The Lonely Case for Joe Biden

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Joe Biden has been, in order, a dangerous young politician, a disappointing older politician, a laughable Democratic presidential candidate, a middling vice president, an uninspired Democratic presidential candidate, and now an uninspiring Democratic nominee. The most charitable encapsulation of him is that he’s merely a benevolent anachronism in over his head—an innocuous relic yet to realize how obsolete he currently is. A sentient phone booth. The worst is that he’s a feckless and rudderless opportunist who may also be a sexual predator.

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The best-case scenario of a Biden presidency is that he realizes he’s as disinterested in being president as his campaign would suggest he is, and appoints an outstanding cabinet, delegates as much as possible, and resigns from office after his first term. That would be the most presidential thing he could do. But if he decided to be a traditional president and, you know, actually did stuff, I have less and less doubt that he’d be a bad one.

I also have less and less doubt that, if Donald Trump wins again, he’d be our last one.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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The thing that’s really surprised me was this... over the last few weeks, as COVID-19 has been running rampant across America, and people were being laid off and let go left and right and all this fear and uncertainty was coming about who would get medical care and how much it would cost...

And people *still* didn’t want to talk about universal healthcare. Bernie Sanders went up there to get unemployment benefits expanded and extended, and not a peep. Instead, everybody just wondered where Uncle Joe was hiding.

I can’t pretend to understand it, but if that’s what the country wants, that’s what we’ll get. I’m just happy to live in California where I guess we’re a nation-state now? Either way, whatever Trump does doesn’t really affect me too much, so if he gets another term, I’ll be in the best possible place to ride it out. Sorry for everyone else. Hope Biden gets a win for y’all’s sake.