(Part I is here.)
The poll above was offered to her blog’s readers by Ann Althouse this morning. Those were the early results, but they haven’t changed significantly. The fact that she felt the need to have the poll is significant, as is the fact that only 1% (its doubled, to 2%) would say that Joe Biden definitely didn’t have dementia. This isn’t a right wing rumor or organized slander, like so many of the “resistance” big lies. People have eyes and ears. They notice.
The hypocrisy demonstrated by the Democrats, who have been claiming that Trump is mentally unfit to be President, now apparently determined to nominate a man who is clinically unfit or soon will be is astounding. The only historical analogue that comes close is in 1944, hen the Democrats went through with nominating Franklin Roosevelt, though he was deathly ill and nobody who saw him or spent any time with him could fail to know it. FDR had already been President for twelve years, though, and there was still a war on. That’s some excuse, though not much.
Today’s Democrats have none. Here’s left-wing cartoonist Ted Rall:
Now Democrats are conspiring to gaslight the American people by engineering the presidential election of a man clearly suffering from dementia, Joe Biden. This is no time to be “polite.” We are talking about the presidency. As always, we need a frank, intelligent discussion and debate about the issues and the candidates….Contrary to current ridiculous Democratic talking points, it is not ageist to point this out. One out of seven Americans over the age of 70 suffers from dementia. (Biden is 77.) If it’s ageist to talk about dementia among the elderly, it’s ageist to talk about immaturity among the young. It is neither necessary nor possible to scientifically determine whether the former vice president has dementia. On the other hand, you don’t need an astronomer to know that the sun rises in the east. If you have encountered dementia, you know Joe Biden has it.
This may be the only time I have agreed with Ted Rall about anything.
Rall also makes the point, which I have made elsewhere, that Democrats have been trapped into supporting Biden because they believe defeating Trump is so important that they are willing to use a disabled man on the verge of incoherence to do it. That–I would say “if true” except that its truth seems undeniable—is so wrong and irresponsible that it almost defies belief. The party’s duty, any party’s duty, is to give the American people a candidate who will, in their view, be an effective President. Choosing Biden, in contrast, is like the Moors mounting the corpse of El Cid on his horse to “lead” the army during the siege of Valencia.
If the party was preparing to open the convention and take extraordinary measures to stop Bernie Sanders from leading the party to defeat on a platform of socialism, a responsible party should deem it equally urgent to block the nomination of candidate in Biden’s condition. That the party, and so many of its Trump-Deranged members and supporters, can’t or won’t see that is yet another indication of how completely hatred and anger over the 2016 election has corrupted it.
Much of the February 19 Ethics Alarms post about how hatred had driven Democrats into the hypocritical position of embracing Michael Bloomberg is applicable to the resurgence of Biden with just the substitution of names. This paragraph, however, needs no changes:
The perversion of the Democratic Party’s mission, purpose and principles was apparent as soon as it initially installed Joe Biden as the favorite to be its candidate in November. The alleged party of women, #MeToo and enlightened respect for non-males in the workplace absurdly encouraged the return of an unapologetic sexist and workplace sexual harasser. The party of the young attempted to anoint a 77 year old relic of old-style politics, not because he embodied the party’s supposed goals and ideals, but because he seemed to represent the best chance of removing the hated Donald Trump.
Once Bloomberg was exposed and the party faced the disaster that Sanders would bring, it defaulted to Biden again. Imagine: the party that has condemned Donald Trump for defying “democratic norms” is now choosing to reject one of the the most basic democratic norms of all: selecting a candidate for the American Presidency who is mentally healthy enough to fulfill the duties of the position.
So counter to every political and patriotic calculation is this, that Democrats and progressives are in desperate, pathetic denial. Here’s a reply to me on Facebook today from a stranger:
“Biden isn’t mentally declining, he is just not as charismatic on stage and when speaking. Part of that is probably the stutter issue he overcame. I mean technically a lot of us are “declining” as early as our 40s. But Biden is pretty sharp and still has his faculties just fine. And he is very experienced. I think being VP previously gives you an huge boost, you’ve seen the job first hand, and unlike our current leader, are very aware of what it requires. It’s not a game show. And no one knows that better than him. Experience counts for a lot.”
How terribly sad. Biden’s battles with stammering are well known, but never before has that been used as an explanation for repeated stumbles, and nobody ever suggested before 2019 he was in cognitive decline.
The rest of the discussion surrounding this comment was, if anything, sadder still. All these Trump-hating progressives were fanning each other’s hopes by claiming that a young, impressive Vice-President on the ticket would spur Biden’s election, and soon take over for the doddering old man. They have all been betrayed by their party, and it has come to this.
Back to Ted Rall:
None of the media seem interested in the truth about Biden. Democratic media allies like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post are running interference for the Democratic establishment and Biden by failing to ask any questions about the candidate’s mental fitness. … And finally there are the voters. As a citizen, you have no business casting a vote thoughtlessly or less than fully informed. Deliberately casting a vote for someone clearly suffering from dementia, or turning a blind eye to it, or being simply unaware of Biden’s mental state are inexcusable.
I spent the last few years watching my mother’s decline due to dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. She had been brilliant. Years before her death, however, she was having a tough time keeping it together. I would have voted for her as president in 2012 but not 2016. It would have been wrong. No one who has been close to someone deteriorating from that disease could fail to see the same signs in Joe Biden. It doesn’t matter how crappy Donald Trump is. It’s anti-American and unpatriotic to vote for someone suffering from dementia for a position with exclusive control over nuclear launch codes.
But it’s not too late for the Democrats. Joe Biden doesn’t have to be the nominee.
He can and should withdraw.
Rall is wrong: it is too late for Democrats. It was too late the minute they decided that destroying the Trump Presidency was more important than behaving responsibly, and allowed hate rather than rationality dictate their objectives and tactics. It has led them to this point of no return.