By Dave Andrusko
Literally hours after numerous reports suggested his presidential launch was floundering, pro-abortion former Senator and Vice President Biden set sail in a 3 ½ minute long video posted just after 6 am this morning.
As you would have expected from Biden, running in a crowd of fellow Democrats aspiring to be the party’s 2020 presidential nominee, his video combined generalities about his all-purpose wonderfulness and very specific, hate-ridden attacks on President Trump.
We’ll skip both.
Who is the 76-year-old Joe Biden, besides one of what will eventually be a boatload of rivals including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kristen Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren along with Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and another dozen or so others?
*For starters, even Hillary Clinton has not been running for President as long as Biden. After consideration that went back as far as 1980, he did announce his candidacy for the presidency in 1984 and again in 1988.
I remember that aborted 1988 candidacy, which was derailed by charges of plagiarism aided and abetted by organizational chaos.
Biden was ecumenical in his verbal shoplifting. He was first accused of lifting remarks from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, later from Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and President John F. Kennedy. He did not officially run again until 2008 only to become Barack Obama’s vice president.
*Biden has “evolved” on abortion. His earlier nod in a pro-life direction was supplanted by a vigorous shake-of-the-head agreement that abortion was a woman’s decision. Earlier there was a lot of public “wresting” with abortion in light of his Catholicism, but expediency carried the day over the staunchly pro-life position of the Catholic Church. Biden was one of the earliest Democrats to argue that he felt he couldn’t “impose” his personal views on anyone else which (as many have pointed out) eventually included himself.
*Because of some of the early positions he took on abortion, the Abortion Establishment was leery. That has changed as Biden and the party have embraced abortion on demand.
“Joe Biden continued his evolution on the issue under Obama. He got there,” former NARAL President Kate Michelman told the New York Times last month. “I can’t say for absolute, 100 percent, but I would trust him as president to protect and defend women’s right to choose.” Finally…
*“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” Biden intoned in his video. He is right to this extent.
Whomever the Party of Death chooses to run against President Trump in 2020, he or she will be the standard bearer for abortion on demand and non-treatment of abortion survivors.
In that critical sense, clearly we are “in the battle for the soul of this nation.”