Are today’s Democrats repeating the Republicans’ mistakes from 2012?
As the Democratic Party closes ranks behind their “safe” choice for the White House, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned that Joe Biden has “no chance of winning” and compared the enfeebled former vice president’s potential nomination to the 2012 run of now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), according to the Washington Examiner.
“One thing they have to understand, and looking back as a Republican, nominating Joe Biden is the same thing as Republicans nominating Mitt Romney,” McCarthy told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “It may make the establishment look good, but you have no chance of winning.”
McCarthy slams Biden as unelectable
Biden is widely seen as the favorite for the Democratic Party nomination after a shocking comeback on Super Tuesday. The Democrat swept southern states including Texas, the second biggest delegate haul in the day’s primaries and picked up surprising wins in states like Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Super Tuesday solidified the primary into a two-man race, with Biden the clear favorite of the establishment, with the former vice president picking up endorsements from past rivals Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Bloomberg. While Democrats seem to have their candidate, Biden is by no means the “safe” choice the party is making him out to be, McCarthy said.
He compared the situation to the one that faced Republicans in 2012, when they chose Romney, an establishment Republican and now-nemesis of Donald Trump, to be the new leader of the Republican Party. McCarthy brought up Biden’s Ukraine baggage — a topic he frequently hammered during the impeachment saga.
“Any elected official that uses their office or has their children who uses their office to get economic gain, when you’re getting $50,000 a month…” McCarthy said. “The Democrats should be the first person investigating this. All they’ve done with their majority is investigate, but the only place they wouldn’t investigate is Joe Biden because they care about politics instead of the rule of law.” Watch below:
Cognitive issues loom large
McCarthy’s dig at Biden was also a snub directed at Romney, who excited the rage of Republicans for his solitary vote to convict Trump for abuse of power — the only such vote in the Republican Party and the only one that bucked partisan loyalties. Meanwhile, Biden’s connections with Ukraine may become a liability for him if and when he claims the Democratic nomination for good.
There are already signs that President Donald Trump and his allies will make Biden’s son, Hunter, into a campaign issue: Trump said that he would do so outright, and Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is drilling into questions about Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter sat, according to The Hill.
Democrats are circling the wagons, insisting that any insinuation of wrongdoing by either Joe or his son is a “conspiracy theory” or “Russian disinformation.” Republicans have claimed that the former vice president pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had investigated Burisma and that Hunter received a lucrative job there in exchange for access to his father’s influence.
Although McCarthy didn’t mention it, a bigger concern for the Biden campaign may be the Democrat’s apparent cognitive decline. This weekend, Biden seemed to forget his own last name when he called himself an “O-Biden Bama” Democrat, RealClearPolitics noted, and he appeared to confuse his wife with his sister at a Super Tuesday victory rally in Los Angeles, according to the Examiner.
Another round of primaries on Tuesday in six states will help decide whether Biden’s comeback was an aberration or if his sudden rise is about to become more complicated. But for now, it looks like Democrats may have found their candidate.