So did several others: Should Joe Biden run for president?
As a general matter, it seems to us that Biden's a bit old for that particular challenge. The same would be true of Bernie Sanders, of course.
That said, Biden's getting batted around for aspects of his personal conduct. This has triggered complaints about past policy positions. Alex Wagner provides a drive-by nod to this point in the Atlantic:
WAGNER (4/3/19): In the current presidential race, Biden’s inclination toward physical contact, more than his embrace of Democratic centrism or conservative Supreme Court nominees, is his radiocarbon date: the thing that fixes his age most precisely, that tags him as a creature from another era. This is not to say that Biden won’t have to continue explaining his support for the 1994 crime bill and his role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, but the recent accounts of the former vice president’s penchant for head kissing and nose rubbing have raised the most serious questions to date about Biden’s disconnectedness from these times.That 1994 crime bill! Like Freddy Krueger, it's back!
In the last White House campaign, Hillary Clinton was battered around about that particular bill. Also, she'd spoken a certain word one time! This helps explain why a dangerous, disordered fellow now sits in the White House.
Speaking of disorder, it seems to us that the 1994 crime bill is being put to use again absent some basic context. Biden was a supporter, it's true. But so were many others, including 26 of the 38 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In the Senate, Biden wasn't the only member who supported the bill. So did California's two senators—Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein—along with both Massachusetts senators—John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.
Senator Wellstone supported the bill. So did Senator Moseley Braun, the only black senator at that time.
In the House, a pair of reps named Pelosi and Schumer each supported the bill. So did a relatively unknown fellow from Vermont, that self-same Bernie Sanders.
Our own congressman, the srtimable Kweisi Mfume, supported the bill, then became head of the NAACP. In 2006, he lost a senate primary race to his friend, the estimable Rep. Cardin, who had also supported the bill.
Why did people support the bill? For one discussion from the last campaign, you can just click this.
"Simplify, simplify," Thoreau once said. In our nation's political discussions, we sometimes tend to over-extend and over-apply this good sound advice.
"Purify, purify," we rational animals are strongly inclined to think we heard Thoreau say. That's especially true at times like these—at times of "cultural revolution," at times when legions of impure people are being frog-marched away.
What was the right vote in 1994? We can't tell you that. But the simplistic discussions of 2016 helped put Trump where he is.
During that dim-witted campaign, how many simplistic complaints about that bill came from Vladimir Putin himself? Once again, we can't exactly say.
As a general matter, it seems to us that Biden's too old. Will we ever decide that the same is true about these tired discussions?