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The Invisible Man: Joe Biden's Deadly Abdication

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Joe Biden's disappearance from public view during an extreme national crisis is one of the most astounding, jaw-dropping abdications of responsibility I have ever seen in a public official -- especially one who might well be the next president. The excuse his aides offer about "struggling to set up the technology" so he can communicate to the public is ludicrous, and insulting in its transparent falsehood. If he is isolating because he might have the disease, he should tell us. If he is simply overwhelmed by the crisis and doesn't know what to do or even worse, is waiting for his rich donors to tell him what to do then he should end his campaign now and go into a very comfortable retirement.

Sanders has put his campaigning on hold and is now using his fundraising apparatus to raise millions of dollars for coronavirus relief efforts. He has somehow managed to master the mysterious and difficult "technology" that baffles Biden, and appears in a variety of media every day, with concrete plans for dealing with the crisis and helping ordinary people, while also working flat out with Senate colleagues. You don't even have to support Sanders to see that it is entirely possible to communicate directly with the public while coping with an ever-shifting catastrophe. Biden doesn't have to deal with senatorial duties during an unprecedented crisis. He's had all the time in the world to step up and offer a solid, viable alternative to Trump's raging carnage. But he has not. He's hidden from his responsibility, hidden from his calling, hidden from history.

If -- and it's still not certain -- Biden manages to make some kind of appearance on Monday as promised, it will be the first time in six days he's spoken to the nation he is seeking to lead. Six days that have completely changed the world and the country. Six days that the raving liar and lunatic Donald Trump has been allowed to hold the stage alone and spin a false, sinister, self-serving narrative that seems to be taking hold out there, as his poll numbers inexplicably rise.

Meanwhile, the presumptive presidential nominee for the opposition party is missing in action, as silent as the tombs that Americans are being thrust into by Trump's corrupt and crazed dithering. These six missing days have been epoch-making in American history and politics, and Joe Biden has bungled them to a tragic and damaging degree. How could he have stayed out of sight during such a time? Why would he do it? Again, it is a staggering, unfathomable, utter dereliction of duty.

 

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Pretty much nails it. Great job!

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He's being kept out of view for a reason. The Democratic leadership is certifiably insane. It will be a miracle if this republic survives intact after this year. We're nearly a basket case already and the people who brought us here behind the scenes are planning their escape. Every person who had a hand in destroying the public commons for their own personal greedy ambition should be hung.

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Prediction: Biden will meet some debilitating misfortune before the convention. A fall down some stairs, a plane crash, Covid-19. Then the Dems will run a glamor ticket, Michelle Obama and who? Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Oprah Winfrey, maybe even HC. Yes, the establishment Democrats are that cynical.

Biden is a fake candidate. His record disqualifies him, even for the ruthless sociopaths who are perpetrating this fraud.

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Yes, Biden was never going to seal the deal. Hillary has been the "stealth candidate" since she lost 4 years ago. She is smart and conniving. I'll add evil as well. She'll ascend at the DNC show. She has the delegate votes in her purse. Does anyone in this insanely liberal/socialistic leaning group wonder why Biden rose to the top of the candidates? Hillary can't be the favorite on this site as she is not liberal or socialistic. Now, if being subjugated to a queen is the goal.......................

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It is obvious to me that "old Uncle Joe, he's a-movin kind of slow." Biden was also absent for much of the primary season, as senility increasingly eats away at his intellect. I think it unlikely he makes to November without his decline becoming obvious. What do the Dems do then?

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Hillary?

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He is not up to this and needs to withdraw and give Bernie the nomination for the good of the Country.

#NoJoe2020

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Do voters matter to Socialist? (Of course not).

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