March 21, 2020

"Joe Biden is planning a regular shadow briefing... to show how he would handle the crisis and address what he calls the lies and failures of President Trump."

"Biden gave a preview of what’s to come in a conference call with reporters Friday, where he listed a litany of false and misleading statements from Trump.... 'President Trump stop saying false things, will ya?' Biden said. 'People are worried they are really frightened, when these things don't come through. He just exacerbates their concern. Stop saying false things you think make you sound like a hero and start putting the full weight of the federal government behind finding fast, safe and effective treatments.'... [H]e said, his house is being outfitted with equipment that would enable him to livestream events, have interactive tele-press conferences and broadcast interviews with network television. 'I would like to get in the position and we're trying to work out so that the headquarters ... to be able to accommodate my directly answering questions in front of a press that's assigned to me,' he said. 'We've hired a professional team to do that now. And excuse the expression that's a little above my pay grade to know how to do that.'"

Politico reports.

It is a real challenge for Biden and his people to figure out how to campaign from a distance. Sitting on the sidelines and taking potshots at the man who is working nonstop to manage the crisis — this might not feel right to some of us. Biden has to stay in the game somehow, but maybe less is more. Don't make the President's job any more difficult than it is. And don't turn on the cameras just to agitate us with non-insights like "People are worried... they are really frightened." Every guy in America knows how to watch TV and then turn on the videocam and live-stream about how the President bothers him.

Or... I guess Biden wouldn't know how to make such a video. He has "a professional team" to push the little buttons for him, and he's not embarrassed to call the work "above my pay grade."

If you're trying to remember when Obama used that expression, it was in answer to the question when does the unborn have human rights: "… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade." I believe Obama was trying to say he is not God, so he cannot be the one to say where that subtle line is.

In the case of Biden, he was just trying to say, he doesn't do electronic gadgets. He didn't really mean that the work he can't do is above him. More like below him. Or part of a world that he hasn't engaged with and never will.

IN THE COMMENT: rehajm said:
So he's going to pretend he has a job where he has press conferences and updates people on the functioning of government even though he doesn't work for the government. Then he's going to do mystery science theater on Trump press conferences and also 'fact check' Trump and government agencies.

How faux Presidential. That's not helping...
Chris N said:
When I was young it was all sidewalks and bikes and maybe a few hot rods out there. Guys n gals at Community pools. You wanted mashed potatoes you got mashed potatoes but some people need help with the butter.

Folks, this isn’t that hard. We’re a global village now with global challenges and 18 gigs of RAM!

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jaydub said...

Pathetic.

tim maguire said...

Biden’s in a bind. He has the example of McCain, who wrecked his campaign by suspending it during the banking crisis, but he cannot be seen as undermining Trump during the covid crisis. It’s a fine line and Biden is a hack who doesn’t understand what he’s doing and therefore won’t be able to carefully calibrate his actions. He is screwing it up and he will continue to screw it up.

EdwdLny said...

At what point do they tie a rope around Joe's ankle so that he doesn't get disoriented and wander off. Too think that there are people who consider him a viable candidate for anything is an indication of the high level of their desperation. Good grief, what a bunch of maroons.

Darury said...

Anyone remember when John McCain was mocked by the press because he couldn't send an email? Turns out it was due to broken fingers while a POW, but hey, Republicans bad. Somehow I don't think Joe Biden's technical incompetence will be mentioned.

Darrell said...

Everything Biden suggests Trump has already done. The sensible stuff anyway. I suspect that Biden will square off against a Corn Pop stand-in in the ring before this is all done. I hope Joe uses the Dixie Peach Pomade this time. And the swim cap.

Ralph L said...

He ought to be trying to keep his big city constituents calm and separated, because they're not going to put up with lockdowns for long. Riots and looting didn't help Humphrey.

MayBee said...

He needs a seal that says "Office of the Democratic Party Nominee-Elect of the President of the United States"

Laslo Spatula said...

Armchair quarterback.

Because this will make America take it more seriously.

I am Laslo.

Fernandistein said...

his house is being outfitted with equipment that would enable him to livestream events

He bought a laptop. And a cloth to wipe the disk.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Best thing for Biden/the Democrat leasership in general, both for their cause politically and for the nation overall, would be to be extremely supportive of the President and his efforts, and if they have recommendations of different approaches, to do that privately.

But they can't stop themselves. It's in their DNA

David Begley said...

Biden doesn’t want to campaign. He doesn’t want to meet voters. Every time he opens his mouth, we see and hear his senility.

rhhardin said...

Trump knows how to put on a show.

Big Mike said...

He’s the best the Democrats have?

jaydub said...

Reminds me of John McCain suspending his campaign to fly back to Washington to manage the financial crisis in 2008. Joe, how'd that work for John?

rehajm said...

So he's going to pretend he has a job where he has press conferences and updates people on the functioning of government even though he doesn't work for the government. Then he's going to do mystery science theater on Trump press conferences and also 'fact check' Trump and government agencies.

How faux Presidential. That's not helping...

Paul Snively said...

With not-exactly-friends like Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo talking about how well President Trump is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, it seems clear that Biden is lapsing into the pattern of so many of President Trump's critics, which is, as Salena Zito so aptly put it, to take President Trump literally, but not seriously.

Do a lot of us wish President Trump would either do a better job of articulating his thoughts or shut up? Yes, we do. Nevertheless, I'll take the bombastic blowhard who is effective in practice over the articulate wordsmith who is completely useless in practice every day, and twice on Sunday.

Sally327 said...

But Biden's the guy telling coal miners they can just learn how to code. He can't learn anything new himself (and why not? too dumb? too old? too unwilling?) but some blue collar worker should be able to adjust quickly to the government's taking away his livelihood and adopt a whole new skill set.

pacwest said...

Biden's handlers must have gotten some assurances from the media they will cover for him to try a stunt like this. The chance of it blowing up in their faces is pretty high. Maybe they see an opening on the economic crisis and think they can exploit that, but it would be a condemnation of Cuomo and Newsome more than Trump. It's hard to see how this is a good idea for his campaign or the country.

bleh said...

I remember when Romney had the temerity to say something about Benhgazi and we were told, “we only have one president at a time!”

Dan in Philly said...

If Obama hadn't been treated like a saint, the above my pay grade comment would have been mocked. He is enacting policy affecting the unborn, in effect the government is playing God. You make decisions like that but claim you can't make decisions like that? Incoherent.

rehajm said...

a regular shadow puppet briefing

madAsHell said...

