Search’s up at the Biden beach house. President Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer explains, “Today, with the President’s full support and cooperation, the DOJ is conducting a planned search of his home in Rehoboth, Delaware.” A bevy of black SUVs and sedans swarmed around the Biden property, once the site of happy days where the Biden clan congregated, now the target of the FBI.
My heart goes out not to Biden, who was obviously lax in his handling of classified documents, but to the poor slobs in the FBI who have to tromp through his various homes in search of papers that he was supposed to have handed over to the National Archives in January 2017. It’s difficult to think of a more tedious task. They’re more likely to trip over one of Hunter’s old bongs than to discover anything of real significance, which is why the agents only took with them a few papers, none classified.
No doubt some of Biden’s detractors are hoping that some immense conspiracy involving Hunter, China, Ukraine, Burisma, and a laptop will be uncovered by the FBI. Dream on. The truth is that Biden is the ultimate straight arrow. He isn’t interesting enough to contemplate, let alone perpetrate, the kind of schemes that Donald Trump cooks up almost as an afterthought.
It’s Trump who carried documents off by the truckload, whether to fondle them as a reminder of his presidential powers or to sell them to the highest bidder. It’s Trump who’s mired in a passel of trials and potential indictments, fending off Stormy Daniels one moment, a Georgia prosecutor the next, even as he seeks to rev up another presidential campaign. It’s Trump who tried to muscle over Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, leading to his first impeachment trial. And it’s Trump who, in the name of contesting a stolen election, tried to steal it himself.
The whole documents saga may be catnip for the media, but it’s a sideshow for Biden. He is continuing his march to his candidacy for a second term, meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy this afternoon to try to show who’s boss when it comes to the debt ceiling. One can only hope that this duo doesn’t end up like Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty grappling in a death grip as they plunge over the Reichenbach Falls.
Perhaps an even more telling sign of Biden’s ambition is the decision to approve an $8 billion ConocoPhillips oil drilling project at the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, a move that is sure to trigger the ire of environmentalists. Had he decided not to run for a second term, he would have quashed this project. Instead, it’s full speed ahead for Biden. He’s not about to let himself be accused during the 2024 campaign of failing to stimulate oil production.
Key will be Biden’s State of the Union speech on February 7, when he will seek to tout a resurgent economy, coupled with an assertive foreign policy abroad that is focused on countering not only Russia but also China.
But what Biden really needs is for Trump to go out on the hustings. The more that Trump grabs the spotlight, the better Biden does. In this regard, Biden and Trump are united by more than their issues with classified documents. Trump’s determination to run for another term may be the best thing that has happened to Biden.