Daniel Greenfield, It’s doubtful that Joe Biden would have been able to deliver the speech written for him from a teleprompter live at a convention without some major hiccups. Even so the DNC’s planners cleverly went with the “Biden suffers from a serious stuttering handicap just like this little boy” routine. Except that it’s senility, not stuttering.
Anyone who doubts that can compare Biden’s 2020 primary debate performance to his 2012 debate performance. Biden’s stutter didn’t get worse, his mental condition did.
But actual debates are coming up. Despite whatever arrangements have been made, but it’s unclear to what extent they will hold up. Ideally, the Biden camp would like a remote debate. If not canceled debates altogether. And if the debates go remote, then the options for cheating become nearly infinite.
The Biden camp could do everything from feed out prerecorded clips with the same background to running a telepromoter to the side (the DNC offered Biden an improved teleprompter position to make it less obvious) and an earpiece. Despite the media’s triumphalism, they don’t trust Biden in the wild. For now, he can still function under closely controlled circumstances. But reciting a recorded speech from a teleprompter is orders of magnitude different from an actual public debate.
It’s the Democrats who fear a Nixon vs Kennedy scenario here. The question is what they’ll do about it.
Biden: Sure, I’ll Shut Down the Country
Biden-Harris 2020: Shut Down America.
Sure, why not shut down the country and force everyone to wear masks. We can all enjoy living in a scifi movie from the 1980s. There’s no legal right to do so, but then again there’s no legal right for local governments to take the First Amendment and set it on fire in the public square via a Zoom chat.
Meanwhile blue city technocrats are shoving each other out of the way to donate to the Shut Down America campaign.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir on Friday that as president, he would shut the country down to stop the spread of COVID-19 if the move was recommended to him by scientists.
“I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” Biden told Muir Friday, alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during their first joint interview since officially becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees.
Does Biden realize that there isn’t an official group of people called, “The Scientists”, though there’s probably a punk rock band by that name.
Various approaches have been recommended, but the lockdown approach of the official public health experts has failed over and over again, in New Zealand, in Hong Kong, and just wait until the next surge hits New York City.
Biden also criticized what he argued is the “fundamental flaw” of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, that the nation cannot begin to recover economically until the virus and public health emergency is under control.
This is the same garbage argument that got us into this mess.
The virus isn’t going to be fully under control. Not even if you listen to the hit song from The Scientists, Lockdowns Forever. If we waited under our beds until there’s a cure, we won’t have much of a country to come back to. And it’s far from certain that there will be one. There’s still a great deal we don’t know. The brass ring of a complete solution that the awesome band, whose greatest hit is, We’re All In This Together, Now Let Me Sneak Out for an Affair, keeps playing may not be real.
If we don’t begin to recover economically now, we never will.
And the Democrats are good with that.