I’ve often marveled at what it must be like to be a Democrat. You wake up in the morning, and everything is new—especially your own personal history, which can be forgotten at the drop of a hat whenever some inconvenient or unflattering detail surfaces. This is especially useful if you happen to get caught in a scandal that would run any Republican out of office. Sure, you might have to endure a wee bit of theatrical flogging before the whole thing blows over, but after the media decide you’ve had enough they’ll simply amble on to the next distraction and never bring it up again.
It’s a winning formula. Just ask Ralph “Coonman” Northam.
If the Virginia governor happens to be unavailable, though, don’t worry—Uncle Joe Biden is just a few hops away down the campaign trail, where he is delivering a master’s class in how to use this technique. All you need are two simple ingredients: a liberal Democrat considered important enough to warrant protection, and a compliant press that refuses to call that Democrat out even when he tells a Moby Dick-sized whopper.
I think Biden must be confusing the news coverage of the Obama administration with the actual administration—you know, the one that existed in the real world outside of the DC bubble. That’s the place where we quickly found out that his best buddy Barack’s promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” had a shelf life that expired just about the time Obamacare got signed into law. Not that the media took it upon themselves to remind Obama of this pesky little fact—which made it much easier to drop down the memory hole.
Biden must have also forgotten about that little matter at the V.A. I mean, sure—hospital administrators were inflating their statistics to make it look as if hey were provided timely care, when in reality veterans were placed on waiting lists, often for months, during which time several actually died. But if the media don’t report a story as a scandal, it’s not really a scandal—right?
Then there’s Benghazi. I can understand why Biden is a little checked out on this one. After all, his bestie Barack was also pretty checked out that night, having hit the sack in the middle of the attack so he could catch some Z’s ahead of flying out for a Vegas fundraiser the next day. And it’s not like Obama tried to weasel his way out of admitting that a United States ambassador had been murdered by terrorists on his watch by cooking up a tale about an internet video being the true cause of the kerfuffle. I’m sure he had some today like Ben Rhodes do it for him, as the story has all the hallmarks of bad fiction you’d expect from a failed novelist.
Fast and Furious? Meh. For all the interference the media ran on that, most of the public still thinks it’s just a movie starring Vin Diesel. The IRS targeting Tea Party groups after Democrats got trounced in the 2010 midterms? Biden gives it nary a thought—although I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that he’s Johnny on the Spot when it comes to Donald Trump’s tax returns. And although BFF Barack had emailed Hillary Clinton on her private server several times and knew full well about her shenanigans, Biden can plausibly deny that he ever had cause to contact the Secretary of State—so maybe that’s why he doesn’t consider sending classified information over an unsecure channel to be any kind of scandal.
Still, it would be interesting to hear Biden’s rationale for his administration’s deployment of law enforcement and intelligence resources to spy on a rival candidate’s presidential campaign, and how that isn’t a move usually reserved for third-world banana republics rather than one of the oldest, most stable republics in the world. Given all of the illegal leaks and lies already swirling around that episode, it’s getting harder and harder to shine that one on—and it’s likely to get even more difficult once Bill Barr gets to the bottom of it, hopefully just in time for next year’s election.
Of course, that assumes that the mainstream media bother to ask him about it at all—which, as everyone including Biden knows, is rather unlikely. That’s why we’ll get a lot more remarks like this one before he’s done, and from other Democrats too. The old days of the Obama administration weren’t anywhere near as good as what they would have you believe—but with the media backing them up, they’re gonna do their damndest to convince you.