Over at the Spectator, conservative pundit Dominic Green writes in a piece titled Biden Must Go,
“If Trump had confused his Vice President with a ‘general’ or fumbled with his cue cards because he couldn’t match a scripted question to a scripted answer, as Biden did at his press conference on Thursday; or shown the bizarre callousness and failure of short-term memory in his ‘That was four days ago, five days ago!’ outburst; or spontaneously abandoned the policy of strategic ambiguity on Taiwan in an interview with ABC, as Biden did with George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, the psychiatrists would be lining up outside the cable stations to explain why the 25th Amendment needed to be deployed now. It’s that simple. The buck really does stop with the President. The world has always seen Biden’s incapacity, and now the American people can see it too. He carries direct responsibility for a disaster so undeniable that even a partisan media can no longer deny it. He can neither speak truthfully nor accurately. Not so much the emperor with no clothes, as Lear’s fool on the heath, naked and shivering as the kingdom comes to the ‘great confusion’.”
Oh no you don’t! “The resistance,” progressives, Democrats and the news media can’t be let off that easy. It is essential to restoring the nation’s principles and the integrity of the political process that Joe Biden remain in office to do all the damage and inflict all the embarrassment on the nation he will undoubtedly can and will. It will be painful for him to be sure: good. He was irresponsible and unethical to allow himself to be used by his party when he knew—and I’m sure he knows—that he had become a shadow of his already mediocre self. It will be even more painful for his party and its supporters, which will not be able to blame anyone but themselves for the disaster at the border, the stuttering response to the latest virus strains, the exploding national debt, the creeping inflation and the disgraceful embrace of racial discrimination. And, of course, it will be painful for the public, and again I say, good. They were dupes, fools and incompetent citizens. They deserve to suffer. There are consequences to being lazy, gullible, biased and stupid. They are about to learn them. Hard.The Democrats and media tried to brainwash America with the dangerous idea that when we elect a President that enough people don’t like and the news media decides to destroy, there are constitutional ways to ignore elections and get rid of him. There are not. Impeachment, contrary to the undemocratic plots endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and the rest, requires actual “high crimes and misdemeanors,” not mean tweets, contrived violations of dead letter provisions and conduct routinely engaged in by other Presidents that are suddenly repurposed into “crimes” to avoid the trouble of defeating an incumbent at the polls.
As for the 25th Amendment, the various theories of why it could be used to remove Trump only demonstrated how far the transformation of the American Left into Soviet totalitarians has progressed. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the Left must be “crazy,” you see. The legislative history of the amendment as well as the history of the Presidency makes it mountain spring clear that 25 exists to deal with an actual, undeniable disability that prevents a President from functioning at all, and not, as “the resistance” would prefer, the partisan problem of a President who doesn’t behave, act or tweets as his critics wish he would. The template is Woodrow Wilson after his crippling stroke. If we allow the 25th to be used as a tool to remove a President who is merely weak, old, cantankerous, or not what he once was, then it becomes a threat to our elections and the public trust.
Moreover, there is nothing about Joe Biden’s behavior and evident abilities that was not fully in evidence for all to see before he was even nominated for President. His sole qualifications were, first, that despite his shocking decline since 2016 he did not seem to be spectacularly unqualified, an anti-American radical, a socialist nut or intrinsically dislikable like literally all of the other candidates the Democrats had seeking the nomination; and second, that he had the best chance of beating President Trump. That is the epitome of a “low bar,” and Biden barely cleared it.
For Vice-President, the party inflicted on Biden an even lower bar—no mean feat. His running mate just had to be a black (or sort-of black) woman, and that was it. The fact that the party has no qualified black women who have any business being VP was simply ignored, sticking us with the objectionable and incompetent Kamala Harris. Was the plan really to avoid the problem of winning an election to install a female President of color using the 25th Amendment scam? If so, the Democrats must not get away with debasing our system and defrauding the public so cynically and ruthlessly…and to what end? Is Kamala Harris on the best day or her life more competent or trustworthy than a mentally-challenged Joe Biden?
The nation will survive the incompetence and humiliation of a Biden Presidency, especially if the mid-term elections remove Democratic control of Congress. Despite all of the jeremiads, the USA is too strong for one atrocious President to wreck, not even after more than two decades of flawed leaders before him. Maybe one really terrible experience will convince voters to pay attention, and teach both parties that their duty is not to win elections, but to win them with competent and trustworthy leaders.
We should not let Democrats off the hook, and allow them to escape a disaster of their own making. We should let ourselves off the hook either.
No, Joe has to stay.