Which was really the point all along, wasn’t it?

Courtesy of The Daily Beast:

There is no evidence that Biden or his son, Hunter, did anything wrong when the younger Biden was put on the board of energy company Burisma—in fact, the claims made by the White House and its allies have been effectively debunked.

But for some Democratic voters, the damage of conspiracy theories circulated by Trump and his allies has already been done. And while certainly not the first issue voters raised, for some still rattled by the 2016 race any hint of wrongdoing—true or not—is enough to make them look elsewhere.

“I think there’s going to be too much baggage there,” said Terri Gilbert, 54, a surgical technician from Newton, Iowa. “I think Trump’s gonna make everything up and run with it and play it just like he did Hillary.”

At a rally for Buttigieg in Waterloo, Iowa, Maureen O’Connor, 61, a part-time retail worker, had the same concern.

“I think they are gonna dig something up on Joe before the whole thing happens,” she said. “Joe is a good candidate… I don’t think we’re gonna give Joe a chance.”

Rival campaigns have also noticed and, according to one Democratic operative with knowledge of the strategies, some have included a question about Biden and the Ukraine issue in their internal polling.

“It’s a real vulnerability, everyone knows that,” the operative said, adding, however, that at least with Biden Democrats know what the attack is going to be as opposed to what may be looming for the yet-to-be vetted candidates.

“It’s the devil you know or the devil you don’t know,” the operative said.

The article goes on to point out that this same tactic will be used against any candidate that the Democrats ultimately choose. 

Which, of course, is true.

This was what they did to Hillary Clinton, and they will do the same to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and so on, and so on, and so on. 

It really is the only tactic in Trump’s playbook. 

He cannot make himself look any better so his only hope is to make his opponent look just as bad or, if possible, even worse.

It will really bother me if Biden is forced out due to these scurrilous attacks by Trump.

I mean he is not my first choice, but I cannot stand the thought of Trump winning.