In recent encounters (because of course we are keeping score. Did anybody think we weren’t keeping score?) Biden told one person she was listening to Bernie Sanders to much and another he should go ahead and vote for Trump. Today, speaking to a room of maybe 40 or 50 people in Iowa, he went off again, calling a voter a ‘damned liar’ and saying he was ‘too old to vote for him’ which makes no sense at all because if Biden didn’t have old voters, he’d have no voters. He also called the man fat.
The man’s question had to do with Hunter Biden, who worked for a Ukrainian oil company, Burisma, getting a ridiculous salary for no apparent reason except for being the son of the vice-president of the U.S. Joe Biden did, indeed, pressure the Ukrainian government to fire the investigator who was investigating Burisma at the time. This was no big secret even at the time, there’s video of Joe Biden talking about it and having a big, old laugh. The comical part about Donald Trump’s pressuring the Ukrainian government for dirt on Biden is how unnecessary that was. The dirt is totally available. on-line.
Anyway, Biden decided to seize on the phrase ‘set your son up for a job’ and said ‘You’re a goddamned liar.’ He could have, if he had the political poise and grace under fire of someone like, for instance, Bernie Sanders, said ‘You are mistaken. I had nothing to do with my son getting hired.’ which still may or may not be true, and it’s way beside the point, but it would have got him neatly off the hook.
Instead he said what he said. It might not force him from the race, it’s pretty incredible what that takes recently, but he certainly didn’t win that man’s support, or likely any others.
And he doesn’t have all that much to start with.