Will Biden Make It to November?

The presumptive Democrat nominee is former Vice President Joe Biden now that his remaining rivals, Bernie Sanders, and to a much lesser extent Tulsi Gabbard, have bowed out of the race knowing he had built a virtually insurmountable lead. But the Democratic National Convention will not be held until August which still allows the possibility that there could be some good ol’ fashioned horse-trading for delegates and backroom deals to offer up other more viable candidates if Biden continues to render scattered answers to straight forward questions.

Look, we are not talking about sidestepping a tough question on a controversial issue. That’s political doubletalk 101 and Biden has had decades to hone his craft and sharpen his skills when it comes to deftly deflecting rhetorical rockets poised to sink his presidential ship. What we are referring to is his inane, scattered, and rambling responses to softball questions which bring into question his mental acuity rather than his political savvy. If it’s not his stuttering, it’s his non-sequiturs which not only fail to answer the question but conspicuously leave everyone in his orbit slack-jawed with eyebrows arched.

Sample of Biden’s Greatest Gaffes

“By the way, this is my little sister Valerie!” Biden said as he grabbed his wife’s right hand. “And I’m Jill’s husband,” he added when reaching for his sister Valerie’s hand after a Super Tuesday victory.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” Biden began. “All men and women created by- go- you know- you know the thing.” Biden was searching desperately to quote the following line in the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate,” Biden said, during a dinner in February. Biden is a candidate for president but he had been the senator of Delaware for 30 years but he vacated his office 11 years ago to ascend to the office of vice-president under Barack Obama.

“We have to take care of the cure, that will make the problem worse, no matter what,” is how Biden responded when asked if businesses should reopen in the near future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people, millions of people, millions of jobs,” he remarked, confusing the number of deaths with the number of lost jobs in the country.

What are the Odds?

Joe Biden had one thing going for him which was beyond reproach and that was his affability. He was the genteel elder statesmen, a grandfatherly figure that even his most strident opponents couldn’t help but admire. However, the recent accusations of sexual misconduct by a former political aide, Tara Reade, have sullied that reputation and has the #MeToo movement vexed, this definitely lowers Biden's chances in the eyes of the handicappers. Feminists consider Trump the anti-Christ, therefore, anyone is better by default. Well, it’s hard to endorse a candidate for president when a sister in distress is asking for the same support rendered to Christine Blasey-Ford when she accused Trump nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of the same thing during his SCOTUS confirmation hearings.

Ultimately, Biden will have to avoid his penchant for malaprops by ad-libbing less and staying on script much, much more. He is no longer a smooth, silver-tongued orator but rather a mumbling, bumbling bloviator. Despite his cringe-worthy diatribes, he is still polling well in terms of the popular vote but as Hillary Clinton found out, the only thing that matters is the electoral votes.

You can bet on either President Donald Trump or Joe Biden winning the election and as of this writing, we see Donald Trump as the favorite (-150) versus Joe Biden as the underdog (+120). Yet, interestingly enough, Trump versus the field (which technically includes Biden but more importantly includes anyone who might take his place on the ballot) shows Donald Trump as a smaller favorite at odds of -140/+110. Perhaps the oddsmakers recognize that Biden getting the Democratic nomination could be the easiest path to reelection for Donald Trump. The question is, will the Dems realize this too and field a replacement candidate before it’s too late? We shall see.