Hillary Clinton defended former Vice President Joe Biden against allegations that he has has acted inappropriately by head kissing and touching the backs of women. In a video interview with People Magazine to promote her upcoming book, the former first lady said that the former veep should be judged for the “totality” of his record and that he “is a thoroughly decent human being who has served our country honorably and well for decades.” She said that focusing on the allegations of inappropriate behavior was just a distraction. “We can pick apart anybody. I mean, that’s a great spectator sport,” she said. “But this man who’s there in the Oval Office right now poses a clear and present danger to the future of the United States. So get over it.”
This is a terrible take that doesn’t even make any sense on its face.
The totality of Biden’s record includes his creepy behavior toward women, which is very much an ongoing problem. Yes we can pick apart anybody, and that’s exactly what we should be doing when deciding between a whole bunch of candidates for the most important job in the world.
The arguments for Biden, including this one, are always framed as if the question were should we vote for this guy over Trump. Indeed essentially the only argument I’ve heard for him is that the answer to that utterly uninteresting question is “yes.” Tautological claims about supposed electability are really no more than a variation on this argument.
I’m not exaggerating: I can’t recall hearing a single person make the argument that Biden is the best choice for the Democratic nomination on literally any other basis than a claim that he supposedly has the best chance of beating Trump. I mean even if you want a centrist white guy he’s not the best candidate, for a long list of reasons.
The claim that we shouldn’t focus on things like Biden’s creep factor problem because we have no choice but to ignore it under the circumstances is deeply perverse. This is precisely the time to focus on it.