Joe Biden is the SNL skit that writes itself.

SteveM said...

Reeks of desperation, with huge downside risk of Biden making yet another dementia-seeming gaffe. Internal polling for Biden versus Trump must be horrible!

Fernandistein said...

You make decisions like that but claim you can't make decisions like that?

I think Obama meant "If you want your unborn human rights, you can keep your unborn human rights."

Yeah, his actions contradicted his phony humility, so he was just lying.

robother said...

Second guessing from the sidelines is what Joe was born to do. That is most helpful in a crisis. Maybe Democrat Governors should fall in line and employ what ever strategy Joe is saying he would do, instead of what the President is doing. And the Democrat House could open up a second front by impeaching the President to further distract him in the crisis.

rehajm said...

Pretending to be President is a trial run for when he becomes President and pretends to be President.

gspencer said...

"In the case of Biden, he was just trying to say, he doesn't do electronic gadgets."

Apparently though he still knows how to operate the "record player" that he mentioned in the Sept debate. And did you see him last Tuesday evening after his "victories," standing & frozen, at the podium, until phony "Dr." Jill came out to lead him away? This is all elder abuse, to be sure. She's apparently really, really lustful to become a FLOTUS.

narciso said...

And he was at a fundraiser with jay z and beyonce

narciso said...

Chris buckley before he went mad, portrayed a biden like character who was so crazy to act likr a president, that he was on a soap opera about a president.

Amexpat said...

It’s a fine line and Biden is a hack who doesn’t understand what he’s doing and therefore won’t be able to carefully calibrate his actions. He is screwing it up and he will continue to screw it up.

Agree that Biden is in a bind and as a mediocre hack he won't find the correct balance himself. His only chance is to find and listen to an adviser who has the smarts to figure this out.

Trump can easily win the election if he's competent, presidential and avoids the petty shit and weird tangents that he's prone to go off on. In other words, the only one who can defeat Trump in November is Trump. I'd handicap it about even now.

tcrosse said...

Nobody likes a kibitzer.

Ray said...

"And a cloth to wipe the disk."

Hammers, don't forget the hammers.

Jersey Fled said...

Biden's handlers must have gotten some assurances from the media they will cover for him to try a stunt like this.

The problem is, the media can't cover for anyone anymore. We are on to them.

In fact, the only way the media can cover for him is to not cover him..

Like Hillary, Joe is at his best when people don't see him.

Go home and take a break, Joe. See you at the convention.

tim in vermont said...

Yet’s let’s hear how the travel ban is racist.
Let him tell us how it is OK for China to blame us falsely, but it’s racist to call them out on it.
Let’s hear how we need the Italian model health care system.
Let’s hear how big pharma is our enemy, and China is our friend.
Let’s hear how we need to open our borders now more than ever and give free health care to everybody who makes it.
Let’s hear how Biden would have overruled the CDC and FDA on testing straight away.
Let’s hear how globalism is the best thing for our country.
Let’s hear how we need to go right back to relying on China for critical supplies in a crisis.
I am pretty sure that the American people are waiting with “baited” breath, well the suckers are anyway.

Ray said...

"… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade."

also Obama:

"I don't want my daughters punished with a baby."

tim in vermont said...

That’s right, he could tell us that they best way to sterilize our computers is with BleachBit, and hammers work great on the phones!

Browndog said...

If he starts each briefing with "Look, fat.", he has my vote.

Brian said...

Wrong move strategically. You can't compete with the office of the president, especially in a time of crisis.

Yes McCain screwed himself by suspending his campaign during the financial crisis. However he was running against a non-president. He didn't need to suspend his campaign. It was also later in the campaign season. There's a mountain of time before the general election. The ground today isn't the ground in Novemeber so why fight on it now?

Best thing Biden could do is to suspend. Do a couple funny tik-toks. Use celebrities. Heavily scripted. Meanwhile lay low on comments about what the President is doing. This saves your options for later in the cycle to point out that whatever Trump did wrong you would do differently and whatever Trump did right you would do the same.

tim in vermont said...

Let’s hear how we have to abandon our cars in the millions and go to mass transit.

Birches said...

I agree that the Biden campaign is in a bind right now. I imagine the donors and press are shrieking behind the scenes at them to do something. He should just be making those 5 things PSAs. Do one that's self deprecating. It will go viral. Keep you in people's minds.

Trying to pretend you're President before you've even clinched the nomination isn't going to work. Crap like that only worked for Obama because people willingly suspended their belief. That won't happen with ol' Joe.

pacwest said...

Channeling my inner Biden:
'I can tell you what I would've done. I would have made sure this virus wouldn't have even made it into this country. I would've made sure our hospitals were equipped to handle this threat. If I were President every American would have decent healthcare. I would've made sure every American has a decent paying job. Elect me and I'll make sure this will never happen again. Everything is Trump’s fault. And that's no malarkey.'

TheDopeFromHope said...

Let's not forget, and let's continue to mention, that Joe Biden decried the China travel ban, put in place by the President on Jan. 31, as racist and xenophobic. Not only that, but at late as March 10, Democrats in the House and Senate introduced legislation to counteract the travel bans. The “No Ban Act,” introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 219 House Democrats, would have prevented Trump from implementing a travel ban on China and other countries. A similar measure was introduced by Democrats in the Senate.

Political correctness kills.

AllenS said...

I'm looking forward to see this. It should be great entertainment.

Chris N said...

When I was young it was all sidewalks and bikes and maybe a few hot rods out there. Guys n gals at Community pools. You wanted mashed potatoes you got mashed potatoes but some people need help with the butter.

Folks, this isn’t that hard. We’re a global village now with global challenges and 18 gigs of RAM!

Ray said...

"If I was president, I'd make it illegal to commit a crime during a pandemic"

stevew said...

This move by Biden, and his handlers, is pure desperation. Agree with those above guessing that the internal polling is very, very bad. He's losing and he knows it.

For heaven's sake, look at the names of the Democrats that are praising Trump's handling of the situation.

Bay Area Guy said...

Biden is a clueless figurehead, and a disgraceful doddering old fool. He should self-quarantine for the entire campaign.

Phil Beck said...

Something from the news today:

During a call with reporters, the Democrat frontrunner said he is “desperately” looking to be in contact with Americans, and, “They tell me there’s ways we can do teleconferencing via us all being in different locations.”

Big Mike said...

