Biden’s mental fitness drawing media scrutiny: Is that fair?

Joe Biden is also turning 79 this week, and sometimes stumbles, loses his place or mangles his words.

That’s hardly shocking from a long-winded pol who even in his prime was a self-described gaffe machine. And of course he’s lost a step or two.

But I’ve never understood the efforts by some Republicans and conservative pundits to paint the president as a doddering fool whose White House is actually run by other people.

Given the country’s mounting problems — inflation, supply shortages, border crisis, continuing Covid, in the wake of the Afghanistan debacle — why wouldn’t it be in the opposition’s interest to blame the guy at the top?

They could also make a case that aside from Biden’s undeniable victory on infrastructure, he ran as a moderate Democrat but is now promoting a Bernie agenda. With the president trying to push through nearly $ 2 trillion more in spending after the trillion-dollar bipartisan measure, he can be attacked as a captive of the party’s left wing.

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the NH 175 bridge over the Pemigewasset River to promote infrastructure spending Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Woodstock, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the NH 175 bridge over the Pemigewasset River to promote infrastructure spending Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Woodstock, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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