Former Vice President Biden making gaffes is certainly nothing new to the #FITN scene. His latest one is the most troubling of all. According to the Washington Post (of all places) it’s almost entirely false.
HANOVER – Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country,” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.
Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns. “We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”
The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.
“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ” …
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”
‘God’s truth.’ Except, not. Over several of the next paragraphs, the WaPo authors attempt to bend over backwards for Biden and make it less terrible than it really is, and of course – they blame Trump.
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One big question facing candidates and voters more than 30 years later is whether President Donald Trump’s routine falsehoods have changed the standards by which other presidential aspirants, including Biden, should be judged. From the beginning of his presidency until the middle of last month, Trump has uttered more than 12,000 false or misleading statements, The Washington Post has found. He has continued to add to that total.
Is it reallllllly that bad is Joe Biden’s war story is completely false? Come on guys, look at Trump – he’s told 12,000 lies! Biden’s aren’t that bad.
But, they are, and they raise several serious questions that Democrat primary voters must answer for themselves.
The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony…
Biden, 76, has struggled during his presidential campaign with gaffes and misstatements that hark back to his earlier political troubles and have put a spotlight on his age. In 1987, Biden dropped out of the presidential race amid charges that he had plagiarized the speeches of a British politician and others.
Within three minutes Joe Biden got the entire story wrong, including his own role in the ceremony. Yikes. And the Democrats complain about Donald Trump’s finger being on the nuclear launch button?
It appears what’s happened over the years is that the former VP has forged memories from several different events and combined them into one harrowing story. But why? The stories can each stand on their own merit and elicit a heart wrenching response. You can read the WaPo piece, published through the Union Leader here. Pay close attention to how far they bend to make Biden look better.
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Somehow, Joe Biden is still number one in the polls. He’s ahead by 11.8% in the RCP Average.
Sidenote: before Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the race yesterday, Marianne Williamson was polling higher than her in the RCP Average. Heh.
According to an Economist Poll, 26% of moderate voters are displeased with their choices in the primary, and even 16% of democrat primary voters agree. Over two dozen candidates to choose from, and 1/4th of moderates are dissatisfied. Huh. Moreover, only 27% of democrats think it’s very likely that President Trump will lose re-election, and every single candidate loses to him in a head-to-head matchup. Including Joe Biden.
Given all this, the Democrats should think long and hard about who their nominee will be come next summer. If Joe Biden’s memories continue to slip, or his gaffes continue to ramp up, the democrats are going to be in deep doo-doo should he become their nominee. Perhaps they should go all in on their base’s radical ideology and nominate that candidate, instead of the guy they ‘think’ is most likely to defeat Trump.