I'm looking forward to see this. It should be great entertainment.

@AllenS, not me! I don’t rubberneck when I drive past a serious accident, either.

Fernandistein said...

Lest people get the impression that democrat politicians are technically incompetent, keep in mind that Al Gore invented the Internet.

Browndog said...

For heaven's sake, look at the names of the Democrats that are praising Trump's handling of the situation.

Ilhan Omar is a real head scratcher, to say it publicly.

Phil Beck said...

Once Biden speaks, the media will confront Trump with Biden's criticisms. If I were Trump, I would say something like this:

"Except when I get a few hours of sleep, I am working non-stop to protect the American people from this hidden enemy. I appear before the American people every day to explain what we are doing on their behalf. Joe hasn't been heard from for several weeks. He has been focused on how to save his campaign. He is surrounded by aides who go over every statement I have made to try to find things they can criticize after-the-fact. I can't take time to deal with that sort of thing. I must stay focused on what's best for America. Next question."

tim in vermont said...

Trump’s lack of political correctness is paying off for America right now. I hope Biden makes an issue of the fact that sex change operations are being put off due to the #TrumpVirus that sure seems to be hitting a lot of people pretty hard in other countries that had their own sovereign government and made their own decisions and BTW, who heavily criticized Trump.

Andrew said...

Has anyone seen the most recent Biden video? (I haven't had time to read comments yet; sorry if it's been mentioned.)

https://mobile.twitter.com/thehill/status/1240156227352408064

This is getting ridiculous. Someone needs to pull the plug on his campaign. I was originally hoping for Trump to destroy Biden in a debate. Now, if a debate were held, I'd want Trump to show mercy.

Here's another recent example:

https://twitter.com/SteveGuest/status/1238614231655895040?s=20

I don't see how Biden can run a "shadow" campaign, or any other campaign. He is simply not up to the task. Trump could dispatch him with one tweet: "Jill, take your husband home and please take good care of him. DNC, I give you permission to choose another candidate who knows where he is and what he's doing. Stop abusing the elderly."

rcocean said...

Biden is a goof and never, despite his yammering, RUN anything. He was a Senator and VP. for almost his entire life. Like Obama, he's an empty suit, and will surround himself with people who will do the real work.

His main virtue is his non-threatening likability. "Good Ol' Joe". Despite his nasty attacks and lies about Trump and other R's, he doesn't come across as PERSONALLY mean, like Hillary or Chuck Schumer or Warren.

God help us if he becomes President.

Fernandistein said...

"If I was president, I'd make it illegal to commit a crime during a pandemic"

The mayor of Baltimore said something similar to that:

“We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”

“For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”

... because “we cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus. And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives. So take that into consideration.”

rcocean said...

Like Hillary, the Press will protect Biden and we will only see him only take powder puff questions and in carefully staged events. It'll be up to Trump and the R's to expose his insane Left-wing positions and flabby intellect.

Rick said...

It’s a fine line and Biden is a hack who doesn’t understand what he’s doing and therefore won’t be able to carefully calibrate his actions.

Biden doesn't but other Dems who do are already laying the groundwork. As soon as the medical crisis is over our focus will turn economic. The worse things are the more effective the Dems standard economic demonization rhetoric will be. That will be the conflict of this election cycle.

rcocean said...

Looking back, we can see that Bernie was the best thing that happened to Biden. He couldn't be nominated, he was too far Left, and Blacks didn't like him. Had Bernie not run, some Non-Biden could've beaten him and been the nominee. Now, we're stuck with a 78 y/o geezer who can't remember what state he's in.

mtrobertslaw said...

Biden should take himself and his ideas on what to do and join the President's task force team. Then he can stand right up there with entire team during a Trump press conference and explain how his ideas will end this virus problem within one week.

tim in vermont said...

Biden has told lies already, for instance that Trump turned down tests form the WHO, tests that seem to have a very high rate of false negatives. It was the CDC and FDA that rejected that small number of “research grade” tests.

He claimed that Trump tried to seek exclusive rights to some medication of other to deny it to Germany, another Biden lie.

This is gonna be lit.

donald said...

My dad is 82. He ran the computer network system through all its advances for two decades at Lockheed in Marietta from the original Novell to whatever the hell they were running when he said fuck this during the last strike. Poor ole dumb Joe.

Ray said...

"The mayor of Baltimore said something similar to that:"

So even imaginary Biden can't help but steal other people's ideas.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"Ilhan Omar is a real head scratcher, to say it publicly."

Likely a political calculation; she has a lot of baggage and there is an election coming up

rcocean said...

The MSM is ALWAYS pushing the DNC-party line, but now t- as stated above - they can crouch all their hostile questions to Trump in terms of "Biden says this, what to you say?".

I often wonder, if there anyone dumb enough to think the MSM is "Objective" and is NOT in the tank for the D's. I bet 10% of the USA is 'Low information' and believe everything they read.

Browndog said...

Maybe it's a good time for Hillary to step into the fray. Having Dr.Fauci as a big fan will carry a lot of weight.

Jersey Fled said...

Ilhan Omar is a real head scratcher, to say it publicly.

Ilan is trying to stay out of jail.

Curious George said...

"Browndog said...
Ilhan Omar is a real head scratcher...."

Well, she wears that Hijab so you can expect that.

Sebastian said...

"this might not feel right to some of us."

You are so nice.

This kid-glove treatment of Slow Joe is not helping.

Browndog said...

Joe needs to book Katy Perry and the Imagine singers. The standard has been set:

Bernie Sanders
‏Verified account @BernieSanders

I’m hosting a virtual roundtable on the economic and health crises created by the coronavirus outbreak. Join me, musical guests @andrecymone @NahkoBear, and two leaders on the frontlines of the crisis - @FlyingWithSara and @SaruJayaraman.

rhhardin said...

If you wouldn't consider Biden anyway, structurally, there's nothing here, except it's arguing from feelings instead of structure. Maybe it affects the women.

It's the "what will women think" question so vital in voting.

Spiros said...

Trump's election had devastating psychological effects on large segments of the American population, from young adults to women, to racial and LGBT communities. Individuals with mental health issues likewise were "shook" by his presidency. For these people, Covid 19 is the ONLY way to remove President Trump from office and to end their suffering. The Russia collusion hoax failed. Impeachment failed. This is it.

