The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to start today and the public knows next-to-nothing about the event, the platform, or the candidates. No one is talking.
Although Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., conducted several joint press conferences last week, neither have been willing to take questions from the media.
And it’s not just the candidates. Fox News host Chris Wallace revealed during a radio interview Friday that no one from his campaign is willing to talk to the press either.
Wallace told Guy Benson that he’d been doing Sunday talk shows for the better part of the last 32 years, "and it always happens that the Sunday before the convention the campaign puts out top officials to preview the convention and to say this is what we're gonna try to get accomplished."
Wallace said that although they’d counted on this happening again this year as is tradition, the campaign wasn’t "putting anybody out" — not at Fox News, not at any other cable news outlet or any of the three broadcast networks.
"I don't understand what's going on here," he told Benson. "This is the damnedest thing I've ever seen that you would you know, you're basically giving a campaign."
He observed that right from the beginning, not taking questions has been the single most distinguishable characteristic of the Biden campaign.
"And this just is of a piece with the vice president not doing really any serious interviews, not answering any questions since the rollout."
Last week Biden and Harris held at least two press briefings.
After Thursday’s briefing, NBC News White House reporter Kelly O’Donnell tweeted, "Now it’s time for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to take questions from reporters. They declined."
CNN’s Brianna Keilar observed after the Thursday presser, "couple notes. . . . one, not a whole lot of questions from reporters there. I mean we keep pressing the Biden campaign. There needs to be more questions from reporters. We know that."
Even more ignobly, the reporters were given the bum’s rush out of the briefing room by a Biden staffer, who kept repeating, "OK, you guys, let’s go, let’s go. C’mon!"
The same staffer could be heard herding reporters out after Friday’s press briefing with the same "C’mon, you guys, let’s go!" while both Harris and Biden appeared to be signing some papers.
That prompted The Daily Wire’s editor emeritus Ben Shapiro to comment, "Sorry, guys, we're busily pretending to sign documents even though we hold no executive office."
And it’s not as though either candidate’s feet would be held to the fire. As Eddie Zipperer, opinion writer for The Daily Caller observed, "Worth remembering that they’re ducking out on questions that are likely about 90% softballs."
Compare that to the president, who always makes himself available to the press.
After an hour-long, no-holds-barred interview with Chris Wallace on July 19, Wallace asked the Biden camp when the former vice president would make himself available under the same conditions: No questions in advance or any topic off limits, no teleprompter or notes or handlers in his ear.
The Biden camp said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was "not available."
As in never.
During his interview Friday with Guy Benson, Wallace said that Biden "continues to lead with what I'll call the basement strategy. I don't think you can hide from now until Election Day. I just I just don't think it's possible."
Although Biden won’t officially be his party’s presidential nominee until the Democratic delegates declare him their nominee at this week’s convention, NBC News reported that as of Saturday, June 4, he’d secured a sufficient number of delegates to wrap it up.
That was 64 days ago, and ignoring the press has seemed to work for him so far. He only has another 75 days until the election — but not quite. The Biden campaign has committed to three debates.
They’re scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, with a vice presidential debate set for Oct. 7. However, a growing number of Biden supporters are urging him to back out.
They include The New York Times’ Elizabeth Drew, former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart, and the Boston Herald’s Peter Lucas. The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler, argued that debates were essentially pointless, so why conduct them?
As of August 4 Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, confirmed that the former vice president is committed to the debate schedule.
Despite a growing number of conservatives who think Biden will wuss out on them, I believe he’ll participate in at least the first debate.
There’s no way he can gracefully bow out of it without looking like a coward.
And when he does we’ll find out that what Biden is hiding in the basement is Biden himself.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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