Brit Hume Diagnoses Joe Biden

Brit Hume Diagnoses Joe Biden

Brit Hume Diagnoses Joe Biden

I really like Brit Hume of Fox News. He articulates conservative viewpoints well, and when he speaks, other pundits listen to him. Hume is truly the wise elder analyst of the Fox News Channel.

However, on Saturday he made a comment about Joe Biden’s cognitive skills which were beyond his skill set.

Hume suggested that Biden’s gaffes may be the result of “memory loss associated with senility:”

Certainly Joe Biden’s gaffes are bizarre. For example, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Biden thought he was in Vermont. And, at a NH town hall, he rambled erratically, while claiming that 40 students — not four — died at Kent State in 1970. He also made an off-the-wall projection about a Barack Obama assassination scenario.

Moreover, as Brit Hume noted, Biden has confused Theresa May with the late Margaret Thatcher, and thought he was vice president at the time of the Parkland shootings. He’s also mixed up Burlington, Iowa, with Burlington, Vermont.

Then he botched the decade in which Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated.

So it’s no wonder that Hume has concerns about Biden’s cognitive abilities. But I also think that he went out beyond his skis when he suggested that Biden may have “senility.”

First of all, Brit Hume is not a physician, and besides, no ethical physician would diagnose someone without examining that person. Moreover, “senility” is an “obsolete and imprecise term,” according to a reference book for medicine, nursing, and allied health.

However, “senile dementia” is a diagnosis that physicians use, along with Alzheimer’s disease and a host of other forms of dementia. Some of them have symptoms which resemble one another. Moreover, as I heard at a speech pathology conference on Alzheimer’s: “If you’ve seen one case of Alzheimer’s, you’ve seen. . . one case of Alzheimer’s.”

In fact, this reminds me of when Rosie O’Donnell wondered if young Barron Trump might be autistic. She also received a well-deserved backlash for those comments about the President’s ten-year-old boy. So if it was improper for her to suggest that Barron had autism, it’s also improper for Brit Hume to imply that Biden has some sort of dementia.

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Credit: Carmen Rodriguez/First Family USA/flickr/public domain.

However, there’s one huge difference between those statements: Barron Trump is not running for President. Joe Biden is, and while Brit Hume shouldn’t have suggested a diagnosis, he’s absolutely correct in questioning Biden’s fitness for office.

You know who else should be questioning this issue? The Democrat party. But they aren’t, and that’s because they’ve gone full Charlie Sheen and winning. They care more about the party than the nation.

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Now you might think that Joe Biden getting the nomination will be tons of fun. After all, Donald Trump will chew up Sleepy Joe and spit him out during debates. Let’s watch befuddled Joe crash and burn before the steamroller Trump — someone grab the popcorn.

Except that while you and I follow politics, there are millions of voters who don’t. They don’t know about all of Biden’s serious gaffes. They also see Joe Biden as a nice, blue-collar kinda guy, while the media remind them daily how Trump is the Worst Person in the World. And they just might send Biden to the White House.

So while Brit Hume may have been wrong to imply a diagnosis for Joe Biden, he’s not wrong to suggest there is something very wrong with the man. As the current cliché goes, Let’s have this conversation among our fellow Americans. Because the Democrat party sure as hell won’t.


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Mad Celt says:

    The pressure from taking an unqualified person, thrusting them into a position they cannot maintain has the same effects. Old Joe has always been notches below his own aspirations. Think of Chance the Gardner in Being There.

  • Wfjag says:

    As was evident in 2016, our so-called investigative journalists will not investigate or report serious health problems of Democrat candidates, especially for President. Something was wrong with Hillary. It may have been the effects of her concussion and she’s recovered. It may have been medication she was taking. Or, it may be a permanent problem. We’ll never know because the press covered up for her.

    It’s apparent that the press is, again, trying to coverup problems. But, Biden’s cognitive problems are apparent whenever he goes off the TelePrompTer.

    While Brit Hume isn’t a medical doctor who can make a diagnosis, he is a commentator with a national audience. His raising the subject will force the rest of the press to report on it, and undermine the coverup.

  • jmjt says:

    nothing is wrong with the man…. nothing…. he cheated, lied & bloviated all his life….he was a lightweight in the senate… he’s to be pitied, for his shadow is deeper than this poor thing…

  • Mildly off topic, but…

    If the region around there is still the same as in the 1980s, when I lived down in that corner of New Hampshire, there was no better place to show someone the difference between results for ideologies (and that there was no difference for race).

    Keene, New Hampshire, was indeed a very lovely town – populated mostly by conservative white people. Drive a few miles west through a whole lot of trees, and you entered Brattleboro, Vermont, which was very much like a micro Detroit – populated mostly by socialist white people.

  • mark says:

    Brit didn’t offer a medical diagnosis.
    He spoke in common laymen’s term.

    He has seen senility. It is a reasonable for him to compare his experience to what he sees in Biden.

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