The hypocrisy of and double standards applied by liberals is really something to behold. There is never a pause in it, for some double standards are a constant, such as affirmative-action laws.
A new standard emerged a few months ago, during the heat of Obama’s re-election campaign, and has recently started to pick up surprising steam.
Back in October, Vice President Joe “Literally” Biden joked—joked?—that he would be running for office in 2016 to take his boss’s place as President. Speaking to a voter who seemed to oppose Biden and Obama’s agenda, Biden said, “After it’s all over, when your insurance rates go down, then you’ll vote for me in 2016.”
Biden was an early contender for the presidential spot in 2008, exiting the race after receiving less than one percent of the vote in the first caucus. His withdrawal was followed a few weeks later by that of John Edwards and then, months later, of Hillary Clinton, so he was not a favorite of the voters.
At the time of Biden’s cryptic remarks to the unconvinced voter, there were a few speculative articles written about Biden’s 2016 prospects, most of them loving the idea, eager to cheer on their favorite vice president ever in his very own presidential race in which he’s the top dog, and not overshadowed by a young black man or a woman.
The Washinton Post‘s Ezra Klein seems to be one early supporter of Biden for President. The headline of Klein’s Saturday column read, “When it comes to getting things done, Biden is no joke.”
Writes Richard Benedetto for RealClearPolitcs, “The gist of [Klein’s] column is that while Biden is gaffe prone and billed by some as ‘lacking the gravitas to president,’ he is immensely likable–more so than Obama–and respected by Republicans as an effective negotiator and mediator.”
The rest of that RCP article suggests that Obama himself seems to be intentionally positioning Biden for a 2016 run.
But now here comes the double standard I spoke of: in 2016, Joe Biden will be but a few weeks away from his 74th birthday. At the end of his first term, he would be 78. And as I seem to recall from 2008, the age of John McCain, Obama’s Republican opponent in that race, was made quite an issue both by the media and the Democrats. He would be kicking the bucket before his first term ended, so should he really be president? So went the media narrative. But on Election Day 2008, McCain was only three months into age 72, almost two years younger than Biden will be on Election Day 2016.
Maybe I should restrain my cynicism and give the media the benefit of the doubt. It could be the simple case that the recent excitement over a potential 2016 run for then-74-year-old Biden and the permission of his old age is a new form of affirmative action–not for racial minorities, but for individuals with low IQs.