By Jonathon Van Maren
The conventional wisdom of the American chattering classes at the moment seems to be that Joe Biden was the moderate, middle-of-the-road choice for Democratic primary voters: Not too Communist, not too radical, and not too unsettling for the working-class voters that voted for Trump in 2016.
The logic of this seems to be primarily based on two factors. First, Biden is old. In fact, at times he appears to be visibly aging before our eyes as he muddles through TV segments that are intentionally short but seem interminably long. The second factor is that he is not Bernie Sanders, and thus does not have baggage the size of Cuba or the former Soviet Union.
But it is important to remember that Joe Biden is not simply some geriatric and de-fanged old-school liberal who will serve as a respite from Donald Trump for the next four years. He is a politician who has been on the cutting edge of mainstreaming the Sexual Revolution for years, and we should not be fooled by the fact that he appears to be a singularly unthreatening figure.