But the disease's toll will be light. Consider the following report from Oxford's Center for Evidence Based Medicine:

https://www.cebm.net/global-covid-19-case-fatality-rates/

These people are heavyweights. They concluded that the overall fatality rate of Covid 19 is about 0.3%. It may be even less. Our collective response, which is drived by celebrity culture, the media and Democratic governors, is clearly suicidal. Or, maybe, we were the suicidal ones when we elected Trump. If Hillary Clinton was President, the media would just have ignored Covid 19 and we all would have been better off. Covid 19 would have been a big nothing burger (except for 10 or 20,000 octogenarians and nonagenarians who would have died).

Bank failures next week and then, even relatively wealthy people, like most of the readers of this blog, are going to suffer. I don't keep piles of cash and gold in my home, do you?

tim in vermont said...

This is a major problem for Democrats. Now they want to shut down the president’s news conferences so that they can only be shown edited by the Democrat media. The poll numbers for them are terrible, they are losing the election here and now.

Calls are increasing for cable networks to stop airing President Donald Trump’s press conferences live as critics believe Trump is turning White House news briefings into virtual campaign rallies that can “get people killed” with lies about the Coronavirus crisis. The pressure only increased after Trump’s Friday briefing.The Atlantic’s James Fallows believes the attention-starved Trump is turning the press conferences into “virtual campaign” rallies and Trump would actually lose interest in showing up if the media did not cover the briefings live.“Also, as a practical matter, if the briefings were no longer covered live, Trump would lose interest in attending himself,” Fallows argues. - From Brietbart

BTW, it’s funny how commonly used names like Breitbart and Kavanaugh are not included in spellcheck. They are so bitter.


rcocean said...

Everyone at "the Atlantic" is working for the DNC. Unpaid or not. They haven't been a serious magazine for years. Fallows, for example, used to be Carter's Speechwriter.

jnseward said...

Isolation is the best thing that could happen to the Biden campaign. I suspect that this pandemic is providing excuses of various kinds for a great many people.

tim in vermont said...

"Everyone at "the Atlantic" is working for the DNC.”

That’s not the proper acronym for the Chinese Communist Party.

Lurker21 said...

Bernie as a talk show host has potential. It would have been a great idea for Saturday Night Live, if they were still on the air and still a comedy show.

Darrell said...

Joe Biden once said, "[If] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."

Is that his plan to keep people safe from COVID-19?

Michael said...

So Joe is going to bring strangers into his house to touch everything and fix it so he can Monday morning QB the steps the real govt is taking. You DMB motherfuckr, Joe. I can do more pushups than you. Want to FaceTime a contest?

Ron Winkleheimer said...

I was originally hoping for Trump to destroy Biden in a debate. Now, if a debate were held, I'd want Trump to show mercy.

I've been thinking that in a debate with Trump, Biden would end up having a stroke.

prodigal said...

so in essence, a Monday morning quarterback....

Wince said...

Team Biden knows he blew it big-time with his call against a travel ban, his comments on a benign China and Hunter's trip on Air Force II.

traditionalguy said...

Joe is a stand up comedian. And he is getting funnier and funnier. Great writers doing a job for him. He can pick Cathy Griffin as VP. What a show.

Francisco D said...

Biden doesn’t want to campaign. He doesn’t want to meet voters. Every time he opens his mouth, we see and hear his senility.

It is cruel to push him into a spokesman for the opposition role. Dementia worsens with time and under pressure.

The Democrats are better off letting the Media do their work for them. Let Joe rest.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

The leftist angle on the travel ban right now was that it didn't work, we ended up with covid-19 anyway. Sometimes adding that Italy banned direct flights from China and it didn't help them. In other words, complete denial that anything Trump does could possibly be prudent. Or, if that can't be sold, someone competent must have done it despite Trump. The usual.

Mike Sylwester said...

Then he's going to do mystery science theater on Trump press conferences

LOL

Robert Cook said...

Biden's supporters are deluding themselves that he will defeat Trump simply because he's not Trump. He may not be Trump, but he is easily as bad as Trump. Biden's followers also fail to see that Trump's followers are true believers and not amenable to reason. Even if Biden were a clearly superior choice for president, and he and his supporters could list the reasons why he was the better choice, Trump's supporters would not be persuaded. Given that Biden is not a superior choice, but an equally bad one, it is clear that Trump will defeat Biden in November.

Johnathan Birks said...

Joe's so far gone he probably thinks he's president already.

tim in vermont said...

"Trump's followers are true believers and not amenable to reason.”

OR.... Or Robert Cook is a true believer and non amenable to reason and Trump’s supporters disagree with him on stuff. How wold he know? Can he protest that he has his reasons? So can Trump supporters. It’s a conundrum.

Bob Boyd said...

It's important not to get distracted by the virus from what's really important, hating Trump.

Chuck said...

Althouse:

When Trump has repeatedly and explicitly claimed that “Nobody saw this coming,” and when extensively-documented intelligence reports from January and February show a very high level of serious concern that was highly predictive of what we are now seeing, and when multiple former intelligence community leaders are now making public statements about the lack of expertise and experience in the current Administration ...

When all of that is happening TODAY, it is not just acceptable but even mandatory that we discuss it as part of the ongoing electoral campaign for that office.

Michael K said...

Everyone at "the Atlantic" is working for the DNC. Unpaid or not.

No, they are working for China and mostly paid.

So far, Biden's plans for the pandemic are items that Trump has already done.

Biden does plagiarism well.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

When someone has two alternatives to choose from and they must choose one or the other, getting told that they are both "bad choices" is not helpful. Also, how do you define superior? Trump supports policies that I support. Biden does not. From my standpoint Trump is therefore the superior choice. I'm a nationalist who supports strong borders and bringing manufacturing back to the US. Biden does not. What's at stake are which set of values will prevail. Absent a transcendent God, its vanity to assume that one set of values is superior to others.

tim in vermont said...

Trump ain’t perfect, but he’s head and shoulders above the other choices we have. Is not holding out for some perfect man to represent our interests even though that man will likely never come along irrational? Or is it irrational to take the first man who comes along to replace the imperfect Trump in the hopes he will be better when he openly declares that he opposes our interests the smart thing to do?

I don’t know Robert, I can’t think on account of being a Trump “follower,” you explain how I can think my way out of this mess.

Phil 314 said...

Assuming these would not be live and heavily edited this plays to Joe’s limited skill set.

Francisco D said...

Hey Guys!

Lil' Chuckles is back from his self-imposed Althouse quarantine.

I am guessing that he was waiting for new talking points.

bagoh20 said...

