- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2020

The reason Joe Biden’s pick for vice president is being watched so closely is that most voters think he won’t make it through a full four-year White House term and that it’s his second-in-charge who will ultimately lead the country.

That’s not anecdotal, water-cooler gossip. That’s polled fact.

According to Rasmussen Reports, 59% of likely U.S. voters believe Biden, because of health issues, will bow out and be replaced by his VP. And how do we know it’s the health issues that are fueling this belief? Because of Rasmussen’s further findings.

“Thirty-eight percent of voters, including 20% of Democrats, believe Biden, who would be 78 is he takes office in January, is suffering from some form of dementia,” Rasmussen wrote. “Sixty-one percent think it is important for him to address the dementia issue publicly.

‘Cause nothing says “vote for me” like a denial of dementia, yes?

Honestly, it won’t just be bad for the country if Biden wins. It’ll be an embarrassment for Republicans.

If Trump can’t beat a gasping elderly man with questionable mental fitness and a crowd of handlers who have to wake him from thrice-daily naps to cut campaign ads in his basement — well then, fill in the blank. But it’s embarrassing.

Then again: If that’s the best the Democrats have — maybe that’s even more embarrassing.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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