Joe Biden has been doing very well in recent polls, so, of course, it was time to trot out the women.
This has become such a cliché that it was inevitable, and the timing was suspiciously perfect. But this time, since Biden isn’t what most would call a sexual predator –- even in 2019 –- the “line” for inappropriate behavior had to be moved in order to include him in that category. “Uncle Joe” has always been the sort who lacked clear physical boundaries, kind of like the big, affectionate dog who can’t resist jumping all over every visitor, male or female, who comes to the door. Some people like or at least tolerate the dog jumping up, sniffing them and and slobbering on them, but others are not thrilled. They feel uncomfortable and anxious, and they wish he had been trained to stay down and keep his paws off them.
“Joe Biden doesn’t just meet you, he engulfs you,” wrote Mark Bowden (a man, please note) in THE ATLANTIC in 2010. “If he’s in a chair, he’ll scoot it closer; when the furniture’s not portable, he’ll lean forward, planting his elbows on his knees, gesturing with both hands as he speaks, occasionally reaching over to touch your arm or leg for emphasis.”
But now, his behavior is being called misogyny, or at least a sign that Biden is not in touch (no pun intended) with the times. Tina Brown, formerly of VANITY FAIR and THE NEW YORKER, said he “comes from the crustacean era of gender relations...not nimble in the mores and the language of today.” And it's true that with women, his style is particularly icky.
Women will keep coming forward for as long as it takes to neutralize Biden as a candidate, and he may realize that already. This has just now become a serious issue for him, even though it’s simply his nature and everyone has known it for years. At this writing, the latest woman to complain has said Biden even put his hand on her thigh, where, admittedly, it most definitely did not belong. She also says that since she had previously been a victim of sexual assault, she was all the more uncomfortable with his wandering hands.
Biden’s people are blaming “right-wing trolls” for blowing this up, but I don’t think that’s it. This is bound to have been orchestrated by at least one of his competitors on the far-left, who would love to stop him from entering the primary. (The Bernie Sanders campaign denies any involvement.) When it suits their purposes, they believe the women; when it doesn’t, as in the case of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax –- which is much, MUCH more serious (alleged rape) –- they let it drop. They ignored the very serious allegations about Bill Clinton, too. So we know how much they actually care.
The last time Biden decided against running, it was in the aftermath of his beloved son Beau dying of cancer. As much as my heart aches for him at such a profound loss, I can’t help but think he wouldn’t have run then even if Beau had survived. Hillary was the anointed one in 2016, and not one single Democrat DARED compete with her. Look at how many are running now, with Hillary safely gone; frankly, I think that’s testimony to how scared to death they were to challenge her. In fact, I predicted in early 2016 that Biden wouldn’t enter the race but would end up being Hillary’s replacement on the ticket if and when she was indicted. I still think that’s what would have happened if “the fix” hadn’t been in for her in that surreal press conference of July 2016.
Anyway, this time, with Hillary almost certainly out of the running, Biden is ready. And even though I would never support him for President, it infuriates me that the women are being trotted out again. It was the travesty of the Kavanaugh confirmation that was the last straw for me and caused me to “come out” as a conservative, finally writing under my own name. Once again, I hate seeing women being used for political ends, and that is exactly what is happening.
I’ve said it before: this #MeToo business is setting women back decades. The way for women to fight against sexism and abuse of power is to refuse to act as victims and to come together in a pact, agreeing that we are NOT going to play along. If Biden had put his hands on me or started nuzzling my hair (a hypothetical situation, as that would require my attending a Biden event), I would have gracefully moved away. If that didn’t do it, I would probably have used humor; I’d have nicely but firmly said, “Knock it off, Mr. Vice President.” This very situation has happened to me before, not with a politician but with a celebrity getting hands-y in public, so I know just what it’s like.
If we, as women, want to be considered Presidential material, we can’t be withering flowers. How is a woman going to negotiate with Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-Un if she can’t even make it clear to an overly-familiar man where the line is drawn? We talk about being “empowered,” but we are fooling ourselves about that unless we can ACT empowered. If men are expected to act differently in 2019, we should be expecting more from ourselves as well. Men need reasonable boundaries; women need an intact spine.
I really don’t think this latest parade of women is the reason not to support Biden –- not when there are so many other reasons not to support him. The #1 reason I could ABSOLUTELY NEVER, EVER vote for Biden is the remark about Republicans he once made to a largely black audience: “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” I don’t even know where to start about this; it’s so wrong on so many levels. Dishonest, manipulative, inflammatory, destructive, horrifying. In fact, though I very rarely resort to using the word “evil,” I might use it here. No one who says something like this should ever be allowed near the Oval Office. Period. In my mind, he is utterly disqualified.
Oh, but there’s much more. To cite the most recent example, John Solomon has a new piece in THE HILL about Biden’s strong-arming of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko into firing his top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. At the time of Shokin’s firing, he happened to be leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, which employed Biden’s younger son Hunter as a board member.
Solomon writes: “U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts –- usually more than $166,000 a month –- from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015...Shokin told me...that, before he was fired as general prosecutor, he had made ‘specific plans’ for the investigation that ‘included interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”
American authorities, in an entirely different case, unearthed records showing how much Hunter’s company made while his father was Obama’s “point man” in Ukraine. Between April 2014 and October 2015, more than $3 million was paid out of Burisma to an account linked to Rosemont Seneca. Of course, Joe Biden and his son deserve the presumption of innocence, but if Joe is running for President, he’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Details at the link below. There’s more, too, concerning allegations of Joe and Hunter Biden improperly coordinating their official and business activities in Asia. So, really, do we have to trot out the women AGAIN? That is really getting old, especially when there’s plenty more about Joe Biden that should make us all uncomfortable.