November 24, 2020

Joe Biden, the Luckiest Politician in American History

Joe Biden has faced many tragedies in his personal life. But if he wins the presidency today, he will have been the luckiest politician in American history.

1972: Biden only wins his first Senate race in Delaware after Richard Nixon misguidedly convinces incumbent J. Caleb Boggs, who had announced he would be retiring, to run again. It is also the first Senate election in which 18-year-olds could vote. Biden’s argument: Boggs, at the age of 63 — 14 years younger than Biden is today — was over the hill. The timing worked out well for the then-unknown candidate, who thereafter basically runs for a House-sized congressional seat every six years until 2009.

1970s: Biden, by his own admission, spends the decade sucking up to segregationists such as James Eastland, Herman Talmadge, and others to gain undeserved committee seats, often fighting for their causes in return. Biden seeks the praise of George Wallace before his conversion, lectures a civil rights activist about how Wallace was sometimes right and claims the southern system was good for Black people. He would later eulogize his good friend Strom Thurmond. This kind of sordid past would likely have ruined the careers of most politicians by the 2000s. Yet, here we are in 2020, and Biden has become the candidate of the Great Racial Reckoning.

1988: Biden runs one of the most disastrous major presidential campaigns in American history. He concocts fabricated histories of his upbringing and education and plagiarizes speeches from John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. As if that weren’t enough, Biden lifts an entire speech, nearly verbatim, from British Labour politician Neil Kinnock, using “phrases, gestures and lyrical Welsh syntax intact.” This kind of all-encompassing deceitfulness would have sunk the political careers of lesser men.

1987-1994: Biden turns what had been civil Supreme Court confirmation hearings into smear-fests against conservative nominees. In 1986, the year before Biden became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Antonin Scalia had been approved 98-0 by the Senate. After that comes the Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas hearings, where Biden’s ignorance and incompetence during the show trials give America a glimpse of a man who has been lifted far above his abilities.

1994: While in the Senate, Biden supports virtually every expansion of the drug war and mass incarceration, co-authoring the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act — or the “Biden Crime Law” as the presidential candidate was calling it until a few years ago. Biden gives passionate speeches on the Senate floor promising to “lock the SOBs up” and bragging that his bill did “everything but hang people for jaywalking.” His work during these years is at the root of numerous grievances of the Black Live Matter movement.

2002: Biden isn’t merely a face in the crowd of votes for the Iraq War. In fact, he chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a perch from which he directs the debate and argues in favor of the 2002 war authority. Though he doesn’t know it at the time, his work in making the Iraq War possible saves his political future by launching the career of a young anti-war senator named Barack Obama.

2008: The day Biden kicks off his second campaign for the presidency, he notes that Obama is “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” This kind of racist comment probably would have killed the prospects of higher office for most politicians — especially one with the history of Biden. Yet, the proud son of Scranton campaigns into the Iowa caucus, coming in fifth place and winning less than 1% of the vote.

2008: After a gaffe-filled, undistinguished senatorial career, and two catastrophic presidential campaigns under his belt, Biden is saved from the political scrap heap by his one-time rival. Obama, apprehensive about being portrayed as an irredeemable leftist, scours Washington for the most nonthreatening ‘yes man’ he can find to fill the veep role, resurrecting Biden’s career.

2016: Hillary Clinton runs for president.

2020: Biden abandons any vestiges of moderation to align himself with the modern progressive left. The only possible way voters could see him as a moderate now would be if an irascible septuagenarian red-diaper baby Trotskyite somehow became his biggest rival for the nomination. And again, the political gods smiled on him, in the form of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

2020: Biden runs not only with the full and open support of a political media that suppresses inconvenient stories about his possible corruption but also is allowed to run from his living room against Donald Trump in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

If there is anything we can learn from this phenomenal run of good luck for Biden, it’s that there is no meritocracy in politics. So, never give up on that unearned confidence, no matter how often history proves you wrong. Never let your risible knowledge of the world or decades of blunders stop you from chasing that dream. Just keep cynically repositioning yourself. Keep saying things emphatically — it doesn’t matter what. And with a lot of luck, you, too, might become president someday.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of the book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun.” To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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20 Responses

  1. Strange that everyone you talk to is for Trump. I don’t know who (besides California) was pro-Biden. I’m convinced the election was rigged and so is everyone I talked to.

    1. you are so very true with that statement..for a while trump was a head of biden and soon after that i can’t begin to tell you what went wrong..

  2. YES! AFTER THE “16” EL THEY DOUBLED DOWN IN “TRICKS” TO WIN 2020.. ALSO AS REPORTED BY A PROF FROM A MID WEST STATE, JFK, DID NOT PLAY D-RATS GAMES. YOU KNOW THE REST OF THIS STORY. I KNOW I LIVED THRU THAT BAD LOSS.

  3. WEll 100%. What are we gonna do about it. Let’s prove the Lefts Steal of the Election.
    We the people should demand a recount. Or. Redo the ELECTION in person with ID
    TRUMP is the Winner

  4. JOE BIDEN IS THE BIGGEST LYING CROOKED SOB THERE IS >DOJ KNOW IT BUT BARR DID NOT WANT TO CHARGE HIM BEFORE THE ELECTION BECAUSE
    BARR > DURHAM> WRAY> AND THE WOMEN AT THE CIA>
    THEY SHOULD BE PUT IN FRONT OF A FIRING SQUAD> FOR TREASON>:

  5. The CIA has changed the course of history more than once. Allen Dulles hated JFK along with some other establishment members and look what happened along with a excellent cover up. We’re going to look at numerous occasions of this in 2020…I suppressed they didn’t item a plot far worse than they have. Their unconventional war now isn’t bullets, it’s the media…

      1. Because the Media are all in together with the Democrats, Big Techs, China and other billionaires who want to turn this nation into communism. We can see it all happening. No more freedom of speech, religion and watch the second amendment rights, it will start going away. including our police, ICE, etc etc.

  6. As Americans, we should all be ashamed that we’ve allowed or, will allow, a liar, cheater, thief and traitor and his jezebel take over the leadership of our country! My one consolation is knowing that all of you that voted for them will be their first victims. Biden and Harris didn’t “win” anything, they like the rest of the corrupt Democrats were/are thieves in the night, they STOLE this election using voter fraud! I for one will never accept them as President and Vice President, I love my country too much to stoop that low!

  7. Hope this is not the end of the investigating fraud. There are so many people in this game that need jail time NOW. Were are they? The longer they are free to do more harm the proof is lost. Biden was never in good health from day 1. He will be of no use once he is put in office if he makes it? Giving up President Trump is no trade for America or the people. To many good things were done by Trump that will awake the people from Abortion to School education an immigration………..Good luck to all of us ? Deplorables?

  8. How does the author of article on Biden consider him lucky when he is obviously party to the fraud that got him elected. How could AZ go for Bidend when they wouldn’t even show up for rallies? This fraud was planned for Biden to win so he wouldn’t be prosecuted for Ukraine corruption with his son and Obama would get off for his spying on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump was all set to prosecute and probably Hillary to.

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