Stroke? Misogyny? Ignorant? Blinded by ideology?
Joe Biden was a bad senator. Not a bad senator meaning an ineffectual, inconsequential senator... Joe Biden was actively and impressively bad. He achieved bad things. He won important victories that made life tangibly worse for real people. His biggest accomplishments .... were fundamentally awful pieces of legislation....
Biden is a weird and sorta personable guy who shouldn’t be president. He’s helps banks and corporations; he’s hurt poor, mostly black and Latino communities with strict anti-drug legislation. He’s hurt women with anti-abortion legislation. But he’s done one thing of which he can be proud, 1994’s Violence Against Women Act.
“VAWA is one of the most effective pieces of legislation enacted to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It has dramatically improved the law enforcement response to violence against women and has provided critical services necessary to support women in their struggle to overcome abusive situations.” — the ACLU, an early opponent, in 2005.
Back to Pareene. He says Biden’s made life tangibly worse for real people. Pareene doesn’t think the women who were helped are people? Or maybe he’s rooting for their boyfriends and husbands, the ones in jail now, where they belong. Is it possible Pareene lives in a bubble, unaware of VAWA’s existence, despite 2012-13’s loud, angry reauthorization fight? Or is it a truism that straight dudes on the left tend to be assholes? What do you think?