In an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Biden said he had no recollection of Reade, but said she “has a right to be heard but then should be vetted, and the truth ultimately matters. And I give you my word, it never ever happened.”
Then O’Donnell asked what he would say to women who were “eager to vote for Joe Biden but this gives them serious pause because they do believe Tara Reade.”
“Well, I think they should vote their heart,” Biden replied. “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believe Tara Reade.”
What is that?
Lawyer, author, #MeToo supporter and liberal pundit Linda Hirshman authored a nead-exploding New York Times op-ed in which she said that she believed Tara Reade’s accusations, meaning that she also thought Biden has been lying or that he’s assaulted so many women that he doesn’t recall individual incidents, but will vote for him anyway.
But Biden said this was wrong. Good for Biden…wait…what? I don’t understand.
—-Is this an audacious bluff? If more corroboration of Reade’s claims emerge, and she already has a stronger case that Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasy-Ford (as well as Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill), wouldn’t that mean Biden would have to withdraw?
—-Is it a desperate ploy to “prove” his innocence? It reminds me a bit of Gary Hart’s famous challenge to reporters to follow him to show that the rumors of him having extra-marital affairs were false. Everyone thought, “Well, he must be telling the truth. Nobody is that stupid.” Then they did follow Hart, and they caught him.
—-Is he like the aging senile star actress (played by Janet Leigh) who has forgotten that she murdered her husband in a memorable “Columbo” episode?
—Is this admirable integrity on Joe’s part, or the act of a stone cold liar? It doesn’t help that in the same interview, Biden insisted that he wasn’t at all involved with the investigation of Michael Flynn or his “unmasking,” which seems to be pretty clearly a lie.
What’s going on here?