Joe Biden is a good and decent man with a good heart who means well and would be a competent and decent president. He offers a deep reservoir of heartfelt, sincere compassion born of personal tragedies, and an empathy for working people born of his own family’s humble origins. He is a good and decent man.
But he is a creature of the last century, and carries a great deal of baggage that doesn’t play as well in the 21st Century. Biden has aggressively fought for women’s rights and wrote the Violence Against Women Act, but carries the baggage of his mishandling of the Anita Hill hearings and his penchant for making women uncomfortable by invading personal space and being more “hands-on” than many are comfortable with in the (long-overdue) age of “Me Too.”
Biden grew up in the era of raising money from wealthy benefactors and ginormous corporations. When Elizabeth Warren fought for financial relief from predatory lending corporations while still a professor at Harvard Law School, Biden was a senator from Delaware, the state where so many of those corporations are domiciled and he voted against Warren’s efforts and in favor of Wall $treet banksters.
Biden learned how to play the game under the rules of an earlier age. But the world has evolved, the rules have changed, candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders eschew all lobbyist, PAC and special interest money, while Biden still lives in the political past.