The Czar of Muscovy has a typically insightful analysis of last week's debate, and particularly of Joe's comment that he would kill the oil industry. Many people have pointed out that this will cost Biden Pennsylvania (at least), but the Czar says it goes much deeper and highlights why Joe is such a terrible candidate:
He announced that he would seek to end the oil industry. Trump wheeled around and asked him to repeat that. Biden did, and announced he would—as president—end America’s use of fossil fuels. Trump was handed gold, and he made sure Americans recognized this as big news, especially folks living in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
Biden had a definite look of panic on his face as Trump named those states. Even he realized he just gave Trump 83 electoral votes, mumbling something about “on public lands” and “subsidies,” but Trump drowned out his babbling by reminding voters in those states what Biden just announced. There would be no walking that back, even with the media’s certain (and ultimately proven) covering for him on Friday. It was said, and at this point, if polls in other states stay where they are, those 83 votes will put Trump over.
Bear in mind, this doesn’t affect just four states. Shutting down oil and fossil fuels in this country will put nearly one million Americans out of their current jobs, in the form of drilling, mining, trucking, piping, distribution, distillation, manufacture, plasticization, and more. The Depression here will crush world markets that depend on us. Did Biden mean for all this? Probably not, but he reassured America that Biden, after 47 years in government, has literally no understanding of how the economy works.
My emphasis added. This is the key point - after a half century in office, Joe is the one who is supposed to be "Presidential", to know "how to get things done". Well, that's the marketing - and why Obama picked him as Vice President back in 2008 (to add some gravitas to people worried about a very new face). And what we see put on display for the world is a confused old man babbling obvious nonsense about an enormously important topic.
The question in everyone's mind right now is what other enormously important topics will we get a bunch of nonsense babbled at us? To ask that question two weeks before the election is to explain the entirety of Trump's juggernaught. The group of voters who thought that Joe was the safe, bland choice are now breaking for Trump, choosing competence over marketing fluff.
And kudos to the moderator for asking the question. Likely Biden would have answered very differently if it had been the first question rather than the last (he clearly was running down mentally by the end) - but this was also a very revealing moment. After all, the presidency is a grueling job and it takes considerable stamina to hold up under the strain and to make good decisions under stress. Joe showed that he entirely lacks that capacity.