Is he going to show us his leg hairs?

narciso said...

Largely there are a few exceptions like robert kaplan, but they are few and far between.

tim in vermont said...

"January and February s”

That’s when Chuck was cheering on impeachment, BTW, demanding the focus of the presidency.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

when multiple former intelligence community leaders are now making public statements about the lack of expertise and experience in the current Administration ...

Maybe those indictments really are coming.

tim in vermont said...

#Resist! That’s been the mantra since day one of Chuckles the Clown and the Democrats.

narciso said...

Richard clarke predicted a massive second wave attack that never came probably because detained ksm and his whole network, of course then they attackec the interrogators for getting us thst information.

narciso said...

At the time he was working fot the atlantic council on a grant from paul pillars counter terror center, some left over material made it into his novel lenght screed scorpions gate.

mccullough said...

Biden can defend China’s honor. Xi didn’t pay him all that money for nothing

hombre said...

Something must happen before the end of the Democrat convention. As a recovered Democrat I have to believe, despite the evidence to the contrary, that there is still a shred of decency in the Party that will call forth someone to protect the country from this demented old crook.

Someone will step forward with great fanfare after Jill announces that Joe can’t go on. Who will it be? It will have to be a woman to placate the #metoo pink pussy hats, the intellectual core of the female wing of the party. A woman of color would be preferable to keep the Black Lives Matter, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters malcontents in line. Despite their protestations to the contrary, Michelle and Oprah will have to step up for the good of the nation.

Hallelujah! What a ticket!

StoughtonSconnie said...

I may be too cynical, but part of me feels like this is Biden’s handlers protecting his flank, not from Sanders but from Cuomo. The nomination isn’t his until it is, and right now the most prominent Dem is Cuomo. If this is successfully mitigated by summer, Cuomo may be able to say “I helped”, and that may be any Dem’s only chance.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

How can an old corrupt man and his "team" stay relevant? Back-stab Trump every day with tired cliches and worn out bromides, amounting to... jack... squat.

Ray - SoCal said...

Trump’s pushbacks to reporters during Coronavirus presser were beautifully done.

Trump is doing an amazing job of showing the MSN’s true partisanship, biases, and lack of expertise.

tim in vermont said...

"The leftist angle on the travel ban right now was that it didn't work, we ended up with covid-19 anyway.”

They are betting on innumeracy, and it’s not a bad way to bet, incidentally. Notice that all of those graphs we see are set to start at 100 cases? Well we would have gotten to 100 cases earlier. As we can see, appealing to the mathematically illiterate makes good sense though. Not to mention that whoever cooked up those talking points is probably innumerate themselves.

Incidentally, I think we need to lift the lockdown and take the punch in the next couple of weeks, after having time to steel ourselves somewhat. Let the oldsters shelter and protect them, and go back to work. What I can’t stand are the innumerate arguments that just because there are a small number of deaths now, nobody knows what they are talking about.

Ray said...

"Who will it be?"

Who wants to be the one to tell Hillary it's not her?

lee said...

Best comments(and best blog for comments) on the web!

mccullough said...

This is my world
And I am world leader pretend
This is my life
And this is my time

Michael The Magnificent said...

Joe Biden suffers from delusions of adequacy.

Here he is (pre hair plugs), Joe Biden, Super Genius (says so right on his business card, so must be true!).

And for the gullible lefties in the audience, almost all of Biden's claims in the video above are false.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Our corrupt D-hack press want to back-stab Trump (or any R! - not just Trump) The Press are party hacks. They are all Democrats. They all supported Hillary and sent mega bucks to Hillary. Recall George Stephanoplis' 75,000 gift to the grifters personal "charity".

Our press is not interested in answers. They want to back-stab. They want to twist and manipulate and crush and ruin. They don't care about America. They care about The Party.

Trump must fight the hack-D press and this virus. F the left.

Fritz said...

Aunty Trump said...
"January and February s”

That’s when Chuck was cheering on impeachment, BTW, demanding the focus of the presidency.


The Impeachment That Killed Americans

January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.

January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.

January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan

January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.

January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.

January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.

January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.

January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.

January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.

February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.

February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.

February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.

February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

I'm not Trump-worshiper.

Watching the corrupt Schitt left operate MADE me a Trump supporter.

I'm not the only one.

Ken B said...

Joe Biden opposed travel restrictions from China. And from Italy. This is enough to prove he should not be in control.

Mike Sylwester said...

Chuck at 9:05 AM
when multiple former intelligence community leaders are now making public statements

These "leaders" have been trying to convince the public that Russians and Trump colluded to steal the 2016 election by buying Facebook ads that show Jesus arm-wrestling Satan.

Temujin said...

The word 'flaccid' comes to mind when I look at Biden's campaign. The entire campaign. I don't care that the Dems faithfully fell in line to back him. They had no choice and that's on them. But he was a dead man walking early in his campaign. Did nothing to turn it around, and suddenly was the fan fave from coast to coast.

As I said in your comments a few days ago, this virus is the best thing to happen to Biden. If he decides to come out of the dark an bumble his way through a made-up press conference, he'll simply remind people how lame he is.

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Ray said...

"Incidentally, I think we need to lift the lockdown and take the punch in the next couple of weeks,"

Probably a good idea economically, but it would be political suicide. As it is , every death is going to be dumped on Trump, like he could have prevented everyone. It's hard to justify that a certain amount of deaths are acceptable, even if we know that it happens with the most diseases like the flu.

Ken B said...

Aunty Trump said
“Yet’s let’s hear how the travel ban is racist.
Let him tell us how it is OK for China to blame us falsely, but it’s racist to call them out on it.
Let’s hear how we need the Italian model health care system.
Let’s hear how big pharma is our enemy, and China is our friend.
Let’s hear how we need to open our borders now more than ever and give free health care to everybody who makes it.
Let’s hear how Biden would have overruled the CDC and FDA on testing straight away.
Let’s hear how globalism is the best thing for our country.
Let’s hear how we need to go right back to relying on China for critical supplies in a crisis.”

I thought that was worth repeating

Ray said...

"Incidentally, I think we need to lift the lockdown and take the punch in the next couple of weeks,"

Probably a good idea economically, but it would be political suicide. As it is , every death is going to be dumped on Trump, like he could have prevented everyone. It's hard to justify that a certain amount of deaths are acceptable, even if we know that it happens with the most diseases like the flu.

MadisonMan said...

