The kindest interpretation, and I think rather accurate, of what was going on in the back of Vice President Biden’s head when he made his recent controversial comments, is this, IMHO:
“For some historical perspective, let us remember this. There are members of today’s Senate that are old enough to remember working in the same chamber as ardent segregationists, older Senators left over from the days before the Kennedy-Johnson civil rights legislation. Senators who argued in their prime that Americans should be separated by skin color in every area of life from the use of a water fountain or bathroom to the school they attend or the job they can have. This is important because in other areas of legislation, there was more cooperation between Democrats and Republicans in those days than now. It is as though modern day Republican partisanship is deeper than any form of partisanship has ever been, with almost no good reason to exist from the point of view of politics or governance. It is nothing more than an intractable power grab by Mitch McConnel and his ilk who have, unfortunately, taken almost every elected seat their party holds in the US Congress and every state’s legislature.”
Instead he said “Yeah, cool, I once hung out with segregationists and we worked together OK and it was cool.”
The problem with Joe Biden making the broader and more accurate point I suggest above is that it would remind people of two things:
1) Joe is as old as the hills; and
2) Joe’s point that he can work across the aisle is outdated by decades, and untenable.
I saw this coming. Joe Biden has a history of gaffing his way into lower and lower poll numbers, and never quite getting that he is doing it, until he loses. I will support whatever nominee the Democratic Party yadayadayada. But I do hope the Descent of Biden happens now during the primary season rather than after the nomination is handed to him. Right now he is the most unbeatable of all the declared candidates according to head to head match-up polling. But he is, in fact, the most beatable of the major candidates, based on everything we know about him.