Former Vice President Joe Biden called for President Trump’s impeachment for the first time earlier this month, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announced the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry. Now as Republicans unite to derail the inquiry with unprecedented stunts, Biden’s main campaign pitch — that his ability to cut deals with GOP leaders will forge a post-Trump coalition — seems not only naive but pretty much unfathomable.
“There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there,” Biden argued at a Massachusetts fundraiser this summer. Calling them “decent people,” Biden insisted that he was uniquely situated to bring out Republicans’ repressed spirit of bipartisan cooperation.
“They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now,” he said, adding, “I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats.”
Biden, with his pitch to so-called reasonable Republicans, who appear to be mythical creatures, appears woefully out of step with the times.
But not one of those “decent” Republicans Biden thinks he can effectively work with has uttered one word in his defense while facing Trump’s coordinated attack alleging that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in some sort of undefined corruption in Ukraine.
“First of all, one of my comments would be: As a member of the Democratic Party, wouldn’t you want to know if there’s some real corruption before you choose Joe Biden?” asked Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., while defending Trump’s public plea for the Chinese government to investigate the Bidens. Trump has previously admitted that he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son, who served on the board of Burisma, a gas company that came under scrutiny by authorities in Ukraine.
Vice President Mike Pence has similarly peddled discredited accusations to defend Trump’s call for investigations of Biden. …
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