Joe Biden is a touchy guy who likes to give people shoulder rubs. This isn’t exactly news. This has been known inside the beltway and among politicos for decades.
But Joe Biden might now survive the #metoo movement in 2019. So far there have been two complaints from women about Biden, but trust me there will be more:
- Lucy Flores, a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor from Nevada, complained that back in 2014 at a campaign rally, Biden walked up behind her, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed the back of her head.
- More recently, Amy Lappos a former aide to Congressman Jim Himes complained that at a fundraiser back in 2009 Biden grabbed her head to rub noses with her.
Not every encounter of this nature that Biden has had with women ended badly. For example, Stephanie Carter, the wife of former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said she didn’t mind at all when Biden came up to her and put his hands on her shoulders in a gesture she interpreted as one of support.
The mixed feeling that Democrats, including Democratic women have about Biden, is reflected in various letters to the editor that were published in the New York Times on April 1st.
When you compare this to the 19+ women who have made allegations against Donald Trump, it seems that Biden’s actions are pretty innocent.
To be sure there are other reasons to not want Biden to run. First of all he’s already 76, and he would be 78 by the time he was elected. That’s just too old. Sorry. Just like Bernie Sanders.
Second, Biden has already run for President twice before, and the first time he was derailed by a plagiarizing scandal, after he was found to have plagiarized by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. The second time he was knocked out by some relatively unknown guy named Barack Obama.
Biden also mishandled the Anita Hill allegations during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings back in 1991.
So, there are some questions about Biden’s judgment and character. And age.