Forget falling asleep on the job. Joe Biden is falling asleep applying for it! In a virtual event with Hillary Clinton Tuesday, the former vice president was so disinterested that he seemed to close his eyes and nod off. But amazingly, that wasn't the most concerning thing about the "Women's Townhall on COVID-19." Biden's abortion views were. And unfortunately, no one's been able to open his eyes on those either.
He was pictured to the left of Clinton, which was fitting -- since for 10 months, that's exactly where Biden has managed to be on almost every issue. On screen, Obama's second-in-command shook his head in agreement as Hillary talked about this being a "high-stakes time, because of the pandemic." But this is also, she went on, a really "high-stakes election. And every form of health care should continue to be available, including reproductive health care for every woman in this country... So I can only say, 'Amen' to everything you're saying -- but also to, again, [remind] people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste..."
In other words, they want use these deaths to lobby for more deaths. Like House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision." And that vision, as Biden has articulated over and over again, is: more abortion, fewer limits, higher funding. After all, he insisted last night, "abortion," is an "essential health care service." In fact, he told viewers, "It's being used as a political wedge now. And it shouldn't be."
He's right. Rather than kick and scream about the shutdown, abortion groups should have seen the devastation and offered to do their part. Instead, they packed women into waiting rooms like sardines and carried on -- defying government orders and putting more communities at risk. The killing can't wait, they said. Not even when almost 60,000 Americans have lost their lives to a virus their pet procedure could help spread. Nothing, Biden insisted, not even a global pandemic ravaging our nation, should ever stand in the way of "a woman's constitutional right." Including, apparently, the safety of other people. "Health care delayed," he argued, "means health care denied."
"Well, look," Clinton smiled, "I think you're going right down the path that people need to follow you on." But as most pollsters will tell you, getting Americans to follow Biden -- at least on this issue -- is a tall order. Abortion extremism isn't where most people are -- and, come this fall, it may not be where their votes are either. Even using the data from liberal-leaning organizations, the Washington Post argues that Americans aren't nearly as "absolutist" on abortion -- unless the subject is regulating it. A clear majority of people in this country (69 percent, based on the Left-leaning Kaiser Family Foundation's numbers) agree: abortion should be severely limited.
So if viewers are turning in to see the Joe Biden they used to know, they're wasting their time. The former VP shed his "moderate" label faster than most people can say "Hyde amendment." This isn't the second coming of Barack Obama or even Hillary Clinton. This is a radically aggressive campaign that is only marginally more sane than Bernie Sanders's was. "On nearly every major issue, Biden has either exponentially increased the scope of what Clinton proposed or advocated for new ideas that most Democrats would have up until recently considered fringe," McClatchy's Alex Roarty warned. "Many Democrats see Joe Biden as a voice of ideological restraint in a party rapidly moving to the Left," he wrote. They're wrong.
On abortion, the vice president is so extreme that he wouldn't just allow abortion right up to the moment of birth -- he'd order you to pay for it! And millions of abortions the world over. The one-time defender of the Hyde amendment traded his 40 years of integrity for the support of groups like Planned Parenthood last year -- ending any veneer of rationality. From there, he swore to appoint only rabid abortion activists to the bench and bulldoze every state pro-life law.
There isn't a starker policy difference anywhere than the one reflected in these two parties. Look at what the Trump administration has done in just three and a half short years: appointing almost 200 constitutionalist judges; ending overseas abortion funding, Title X abortion funding, fetal tissue experiments, and health care mandates; reinstating conscience protections; opposing the U.N.'s assault on human life; returning the freedom to states to defund Planned Parenthood; siding with pro-lifers in court; issuing citations to states that would order abortion coverage in health insurance; and more. Imagine what this list of accomplishments would look like if someone with Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden's agenda were president. We don't have to imagine. It wouldn't exist.
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Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.