Do Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, and all the other Democrats running against Joe Biden really want to be president? Because it sure doesn’t seem like they want the job.
The question is on behalf of the millions of Americans who are either working for, donating to, or simply rooting for any of the other 12 candidates still officially in the race. Put them together, and those 12 other candidates have the support of more than 70% of Democratic Party primary voters and a lot more donated money than Biden on his own. So it would be a good idea for those candidates to answer the question.
If they answer truthfully, it sure seems like all of them would have to say they really don’t want to win. At least they don’t want it enough to use Biden’s most vulnerable weaknesses against him. And the voters can’t be blamed if they extrapolate that any candidate not willing to show a killer instinct against Biden isn’t likely to have enough of what it takes to win an election against President Trump.
Biden’s biggest weakness is the still-unraveling series of facts about the extent of his son Hunter Biden’s sweetheart jobs and deals while the elder Biden was a senator and then vice president. Just one of them is getting the most attention now, and that is the highly paid board member position Hunter Biden got at the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma in 2014.
The widely reported figure is that Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 per month for that “job” despite not having any experience in the energy industry. Some reports have his salary as being as high as $83,000 per month.
But for some strange reason, his fellow Democrats vying for the nomination are incredibly mum about this story. They’re also not making a peep about Hunter Biden’s long history of other questionable deals and jobs that may not be illegal, but only a total naif wouldn’t surmise they were attempts to curry favor with his powerful father.
By the way, the fact that it’s legal to give out jobs like that to the family members of politicians is precisely the kind of problem an enterprising presidential candidate would be promising to solve. Mysteriously, no Democrat seems to be pouncing on the opportunity.