Hart: Is Joe Biden really the best the Democrats have?

Hart: Is Joe Biden really the best the Democrats have?

August 30th, 2019 by Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

Photo by Tom Brenner of The New York Times/Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for president, talks during a campaign stop at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Iowa, on Aug. 21. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)


At the age at which most of us, as children of parents in their upper 70s, are discussing how to take the car keys away from Dad, American politics decides to run those people for president of the United States.

This field of candidates for president makes one wonder: Is this the best America has to offer? It takes about three minutes to fill out the single sheet of paper required to become a presidential candidate, which goes a long way to explaining who we have running now.

With all the gaffes, lazy indifference, misstatements, half-hearted endorsements and disorganization of "front-runner" Joe Biden's efforts, one questions what is going on with his campaign. I was asked about this on a show recently: "I wonder who is driving Biden's campaign." I said it would appear that Ted Kennedy is.

Joe Biden is the most likable candidate among the hordes of Democrats running. He has taken credit for meeting with school kids for the wrong shooting, mixed up his cities and times, and said "Poor kids are just as smart as white kids." Try saying that if you are a Republican. Nite nite!

He is tied to the Obamas and Clintons. Obviously, clinging to the Obama legacy since he was Obama's vice president should play well with the base. Yet Obama will not endorse him.

Even Joe's wife gave a half-hearted endorsement when she, in essence, said recently to Democrats: I know Joe ain't much, but if you want to beat Trump next year, he is your only hope among this loony tunes group of leftist Democrat candidates.

That's probably true. Joe was excited to hear of his wife backing him, and reiterated, "I agree, and I feel I am in the best position to defeat Ronald Reagan in November."

Everything in the Democrat Party is about power and control. They just want someone who can win, and Joe has name recognition. They know if he can overcome that, he can win.

Ron Hart

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Joe has changed his stance on so many issues, from abortion to guns, to fit with the new far-left Democrat/socialist party that he has vulnerabilities. He has the Obama legacy to stand on, but even that is not left enough for these new Democrats, so Joe is on the defensive in debates. The "Green New Deal" favored by most of the candidates contains taxes and controls not palatable to any reasoned person.

Biden has many other legacy vulnerabilities. He and his family have cashed in on his power. His son is involved in a nefarious deal in Ukraine. Joe made $15 million his first year after leaving office. Talk about your "Green New Deals"! He is trying to run against the "Trump tax cuts," and he doesn't ring true; even Joe is making millions in Trump's economy.

The leftists' article of faith is that you can make obscene amounts of money as long as you act like you feel bad about it.

He has to subscribe to the leftist agenda that is now touted by the Democrat Party of AOC and her "Squad." But he cannot seem to keep up. He knows you do not have to believe in all that as workable or true, just espouse it. For example, the Obamas are buying a $15 million beachfront home on Martha's Vineyard.

That really does not seem like something a person would do who thinks that the oceans will rise and global warming will end the world in 10 to 12 years, as he said as president. It seems the Obamas would be more mountain house folks if they believed what they say about the seas rising.

The net worth of Biden, Harry Reid, the Clintons and the Obamas has gone from about nothing when they took office to, in some cases, hundreds of millions. And they want Trump's tax returns, which are audited every year? I think our country needs to worry more about people who make a lot of money while in office — and due to their office — than those who made their money before they decided on public service.

Contact Ron Hart at Ron@Ronald Hart.com or Twitter @RonaldHart.

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