Tara Reade says Joe Biden once grabbed her privates and demanded sex. Will it change the election in November?
The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings were a turning point, where the presumption of innocence was thrown out in favor of a new standard, “credible accusation.” Evidence was replaced by #BelieveAllWomen. Fierce justice then, but now it’s Biden’s turn. Imagine the same type of proceedings directed at him. Amy Klobuchar repeats her accusations Kavanaugh, er, Biden, is a drunk, with just about as little evidence now as then. Senator Dick Durbin demands Biden demand an FBI investigation into himself on live TV. Durbin fires at Biden as he did to Kavanaugh if he has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear, a line often attributed to Joseph Goebbels. Kamala Harris goes in as bad cop, righteously shouting down whatever is said to her by Biden. The truth? You can’t handle the truth.
After that show, imagine a second one where Elizabeth Warren, long-shot Biden VP pick Florida Representative Val Demings, Kirsten Gillibrand, Stacey Abrams, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer all show up to stand by Biden, not believe Reade, say Reade deserves to be heard before she is dismissed, and/or remain silent when asked. That TV show will be shorter.
To flesh things out maybe on that short TV show women voters could call in to ask those women Democratic leaders how the very serious business of #MeToo got turned into just another political tool by the “party of women.” Alyssa Milano, famous for the #MeToo meme and whose take on the Kavanaugh hearings was she believed all women without the need for due process, could be brought out to explain how now “the notion that this should be disqualifying to Biden in a race against Trump is patently ridiculous. Anybody who claims otherwise is using sexual assault as a political football.”
Well, yes, that is the point. Dems made sexual assault a political football. Problem is now they find themselves on defense for the first time (having ignored successfully Bill Clinton’s hands-on approach.) One article does what I just don’t have the breathe to bother with, pull up exact quotes of what was said about Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser then and compare it to what is being said about Biden and his now. It unveils the total hypocrisy of the #MeToo positions, and how self-righteous Dems are when these techniques were used by them, versus used against them. Watching people force themselves to support Biden under these conditions is what I imagine the Beach Boys look like backstage trying to mix up Viagra and meth so they can get through “Surfin’ USA” one more time.
Meanwhile, more and more women are realizing Democratic hypocrisy is setting back women’s rights, making it clear women’s concerns are useful and valid only as political weapons, victims only of use to tee up a media storm. The impact on the election will be…
Sorry. I just can’t do it again. It’s the same thing. Isn’t it obvious? Isn’t the false narrative plain? But isn’t it likely very few people care, again? The pattern is beyond the obvious, the addition of new player Joe Biden the only change. I can’t get away from it. People just believe what they want to agree with.
I even started a story on Politico’s fully debunked claim Trump was beholden to the Bank of China because of some loan. That one fell apart faster then I could type it up. Too many believe when the Democrats and MSM tell us these things. They are all wrong. Why is anyone believing them now? I am tired of being lied to. I am tired of being manipulated in the most obvious ways. After Kavanaugh, the Democrats simply announcing “Biden didn’t do it, nothing to see here, folks” is beyond insulting. I am weary of talking people off the ledge, even more weary of living among people who are convinced they are going to die freedomless in the dark from a new cause each day. I am tired of this:
Trump didn’t win the election.
The Emoluments Clause will stop Trump from being inaugurated.
The economy will descend into a depression after he was inaugurated.
There is a pee tape.
Trump is a Russian spy, an asset, Putin’s puppet.
Michael Cohen met with the Russians in Prague.
(Mohammed Atta met with the Iraqis in Prague.)
Trump sold out the U.S. to build a hotel in Moscow.
Trump wants to buy Greenland to build a hotel.
Trump left the Saudis off the No Fly Muslim list because he had a hotel there.
Trump will start a war with Iran over moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump will start a war with Iran over the nuclear treaty.
Trump will start a war with Iran to distract from COVID.
The Kurds will all die in a genocide.
We have to take out Assad (and earlier, Saddam, and Qaddafi,) or there will be a genocide.
Trump’s trade war with China will bankrupt us.
Trump will start a nuclear war with North Korea.
Trump’s peace overtures with North Korea are dangerous.
Kim Jong Un is dead.
Trump will invade Venezuela.
Trump will withdraw from NATO.
(Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.)
James Comey will change everything.
Robert Mueller will change everything.
SDNY will change everything.
Michael Avenatti will run for president.
Papadopoulos, Manafort, Flynn, Cohen, will flip and bring down Trump.
Beto, Cory Booker, Mayor Pete, Kamala, AOC, Stacey Abrams are the new Obama.
Diversity is the key to Democratic victory in 2020.
The rule of law ended in America.
Democracy died in America.
It’s the fall of Rome.
Impeachment will end Trump’s time in office.
