Conservatives have been calling out former vice president Joe Biden’s “handsy” habits for years. But Democrats and the media weren’t interested — until now. Virtually every 2020 presidential candidate has come out in some way against Joe Biden running due to the latest allegations of inappropriate touching made against him. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke up, advising him on Tuesday, “Join the straight-arm club. Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold.”
Why the sudden concern? Conservative commentator Mark Steyn says it’s all political. The Democrats see this as the best way to eliminate Biden, who would be a top candidate if he runs, from the competition right out of the gate.
Take him out
“And the Democrats are completely morally indifferent on this unless it serves their ends,” Steyn said during an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “And what they want to do is take this guy out. The other candidates want to take him out the way Jeb Bush was taken out by Trump two to four years ago.”
“But they haven’t got a Trump to take out Jeb Bush with a single well-placed adjectival insult, ‘low energy Jeb.’ So you use what you have — and that’s why all these Democratic candidates have basically decided this … is the bullet that takes out Joe Biden,” he continued.
Cleary, Biden is perceived as the biggest threat by the current list of candidates, as they are all trying to bury him over his overly affectionate ways.
Ironically, Biden has not even announced he will run yet. However, he tops the list of most favored candidates capable of beating Trump in several pre-election polls. So, if his competition can take him out with one bullet, why not, right?
Still in Denial
Behind his back, Biden has been called “Creepy” Uncle Joe. The way he put his arm around women, embraced them, etc. reminded everyone on the Hill of that one Uncle that was just a little bit over the line.
By now, everyone has seen the pictures of Biden hovering over the wives and daughter of other politicians while on stage for speeches or award ceremonies.
Biden, however, sees nothing wrong with his behavior. He stated, “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support, and comfort.” He went on to say that it “was never my intention” to make these women uncomfortable. Still, it’s undeniably creepy.
Biden already seems to be getting impatient with this topic, but it will surely only get worse if he announces a campaign. Furthermore, it would hinder an angle of attack the Democrats plan on using against Trump.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Biden will announce his candidacy unless he can put the “handsy” allegations to rest. And Steyn doesn’t think that will happen at all.
“I don’t think he’s going to run because I don’t think he wants to be defending a lot of this stuff between now and November next year,” Steyn concluded.