Joe Biden: Everybody’s drinking buddy, but no one’s favorite commander-in-chief

By Michael P. Riccards

As the Democrats are all revved up to defeat Trump in 2020, they are realizing the old truism – you cannot beat someone with no one.

Increasingly the name of Joe Biden, age 75, is coming up. He claims he is a vigorous, pro-working class guy from insignificant Delaware. He has run for the nomination before – each time unsuccessfully. Even President Obama told him in 2016 it was Hillary’s time.

He is everybody’s drinking buddy, but no one’s favorite Commander-in-Chief. In the Senate, he was the sweetheart of the credit card industry, opposing regulatory reform and allowing rates to rise. Some working class guy!

In the Senate he was a terrible chairman of the Judiciary Committee, giving us Clarence Thomas, rejecting Anita Hill’s credibility and presiding over the ratification of larger numbers of racist judges.

He supported the terrible Iraqi war that we are still paying for as a nation. When Obama debated whether to go after Bin Laden, Clinton said yes; Joe said no. She was right. One general said that he has been consistently wrong on the foreign policy issues.

He was the father of the anti-black crime reform bill, which took a toll on African-American neighborhoods. He touts to his friendships with segregationists, like Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and he historically opposed school busing. As he noted blandly, Delaware has been a historically “segregated” state. Thank God, he never advised President Lincoln.

Joe is a nice guy, but great leaders must show public wisdom. And the last thing this nation needs is a man of long years who make bad decisions, and Joe fits that category too well.

Michael P. Riccards is president of the American Public Policy Institute and the author of 30 books including his two-volume history of the presidency, The Ferocious Engine of Democracy, and the forthcoming “Woodrow Wilson as Commander-in-Chief.”

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