clean’ while his entire family raked in money. It’s not just Hunter, its his brother, son-in-law and so on.

    Thanks for this tip on this book. “Profiles in Corruption” – Brilliant!

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  9. Tree Rat Inactive
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    Doug Kimball (View Comment):

    This process will expose the real Joe Biden regardless of his faculties. The Democrats have selected a grifter of the highest order to represent their interests in the next election. Their choices were slim – a communist, a couple of social justice warriors lacking Obama’s charm and charisma, a small time mayor who tried way too hard to check too few boxes, another grifter (though female), a man who looked like a Kennedy but acted like a cartoon character, and on and on. Joe Biden actually seemed to be the best of the bunch, that is, until he started to campaign. The Joe that everyone remembered, the blue collar, truculent, train riding, Democrat loyalist, never arrived. What we saw was a braggert, a much diminished, shell of a man whose arrogant. opportunist past, whose pandering and profiteering, whose corruption, reflected the real Joe; his corruption, like corrosive desilvering on the back of the political glass, exposed an ugly, old, distorted, contorted con man and nothing like the candidate they had hoped for. Joe Biden should be exposed as the arrogant, corrupt, swamp creature he really is.

    Pity not old Joe. If he were smart he’d drop out, cite his health. We know he’s not smart and not getting any smarter. I will gain no satisfaction when he is drubbed by DT; I probably will not even watch. But Biden deserves nothing less and the rest of the Democrats deserve no quarter.

    I haven’t (and will not) read all the comments because it is late and my wife has already impatiently gone ahead to bed (and because this is way late to the party and it may be that nobody will read it anyway), but I have a suspicion that the Democrats do not intend to enter the general election with Biden.  He is a perfect place-holder who can withdraw for health reasons at any time.  His replacement will enter the fray without the Republicans having been able to define him.  Biden will have absorbed the attacks and made the Republicans look mean while their candidate can appear to be noble and squeaky clean.

    I mean, that’s what I would try to do under these circumstances.

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  10. Bishop Wash Member
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    Tree Rat (View Comment):

    Doug Kimball (View Comment):

    This process will expose the real Joe Biden regardless of his faculties. The Democrats have selected a grifter of the highest order to represent their interests in the next election. Their choices were slim – a communist, a couple of social justice warriors lacking Obama’s charm and charisma, a small time mayor who tried way too hard to check too few boxes, another grifter (though female), a man who looked like a Kennedy but acted like a cartoon character, and on and on. Joe Biden actually seemed to be the best of the bunch, that is, until he started to campaign. The Joe that everyone remembered, the blue collar, truculent, train riding, Democrat loyalist, never arrived. What we saw was a braggert, a much diminished, shell of a man whose arrogant. opportunist past, whose pandering and profiteering, whose corruption, reflected the real Joe; his corruption, like corrosive desilvering on the back of the political glass, exposed an ugly, old, distorted, contorted con man and nothing like the candidate they had hoped for. Joe Biden should be exposed as the arrogant, corrupt, swamp creature he really is.

    Pity not old Joe. If he were smart he’d drop out, cite his health. We know he’s not smart and not getting any smarter. I will gain no satisfaction when he is drubbed by DT; I probably will not even watch. But Biden deserves nothing less and the rest of the Democrats deserve no quarter.

    I haven’t (and will not) read all the comments because it is late and my wife has already impatiently gone ahead to bed (and because this is way late to the party and it may be that nobody will read it anyway), but I have a suspicion that the Democrats do not intend to enter the general election with Biden. He is a perfect place-holder who can withdraw for health reasons at any time. His replacement will enter the fray without the Republicans having been able to define him. Biden will have absorbed the attacks and made the Republicans look mean while their candidate can appear to be noble and squeaky clean.

    I mean, that’s what I would try to do under these circumstances.

    There was a rumour a few weeks ago about the Democrats replacing Biden with Pope Mario the Pius’ son. Not sure how that would be received by the Democrat voters. By August or September the decline might be so obvious that something must be done. 

