As I mentioned yesterday, I have to cover the latest news on the diary of the President’s daughter, Ashley Biden. I wish I didn’t because it’s pretty sordid, but I also don’t want to be one of the many, many media outlets that are ignoring it because it reflects so very badly on Joe Biden. However, beyond the sickening personal aspects of the story, it’s also a story of how our politically partisan legal authorities abused their power to target journalists for not falling into line, and that makes it legitimate news.
This story began way back in the fall of 2020, before the election. Someone contacted James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas to give them what they claimed was the diary of Biden’s troubled daughter Ashley and some other items of hers, abandoned when she moved out of a house. PV did not publish the diary but contacted the Biden campaign to ask about it. Getting no response, they turned it over to legal authorities.
About a year later, there was (stop me if you’ve heard this before) an early-morning, guns-drawn raid on the homes of three Project Veritas journalists, including O’Keefe. They ransacked his home and seized 47 electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones and thumb drives. Suspiciously, he got a call about it from the New York Times immediately after the raids (how did they know?) A judge had to order the DOJ to stop extracting data from the journalists’ devices. The two people who originally found the diary pleaded guilty to federal charges, but the PV journalists were never charged with any crime.
When word of it got it, the Biden-covering media applied the usual spin (“rightwing propaganda,” “Russian disinformation,” etc.) But now, Project Veritas has just released a tape of what they say is Ashley Biden talking to them about arranging to get her stuff back, in the course of which she confirms the diary is hers and she left it behind in a rented beach house (And what is it with Biden offspring leaving incriminating evidence behind where anyone can find it? It’s almost as if they secretly want us to know what’s going on.)
And now, the part of this story I’d really rather not go into, and I warn you in advance. I wouldn’t mention this at all, but it’s going to come out one way or another, so there’s no point in pretending it doesn’t exist: If that really is Ashley Biden’s diary, then as previously rumored, she did write the passages about her dad showering with her, and how she was so disturbed by it that she would wait until late at night to shower to keep him from slipping into the shower with her.
I need a shower after typing that. But it will have to be discussed at some point because some commentators are saying that Democrats who have refused to abandon Biden despite his abysmal approval ratings…
…might latch onto this story as something so personally repulsive that it gives them cover to drop Biden and back Gavin Newsom. Although if Democrats think it’s repulsive for men to intrude on young women’s showers, they certainly have an odd way of showing it.