Brit Hume actually said it.
“His problem isn’t just that he makes these ‘gaffes,’ which he’s always done. You know, he blurts these things out that are totally impolitic. For example, you know, ‘poor people are as smart as white people,’or whatever, however he put that...that’s a gaffe...However...the stuff you see with him more recently; for example, not remembering that when he met with the students from Parkland High School, that he wasn’t still in office. He’d been out of office for more than a year when that happened. The fact that he misremembered that, that’s not a gaffe. That’s the kind of memory problems that people his age --- and, indeed, my age --- have all the time. And I think that the thing that may catch up with Biden over time, even among Democrats who would otherwise be for him, is the feeling that he’s --- that senility is overtaking him, and I think it is.”
Senility. There it is. That was Brit with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, and I didn’t even have to say who he was talking about, did I? Of course, this was Brit at his most typically self-deprecating; he himself has never shown the minutest trace of memory lapse that I could see, though he is indeed about as old as Biden. And it must be said that, as far as we know, no one has actually diagnosed Biden with any form of senility. We’re going only by what we observe. Keep in mind, this is a guy whose mind has been so free-form for so long that Mark Levin speculated about his having dementia as far back as 2012. Still, it’s clear that, in recent days, something about Biden is increasingly off.
When Tucker asked Brit if Democrat leaders in Washington share this concern about Biden, he replied that certainly they must. “He’s undone himself repeatedly,” Brit said of the countless gaffes and mistakes Joe Biden has made in past years during other administrations and campaigns. But now we see that Biden’s memory really may be failing him; for example, with the myriad botched details in the story about the Congressional Medal of Honor (or was it Silver Star?) hero not wanting the medal pinned on.
As the Washington Post reported, “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”
When approached about this, Biden said, essentially, that the details didn’t matter, as they didn’t contribute to the point of the story. Okay, Joe, but if they don’t matter to the story, and you aren’t sure about them, then don’t put them IN the story. For example, if you don’t remember the name of the general, and his name doesn’t matter, just say “the general”; don’t insert the name of the wrong general. If you can’t remember the exact number of times you’ve been to a particular country –- which would be understandable –- then don’t just pull some number out of the air inside your head that may or may not be the right one.
And, for goodness sakes, don’t say “my word as a Biden” unless you really know what you’re saying is 100 percent true. Otherwise, your word as a Biden means nothing. Facts matter. Now, is it that facts drift around inside your noggin like the undulating colors of a lava lamp, or do you just not care what is true? Either way, it doesn’t make for good Presidential material.
Readers, I have to wonder how someone whose mind works like this –- for whatever reason –- is going to confront Donald Trump, say, in a debate? Brit was similarly doubtful. Sure, Trump tells his own tall tales, he said, but Trump voters already know and accept who he is. “If you’re gonna beat him,” Brit continued, “you can’t –- you don’t want to be a candidate suffering from the same kind of problem, although expressed in different ways.” I would suggest that Biden appears to be functioning in a very different way indeed. It’s even more evident when we juxtapose Trump, who has the energy and, yes, brain power, of men half his age.
So, will Biden be the nominee? “I think, Tucker,” Brit said, “that at this stage, we have no idea who the frontrunner is.” He’s right in saying we lose sight of how early in this process we actually are. He also pointed out that Biden’s lead in the early primary states is much smaller than it is nationally and that “the sentiment is very soft.” Everything is in flux.
So, what’s up with Biden? Sean Hannity, in his Tuesday radio show, made similar observations about Biden’s mental state. To paraphrase, there have been massive changes in Biden’s demeanor since he left the vice presidency in 2016, and especially in recent months. It’s quite dramatic; he seems much older and really weary and feeble at times, with a vacant expression in his eyes. This is very sad to talk about; I hope it's not true, and I don’t bring up the possibility as part of any larger motivation or strategy. It’s just something that’s THERE, the elephant in the room (though an elephant would, unlike Biden, have a perfect memory).
There are plenty of good reasons to oppose a Biden presidency apart from this. Take, for example, Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis’ assessment, as expressed in his new book CALL SIGN CHAOS, of Biden’s judgment in matters of national security. In Mattis’ opinion, the former vice president has been 100 percent wrong about...everything. (Well, I guess there’s something to be said for consistency.) Nevertheless, Biden always insisted he was right and wouldn’t even listen to experts, and that’s a bad sign.
And here’s another reason never to support him, from me: Biden’s readiness to play the race card. His shocking line to an African-American crowd, “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains," is enough, for me, to disqualify Joe Biden from even being elected dogcatcher in any town in America. I try to be a forgiving man, but no voter should forgive him for saying that, at least while standing in the voting booth. And that wasn’t senility talking; that was a very deliberate and scripted line, set up by the line before it. Maybe someone else wrote those words for him, but he’s responsible for what comes out of his mouth, and that was unforgivable.
Here’s a great column about the problems with Biden’s “medal” story from R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., who rightly points out that Biden isn’t the only Democrat candidate trying to win by trafficking in hogwash (though he used a stronger term than “hogwash”).