No one likes Monday morning quarterbacks, or back-seat drivers. Biden is boxed in. I don't see an upside for him with this.
There's a reason you don't see dementia-ridden 78-yo tight-rope walkers.

iowan2 said...

I may be too cynical, but part of me feels like this is Biden’s handlers protecting his flank, not from Sanders but from Cuomo.

Yes. I noticed this Monday, The Democrat leadership (media) has decided Cumo is the man to step in when Biden sadly announces that he must step away from the campaign "to spend more time with family".
msnbc has re-run some of Cumo's press conferences. Pushing hard to give him higher exposure. Cumo was the best at keeping the crazy hidden. Yesterday, Cumo was a couple notches higher on the shrill scale, driven I think by De Blasio pushing harder against President Trump.

tim in vermont said...

"It's hard to justify that a certain amount of deaths are acceptable,”

It’s done in wartime, and at some point we are going to go through the same psychological process.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Meanwhile - Hunter Biden Screws strippers, impregnates strippers, refuses to pay up, drives a porche, lives in a hollywood mansion, and makes money the old fashioned way - corrupt daddy /corrupt Ukrainian energy company.

Hack-D press? no where to be found.

Amadeus 48 said...

This isn't going to end well for anyone...except Trump.

How does he do it?

wendybar said...

Weren't there rumors of Biden and Son interacting with China, like they did with Burisma?? Why did that talk disappear?? https://nypost.com/2019/05/11/the-troubling-reason-why-biden-is-so-soft-on-china/

Darrell said...

February 5: Democrats plan how to ruin the Trump miracle economy under the cover of the COVID-19 scare.

hombre said...

Cook wrote: “Even if Biden were a clearly superior choice for president, and he and his supporters could list the reasons why he was the better choice, Trump's supporters would not be persuaded.”

Cook, like most lefties, doesn’t get it - can’t get it. Biden is a Democrat. Democrats are politically and morally bankrupt in ways that matter: the Resistance, open borders, abortion and infanticide, anti-constitutional impeachment, Russia hoax, media corruption, socialism, gun control, godlessness, but mostly they are not competent to govern and preside over a healthy economy.

Ray said...

It’s done in wartime

Aunty Trump. I agree with you, but the press will destroy Trump if he even suggests such a thing. I believe the Dems are playing both sides. If he focuses on the economy, they will attack him for the deaths. If he over compensates for the death toll, they will attack him for the economy. They are just evil. He may be forced to make a decision soon, but I think he's hoping for some good news to turn things around. BTW- I think a good leader has to be optimistic to curb panic behavior. Things may be worse than we know, but he has to walk that fine line. Peter Alexander was trying to get Trump to come off that line. Politics over the nation. Again, EVIL!

iowan2 said...

multiple former intelligence community leaders are now making public statements

Yea, except they are somehow making anonymous public statements. Also, "lack of experience and expertise" is a meaningless statement. I've seen no claims of incompetence.

Just like the Russia hoax I kept asking core questions but I never get a response. I asked "what event launched crossfire Hurricane" Answer: Pappadop. Question, Who told Poppadop? Silence.

Todays question is: What specific actions has President Trump refused to implement or delayed implementation.

Curious George said...

Chuck returns with his pissing into the wind act.

h said...

Madison Man: No upside for Biden. I agree with this. What if he has to cancel even one day? What if (as he already has) Biden just repeats what Trump said, while claiming Trump is off-base? What if Biden doesn't answer press questions? What if Biden does agree to answer press questions?

mikee said...

At the press conference Friday, Trump called out the NBC journolist for attempted sensationalist reporting. And then three other journalists tried to make THAT an issue, rather than listening to what Trump said to the NBC reporter about responsible press reporting of facts.

Reporters must be trained to ask tose gotcha-stsyle, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" questions, because they make zero sense to rational people. Asking for a statement to calm the fears of the American people is premised on several undemonstrated issues: that the citizenry is fearful, that it needs calming, that the previous 30 minutes of presidential Q&A didn't already cover all that needed saying, that whatever Trump might say would be taken as something to criticize, yet which proved the US was in a panic, and so on.

Pompeo's backing up Trump's reproach to the NBC reporter's asshat "gotcha" attempt was also masterful, and well deserved by the rabid fearmongering anti-Trump reporters, who, by the way, don't seem all that appreciative of the daily, extensive, detailed press briefings and Q&A, after such a long period of crying over their inability to be on camera asking questions of Trump. The White House press is damn sure on camera now, daily, and they are not covering themselves in glory.

Bandit said...

You really want to think this one through - Monday morning quarterbacking to put someone else down?

Ron Winkleheimer said...

By the way, Chuck's talking point is from the WP and the claim that the "intelligence community" tried to warn the admin and congress is from an anonymous source. Also, if congress was being told that the Wuhan Virus was a very serious threat in January, why didn't congressional Dems start raising the alarm then? Why haven't any congressional Dems already told us about the warnings from the intelligence community that they got in January in order to demonstrate Trump's incompetence?

Tom T. said...

It sounds like Chuck is going to try to make "extensively documented" the new fake talking point. Don't expect him to actually produce any such documentation (and to get angry if you press him to do so).

Unknown said...

Has Joe Biden offered his help to the president?

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...
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Ron Winkleheimer said...

Reporters must be trained to ask tose gotcha-stsyle, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" questions,

The other day one reporter kept asking Trump if he had used his emergency powers to direct some firm to manufacture more respirators. The answer was no, because he didn't need to. Various companies are calling and volunteering to retool and manufacture respirators. But that wasn't the answer she wanted. She wanted to tweet that Trump wasn't using his emergency powers to force companies to make respirators.

Browndog said...

The real victims of the corona disaster are the people on the front lines fighting.

The White House press corp.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

FROM THE SAME INTEL CLOWNS WHO CLAIMED RUSSIA STOLE THE 2016 ELECTION: Today’s Washington Post front page features a sensational story claiming the intelligence community was warning President Trump and Congress way back in January that coronavirus was going to be a worldwide pandemic.

But closely reading the key graph shows it to be based on one anonymous source, plus the opinions of anonymous “others:”

“Intelligence agencies ‘have been warning on this since January,’ said a U.S. official who had access to intelligence reporting that was disseminated to members of Congress and their staffs as well as to officials in the Trump administration, and who, along with others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive information.”