The 25th Amendment will end Trump’s time in office.
The Whistleblower will end Trump’s time in office.
Marie Yovanovitch will end Trump’s time in office with her testimony.
John Bolton will end Trump’s time in office with his book.
Ronan Farrow will end trump’s time in office with his book.
The Parkland Kids will change everything.
The Covington Kids are racists.
Two million Americans will die of corona.
Blocking visitors from China is racist and ineffectual.
There are not enough ventilators.
There is not enough PPE.
There are not enough ICU beds.
The Chinese supply chain will stop and no more iPhones.
Trump is going to defund the Post Office to block mail-in ballots so he can steal the election.
Trump is going to fire Mueller, Barr, Rosenstein, Mattis, Jared, Ivanka, Pence, Bolton, Fauci.
Trump avoids the press and hasn’t held a briefing in a year, bring him out.
Networks should not air Trump’s open mic night briefings.
People will die if my neighbor doesn’t wear a paper mask but lukewarm delivery food is safe.
People in NYC will die if Starbucks opens but it’s OK for the subway to run.
The stock market’s historic rise doesn’t matter for Trump’s reelection because most Americans don’t own stock.
The stock market’s historic decline will destroy Trump’s reelection chances.
If we end the lockdown too soon everyone is going to die.
Those who fetishize Trump’s lies want to stand on their record above without irony. Lies are truth, what is really true doesn’t matter if people (can be made to) believe it because truth is moral only when it supports the correct side. Hypocrisy just mens choosing the lesser of two evils. Maybe that’s the best we deserve in a world where “do your research” means Google something and accept the first headline you agree with.
Accountability takes a seat to agenda. The end justifies the means over and over but never leads to good. “Oh, it’s OK, he beats me less than my previous spouse.” Trump’s hidden taxes are bad but Biden’s hidden Senate papers on Tara Reade are acceptable. Ivanka and China? Hold my Tsingtao beer, says Hunter. “You think I’ve got dementia? You should see the other guy!” Never mind Biden mare-nuzzling women’s hair on numerous occasions. Then there’s Anita Hill. Did being Obama’s VP baptize away those sins?
Same thing in the end, just purposed toward what are sold as radically different ends, Gray Man instead of Orange Man. Choose Joe, he harasses women, gets health draft deferments, plagiarized in law school, cheats on his taxes, is corrupt with his kids’ money, but less. It doesn’t matter what happened to Tara Reade, anymore than it matters what happened with Russia. It wouldn’t matter if Biden sexually harassed someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue. As one editorial summarized, “He’s not perfect, but he’s not Donald Trump.”
I once wrote in reference to the lies we told ourselves about success in the Iraq War if “b.s. was water we’d all have drowned.” Now it appears Democrats and the MSM have not only learned to adjust to a new environment like some prehistoric amphibian but are politically wallowing in it, at least prior to choking come November.
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Cmments on a couple of highlights of this great post:
PVB said: “People just believe what they want to agree with.” In most cases, truer words were never spoken. People of faith are often (fairly correctly IMO) taken to task for their blind adherence to some creed. Yet the mindless automatons who worship at the feet of the DNC and MSM, blindly agreeing with their hypocritical proselytizing, somehow see themselves as different and better, because they’re “right.”
PVB said: “I am tired of being manipulated in the most obvious ways.” CORRECTION – they are trying/trying to manipulate you, but PRAISE JEEBUS! you continue to resist their sophomoric attempts at convincing you that “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
The way the DNC and MSM is now responding to Tara Reade’s accusations is a travesty, and clearly reveals them (and anyone who mindlessly agrees with them) to be the opportunistic scum of the earth that they really are.
“…..come November” (?) November may bring something so bizarre as to be unrecognizable. Something will happen of course but it may not qualify as an election. Maybe a reconstituted 25th amendment will be invoked in September by Trump stating that Biden is unfit to run let alone reign if he indeed wins. 9/11 didn’t shut down the country. Covid 19 is coming close today but November could be a super virus of overwhelming chaos.
Trump: “I’ll loan him (Biden) testing equipment so he can leave his basement and get back onto the campaign trail since every time he speaks it’s a good thing.” Is Biden a rope-a-dope ruse by the DNC who have a surprise candidate already picked which will throw off the Trump team’s competitive tactics?
Joe: I’m baffled about the timing of Tara Reade’s accusations. What’s in it for her? Her close friends most likely warned her that accusing Biden during a primary would probably not go well. What did she hope to achieve? what were her needs?
@John Poole Here’s a question for you: Did you ask the same thing thing when Christine Blasey Ford made her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh? If not, why not? If so, then you already know the possible answers to your questions.
