Is Joe Biden nothing more than a Trump alternative?

For some time now, conservatives have been pointing out that, at minimum, Joe Biden is not a very exciting candidate.  One journalist, though, has written an opinion piece for The Atlantic saying that whether Joe inspires voters or not is entirely irrelevant.  It's enough that he is "not Trump."

From the beginning of the 2020 election campaign, conservatives and Bernie-supporters have found it easy to point to problems with Joe Biden.  There is the plagiarism problem that dogged him in the 1988 election.  That problem has resurfaced in 2020, because Biden, to appear relevant during the coronavirus crisis, is plagiarizing Donald Trump's actions.

Then there's Joe Biden's problem with women and little girls.  While the official Democrat establishment keeps giving him a pass, ordinary people can't help noticing how Biden can't keep his hands off females.  It's tacky with grown women, but it's perverse with little girls, who, whenever they get near him, find themselves groped, nuzzled, and told inappropriate things about their future dating life.

There's also the stench of corruption that hangs over Joe.  He's been careful not to put too much money in his own pockets during his almost 50-year political career, but he's managed to throw millions of dollars to his son and his siblings.  Ukraine was just the tip of the iceberg.  Moreover, to the extent that China has been pillaging America's economy for years, Biden was at the forefront of making that happen, with financial bones tossed to his family all along the way.

And of late, there's that little problem of senility.  Joe is losing it, and it's getting harder for Democrats to pretend that's not the case.  This is just a short sampling of videos showing that it's doubtful whether Biden could even pass the basic mental status test many doctors administer to determine whether an elderly patient is showing signs of dementia:

Riding to Joe's rescue, though, is Alex Wagner, described as a "Contributing writer at The Atlantic and co-host of The Circus."  According to Wagner, it's completely irrelevant that Joe Biden is the most uninspiring candidate in the history of American political campaigns.  The only thing that matters is that Joe is not Trump:

Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past—who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics — rather than for anything in his present. It's as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate.

To prove this thesis, Wagner talks about meeting Democrats who hate Trump and who allegedly tell her they'd vote for a potato if that would defeat Trump in November:

Almost no one I came across said they were going to vote because someone, anyone, but especially Joe Biden, had made their heart sing. Even Sanders supporters — the ones in the flesh, not online — were clear-eyed about their desire to defeat Trump, first and foremost. Ending the Trump presidency — because of the lies, the cruelty, the indignities, the misogyny, the incompetence, the fraudulence, the corruption, the clownishness, the recklessness, the lawlessness, the selfishness, oh, the list went on — that was something that united men and women across the United States and left them in a state of anguish.

For this reason, says Wagner, it's irrelevant that Biden's campaign fails to excite anybody.  It's irrelevant that he's sequestered and rarely emerges from hiding.  It's irrelevant that his few coronavirus statements are completely meaningless.  The one thing that matters is, again, that he's not Trump:

His appearances these days have an almost parallel-universe quality to them: Biden's audience-less remarks from his home in Delaware have the suggestion of an Oval Office address, and their content seems intended to offer a glimpse into the twilight zone where someone else, someone more empathetic and capable, is president. It's as if Biden is telegraphing to his public: You have already imagined that I can beat Trump; now imagine what it will be like when I am president.

You can see the campaign posters now: "Vote for Joe Biden: He's NOT TRUMP and [Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, or Stacey Abrams] will be the real power in the Oval Office."

For some time now, conservatives have been pointing out that, at minimum, Joe Biden is not a very exciting candidate.  One journalist, though, has written an opinion piece for The Atlantic saying that whether Joe inspires voters or not is entirely irrelevant.  It's enough that he is "not Trump."

From the beginning of the 2020 election campaign, conservatives and Bernie-supporters have found it easy to point to problems with Joe Biden.  There is the plagiarism problem that dogged him in the 1988 election.  That problem has resurfaced in 2020, because Biden, to appear relevant during the coronavirus crisis, is plagiarizing Donald Trump's actions.

Then there's Joe Biden's problem with women and little girls.  While the official Democrat establishment keeps giving him a pass, ordinary people can't help noticing how Biden can't keep his hands off females.  It's tacky with grown women, but it's perverse with little girls, who, whenever they get near him, find themselves groped, nuzzled, and told inappropriate things about their future dating life.

There's also the stench of corruption that hangs over Joe.  He's been careful not to put too much money in his own pockets during his almost 50-year political career, but he's managed to throw millions of dollars to his son and his siblings.  Ukraine was just the tip of the iceberg.  Moreover, to the extent that China has been pillaging America's economy for years, Biden was at the forefront of making that happen, with financial bones tossed to his family all along the way.

And of late, there's that little problem of senility.  Joe is losing it, and it's getting harder for Democrats to pretend that's not the case.  This is just a short sampling of videos showing that it's doubtful whether Biden could even pass the basic mental status test many doctors administer to determine whether an elderly patient is showing signs of dementia:

Riding to Joe's rescue, though, is Alex Wagner, described as a "Contributing writer at The Atlantic and co-host of The Circus."  According to Wagner, it's completely irrelevant that Joe Biden is the most uninspiring candidate in the history of American political campaigns.  The only thing that matters is that Joe is not Trump:

Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past—who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics — rather than for anything in his present. It's as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate.

To prove this thesis, Wagner talks about meeting Democrats who hate Trump and who allegedly tell her they'd vote for a potato if that would defeat Trump in November:

Almost no one I came across said they were going to vote because someone, anyone, but especially Joe Biden, had made their heart sing. Even Sanders supporters — the ones in the flesh, not online — were clear-eyed about their desire to defeat Trump, first and foremost. Ending the Trump presidency — because of the lies, the cruelty, the indignities, the misogyny, the incompetence, the fraudulence, the corruption, the clownishness, the recklessness, the lawlessness, the selfishness, oh, the list went on — that was something that united men and women across the United States and left them in a state of anguish.

For this reason, says Wagner, it's irrelevant that Biden's campaign fails to excite anybody.  It's irrelevant that he's sequestered and rarely emerges from hiding.  It's irrelevant that his few coronavirus statements are completely meaningless.  The one thing that matters is, again, that he's not Trump:

His appearances these days have an almost parallel-universe quality to them: Biden's audience-less remarks from his home in Delaware have the suggestion of an Oval Office address, and their content seems intended to offer a glimpse into the twilight zone where someone else, someone more empathetic and capable, is president. It's as if Biden is telegraphing to his public: You have already imagined that I can beat Trump; now imagine what it will be like when I am president.

You can see the campaign posters now: "Vote for Joe Biden: He's NOT TRUMP and [Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, or Stacey Abrams] will be the real power in the Oval Office."