There’s the letter of the law and there’s the spirit of the law. Yes, by the letter of the law Hunter Biden lied on a form and obtained a gun that he should not have. And he has been convicted for taking this action. The sentence could be anywhere from two to twenty-five years but since this is a first offense and since he didn’t use the gun to commit a violent crime, he may end up with no jail time. Also, the fact that Hunter has been sober since 2019 and is remorseful about his past and making proactive efforts to “clear away the wreckage” as they say in the 12-step programs, will go a long way in his favor.

So what was the purpose of this nothing burger of a trial? To drag the Biden family through the mud, basically. And what good will that do? Probably not a damn thing, in reality. Americans will vote or not vote for Joe Biden, not his son. To be sure, some kind of fake false equivalence will be made between Biden’s recovering addict son and the convicted felon Donald Trump. But even a six year old child can determine the difference between a candidate for president doing something wrong and the son of a candidate doing something wrong. And lying on a gun form is not in the same league as falsifying business records, stealing from children’s charities, running a fake institution of learning, or any of the myriad of schemes that Trump’s been involved in since the 70’s. We won’t even talk about the classified documents, the insurrection, or the 11K votes in Georgia.

A taste of the prevailing Dem talking points:

  • It’s proof that Biden isn’t rigging the DOJ’s prosecutions, via WaPo’s E.J. DIONNE: “Hunter Biden’s conviction is the best possible evidence that the president is not ‘rigging” the criminal justice system. Will that stop Trump and his apologists from claiming otherwise? Of course not. But everyone else should challenge Trump’s dangerous attacks on the rule of law.”

A taste of the GOP talking points:

  • It’s a smokescreen to cover for other crimes, via the Trump campaign: “This trial has been nothing more than a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family, which has raked in tens of millions of dollars from China, Russia and Ukraine. Crooked Joe Biden’s reign over the Biden Family Criminal Empire is all coming to an end on November 5th, and never again will a Biden sell government access for personal profit.”
  • It’s a smokescreen to cover for Trump’s prosecutionvia Rep. NANCY MACE (R-S.C.): “Timing is everything. This is the veil of fairness in the Justice System under @POTUS.”
  • The real scandal is what Hunter *wasn’t* charged with, via STEPHEN MILLER“DOJ is running election interference for Joe Biden — that’s why DOJ did NOT charge Hunter with being an unregistered foreign agent (FARA) or any crime connected with foreign corruption. Why? Because all the evidence would lead back to JOE.”
  • It’s the tip of the iceberg, via Rep. JAMES COMER (R-Ky.): “Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal was smoked out after scrutiny by a federal judge. Today’s verdict is a step toward accountability but until the Department of Justice investigates everyone involved in the Bidens’ corrupt influence peddling schemes that generated over $18 million in foreign payments to the Biden family, it will be clear department officials continue to cover for the Big Guy, Joe Biden.”

And then there are the dissenters on the right:

  • “Hunter might deserve to be in jail for something, but purchasing a gun is not it,” added Rep. THOMAS MASSIE (R-Ky.). “There are millions of marijuana users who own guns in this country, and none of them should be in jail for purchasing or possessing a firearm against current laws.”

The ramifications: “Biden faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years but is much more likely to receive two years or less — or even no prison time at all, because he is a first-time offender and the crimes involved only a single gun that was never used violently. Judge MARYELLEN NOREIKA, who oversaw the trial, will determine the sentence at a hearing in the next few months.”

But that’s not all: Hunter is facing down another serious criminal charge for allegedly failing to pay more than $1.4 million in taxes on time. That trial is scheduled to begin in September in Los Angeles.

If anybody is a political prisoner, as Trump claims to be, it’s Hunter Biden. The right couldn’t attack Joe directly so they chose this indirect attack and it’s always been so lame. Hunter got strung out on drugs. A lot of people do. He’s changed his ways and he’s clean and sober. A different iteration of the GOP wouldn’t be conducting this witch hunt, but this crowd is so intellectually and morally bankrupt that they have nothing better to do.

This isn’t going to make a difference at the polls. This is juvenile mudslinging and gossip column time. And yes, that’s a part of politics, to be sure. But when gossip overwhelms substance, you’ve got a problem, and that’s credibility. The GOP is ruining their own credibility with this, not Hunter Biden’s. He’s got the credibility, and it is no small one, to be sober for five years. Let’s see Don Junior put together five days. Recovery is not for the faint of heart, as anybody familiar with that world will tell you. Hunter has done something amazing to be sober this long. Again, let’s see Junior or Kim or any of the other denizens of Mar-a-Lago do the same thing.


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  1. They may have overstepped their skiis here. The late night comedians like Colbert have been “covering” Trump’s lame speeches. Perhaps they’ll also do “comparisons” of President Biden’s now-clean son and the former guy’s Jr. version, current performances, all on his own podcasts. Great comparisons to be made here. Republicon projection usually eventually trips them up.

  2. Next: The GOP goes after Billy Carter! Sure’ he’s been dead for years, but that “Billy Beer” deal was corrupt. And worse, the beer was lousy.



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