Days After Biden's Brutal Fall, Dem Rep. Has Mind-Boggling Defense of His Age


Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland has been the lead prosecutor in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial and a constitutional law professor at American University in D.C., so it’s fair to say he’s a respected lawyer — at least on the left.

Thus, if the best excuse he can come up with for President Joe Biden after his well-publicized fall on Thursday could be paraphrased as, “Well, in some countries, they respect really old leaders,” there’s an issue.

Raskin made the remarks Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” where he devoted most of his time to trying to convince host Dana Bash (and CNN viewers) that audio recordings of former President Trump provide a “smoking gun” that he didn’t declassify the documents he was storing at Mar-a-Lago when the FBI raided last summer. That’s a whole separate can of worms and, if you need to see the House Democratic Caucus’ most prominent Trump-grumbler grouse about the former president some more, go for it.

Toward the end of the interview, however, Bash got around to asking Raskin about Biden’s fall at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs on Thursday:

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“You also, as a politician, know about how events feed into a perception that already exists,” Bash said. “Questions about his age are already there. Are voters wrong to be worried about re-electing a man who would be closer to 90 at the end of his second term than 80?”

Raskin began by framing the very thought as a question of ageism, noting that “America is a country that loves youth and vitality.” But in other places, he implied, citizens are more enlightened!

Do you think Biden is healthy enough to serve a second term?

“In a lot of countries, people who’ve been in office for a longer period of time are praised for their wisdom,” Raskin said.

“And I think that Joe Biden rightly says that he has grown very wise in his many decades in public office, and I respect that. So I think that he deserves to be judged by the results of his administration and what he’s gotten done.”

Full interview here (relevant portion begins at 8:00):

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Ah, yes. The wisdom of Joe Biden. The man who looked for a dead woman at a White House event, bragged how he’d “rededudenedefet,” boasted he’d cut off the “ill-begotten gains of Putin’s kleptocrack– kleptocracy. Keep– the guys who are in the kleptocracies,” and, you know, whatever this was:

Heck, the fall wasn’t even the only moment of “wisdom” during Biden’s time at the Air Force Academy.


Never mind that the concept of the sword that is sharpened by age doesn’t work when the blade is visibly dull. Neither Raskin nor any other Democrat saw fit to make “wisdom” defenses for Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole or any other conservative past a certain age. In all three cases, in fact, the establishment media openly questioned their mental fitness to serve.

It took until what Basil Fawlty would refer to as “the bleeding obvious” became apparent in the number and magnitude of Biden’s gaffes for the establishment media to finally start giving his mental fitness the attention it deserves.

Never mind that Dr. Ronny Jackson — the White House physician under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, now a Republican representative from Texas — has been sounding the alarm about Biden’s diminished capacities from the earliest days of the 2020 campaign.

Yet again, after Thursday’s fall, Jackson reiterated this was not “wisdom.”

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I’m just going to say it again: This man’s not fit mentally or physically to be our president,” Jackson said during an appearance on Fox News Friday.

“It’s just a bad situation for us. Part of the job of the president of the United States is to inspire confidence and to project power. And he’s not doing that. He can’t do that. He’s too old to do that.”

When the best comeback that the chief Democrat litigator during Trump second impeachment can muster to that kind of criticism is that, well, some countries revere old people for being wise, you know things are really bad.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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