That does it.
After today, I’m not mentioning, complaining about or laughing at Joe Biden’s latest blithering gibberish and evidence of advancing cognitive rot. The Julie Principle now applies.
First the provocation: today Joe said at a South Carolina campaign appearance, “I’m looking forward to appointing the first African-American woman to the United States Senate.”
Unlike many of Joe’s brain farts, I have no idea whathe wanted to say. Do you? Senators aren’t appointed any more, and Joe knows that, having been elected as one himself. He also knows that the first African American woman was elected to the Senate 27 years ago, that being Carol Mosely Braun. What could he possibly been trying to say?
Well, it doesn’t matter. Joe has activated the Julie Principle. Please read this post and this one to catch up; I am recently sensitive to repeating myself here. To be as brief as possible, the Julie Principle, named after the character who sings the famous ballad from “Showboat” that begins, “Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly,” in which she admits that her lover is scum, and won’t change, but she loves him, and accepts his flaws. My father, whose longtime best friend was a sociopath, the opposite of my father in every way, explained that his friend’s character was evident , set, and unchanging, and once Dad understood that, he had two choices: accept his flaw and remain friends with him, or decide that he was irredeemably corrupt, and have nothing more to do with him.
There was no point, he said, in constantly complaining about his friend’s behavior when it was inevitable. “It makes as much sense as complaining that fish swim or birds fly,” he said.
Well, I, we, have reached that point with Joe. Either we think he’s a great guy with lots of experience whom we trust but who has this unfortunate habit of spouting nonsense, or even if we don’t think he’s in top form, he’s someone we’d rather see in the White House than the Bad Orange Man, or he’s a shambling, babbling public service announcement for the tragedy of dementia, and has no more business in high elected office in his current state than a badly trained lemur. There is no point in making a big deal over every gaffe and non sequitur now. If you have a senile grandfather living in your guest room, do you come to dinner every night regaling the family with the bonkers things he said that day?
So we make up our minds, because all the data is in, and we accept reality. We don’t constantly complain about it. That’s cruel and stupid.
My conclusion? Joe Biden is hopelessly, pathetically incapable of being President or running for President, and what he says or doesn’t say now adds nothing to that assessment. Blather away, Joe! It doesn’t matter any more.
I would like to know what the hell he meant about appointing the first black female Senator, though.