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The Mythologies of ‘Joe Being Joe’ Biden

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The folksy Biden is hardly the sober and judicious alternative to a supposedly reckless Donald Trump. 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’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.