CRAZY OL' JOE
The Morning Call Laughs out Loud at Chuck Todd
Look at these two idiots. One of them is Willie Geist, the host of NBC’s “Sunday Today Show.” The other is Chick Todd, the host of “Meet the Press.” And by golly, they’re both surprised as heck that President Biden suddenly has a “credibility” problem – a “credibility crisis,” as Todd calls it. My goodness, he’s saying things that are the opposite of true. He’s digging himself a hole. Just what will he do to get out of it?
For decades, of course, Republicans have insisted that the mainstream media is hopelessly biased. They’ve complained that the press treats Republicans and Democrats differently, that they detest the former and adore the latter. Political talk shows have, over the last few years, become notoriously littered with the carcasses of former Democratic staffers. George Stephanopoulos was, famously, Bill Clinton’s communication director. Retired talk-show perv Chris Matthews worked for Edmund Muskie (D, ME) and then as the chief-of-staff to the Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D, MA). CNN’s Chris Cuomo used to be the brother of the Governor of New York (speaking of pervs). And even Chuck Todd, one of the two maroons in the video above broke into the politics game working on the 1992 presidential campaign of Tom Harkin – demonstrating not only that he is a Democrat but one with hilariously poor judgment as well.
Even despite this history, these two pretending to talk earnestly about Joe Biden’s credibility problem is hysterical, annoying, tiresome, entertaining, and telling all at the same time.
Know this for certain: neither Willie Geist nor Chuck Todd is actually surprised that Joe Biden’s credibility might be called into question. They know who Joe Biden is, and they know what he is. And what he is is a congenital liar.
About eighteen months ago, Liz Peek, a writer and former Wall Streeter, penned a piece for The Hill in which she laid out just a fraction of Biden’s mendacious history. She wrote:
Democrats want the 2020 campaign to be a referendum on President Trump. Fine, but if this is to be a contest of characters, it is only appropriate that Joe Biden’s history of fabrication and deceit – often intended to bolster his intellectual credentials – also be fair game.
Over the past year, Biden thundered that the Obama administration “didn’t lock people up in cages.” He also claimed that “Immediately, the moment [the Iraq War] started, I came out against it.” And… “I was always labeled one of the most liberal members of Congress.” Politico’s rating of all three assertions? False.
No one should be surprised. Lest we forget…
A video is making the rounds in which Biden boasts at a 1987 rally, "I went to law school on a full academic scholarship…[and] ended up in the top half of my class."
Biden also maintained that he "graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school" and was the “outstanding student in the political science department.”
Not one of those claims was true, as newscasters at the time affirmed. In fact, Biden graduated 76th of 85 students in his law school class, had only a partial scholarship and did not win top honors in his undergraduate discipline.
Biden explained in his 2007 autobiography “Promises to Keep” that he had been angry at that rally since “it sounded to me that one of my own supporters doubted my intelligence." According to a 1987 Newsweek piece, a supporter had “politely” asked Biden what law school he attended and how well he had done.
Biden’s 1987 campaign foundered also because he was caught lifting passages of a speech given by Neil Kinnock. Biden echoed (falsely) the British Labor leader’s history that he was the first "in a thousand generations" to graduate from college and repeated virtually verbatim the same story about his wife, just as Kinnock had.
More shocking, Biden claimed: “My ancestors…worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours,’’ even though no one in Biden’s family tree ever worked underground. That was Kinnock’s family.
It wasn’t the first time; Biden had also been caught plagiarizing during law school. He “borrowed” an entire five pages from a published law review article without attribution and had to beg not to be expelled.
Interestingly, just last summer complaints arose about Biden “borrowing” the work of others, in putting together his climate plan. As Vox reported, Biden’s plan “contains a number of passages that seem to have been copied and pasted, at times with very superficial changes” from a variety of sources.
As we said, the guy’s a congenital liar. Interestingly, Ms. Peek’s list doesn’t include the two biggest lies, the two designed and executed specifically to hurt people in service to Joe Biden’s political ambition.
For years, Biden described the man who drove the tractor-trailer that collided with the Biden family station wagon, killing his wife Neilia and their baby daughter Naomi, as a “drunk driver.” In 2007, for example, while campaigning for the Vice Presidency, Biden called the truck driver, Curtis Dunn, “a guy who allegedly drank his lunch.”
The truth of the matter is that there was exactly NO evidence whatsoever that alcohol was involved in the crash and that the fault for the accident was Mrs. Biden’s, who, with the baby on her lap, pulled into Mr. Dunn’s right-of-way. Moreover, Dunn’s daughter, Pamela Hamill, has stated publicly that the crash haunted her father and grieved over it until he died in 1999.
That’s just crazy ol’ Joe!
Then, of course, there were the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Biden’s behavior in the Clarence Thomas mess probably can’t be boiled down to one, critical “lie.” Instead, the whole episode was conducted mendaciously and with the express intention of hurting Thomas, perhaps even derailing his nomination. It is telling that BOTH sides – Thomas and Hill (and their respective supporters) – feel betrayed and maltreated by Biden, largely because both sides were betrayed and maltreated by Biden. Biden duplicitously exploited Hill to raise his political profile and to hurt Thomas. And he succeeded in both.
In any case, Joe Biden is a walking, talking credibility crisis. He always has been and always will be. Willie Geist and Chick Todd know this because everyone who covers politics, even tangentially, knows this. It’s hardly a secret. Geist, Todd, and the rest of the mainstream media have just refused, until now, to acknowledge that this is the case.
So, what does it mean that they are now willing to do so?
In our estimation, what it means is that these two “journalists” – and presumably many others like them – have come to the conclusion that Joe Biden is more of a political burden to the Democrats than he is a political blessing. They’re acknowledging, however obliquely, that Biden has more than a credibility problem, but a “competency” problem as well. The guy is a bumbling disaster, and they know it. In short, they are preparing the ground for his removal – whether that comes through resignation, invocation of the 25th amendment, or something as mundane as simply denying him the nomination in 2024.
Biden is done. Unless he manages, despite the odds and despite himself, to do something dramatic and spectacularly popular, he is finished.
THAT’S what Geist and Todd were saying yesterday. They don’t think Biden has a “new” credibility problem. They’re known forever that the guy wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him on the backside. That they’re claiming only to have discovered this now suggests something else is going on, something Joe Biden won’t like very much.