The Washington Times: Politically Schizophrenic

The best path forward for the electoral college is to throw support behind a candidate whom a number of Trump-pledged electors can support: Vice President Joe Biden. As the sitting vice president, Mr. Biden is ready to immediately become president. And he is respected by both the right and left as a great statesman.” – Adam Copley, Pleasantville, PA, published on December 14, 2016

For the holidays, have The Washington Times opinion editors entered “The Twilight Zone”? (Do they think they actually work for The Washington Post?) As it isn’t April Fool’s Day, what else explains why liberal fascism is granted precious space in their scant Letters section? Given that The Times is supposedly the “conservative” Washington newspaper, the above absurdity is one for the ages. So, American elections shouldn’t count?  The people’s choice of President-elect Donald Trump shouldn’t really matter? The Electoral College should go rogue and subvert the 2016 election by elevating laughingstock Joe Biden to the presidency?

Let’s sample the words and behavior of this “great statesman.” An obtuse gaff machine with a habit of skinny dipping outside of the vice president’s residences in Delaware and Washington (in front of understandably red-faced female Secret Service agents). When clothed, he says J-O-B-S is a three-letter word. He once described candidate Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” But wait, the comic relief gets richer. Mr. Biden’s unknowing off-the-cuff remark that his boss “has a big stick” is another real gem. He’s only “presidential material” to those lost souls desperately in need of psychological intervention.

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Moreover, Joe Biden’s political instincts are similarly disastrous. Domestically, as senator, he crafted the federal three-strikes legislation (copied by states like California) that’s filled America’s prisons to bursting with non-violent offenders. As vice president, he supported the economic fiasco that is ObamaCare. Not to be outdone internationally, he was against the decision to go after terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. He couldn’t even arrange a simple Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in Iraq, leaving a demilitarized zone that ISIS moved into. Mr. Biden can’t govern his brain or his mouth—let alone lead America. Therefore, one questions the boneheaded editorial decision to promote such an unworthy buffoon as president.

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The Washington Times should not pander to progressives or otherwise parrot the MSM’s anti-Trump propaganda. That means ending the practice of promoting liberals’ screwball notions in their Letters section. Doing so wrongly alienates their loyal readership. More importantly, The Washington Times mistakenly hobbles the conservative viewpoint it’s supposed to champion. Ironically, opinion editors need to read their own publication. Specifically, they should look to same-day column entitled “The mad search for pro-Trump columnists” by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. Within, Mr. Tyrrell highlights this systemic problem: the legacy media’s overt liberal bias disregards the potent ideas that have fueled Donald Trump’s populist revolution within the Republican Party.

In retrospect, it’s no wonder why it took The Washington Times 33 years—and 1 billion dollars in losses—to reach profitability for the first time in September of 2015. Around the same time, the powers that be condensed the Commentary section. The Letters to the Editor section was halved to the meager size of a postcard. Suddenly, an unimportant daily “book review” was made visually central (given a full column on the other half of the page). As this feature often seems more like an advertisement, it has no business being there. (One presumes the redesign was done for economic reasons. Given their history in the red, it’s understandable.) In any case, the problem lies with careless Washington Times opinion editors. They consistently act like their Post counterparts by filling Letter space with anti-Republican claptrap.

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