I haven’t reached a fully considered opinion about Joe Biden as a presidential candidate. But here are two people who have done so—and come out in very different ways:
Paul Waldman, Why Joe Biden can’t escape controversies over his past
David Brooks, Your Average American Joe
But as a start toward a more fully considered opinion, I recall to mind a fundamental axiom from 35 years as a professional advocate: Don’t Tell ‘Em. Show ‘Em.
Biden has begun his current presidential quest by telling people to vote for him because he is not Donald Trump.
I, for one, find that quite a compelling argument. And so, apparently, does David Brooks.
But I surely to shit would not rely on that argument to carry me over the finish line. Because I think my fellow Mericans, as a whole, care a great deal more about health care and inequality than they care about Donald Trump’s many failings.
Greetings to readers today in India, Italy, and the United States. I feel your pain at the political dysfunction in your countries, and hope you feel mine.