Scandal is such a wonderful driver of human emotions. Just think of the number of things you get to feel in one go: horror, disgust, relief, superiority, guilt and glee, to name just a few. All these flooded through a portion of the American public again this week when a new video emerged of Hunter Biden.
Hunter is the sole surviving son of President Joe Biden and it is uncontentious to say that he is a tortured soul.
His mother and his one-year-old sister died in a car crash in 1972. Hunter and his older brother Beau were injured but they survived. Beau died of cancer at the age of 46, and soon afterwards Hunter started a short-lived relationship with his elder brother’s widow. In between he also developed a serious drug and prostitute addiction. All while sitting on the board of various firms, including a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma.
The video this week shows Hunter, cigarette dangling from his lips, boasting to a prostitute about how much crack he has. Presumably to encourage her to come over.
Of course, people who dislike Joe Biden are undisguisedly delighted. Similar glee was expressed in recent months from the opposite political side when the career of a handsome young congressman called Madison Cawthorn imploded amid a set of scandals. Cawthorn was also in a car crash, which left him using a wheelchair. Like Hunter, the 26-year-old is clearly disturbed and in need of help. But it is hard for either political side to show pity when there are larger prizes in sight. Such as power.
One of the problems of scandals is that they so often occlude the larger story. For instance, it is very hard to stay focused on the composition of Ukrainian energy boards when there are crack, hookers and what Sky described as an act ‘too obscene to describe’ to ogle at.