After all the antics — the skateboarding and the livestreamed dental visits and silly dances — Joe Biden may be all the Democrats have. Despite his centrist upbringing (he was for being tough on crime and illegal border crossers before he was against them), the former vice president continues to enjoy a comfortable double-digit lead in the polls.
So when he goes and does something stupid, like announce a climate plan that is lifted verbatim from other sources, the media go into overdrive to play down the scandal, mindful of the fact Biden was forced to drop out of a previous presidential race when it was revealed he had plagiarized several of his campaign speeches.
Which is what the left-leaning Politico has done in the face of this most recent embarrassment. On Tuesday, senior writer Michael Grunwald tweeted:
We're supposed to be mad at Biden because he copied a few lines of his climate plan from environmental groups? That's not "plagiarism." That's "agreeing." "https://t.co/E2lR2oOuFB
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) June 4, 2019
Agreeing, huh? They say that imitation is sincerest form of flattery, so maybe Grunwald is on to something. Maybe Biden was paying the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions a supreme compliment when he “agreed” so much with their description of carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) that he made it seem as though his campaign came up with the idea.
Perhaps this new definition of plagiarism can be used to exonerate Hillary Clinton’s pastor, who in writing a compilation of devotionals that inspired her during her unsuccessful presidential campaign “agreed” word for word with a bunch of other pastors. Maybe the New York Times can rehire reporter Jason Blair now that it is clear that he didn’t pirate his news stories but merely “agreed” with the writers who had written them.
(h/t John Nolte, Breitbart)