Maybe Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh, and Tara Reade has accused Joe Biden, because they are both actually political operatives working for the Democratic and Republican parties respectively. Or maybe they were/are both victimized women, hoping to right a horrible wrong after all these years, and prevent a rapist from assuming a position of high responsibility. Or maybe it’s somewhere in between, which is why “innocent until proven guilty” is a thing.
As PVB has pointed out, when Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Kavanaugh, most of the DNC and MSM tossed that age old standard out the window. Yet now, when Reade comes forward to accuse Biden, those same people are rallying around “innocent until proven guilty” rabidly. That sort of blatant and opportunistic hypocrisy is hard to miss or ignore (though many supposedly rational, not-of-faith people are trying hard)and the sole reason why I said they were the scum of the earth. But YMMV.
Joe- we’re not arguing about the clone machinations of the two parties. I had no opinion about the Blasey Ford testimony-you can verify that by referencing PVB’s posts on the subject. Surely Reade studied the Kavanaugh hearings and realized accusations without hard evidence isn’t going to take down the powerful. Even if there is admissible evidence in Reade’s charges it can be kept cloaked through legal maneuvers. If I were on Biden’s legal team I’d track down Reade’s daughter. Maybe she’ll say her mother is unbalanced and has her own therapy bills to prove it.
@John Poole I don’t know Reade, so all I can do is speculate about her motives. The idea that she may be mentally ill is certainly another possibility, and one which Democratic operatives are probably trying to find hints of as I write this. If that were to be the case though, in my mind it would raise two additional questions:
1. Was she mentally ill when this allegedly happened?
2. Does it actually matter? (Since mentally ill people are not “fair game” for rapists, at least legally.)
More to your point though, I certainly agree that any rational person would know that regardless of what may/may not have actually happened, Biden will never be charged with anything, much less convicted. So IMO what we’re seeing here is most probably Reade’s highly emotional response to Biden emerging as the Democratic front runner, perhaps because she’s crazy or perhaps because she’s still suffering from the psychological trauma that goes along with having been raped.
If what she’s claiming is true, there was a point when Biden thought she was such a powerless nobody that he could finger her with impunity and then kick her to the curb. Now she has some power over him, maybe not to get him sent to jail, but certainly to throw a monkey wrench into his political ambitions that he can’t just walk away from and ignore. (Though he, the DNC and the MSM are trying hard, despite all the “support” they showed for women when it was Brett Kavanaugh’s ambitions on the line.)
PVB’s choice of photos in my opinion has Tara a budding grifter (seasoned by now) and Biden a typical political mercenary. I know what Biden’s team is fighting for but not what Reade’s team hopes to accomplish. Winning for her would mean total annihilation of Joe Biden’s life, legacy and future since all the notable Democrats are backing Biden- even Sanders. She’d be blowing up the Democratic Party and thus helpingTrump’s chances. The timing of her claimed quest for redress seems to me an unhinged objective.
Joe: Where wasTara Reade in August of 2008 when Obama selected Biden as his running mate? Seems that would have been an ideal time to lodge her accusations. If credible and provable Obama would have had to drop Biden who I don’t think he really cared for. Obama has said he preferred Evan Bayh.
Dropping Tara Reade subject I’ll go one better than PVB. I won’t do it again (voting the lesser of two evils). I won’t vote for Biden regardless of who he chooses for VP. And to those who wonder where Rich Bauer is- he’s taken over my psyche like Bob in Twin Peaks. My redundant jabbering is proof.
@John Poole Since I don’t know Reade I can again only speculate on why she didn’t come forward in 2008. Maybe she was still trying to forget this happened back then. Or maybe she (correctly IMO) thought Vice President was basically a “do nothing” job. Or “maybe” the Me Too movement didn’t really take off until 2017, and before that she thought no one would believe or support her allegation against a very powerful man. All strike me as plausible.
As for what Reade and her team hope to accomplish, FWIW I think you are being too rational about this. Sure we’ve all been trained to look at things from a purely political and/or economic perspective, but “crimes of passion” are still very much a thing. If Biden did indeed rape Reade and ruin her life maybe, just maybe. all she wants to do is return the “favor,” regardless of how it may help Trump. Again I’m not saying that’s necessarily the case, but it still stuns me that all the folks who wanted to give Blasey Ford the benefit of the doubt are now rallying around Biden.
Joe: My current take on Reade is that she is an ugly grifter who loves playing the victim for attention. Your points trying to glean her motivations are very plausible but you always come back to the theme of political hypocrisy which I don’t see as being a relevant aspect of trying to figure out who the real Tara Reade is. Being too rational about what her motivations are is part of who I am. She does indeed have a team and they have an agenda, a mission, a game plan and an objective. What it is baffles me. Even if it were to become a successful shakedown the payoff seems pretty paltry for all the theatrics.