I’m in broad agreement with the conclusion of the editors of the Wall Street Journal about what most of the media are treating as a non-story, the obvious influence peddling of Hunter Biden:
Assuming the emails turned up by the New York Post are real, they provide significant detail about Hunter Biden’s way of doing business. Even if it wasn’t illegal, it was a classic example of Beltway influence-peddling for profit off his father’s name and position.
This is a legitimate story with important information for voters who are being asked to trust Joe Biden for a return to normalcy. We doubt this is the kind of Washington self-interest and dishonesty as usual that most Americans have in mind.
But it’s exactly what the party leadership of both parties have in mind in their return to normalcy and one of the reasons Trump got elected in the first place. It’s not that something illegal was done that is a scandal. That is a far too myopic view. The scandal is the influence peddling itself. Believing there’s nothing wrong with it is as unrealistic as believing that those who donated to the Clinton Foundation were not expecting to get something out of those donations. Or that long-time elected officials, their families, and their cronies becoming outrageously wealthy after long tenure in office is just a coincidence. Or just lucky.