If Bi­den is the best Democrats can of­fer, the party is in trou­ble

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den is hop­ping around Iowa these days on one foot — the other be­ing per­ma­nently lodged in his mouth. Poor guy can’t get through a speech with­out slan­der­ing some­one, slur­ring a peo­ple or sim­ply say­ing some­thing in­cred­i­bly stupid.

Still, Mr. Bi­den’s sup­port in polls nearly dou­bles his next-near­est ri­vals. The rest of the end­less Demo­cratic field is 30 points be­hind him. You know your party is in trou­ble when “Joe Bi­den” is the best it’s got.

And it’s not that Demo­cratic vot­ers around the coun­try are trem­bling in ex­cite­ment over Mr. Bi­den. He is just the least ter­ri­ble in a deeply ter­ri­ble field.

Demo­cratic politi­cians once viewed as se­ri­ous peo­ple have run off with the cir­cus. They now em­brace open borders, want to give free health care to il­le­gal aliens, and de­fend post-birth abortion, bet­ter known in other cir­cles as “mur­der.”

These are po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions that are not just re­pel­lent to nor­mal main­stream Amer­i­can vot­ers. Most main­stream Demo­cratic vot­ers don’t even buy into this ridicu­lous­ness.

Former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­mains the most pop­u­lar per­son in the Demo­crat Party and even he — along with his legacy — has been aban­doned by most of the nuts run­ning for his party’s nom­i­na­tion.

Sure, Mr. Bi­den has tried his best to catch up with the cir­cus. At 76 years old, how­ever, he just can­not quite make it. Truly one of the ad­van­tages of old age.

Or, as Pres­i­dent Trump ob­served of Mr. Bi­den: “He lost his fast­ball.” Along with a few mar­bles, it ap­pears.

But no pol­icy po­si­tion or gaffe or cir­cus act in this race has been so ap­palling as the reaction of these politi­cians to the ag­o­niz­ing mass shoot­ings in El Paso, Texas, and Day­ton, Ohio.

Events like these — as hor­ri­fy­ing as they are — have a way of uni­fy­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans. We are en­raged by the heinous acts of de­ranged killers. We are heart­bro­ken for the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

What signs were there that were missed? What can we do to help? How can we pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing again. At the very least, we of­fer prayers. That is the reaction of the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans — Democrats, Repub­li­cans and independen­ts.

But that’s no way to win a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. Screw unity! To hell with your grief!

I mean, you’re al­ready gathered for a fu­neral so while you are here, let’s just prey upon your sad­ness and sell you some sick po­lit­i­cal mumbo jumbo. Any­thing to get ahead.

It was a sad sight. All the Demo­cratic can­di­dates scram­bling up the greasy poll try­ing to be the first to land a po­lit­i­cal punch to pro­pel their sick po­lit­i­cal ca­reers. To score some dirty lit­tle points. To ad­vance some creepy po­lit­i­cal agenda.

Blame Pres­i­dent Trump. Call him a racist. White su­prem­a­cist. Inspiratio­n for mass mur­der. What­ever — any­thing to get ahead.

The dead had not even been buried yet and these peo­ple were al­ready try­ing to cash in. Such is the state of the Demo­cratic field to­day.

No won­der Mr. Bi­den is still win­ning. Con­tact Charles Hurt at [email protected]­ing­ton­times.com or on Twit­ter @charleshur­t.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den is ahead of his clos­est ri­vals for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, his speeches are filled with gaffes.

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