Biden Asks Black Reporter If He's a Junkie

Cognitive test failed.

But, just for a moment, imagine that a Republican had done this in the current racial witch hunt atmosphere. Or even a Democrat who didn't carry the hopes and ambitions of his entire political class in the 2020 race. There would be apologies on apologies.

Followed by a swift execution. But hey, it's just crazy Uncle Joe.

CBS correspondent Errol Barnett prompted the presumptive Democratic nominee to clarify if he had taken a test measuring his mental acuity, leading to a tense exchange.

"No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden said. “That's like saying to you, before you got on this program if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?"

A clip from the interview, which was conducted as part of the virtual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, was released Wednesday morning.

I like how the media avoids leading with the obvious here.

1. This is very much the old Biden. The one with a history of saying horrible things at awkward moments. And getting a pass for them. That Biden was this coherent and offensive is good news for the Democrats. It's a step up from his usual random mumbling.

The media covered for the old Biden. It'll cover for the new one. Especially since there's a lot more at stake here.

2. Biden and his people aren't ready to take and release a cognitive test. That says everything you need to know about Biden's mental state. And their assessment of it. 

3. There's a reason that the Democrats are keeping Biden in the basement. They're not sure which one will show up if they let him out. There's old offensive and gropey Biden. And there's the new senile Biden. The Democrats would like to get Biden into the White House while having the public see him in action as little as possible.


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