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  11. Tree Rat Inactive
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Tree Rat (View Comment):

    Doug Kimball (View Comment):

    This process will expose the real Joe Biden regardless of his faculties. The Democrats have selected a grifter of the highest order to represent their interests in the next election. Their choices were slim – a communist, a couple of social justice warriors lacking Obama’s charm and charisma, a small time mayor who tried way too hard to check too few boxes, another grifter (though female), a man who looked like a Kennedy but acted like a cartoon character, and on and on. Joe Biden actually seemed to be the best of the bunch, that is, until he started to campaign. The Joe that everyone remembered, the blue collar, truculent, train riding, Democrat loyalist, never arrived. What we saw was a braggert, a much diminished, shell of a man whose arrogant. opportunist past, whose pandering and profiteering, whose corruption, reflected the real Joe; his corruption, like corrosive desilvering on the back of the political glass, exposed an ugly, old, distorted, contorted con man and nothing like the candidate they had hoped for. Joe Biden should be exposed as the arrogant, corrupt, swamp creature he really is.

    Pity not old Joe. If he were smart he’d drop out, cite his health. We know he’s not smart and not getting any smarter. I will gain no satisfaction when he is drubbed by DT; I probably will not even watch. But Biden deserves nothing less and the rest of the Democrats deserve no quarter.

    I haven’t (and will not) read all the comments because it is late and my wife has already impatiently gone ahead to bed (and because this is way late to the party and it may be that nobody will read it anyway), but I have a suspicion that the Democrats do not intend to enter the general election with Biden. He is a perfect place-holder who can withdraw for health reasons at any time. His replacement will enter the fray without the Republicans having been able to define him. Biden will have absorbed the attacks and made the Republicans look mean while their candidate can appear to be noble and squeaky clean.

    I mean, that’s what I would try to do under these circumstances.

    There was a rumour a few weeks ago about the Democrats replacing Biden with Pope Mario the Pius’ son. Not sure how that would be received by the Democrat voters. By August or September the decline might be so obvious that something must be done.

    I’m thinking more in the nature of an October Surprise.  The nominated VP candidate may not be the substitute, either.  Have there ever been rules formulated for the case when a Presidential candidate dies before an election?  I doubt it.  The Democrats would probably prevail in being able to nominate whoever they want (just because) but the Republicans would have to nominate someone acceptable to the Democrats, if past is prologue.

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  12. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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    I enjoyed your post very much! (Ricochet has great, caring people, unless you criticize Trump. It was a minor criticism, but turned out to be the focus.) I’m in the “we’ll just agree to disagree on this one”club. I do think it deserves “Post of the Week”! Congratulations!

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  13. E. Kent Golding Member
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    I may not mock Biden ( I will concede it is in bad taste to mock),  but I already find the Babylon Bee mocking him to be highly entertaining.  Trump vs Biden is going to be incredibly entertaining.

    Entertaining or not,   I am concerned that Biden may get more electoral college votes than Trump.

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  14. Brian Watt Inactive
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    Something is alarmingly and fundamentally wrong here. This man can never be President.

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  15. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    The man is putting himself out there to be leader of the free world, and be a puppet for progressive causes

    He said I wanted to put black people in chains

    He ruined a good man in Judge Bork.

    He’s been a bloviating jerk, an unrepentant liar, and he’s running for President.

    I will do everything in my power to stop that, including destroying him for having a brain made of pudding.

    He and ESPECIALLY his administration, the same people peddling Russian intel, who spied on us through the NSA, who audited us through the IRS will show no quarter.

    I won’t either.

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  16. Brian Watt Inactive
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    Oh, Dear Lord…and this man will be put in front of other world leaders if elected? Wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh…

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  17. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Oh, Dear Lord…and this man will be put in front of other world leaders if elected? Wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh…

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  18. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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    I think Jill Biden, excuse me, Doctor Jill Biden really, really, really wants to be First Lady!

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  19. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    I think Jill Biden, excuse me, Doctor Jill Biden really, really, really wants to be First Lady!

    Now that’s an angle I hadn’t thought about. Could explain some dynamics going on.

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  20. Joe D. Inactive
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    So were cancelling political cartoons and all other forms of political humor?

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  21. M. Brandon Godbey Member
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    jeannebodine (View Comment):

    I’m so glad you feel so good about yourself that you feel the need to tell us all about your virtuousness.

     

     

    I generally don’t think I’m any more virtuous than the people I share the world with, but, because you’re so charming, I’ll make an exception for you.

     

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  22. M. Brandon Godbey Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Politics is a blood sport. Too long people on the right ignore this.

    If it bothers you so much, step aside and let the real men do the work needed.

     

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have the new champion of the keyboard warriors.  

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  23. namlliT noD Member
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    I think part of the issue of disagreement with the author is that we already had gentlemanly politeness with Mitt Romney. 

