Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will soon have a new book out, and during their media circuit, Hillary addressed Joe Biden’s well-documented history of inappropriate touching and talking to and about women as if he were an extra on Mad Men. Her thoughts? “Get over it.”
“For goodness’ sake, I’m sorry, I have to jump in because I’ve heard a little bit about that,” she told People, when the interviewer brought up all those neck nuzzles and head kisses. “You could take any person who sticks their little head above the parapet and says, ‘I’m going to run for president,’ and find something that … a little annoying habit or other kind of behavior that people are going to pick apart and disagree with.”
“We can pick apart anybody. I mean, that’s a great spectator sport. But this man who’s there in the Oval Office right now poses a clear and present danger to the future of the United States,” she added. “So get over it.”
I don’t doubt that a presidential run invites everyone and their mother and their cousin and all their Facebook friends to overanalyze every single one of your quirks and terrible political maneuvers, and certainly, Biden’s incessant invasion of women’s personal space is less egregious than almost every single thing currently happening in the White House. But it’s still frustrating that Biden’s supporters a) keep insisting that it does not matter at all that Biden frequently minimizes women and makes them uncomfortable, whether he does so intentionally or not, and b) believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Biden’s the only one who can take on Trump, even though he’s been showing less and less evidence of that as this insufferable, unending election season wears on.
After all, the former is a troubling sign that Biden (and his platform!) are out of touch, and the latter is an ostensible effort from the Biden camp to keep the Democratic Party from supporting some of the more progressive candidates on the ballot. At least it’s starting to look like that’s not working in their favor.