Coronavirus Proves That Joe Biden Lacks What it Takes to Lead

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A national, nay, global emergency like the coronavirus can be a clarifying thing. By the time it’s over, we may see very clearly that there are things about the way we do business – socially, culturally, economically – that need to be changed…or at least adjusted.

For instance, it has already shown that we are making a catastrophic error in relying so heavily on China for our goods, and this truth will only grow more evident if Beijing runs into a pharmaceutical manufacturing problem. It has also shown that our reliance and embrace of globalization was indeed a false “siren song” as President Trump said in his inaugural address.

Hmm, what else? Oh right. This crisis has also shown that Joe Biden is nowhere near ready to lead this country.

To the extent that Biden has talked about the coronavirus, it has been a portrait of ineptitude and needless partisan griping. His statements and op-eds about the disease fall into one of two ironic categories: Bashing President Trump for his response to the crisis on the one hand, and telling the American people how he would do it if he were president. The only problem is that, for the most part, Biden’s alternative plans are virtually identical to what Trump is already doing.

Over the last two months, the coronavirus has gradually morphed from a Page A10 story into a California story into a Washington State story and then, bam, into a national story that has pretty much knocked all other news out of the way. In that eight weeks, we’ve watched as Joe Biden also morphed from a politician seeking the Democratic nomination into…well, yeah, that’s about the extent of it.

Now he’s apparently turning his attention away from Bernie Sanders, who is no longer a legitimate threat to win the nomination, to a new adventure in campaigning: Pretending to be the President of the United States.

Oh, we’re quite serious.

Biden is set to produce an ongoing series of live “shadow briefings” in which he will stand up in front of the nation, give updates, and generally act as if he’s something more important than a candidate. These briefings will undoubtedly be filled with nonsensical promises that he doesn’t have to worry about keeping since he is, after all, not actually in charge of anything. They will also be filled with plenty of peanut gallery-style criticism of President Trump who, unlike Biden, actually has to deal with this emergency on a 24/7 basis.

And they will be filled with unhelpful faux-inspiring blather like this (from his Sunday fundraiser):

“This is a time for this nation to come together, because, folks, we’re all in this together. This virus doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of your gender or race or ethnicity or anything else. And from the Great Depression to two world wars to 9/11 to the pandemic of 1918, this country has always overcome every crisis we faced in our history. We’re gonna overcome this one, too.”

Yes, of course we will. And when we do come out the other side, we will hopefully look at a guy like Joe Biden and come to the sober conclusion that America is better off with him pretending to be the president than actually being the president.