Some polls put 76-year-old
Biden has far more experience than any of his likely party rivals -- 36 years in the
He may be the only Democratic candidate who could likely win back some of the "deplorables," "irredeemables" and "clingers" of the critical Midwestern swing states.
But all of that said, the folksy Biden is hardly the sober and judicious alternative to a supposedly reckless
In many ways, Biden has been far wilder in his speech and decorum -- despite nearly a half-century in politics.
Could a Biden campaign withstand #MeToo-era scrutiny? Biden was widely criticized for his handling of
Biden was chairman of the
Biden was accused of -- and confessed to -- plagiarism in law school, and he withdrew from the presidential primaries in 1987 after being caught plagiarizing
On the 2008 campaign trail, Biden committed so many verbal gaffes that
More recently, Biden -- who has called for more civility in public discourse -- has boasted that he would like to take Trump (whom he referenced as "the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.") behind the proverbial high school gym "and beat the hell out of him."
Sometimes Biden reveals abject ignorance, even as he tries to sermonize on American history. During the 2008 financial crisis, Biden urged then-President
But Biden has two far greater problems with the modern progressive movement. His past record has often been centrist. As a result, he recently has been apologizing to left-wing
Even more problematic, Biden has a long history of racial missteps. In an age where there is no statute of limitations on, or forgiveness for, prior stupidity, and every careless remark is regarded as a window into a dark soul, Biden will have a lot of explaining to do to the identity-politics guardians of the Democratic Party if indeed he runs for president.
It recently came to light that in 1975, Biden followed the lead of Sen.
"There are those of we social planners who think somehow that if we just subrogate man's individual characteristics and traits by making sure that a presently heterogeneous society becomes a totally homogeneous society that somehow we're going to solve our social ills," Biden said at the time. "And quite to the contrary."
In 2007, Biden said of Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream
Did the condescending Biden not realize that for decades before the advent of Obama, brilliant black politicians such as Sen.
No one knew what to make of Biden's 2006 comment that, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a
In 2012, Biden used a stereotyped accent to warn a largely
Biden's gaffes are often brushed off as examples of "Joe being Joe," but Biden has long displayed the sort of sloppy, gross and politically incorrect behavior that progressives routinely and ironically attribute to the current president.
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