And. on the opinion page (or do I repeat myself?), what is this but “nine former intelligence chiefs” warning that:

“We cannot let the covid-19 pandemic be a cover for the deeply destructive path being pursued by the Trump administration. The most recent illustration of this unprecedented attack is the continuing dismissal of career intelligence professionals — officers who have ably served both Republican and Democratic administrations regardless of their personal political stripe.”
*******
Translation: Trump is remaking the leadership of the intelligence community, displacing the entrenched bureaucrats – careerists and career political operators – who tried to sell us the Russia hoax, the Mueller probe and the quid pro quo. So in response, they are now they’re weaponizing the coronavirus.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

The White House press is damn sure on camera now, daily, and they are not covering themselves in glory.

The reason they don't want to broadcast the briefings live anymore is because to any reasonable moderate the "reporters" sound like a bunch of hysterical nitwits.

Yancey Ward said...

Jaydub beat me to it with the very first comment.

This is a pathetic response by Biden and his team. Do they really not realize this? Stunning.

Yancey Ward said...

Really, did they hire Chuck to run the Biden campaign last week?

Darrell said...

when multiple former intelligence community leaders are now making public statements about the lack of expertise and experience in the current Administration

What do they think about the expertise and experience of the former Administration, the Obama Administration that ignored until October the H1N1 flu pandemic which began in April 2009 allowing millions of people in the United States to be infected (and at least 20,000 hospitalizations and more than 1,000 deaths).

Ron Winkleheimer said...

Seriously, the "journalists" at the briefings need to rethink how they are presenting themselves. We are in a serious health crisis and they are yelling over each other, competing to ask Trump questions. To me Trump and the people with him on the podium sound like responsible people doing the best they can in a trying situation. The "journalists" sound like a panicking mob.

narciso said...

Its like the snl sketch during the gulf war.

Ken B said...

I have a vision of the future of this blog. One lone commenter remains, Chuckilles, posting endlessly that covid has only killed thirty times more than the flu and its all Trump's fault anyway.

NCMoss said...

Occasionally, I'll look at Politico's comment section and "monkeys flinging poo" always comes to mind.

Rick said...

Why are left wingers pretending the intelligence community is the key group responding to a medical emergency? This is the best they can come up with?


Robert Cook said...
Trump's followers are true believers and not amenable to reason.


Coming from a socialist the lack of self awareness is staggering.

Ken B said...

Ron W
“ The other day one reporter kept asking Trump if he had used his emergency powers to direct some firm to manufacture more respirators. The answer was no, because he didn't need to. Various companies are calling and volunteering to retool and manufacture respirators. But that wasn't the answer she wanted. She wanted to tweet that Trump wasn't using his emergency powers to force companies to make respirators.”

That is a perfect encapsulation of it Ron. Thank you for highlighting this example, which I am going to pass on.

Anyone remember WWII? A miracle plane arrived part way though, the P51. It really was a miracle. It was created by a private company deciding that they didn’t want to meet the government specs, they thought they should try something else.
Would it have been better if FDR had used his emergency powers to tell them what to build?

Drago said...

I was going to post something in re: Pro-ChiCom LLR-Chuck's comment but realized that would be the equivalent of walking up to Biden at Golden Corral's Early Bird Special and taking his banana pudding and eating it in front of him while tears well up in Biden's eyes as he desperately looks around to locate his nurse.

Howard said...

You people should be happy Joe Biden just volunteered to hoist himself on his own petard

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...

We should all give thanks for Fauci. Not sure how long he can last with Trump, but he is a national treasure who has real world experience with fighting plagues. And, unlike Trump, he is doing his best to tell the truth.

Ken B said...

Canadian reporter asking Trudeau the burning question: airlines are making emergency flights to bring Canadians home, how do you make sure they don’t charge too much?

We know people who have been on the beach in Florida instead of coming back and instead of reducing contact. It’s vital that they get cheap seats today.

Howard said...

It's almost like the Deep State wants Trump to be re-elected... hmmmmmm

Sebastian said...

Just in case you didn't click on Michael the M's fun links, here's our Joe in 1987:

"In a chance encounter with reporters Tuesday, Biden said he still was in the race, but he acknowledged his campaign may have been ''overwhelmed'' by reports that he had used extensive quotes from other politicians without attributing them, had failed a law school course after failing to attribute a long quotation in a paper he wrote, and had inaccurately and angrily boasted about his academic record during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.

Some Democratic observers said the final blow to Biden`s chances was release of the videotape of his response to Frank Fahey, the Claremont, N.H., teacher who asked Biden on April 2 where he had gone to law school and how well he had done.

''I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do,'' Biden angrily replied. He proceeded to misstate his academic record, but to some political strategists it was his manner that did the most damage. ''People looked at that tape and saw a man acting like a maniac,'' one Democratic political consultant said."

robother said...

If Trump's preaching hope, Joe'll be stoking fear.

"Dont panic."

"We're all gonna die!"

At some point, Trump will realize that he's dealing with a reverse Ron Burgundy: "Whatever you say, he will be compelled to take the opposite position!" That's when the real fun will begin.

Michael K said...

Not sure how long he can last with Trump, but he is a national treasure who has real world experience with fighting plagues.

Fighting plagues slowly. The CDC and FDA have let us down badly. The WHO is the China branch of the UN.

Bob Boyd said...

I look forward to an accidental live feed of Joe Biden in a bath robe angrily barking at half a dozen highly paid young people who are doing their best to help him find his slipper.

Browndog said...

Chuck is the vanguard that stands between us and Trump's unsubstantiated hope.

Darrell said...

Fighting plagues slowly. The CDC and FDA have let us down badly. The WHO is the China branch of the UN.

Amen. But it takes a long time to hit 327.17 million+ deaths in the US. So they have time to spare.

tcrosse said...

Howard said...
You people should be happy Joe Biden just volunteered to hoist himself on his own petard


If Biden has a petard, it's probably somebody else's.<i

bbear said...

Sure, 80% of deaths associated with COVID-19 are people OVER 65, but 45% of hospitalizations and 53% of ICU admissions are UNDER 65. In other words, "taking the punch" means crashing the nation's hospital system. Sorry about your portfolio...

Lincolntf said...

I like Fauci, yesterday he was great, the way he gave the side-eye/smirk to the reporters who were asking stupid and irrelevant "questions". His look was one of..."If all of these other people weren't here, I'd tell you exactly how much of a fucking idiot you are." I employ that look myself sometimes.

Howard said...

