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:”
Biden has always made gaffes by the bushel, but some his recent ones suggest the kind of memory loss associated with senility. E.G: This one, plus forgetting remembering he was not vp when meeting Parkland students, twice confusing Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher. https://t.co/WpXDd0XVQL
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 24, 2019
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.
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.
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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