If anyone has any doubt that Kevin D. Williamson has Joe Biden pegged precisely, just listen to what Biden said during the confirmation hearing of Judge Robert Bork.
What can we say for Joe Biden?
For one thing, he is not a socialist.
So, he is not a socialist.
What is he?
He is a vicious self-serving political hack, for one thing, one whose ambition leads him from time to time into shocking indecency. You may have heard that Biden lost his wife and daughter in a horrifying drunk-driving wreck, the fault of a monster of a man who irresponsibly â€œdrank his lunch,â€ as Biden puts it.
Bidenâ€™s wife and daughter did, in fact, die in a car wreck. That is true. It is not true that the driver of the other car was drunk, that he had been drinking, or that there was any reason to believe he was drunk or had been drinking â€” or even that he was at fault. The late Mrs. Biden â€œdrove into the path of [the] tractor-trailer,â€ the police report says. But Biden, like every other third-rate ward-heeler of his ilk, thinks and speaks only in terms of good guys and bad guys, white hats and black hats â€” and if something bad happens to good people, then it must be because somebody in a black hat did something nefarious. The driver of that truck went to his grave haunted by Bidenâ€™s lies, to the point where his children were forced to beg the vice president to stop defaming their late father. The casual cruelty with which Biden is willing to subordinate the lives of ordinary people to his political ambitions â€” for the sake of a petty tear-jerker line in one of his occasionally plagiarized stump speeches â€” is remarkable.
But thatâ€™s Joe Biden. Just a regular guy from Scranton who takes the train to work (with a 20-man security detail swarming the platform at every stop and the aisles roped off to separate him from the riffraff, as I have seen firsthand) whose kids ended up growing vastly wealthy from unpredictable business opportunities to which they had no especial claim beyond their proximity to political power.