Tcrosse, perhaps, however, Biden has sufficient "Irish Pennants" to hang himself six ways from someday. It's a shame we cannot see how a young Chevy Chase would have played him.

tcrosse said...

It's a shame we cannot see how a young Chevy Chase would have played him.

I see the late Phil Hartman in the role.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Biden will have Maddow-Clinton in his pocket.

Celebrate!

Howard said...

Hartman's a better choice. I missed his run on SNL because young children, sole breadwinner. His Clinton is all time

Amadeus 48 said...

ARM--Let's see what happens.

Fauci has spent years trying to get Congress to give him more money all the time--everything is a crisis, always. He clearly thinks the reporters are idiots, and he likes the support he is getting from Trump, and he is giving Trump support.

Your spinning is predictable, tiresome, and ultimately, boring.

Bob Boyd said...

This isn't the friggin 90's, people. Obviously Biden should be played by a transwoman of color and I think Joe would back me up on that.

Mark said...

I didn't remember this from the State of the Union, but here it is:

Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the Coronavirus outbreak in China. My Administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.

The Trump Administration was on it as early as early February.

Where were Biden and the Dems?

tcrosse said...

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Teddy Roosevelt

Amadeus 48 said...

Today's hutchku:

Title: Jabba. Wacky?

In Rus-si-a
All prohibited
Except as they permit.

Jabba the Gov
Read the news. Shutdowns.
Hey, he said. Hold my beer!

In Illinois
All is permitted
That is prohibited.



The rules for hutchkus:
1. Fifteen syllables, arranged in consecutive lines of four, five, and six syllables.
2. Must make fun of a personal foible.
3. No rhymes. This is faux high culture.

Bob Boyd said...

At The Store

TP went first
Then the tortillas
What will we wipe with next?

stevew said...

"Where were Biden and the Dems?"

Licking their wounds from the failed impeachment.

Why does Biden feel the need to do this now? He's all but locked up the nomination for the Democrats. The campaign against Trump won't begin in earnest until Summer, at the earliest. The election is more than 6 months away.

What does he imagine he has to gain from sticking his nose into this issue, into which he has no direct insight nor control?

Yancey Ward said...

"I see the late Phil Hartman in the role."

Phil Hartman as he is today is even better in the role of Biden.

Amadeus 48 said...

Bob Boyd--That's the spirit!

Roughcoat said...

I'm sad that Betelgeuse is dying. I mean, already dead -- for many millions of years. Sad! A victim of the Wuhan Virus? Trump's fault?

doctrev said...

Howard said...
It's almost like the Deep State wants Trump to be re-elected... hmmmmmm

3/21/20, 10:32 AM

I doubt this, only because moron Rats and TDSers, BIRM, keep insisting that the intelligence community warned us about this back in January. Setting aside they couldn't find a dumpling in a Chinese buffet, the President can easily reply by saying that the "anonymous sources" of the Deep State were busy insisting that no, there really was no need for a Trump travel ban.

But it's entirely possible that the Deep State and the Biden campaign are doing their best to get Trump re-elected. I mean, wouldn't they do exactly the same if they were on his side?

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...

Amadeus 48 said...
Your spinning is predictable


It is over for Trump, he is a failed president. Time to move on. He blew up the deficit, talked up a stock market bubble and failed to prepare for a pandemic. All these actions make the consequences of this pandemic vastly worse. How completely does he have to fail before you acknowledge his failure?

Yancey Ward said...

ARM in full meltdown here. Too fucking funny for words.

Darrell said...

The Democrats are a failed treasonous Party.
Pity the fools.

GingerBeer said...

What are the chances they just dub a voice over his like in the Libert Mutual commercials or "What's up, Tiger Lilly?" Problem solved.

Freeman Hunt said...

Playing pretend. Good way to pass the quarantine time.

narciso said...

biden is the ostrich, btw what does liberty mutual consider optional coverage?

Darkisland said...

Aunty Trump said...

Also, as a practical matter, if the briefings were no longer covered live, Trump would lose interest in attending himself,” Fallows argues. 

Fallows should talk to Joe Biden about this nifty new teleconferencing stuff.

Pdjt should just start doing the pressers via livestream. Seems like it would be a legitimate use of govt resources.

And it would take another bite out of cnn's ass.

John Henry

Josephbleau said...

If we assume that Trump is the stupidest, lyingest, evilest, most incompetent world leader, then all other world leaders must be a level higher in ability. So all other nations must have experienced a more effective response to the chronovirus problem. Therefore every other country will have fewer deaths per capita than the US. But this is contradicted by reported rates. So we must reject our initial assumption. We can revisit this argument at a later date when more data is available.

walter said...

Uncle Joe's poolside chats.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"Really, did they hire Chuck to run the Biden campaign last week"

He is running the bidet campaign.

narciso said...

yes, i'm interested in comparative analysis, now most countries are germany size or smaller, more homogenous, even after the 2015 Syrian influx how have they fared through this?

Amadeus 48 said...

Fallows, of course, was taken in by the mighty Japanese MITI in 1989-1990. He was writing columns about Japan—they are unstoppable—right before they stopped. The guy has made a career out of swallowing the conventional wisdom whole and saying the future will be more so.

Why would you ever believe Fallows?

Clyde said...

He's a McClellan wannabe.

virgil xenophon said...

Ken B @10:25AM/

Same deal w. the Korean War--excuse me, a "police action" in PC UN lingo--and with the same company, North American Aviation. The Soviet-made swept-wing Mig-15s were eating our lunch against our straight-wing Lockheed P-80s, Republic F-84 Thunderbolts and Navy Grumman F-6 Panthers when one day the head of North Ameican showed up at the door of the Sec of the Air Force, a model of the swept-wing F-86 Sabre in his hand. "Got a minute," he said. The rest is history..

virgil xenophon said...

*"American"--yikes!

jimbino said...

Folks, this isn’t that hard. We’re a global village now with global challenges and 18 gigs of RAM!

What's hard for Amerikans, it seems, is to learn to pronounce "gigs" with a soft leading 'g'as did Doc Brown (saying "gigahertz") in Back to the Future. Just like "giant" and "gigantic," which come from the same Greek root.

Check out how the say the soft leading 'g' in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

silberstreak said...

The presumptive Democrat candidate for president, an elderly man in mental and physical decline, is of course in the high-risk group for death by the Wuhan virus. If he, Biden, ventures out in public to campaign face to face, shaking hands, rubbing shoulders, and nuzzling necks, he could be six feet under before the convention.

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