Some of Joe Biden’s supporters are dropping any pretense of caring about the sex scandal currently surrounding him.
A prominent Biden supporter, Martin Tolchin, gave a very candid expression to his party’s moral calculation in a letter to The New York Times, confessing that he doesn’t “want an investigation” and saying the former VP should receive a “coronation” — not an investigation for sexual assault, the Washington Examiner reported. Tolchin, who is a co-founder of both Politico and The Hill, fretted that probing Biden might help Donald Trump.
Politico founder wants Biden “coronation”
Tolchin’s letter was in response to an editorial in the Times that called for the Democratic National Committee to investigate claims from Tara Reade that Biden sexually assaulted her while she was working as a Senate aide. Biden, for his part, has denied assaulting Reade.
The letter from Tolchin was noted for its remarkable candor. “I don’t want an investigation. I want a coronation of Joe Biden,” Tolchin wrote. “Would he make a great president? Unlikely. Would he make a good president? Good enough. Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely,” Tolchin added.
The journalist went on to fret that investigating Biden for sexual assault in earnest might turn up something bad, which would help Trump win the election, and dismissing the need to obtain justice, said, “I want a win.”
“Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump. Should we really risk the possibility?” he wondered, according to the Examiner.
In its aforementioned editorial, the Times said Dems should “investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly” and hyperventilated that “the stakes are too high to let the matter fester — or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media.”
Dems face conundrum
Biden told MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week, in his first public comments about Reade’s claim, that he doesn’t “remember any type of complaint she may have made. It was 27 years ago… I don’t remember, nor does anyone else that I’m aware of,” according to a transcript of the appearance published by the Times.
Tolchin’s letter comes as the Democratic Party and the left have struggled to reckon with Reade’s claim, with some saying that it’s not credible, others saying it’s credible and therefore disqualifying, and still others suggesting that beating Trump is just too important to care about principles of justice.
Many have said that the left’s response risks eroding liberals’ credibility as supporters of sexual assault victims. The dramatically different reactions of Democrats to sexual assault claims against Biden and those lodged against Brett Kavanaugh back in 2018 have been taken as a sign of obvious hypocrisy.
While some are pulling away from Biden, and others are simply squirming, others are just owning it. The New York Times published an opinion article Wednesday titled, “I believe Tara Reade. I’m voting for Joe Biden Anyway.”