    And he was trounced.  He lost spectacularly. 

    Likewise, John McCain before him.


    Another possibility would be a candidate who has developed a facade of gentlemanly politeness, but is ruthless behind the scenes.  

    And I think we’ve seen that in Obama.

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  24. Bishop Wash Member
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    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    I think Jill Biden, excuse me, Doctor Jill Biden really, really, really wants to be First Lady!

    Or Surgeon General.

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  25. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    I think Jill Biden, excuse me, Doctor Jill Biden really, really, really wants to be First Lady!

    Or Surgeon General.

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  26. Django Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    M. Brandon Godbey: In my imagination, I foresee what a debate might look like between Trump and Biden: an insecure, petty political animal vs. a man that quite literally has no faculties with which to defend himself. It will be a bloodbath of epic proportions.

    Heh-heh, that’s funny. As you say, in your imagination.

    I don’t think that’s going to happen. Donald Trump is more 6-dimensional chess than that.

    Trump doesn’t just need to win, he also has to flip congress. And he knows full well that a “bloodbath of epic proportions” won’t serve that purpose.

    I think the President is going to use the debates, not to attack Biden, but instead to, oh… say… for instance… attack the Democrat Party organization that put Sleepy Joe in this terrible position. That way Trump is seen as compassionate, not beating up on an old man, and can lure votes over from Democrat to Republican congressmen.

    Good thing I read this far as you put my thoughts down better than I would have. As much as I despise Biden, I despise those who are putting him through this even more. Then again, Biden seems so far gone that he probably doesn’t know he’s the court jester. 

    Trump is sort of like Larry Holmes when he fought Ali. Holmes said that he couldn’t win because if Ali won, Ali was the Greatesf of All Time, and if he won, he had beaten an old man. As you said, Trump has to regard Joe as collateral damage and go after the Demos. 

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  27. Django Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    The danger might be that, like in the “debate” between Biden and Paul Ryan, if Biden gets mean/aggressive again. If Trump can confine himself to saying, as someone else mentioned elsewhere regarding the Biden/Ryan event, “Are you okay, Joe? Do you need to take a break?” that might work, although it could also still be seen as – and would likely be portrayed by the media as – being mean himself, and/or making fun of Biden. But it’s hard to see how to deal with Biden’s problems especially if Biden turns mean first, which seems likely, without appearing to be “the bad guy.”

    Trump should borrow the line from NPR’s “Click and Clack”. Just laugh and say, “What’s the matter, Joe? Shorts riding up on you?”

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    @Brian Watt     I’ve gotten into several spirited debates with my school classmates from years ago, who are the classic Democrats, and remember Hubert Humphrey.  Like you, I had a mother who had Alzheimers, with her final death certificate reading dementia.  I see all the signs in Joe Biden from the forgetful to the suddenly fiery argumentative.  His family should be charged with elder abuse.

    As for the Dems running someone in his place, they may yet have to.  My theory is that Joe is going to commit a gaffe on stage, possibly the debate stage, with millions watching, that no amount of spin from anyone in the media or the party, will be able to cover up his mental decline.  At that point, the Dems and the Deep State, who planned to control him anyway, will pull him for someone else.  Could that someone be Hillary?  Michelle?  Cuomo?

    Finally, as for Trump beating him up onstage, I don’t see it.  Trump does a lot of good quietly behind the scenes that no one knows about.  He would have his wife in the audience, his family, and is certainly aware of the millions watching.  I think that he would do the right thing, and could possibly ask for the debate to end early if Joe becomes disoriented and foolish.

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    Franco (View Comment):

    But good for you! You’re a good person who wants a “ better world”. Good luck, but I’m not sure if this helps. We lose this election and the world will be much worse off and our freedom is at stake. But you be a good boy and set an example for everyone and maybe some day they will all come around to your point of view.

    I think the author is trying to point out that anger and negativity affects us more than the person it is targeted at

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  30. Henry Racette Member
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    I remain sympathetic to the author’s point that we should not mock the mentally disabled. I was tempted today to post something on Facebook making light of Joe Biden’s mental incompetence, a series of recent quotations from him that are largely unintelligible and demonstrate, I think, a seriously impaired brain. I held back, because I don’t want to play his senility for laughs. But it seems necessary to keep bringing this to light, because it’s important that people realize that he’s impaired, and quoting him seems the most obvious way to do it.

    The challenge is, how do you quote him without it being, well, funny?

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