Elections 2020: Joe Biden just showed his biggest weakness
Speaking of Anita Hill, a former employee of Thomas who allegedly persecuted her, Biden said this:
"We knew much less about the extent of the prosecution then, more than 30 years ago. She paid a terrible price, she was abusive. at a hearing.It was used.His reputation was attacked.I would like to do something.(19659003) Biden's remarks were part of a broader condemnation of what he called the "white man culture" that dominated the society – and the Senate – – and Biden believes that "must change". (He added, that he eventually voted against Thomas's confirmation.)
What is a good mood! And the right mood for a candidate who will soon run for presidency. The problem for Biden ̵
1; and Hill's testimony – is clear that he has reached adulthood in a completely different political time, when the "white man's culture" was fully and completely dominant. And, even more problematic for Biden, he has decades in decades of registered Senate votes, which if they are correctly used by one of his democratic opponents (ab about a few of them) can throw him as a person who is simply not created for these times.
One of the most wonderful facts about Biden's life is that at the time he ran for president two times, none of them received his long record of the Senate. Biden's proposal in 1988 was reduced to claims of plagiarism that drove him out of competition in 1987. In 2008, he was not a candidate for a top-level position (or, indeed, even a second tier), and therefore his opponents largely ignored him, and the media did not waste his time in reviewing his vote record. (Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972.)
This does not mean that Biden's recording of the Senate does not have moments that would distinguish him at that time – and will distinguish him in the upcoming race. Biden's boast that he has the "most progressive record" of anyone in the 2020 field he has not yet entered can be a bit stretched, but there is no doubt that he played a central role in the transfer of the Brady Bill and the Law on Violence against Women.
But the wider question is that Biden has long been in politics and votes in the Senate for so long that the parties and many of these votes can and will be singled out as proof that it is simply not suitable for managing everything a more diverse, younger and more women's democratic party. His leadership of the Thomas Summit and his voting for the 1994 law on crimes are two of the most obvious examples of this problem, but there will be others.
Biden is in a sense just a product of his time. As he acknowledged on Tuesday about Anita Hill, "we knew much less about the extent of the persecution then, more than 30 years ago." Truth! But this presidential race is in 2020, not 1990. And none of Biden's closest opponents will allow him to escape from the things he said and the voices he made decades ago that may have reflected those times, but they seem deep.
The danger to Biden in this race is evident: he risks breaking as Don Draper in the world of Peggy Olson. And, unfortunately for him, he just can not do much about it.