by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Talk about chutzpah. The vote to empower Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get Brexit done is being seized upon by Vice President Biden as a sign that the ex-veep should be the Democratic nominee for president. That’s because, Business Insider reports, Mr. Biden figures Britain’s election shows that only a centrist can beat President Trump.
“Boris Johnson is winning in a walk,” Business Insider quotes Mr. Biden as telling newsmen at a Coast fundraiser as results started coming in from yesterday’s vote. Mr. Biden predicted that pundits would say: “Look what happens when the Labor Party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with ideas that are not able to be contained in a rational basis quickly.”
Forgive us, but the ex-veep seems to be missing a key point. Boris Johnson won the election because he demonstrated that he is — heart and soul — for Britain leaving the European Union. He was the only candidate of whom that could be said. That is why Mr. Johnson won so soundly; that is why the election was called in the first place.
Where in the name of Karl Marx was Mr. Biden during the long political battle in which the independence of Britain was threatened? He ran from the breach, like every other Democrat. Mr. Biden was hiding behind the skirts of President Obama, who actually took the position that it would be better for America were Britain to remain in the European Union.