Touching Welcome

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Joe Biden was known as “America’s favourite uncle”.

But now that seven women have come forward to say his tactile politicking made them feel uncomfortable, he may see that changed to “creepy uncle”.

And maybe he’ll never be able to call himself America’s next president

Could the Joe Biden allegations lead to Donald Trump’s re-election? (ABC)

Previously: A Heartbeat Away

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31 thoughts on “Touching Welcome

  1. millie st murderlark

    So they have the option of exchanging one lecherous bastard for another.

    Ah, the illusion of choice is a beautiful thing.

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I like Biden but I have to say that I hate touchy-feely people. GERROFF ME. Generally people say it’s just that they’re tactile and caring but you’re not that caring if you’re hugging someone like me who’s obviously massively uncomfortable with it.

    1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      Likewise.
      A hug from anyone outside my immediate family fills me with dread.

      1. ReproBertie

        Hugs are greatly under rated but it should go without saying that they should always be consensual.

        1. kellMA

          I love hugs and i think you can’t give enough of them. However, they should never be given to those that do not want them. I hug the crapola out of my kids but I wouldnt go around hugging and touching people I barely knew. Also personally I find it cringey when someone I see more as an acquaintance is overly familiar.

  3. Nigel

    In fairness, going from a ‘presdient accused of multiple sexual assaults’ to a ‘president accused of making women uncomfortable’ would be a KIND of progress. Glad to see this new season of The Worst Wing is going to be intensely and boringly policy-focused for a change.

  4. Starina

    Biden is grand as a person or whatever but he definitely wouldn’t be my choice. His whole “society has changed” thing just indicates to me that he’s too old and out of touch to be president. Plus the democrats have GOT to stop relying on political dynasties, it’s one of the reasons left-wing voters feel disenfranchised and Hilary Clinton didn’t have a bigger lead.

    1. Junkface

      +1
      Joe Biden is a good guy at heart, but he is too old for the job. Things have moved on fast. His touchy feely habits always looked strange to me, but its not sexual harassment and nowhere near the actual sexual assaults Trump is accused of.
      I think Pete Buttigieg or Bernie Sanders could be the nomination. Elizabeth Warren is a great anti-corruption candidate but this whole Native American genes thing will keep nagging away at her. The American public seem to be a lot more critical of female candidates too, especially Fox news pundits.

      1. Nigel

        I think conceding that the native American thing negates Warren’s chances is the ultimate concession to the right’s hate. Any sin Warren committed was minor compared to the gleeful racism of the right in attacking her for it. She’s so relentlessly policy-focused she’s exaclty what’s needed instead of the arbitrary ups and downs of the personality politics of the rest. Honestly think it’s down to her and Sanders, and the only reason it isn’t hers for the taking is, as you say, the hyper-criticism female candidates on the left are subjected to.

      2. jusayinlike

        “Joe Biden is a good guy at heart..”

        LOL

        Such a good guy he wrote the patriot act..

      3. Spaghetti Hoop

        Biden is 76, Sanders is 77. What age is too old for the job? I pick that out as the US have a different attitude toward age and ability than Europeans. Many CEOs and Congressmen and women serve well into their seventies.

        1. Starina

          Reagan was 69 when he was sworn in and was definitely not with it for much of his second term.

          if they’re late 70s now, their formative years were 50-60 years ago. think Mad Men. Laws a president puts into place would last long after their deaths and affect the whole lives of those who are now children. I prefer my presidents a little younger; Obama was 47, for instance.

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Good point, and I do agree with you. Just that the American electorate often champion life experience and (perceived) mature wisdom in their presidential choices. It makes for interesting diplomatic talks though when you see Trump beside whippersnappers such as Macron and Varadkar.

          2. Starina

            Aye, it’s always been a thing over there. They seem to think that the older a candidate is, the better. I’m hoping the young wans of Gen Z will see things differently!

      4. Starina

        I know nothing about Buttigieg – yet – but I’m tired of Sanders. And Beto is coming across as a creepy youth pastor these days. Maybe Harris? She’s a bit of an authoritarian as well, though; they all suck, tbh, but any of them seem better than the GOP.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I just looked him up on Wikipedia (Buttigieg). I hadn’t heard of him before: interesting guy. Polyglot. I always think anyone who’s a polyglot is immediately interesting, though.

  5. Nigel

    Seriously though, is he sniffing that guy’s hair? If he gets the nomination he and Trump should just have a grope-match. Trump’s agressive and overbearing style will be diffucult to overcome, but he’s fecked if Biden manages to slip behind him.

  6. Captainpants

    Look like its Trump for 2020 then – democrats will be tearing each other apart over this silliness, and all Trump will have to do is point at them.

    1. Junkface

      Yes that is the risk. Democratic candidates are going to have to stop apologising for everything they have ever said in the past, because it looks weak to the average American voter. Also, nobody can live up to the standards of perfection that these lefty puritans want. Their ideal candidate is like a Unicorn or something. If they keep up with this nonsense they could hand victory over to Trump.

      1. Nigel

        I dunno. Most of the purity squabbling takes place online, which is not the real world. After all, they are competing in the Primary to become the candidate, it’s a trial by fire which in theory should temper the winner for the presidiential race. The Republicans are a solid block, their supporters seem hermetically sealed in their bubble. The Democrats are a broad spectrum. Lots of interlinked bubbles. A bubble bath. That proved to be a strength in the mid-terms when they got out onto the streets and appealed to a wide range of people utterly put off by Trump’s antics and naked Republican cyncism. Whoever the candidate is, that’s what’ll win or lose it for them, and it’s why the Republicans main tacitics are screaming lies at their base and supressing the votes of Democratic voters, usually black.

        1. Junkface

          But it doesn’t just take place online though, because democrats keep appearing on TV to apologise for silly things. Take Beto O’Rourke, Christ he was apologising for saying anything about his home life, it was really pathetic. Independent voters will never vote him in. Lots of people who voted for Obama also voted for Trump. They have to win those voters back. People vote on emotions and how a candidate makes them feel, but they want to vote in someone who is strong willed, and has convictions. Apologising for being human will not work.

          1. Nigel

            Yeah that kind of defensiveness is not attractive. As for the voted-for-Obama-then-voted-for-Trump dynamic? I’m glad it’s not my job to have to get those idiots to do right.

  7. Captainpants

    Its a good thing it isnt your job t get them to flip Nigel. Hint: Calling them idiots probably isnt the way to do it .

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