After another loss at the Supreme Court and on the verge of more losses at even the Democrat-controlled Senate, the guy who used to be Joe Biden read a speech last week that someone wrote:
“The next few days … will mark a turning point in this nation’s history. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadows, justice over injustice? I know where I stand … I will defend … our democracy against all enemies – foreign and, yes, domestic.”
“Where will the institution of the United States Senate stand? … “Will you stand against voter suppression? Yes or no? … Will you stand against election subversion? Yes or no? Will you stand for democracy? Yes or no?”
“I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered? … Do you want to be … on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”
This is unadulterated crap. The Georgia voting laws he’s demagoguing as fascist and racist are less strict than in Biden’s liberal home state of Delaware and less strict than in uber-liberal New York State.
And of the bad guys Biden mentioned, all were Democrats, while two of the three good guys he mentioned – King and Lincoln – were Republicans.
The question is not why Biden reads this hateful nonsense off the teleprompter that he gets propped in front of – or rather misreads in his stumbling, incoherent fashion. That question was answered long ago. It’s because he’s always been stupid, shallow and eager to pander to an audience, and now he’s demented to boot.
The question is, who writes this angry, self-important, sophomoric pablum? I have two theories, one general and one specific.
The general theory is that it’s written by his handlers. That theory is of course accurate to some degree. All presidents have speech writers who assist them somewhat, as Peggy Noonan did with Ronald Reagan or, more extensively, as Ted Sorensen did with John Kennedy.
Biden’s chief speechwriter is a guy named Vinay Reddy. Mr. Reddy was Biden’s speechwriter when Biden was Vice President. While Biden wandered in the wilderness for four years during the Trump administration, Vinay oversaw communications for the National Basketball Association, an organization whose communications with the public have not been exactly stellar.
Don’t assign all the blame to Vinay, however. Biden’s handlers go far beyond speechwriters. Speculation abounds that Biden is largely controlled by some combination of Russians and Chinese who have Kompromat from Hunter’s laptops and lap, Biden’s intellectual superiors – a large group starting with Barack Obama – and the hard left such as the teachers unions to whom he owes favors and who play on Biden’s vainglorious image of himself as Franklin Roosevelt.
Those are the people willing to further their own selfish or foreign or sometimes traitorous agenda by making a fool of this formerly stupid and currently senile old man. These are not good people.
On to my specific theory. There’s an individual who (1) is personally close to Biden, (2) is hard left, (3) is untouchable by others in the White House, (4) has her own political axes to grind and (5) is completely trusted by Biden.
Consider the evidence. First, no professional writer would write the tripe that appeared on Biden’s teleprompter last week. Even those who agree with Biden’s position had to admit that the speech was not persuasive. Al Sharpton remarked that it was just a “You’re goin’ to hell” speech.
No, that piece was not the work of a professional. It was written by a person imagining herself as an intellectual. Someone who was mocked for early displays of grandiose authority and pseudo-intellectualism in the administration.
It’s someone deeply invested in turning around or at least propping up a failing and flailing president.
It’s someone who promised that the teachers unions to which she belonged would always have a seat at the political table. Someone whom Biden trusts in a way that transcends politics.
Someone who assigned herself the title “doctor” for an insipid Ed.D. Someone whose silly “doctorate” thesis contained a typo in the first paragraph.
Someone like Jill.
Jill imagines she’ll go down in history with Eleanor Roosevelt for brightly and courageously defending a husband president against the ravages of old age at a difficult time in history.
JIll, I have news for you. You’re no Eleanor Roosevelt. You’ll go down in history as a lightweight opportunist who carelessly and cruelly subjected your declining husband to the vagaries of infirmity and the ridicule of a hard and partisan world, and in doing so compromised the interests of America, all to gratify your big ego and burnish your small credentials.
Like Biden’s professional handlers, and even more so since your job is not just to handle the president but also to love and care for your husband, you too will go down in history as not a good person. I pray you don’t take America down with you.
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