Former Vice President Joe Biden entered the most recent Democratic presidential debate with some bad news. The Arkansas Democrat reported that the presidential candidate has become a grandfather again because his son Hunter had impregnated a young woman in Arkansas. Hunter denied that the child was his, but DNA tests do not lie. Despite numerous snide suggestions on Twitter, none of the other candidates offered congratulations.
Things, however, went from bad to worse.
For instance, when the subject of violence against women came up. Biden positioned himself in the against hitting females camp. Indeed, he boasted of having authored the original Violence Against Women Act. However, the way he expressed himself seemed to leave much to be desired, according to the New York Post.
“No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger, other than self-defense and that rarely ever occurs,” he said. “So we have to just change the culture. Period.”
Then he maybe took it too far, adding, “And keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it,” making matching punching motions with his fist.
While some in the audience were heard to snicker, Biden seemed to be oblivious about what he just said.
On another occasion, Biden boasted about his support in the black community. However, here to his mouth went off the rails, according to the Hill, when he claimed that he had been endorsed by the only African American woman to have been elected to the Senate. He was referring to Carol Mosley Braun, a woman most people have forgotten, who served one term in the United States Senate from Illinois in the 1990s. She lost to a Republican, Peter Fitzgerald in the 1998 election. Braun went on to an abortive run for the presidency in 2004 and then another for mayor of Chicago in 2011.
The problem is that the second African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate, Kamala Harris, was on the stage with him. Harris has decidedly not endorsed Biden or anyone else. Her standing in the polls suggests that she should be considering endorsements very soon, however. In any case, she cried out, “I’m right here!”
Hot Air suggests that the Biden gaffe has as much to do with Harris as it does with the former vice president.
“Since she’s been dropping dramatically in the polls it’s kind of understandable that some of the frontrunners might tend to ignore Harris, but that was taking it a bit too far, wasn’t it? If Biden tries to dance on the head of a pin over this he might try to suggest that, while Harris is black, her Jamaican ancestry is ‘different’ than African? But that wouldn’t play very well either. On her Senate page, Harris describes herself as ‘the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history.’”
Finally, Biden got into another bad moment when Corey Booker laid into him for his previous opposition to legalizing marijuana. Biden has claimed that pot is a “gateway drug” meaning that people who indulge in weed go on to try some of the harder stuff, such as cocaine, meth, or heroin. In any case, according to Reason, Booker accused Biden of being high when he said those things. Booker added by noting that marijuana laws tend to fall heaviest on minorities, filling jails with blacks and Latinos whose sole crime was being caught with some weed.
Biden then seemed to flip flop on his previous anti-pot stance. “To his credit, Biden responded by calling for the decriminalization of marijuana and for releasing from people incarcerated for marijuana offenses. That’s good.”
Reason went on to note that fully 76 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana and that 80 million Americans already live in states where recreational pot is legal. That fact sets up a tension between state laws and federal laws, the latter of which still regards pot as illegal. Since the Obama administration, the federal government has suspended enforcement of marijuana laws, deferring to the states. However, the legalization of weed on the federal level would, in the view of many, lift the specter of a federal crackdown.
Reason concludes that a President Biden would surely sign a bill legalizing pot into law but would likely not lift a finger in support of such legislation in the meantime.