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Created by John Eipper on 11/28/20 3:31 AM

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Joe Biden's Character (Paul Levine, Denmark, 11/28/20 3:31 am)

I am beginning to believe that David Duggan (November 25th) does not approve of President-elect Joe Biden.

First David attacked Biden's "casual Roman Catholicism" because he prized the US Constitution over the dictates of Rome on the matter of abortion. (Why anyone should believe that a bunch of geriatric bachelors and budding pedophiles should dictate what women should do with their bodies has always been a mystery to me.)

Now David attacks Biden's character in succinct terms:

"I purely put out objective facts: liar as to his record (top half of his class when he was 76th of 85), plagiarist of speeches (Neil Kinnock anyone?), denier of women's truth (Tara Reade), and sporter of hair plugs and dental veneers (just look at the man). Consider too Biden's 'over the top' petulance: 'lying dog-faced pony soldier'; 'push-up contest.'"

What a list of accusations! Biden is a liar, plagiarist, misogynist, narcissist, and petulant child. When I perused this list quickly I thought David was talking about Donald Trump!

Consider: "liar" (where do we start?); "plagiarist" (remember Melania plagiarizing Michelle Obama's celebrated speech?); "denier of women's truth" ("Grab them by the pussy"?); "sporter of hair plugs": (Trump's $74,000 annual bill from his hair stylist?), "over the top petulance" (his refusal to concede the election or allow the official presidential transition to take place for nearly three weeks?).

Is David kidding when he castigates Biden for possessing in smaller style what are some of Trump's worst character flaws?

Biden may have his limitations. He was not my first choice for the Democratic candidate. But David's cartoon version does neither the subject nor the author much credit.

Instead I recommend WAIS members read a complex portrait of Biden by the superb Irish journalist Fintan O'Toole in NYRB. It's called "The Designated Mourner." Happy reading.


JE comments:  In 2016, Trump supporters "defended" their man by going after Hillary.  In 2020 it was Biden's turn.  As an educator, my biggest grievance with Uncle Joe's character is his plagiarism of the Kinnock speech.  (He also got in trouble for "borrowing" while in law school.)  Shouldn't wife Jill's teacher ethics have rubbed off a bit?

At least, in Google age, plagiarism has become easier to detect.  It's also far easier to actually do.

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