Despite his age, former Vice President Joe Biden is still being considered a possibility for a 2020 presidential run. After all, even though he’s gaffe-prone, he’s still a popular link back to the halcyon days of the Obama administration for the Democrats, right? Who could oppose that?
Well, at least two writers in liberal publications, and likely more coming. According to the Washington Free Beacon, writers at the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast published pieces within hours of each other on Wednesday saying that Biden’s creepy behavior with women should disqualify him from consideration.
And that was before the Al Franken scandal broke and one day after California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier claimed that $15 million in taxpayer money had been paid out to sexual harassment victims at the hands of congressmen.
According to Roll Call, Speier told the House Administration Committee she was aware of two current members of Congress — one Democrat, one Republican — who had committed sexual harassment.
In Erin Gloria Ryan’s piece for The Daily Beast (“Dear Lord Would Joe Biden Be a Terrible Candidate for These Times”), Ryan noted that the “Uncle Joe” persona that had grown up around Obama’s second-in-command had a dark side to it.
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“While Joe Biden has been jokingly depicted as a kooky uncle or Obama’s wacky sidekick or Leslie Knope’s grin-flashing celebrity crush, he’s also got a troubling history of acting weird in public around women who don’t seem entirely on board,” Ryan wrote.
“This isn’t just based on whispers or rumors; there are so many photos and clips of Biden looming over, or massaging, or gently nuzzling, or whispering to, or kissing women and girls who don’t seem all that into it. For awhile, a few years ago, it was a bit of a meme. Gawker wrote on it. So did The Washington Post. And there are plenty of YouTube ‘Creepy Joe Biden’ compilations, in case you want to spend the next hour or so feeling vicariously mortified.”
You know, like this:
HuffPo’s piece, written by Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel (“Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America”), focuses mostly on what Terkel sees as Biden’s refusal to give proper shrift to Anita Hill’s accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during the infamous 1991 congressional hearings on the matter. However, his sexualized public behavior toward women also played a prominent role in why Terkel felt Biden would be an inappropriate candidate in the next presidential election.
“His behavior also had more patronizing undercurrents. A big part of his act was remarking on the attractiveness of women, young and old. He would comment on how pretty young women were and warn their fathers to keep the guys away,” Terkel wrote. “Many people found this behavior charming. He wasn’t stiff like some politicians. He grabbed people’s hands, put his arm around them and even kissed people on the cheek. But it’s clear some people were uncomfortable. The teenage daughter of Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), for example, visibly cringed and pulled away when Biden whispered in her ear and kissed her on the head.”
Of course, much like with William Jefferson Clinton, conservatives were a lot quicker to realize the problematic nature of Biden’s overtures toward women. Terkel quotes the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, who wrote a column called “Joe Biden’s women-touching habit” back in 2015.
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“Do the incidents add up to anything?” York said. “Assume that all of Biden’s gestures were entirely innocent, just Joe being Joe.
“Still, in today’s society, sexual harassment complaints have been lodged for less. Biden’s behavior gives critics plenty of ammunition and puts supporters in a difficult position. Why is that kind of stuff OK when the vice president does it and cringe-making when it’s the overly-friendly guy in the office?”
And then there are the little tidbits you get that that Uncle Joe goes beyond being the “overly-friendly guy in the office.” In 2014, a book called “The First Family Detail,” about the lives of Secret Service agents who guard the residents of the White House and those around them, revealed that “(a)gents say that, whether .. Liberals