Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a caucus night event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

How to answer questions

Excuses from the Joe Biden camp around his growing scandals have multiplied like Hillary Clinton's reasons for losing the 2016 presidential election.

A truly odd one was put forth last week when the former vice president was exposed as being one of those in the Obama administration who called for the unmasking of then-incoming Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in surveillance reports.

The unprecedented revelation of Flynn's name is part of the growing understanding of the Obama administration's political plan to entrap Flynn in order for him to somehow reveal incoming President Donald Trump's supposed role in collusion with Russia in the election.

It was left to Andrew Bates, the Biden camp's director of rapid response, to try to deny Biden's culpability. Denying it was expected; what came next was typical of Democrats who are out of answers.

"'OBAMAGATE!' [definition] the scandal caused by a person of color occupying the White House," he tweeted.

Former President Barack Obama may one day have to answer for his role in the scandal, but this concerned Biden, Flynn and Trump, all of whom are white.


Well, it sounds right

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a potential vice presidential running mate for Democratic nominee designee Joe Biden, had to admit last week she couldn't back up her repeated statements about protesters returning to their homes and spreading the COVID-19 virus.

"These protests, they do undermine the effort," she said on "The View," "and it's very clearly a political statement that is playing out where people are coming together from across the state, they are congregating, they're not wearing masks, they are not staying six feet apart and then they go back home ... and the risk of perpetuating the spread of COVID-19 is real."

As photos show, some of the protesters have worn masks and kept their distance from each other, but not all.

Whitmer, at a later news conference, said she could not prove her words, before childishly adding, "I'm not following everyone home and taking their temperatures and watching their lives for two weeks."


NYC cops dissed

New York City police officers haven't been treated very kindly by the city's last two Democratic administrations, but a late March comment that recently surfaced from the city's health commissioner that she didn't "give two rats' a—— about your cops" is particularly harsh.

The department had requested 500,000 masks to protect officers during the COVID-19 virus, but Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief Terence Monahan she could give them 50,000 but she needed the rest "for others."

The NYPD then learned a large stash of the city's personal protective equipment (PPE) could be found in a warehouse in New Jersey and complained to city hall, which arranged for the department to get 250,000 masks.

Barbot had been embarrassed earlier in the month when Monahan told New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a meeting he had not gotten an answer about the equipment. De Blasio then asked Bardot what the problem was and told Monahan, "You definitely need it. Oxiris, you're going to fix this right now."

The health department later said the commissioner apologized for her harsh words, but three police unions have called either for her firing or said she was "unfit for the job."


Burying the lead

It's sad when a cable news network has to bury its own news. Typically, communications organizations, which pay a lot of money to have polls conducted, are eager to tout the results of their surveys. But CNN, which did not get the news it expected, did not do that last week.

A favorability poll in the battleground states that will decide the 2020 presidential election gave President Donald Trump a seven-point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden. It was not the first but the seventh story in the newscast when the results of the poll were first announced.

The poll's headline was "Biden tops Trump nationwide," which, given the battleground states result, was odd but meaningless. We don't put much stock in any poll this early in the game and especially given polling results in 2016 and the nation's situation today. But the heavily Democratic leaning network must have been shocked — and embarrassed — to have to report the result.

But it wasn't the only shocker. The other was that Trump hit his highest favorability ever in a CNN poll. Again, don't take any of that to the bank, but it may be something to remember in November.