On Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's vice presidential selection panel starts looking for a candidate to share his ticket in November. He has cut their workload significantly by announcing earlier his running mate will be a woman. Despite our not knowing who eventually will get that nod, there is already something very telling we do know about the selectee. Interestingly, it is also very telling about a Biden strategy seeking to preempt attacks on his character.
First, we need address an odd "coincidence."
As the numerous global challenges we face today continue to mount, with coronavirus adding a layer of complexity we have never before experienced, it is clear we need leaders in the top two offices of our government who are qualified to deal with them. This is no time to base qualifications on packaging; it is a time to base it on leadership. Despite knowing how important this is, Biden announced during the March 15 debate his intention to select a female candidate as his running mate.
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It is interesting Biden opted to put his focus on just a single gender. Like an airplane flown by a pilot, passengers want to know the best-qualified aviator is at the controls – not one mandated from among a single gender. But despite Biden's supposedly pro-woman sensitivity in selecting a female candidate, it is an odd coincidence he now has at least eight women alleging he raped or made other inappropriate sexual advances toward them.
The above allegations beg the question as to what was Biden's real motive in limiting his vice presidential running mate selection exclusively to the female gender. Was it because, fearing his past sexual victims would come back to haunt him, he foresaw a need to cut them off at the pass, showing commitment as a pro-female activist?
Biden's "bring me a woman" (as a vice presidential candidate) initiative demonstrates forethought about the initially very large Democratic presidential candidate campaign field filled with female challengers. As those challengers fell by the wayside, he recognized that any sexual allegations against him that later came up would raise their ire. What better way to silence them, however, than by offering something they valued more than any #MeToo claim – power. Thus, once it became likely Biden would be the Democratic presidential nominee, he set the bait, announcing his vice presidential selection would be a female.
This, sadly, is most telling about the yet-to-be selected Democratic vice presidential candidate. At this point, no matter who it is, it demonstrates her lust for power has silenced her concerns about those allegedly victimized by Biden. Vice presidential hopefuls like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, who were so vocal when sexual allegations were raised against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, have uttered not a word for fear of impacting on Biden's ultimate decision.
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The hypocrisy of these women, as well as that of other contenders in the vice presidential sweepstakes, is demonstrated by their denial of any due process rights to Kavanaugh (most claims against him were later dropped or shown to be frivolous), while seeking to nail him to the cross, but remaining silent about Biden. And Kavanaugh never even had a criminal complaint filed against him, while Biden has, a claim by his former aide Tara Reade, now corroborated by at least five witnesses, at last count, and a 1993 "Larry King Live" segment in which a woman, allegedly Reade's mother, called in to discuss issues involving her daughter and a "prominent senator."
To further support her allegation, Reade has called for the release of Biden's Senate records that, for some strange reason, are under seal at the University of Delaware. She believes a search of those records will reveal her complaint form and other evidence related to the assault. As Biden spent 36 years in the Senate at taxpayer expense, the public is entitled to see those records.
Cries during the Kavanaugh hearings that women were to be believed – Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, even going so far to say they should "always" be believed – are nowhere to be heard in the wake of the Biden allegations. Even active members of the #MeToo chorus, such as Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano who supports Biden, has suddenly experienced an awakening. She now says she is hesitant to believe the charges against Biden without a "thorough investigation," which is a lot more than she was willing to give Kavanaugh. Only due to actress-turned-#MeToo activist Rose McGowan's criticism of Milano's hypocrisy did she concede maybe it is time to listen to Reade. Meanwhile, having experienced a similar non-reaction when she first sounded the alarm against sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, McGowan unleashed her fury at fellow Democrats who pretend to be "the good guys" and the cultist media that empowers their hypocrisy.
While Biden himself has not addressed the Reade claim, his campaign has distributed talking points to coordinate Democratic messaging. They are told to assert it "did not happen," casting the issue, based on a New York Times article, as having been thoroughly vetted and determined to be unfounded. Even the Times, one of the few media sources to address Reade's allegation, while stating it found "no pattern of sexual misconduct" by Biden, disagreed with his campaign's talking points.
But the New York Times is guilty of failing to uncover a 2017 news article, easily found online, painting an entirely different picture of the then vice president. A former Secret Service agent shared how women had to be protected from Biden, whose sexual escapades involved "Weinstein level stuff." He reported female agents were appalled to see Biden swim or walk around at night in the nude – an activity only engaged in when wife Jill was absent. He said male agents tried to protect female agents when Biden became overly friendly, calling them away under a pretense. One male agent was suspended in 2009 after almost hitting the vice president after Biden cupped the breast of the agent's girlfriend. Additionally, the former agent reported, the Secret Service canceled a Christmas gathering at the vice president's house "because Biden would grope all of our wives' and girlfriends' asses. He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible."
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Only in the liberal mindset of the Times could it be found "no pattern of sexual misconduct" for Biden existed.
It has been difficult for women, who credit Biden with being an "outspoken champion for survivors of sexual violence," to come to terms with the allegations. Even #MeToo founder Tarana Burke incredulously minimizes Reade's allegation, calling it an "inconvenient truth," but adding Biden is still "electable" because he has conquered a "learning curve" concerning women. Undoubtedly, the same could be said about convicted rapists. But this is an astoundingly insensitive comment even after seven other women have raised sexual inappropriateness issues about him. Meanwhile, the liberal Washington Post editorial board calls on Biden to directly address the allegations. Eager to avoid the spotlight on the matter, Biden seeks to turn it on Trump by making outrageous claims, such as alleging the president will seek to delay the November election.
If elected to office, Biden would be two years shy of being an octogenarian. As one whose numerous mental lapses and gaffes to date are troubling, Biden's selection of a vice president takes on added importance. But the silence from among those being considered tells us it is a lust for power or Trump Derangement Syndrome that blinds them from facing reality. Either case should disqualify them from occupying the second-highest office in the land.