Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 16, 2019
By Deborah Jordahl
MADISON — Former Vice President Joe Biden is following the usual crisis management plan for ethically challenged politicians.
- Deny any and all wrongdoing, even if you have to lie.
- When you get caught lying, deny harder.
- If you still can’t shake the story, deflect attention from yourself by calling out the behavior of others.
- When all else fails, promise to remove yourself from any future conflicts of interest and announce a sweeping ethics reform plan to “get money out of politics.”
This week, Biden introduced his new plan designed to “restore” ethics in government, “rein in executive branch financial conflicts of interest,” and “return integrity” to decision making in his administration. In other words, if elected president, Biden will put up roadblocks to stop himself from doing exactly what he did as vice president: use his position to get lucrative contracts for his family and threaten to withhold aid from a foreign government if it interferes.
Meanwhile, Biden’s son, Hunter, announced his resignation from the board of a Chinese investment company and promised to have no more business arrangements with foreign entities, according to Politico.
Politico further reported that Hunter’s decision to come forward was not coordinated by his father’s campaign.
“How, when and the substance of this came directly from Hunter,” a campaign adviser, who did not want to be identified, said.
Apparently, it was also Hunter’s idea to go on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday and compare his situation to a scene from a popular children’s book.
“It feels to me like living in some kind of, you know, ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ where you’re up on the real world and then you fall down the rabbit hole, and, you know, the president’s the Cheshire Cat asking you questions about crazy things that don’t bear any resemblance to the reality of anything that has to do with me.”
Only in the swamp can a demand for accountability be likened to a bad acid trip.
It remains to be seen whether Biden’s “Stop me before I kill again” ethics plan and Hunter’s television appearance will be enough to put the family pay-to-play scandal to rest. One thing is clear, when it comes to the Biden men, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.