With Pete Buttigieg’s announcement yesterday that he was suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination, the title “youngest male candidate” has been passed on to one of Mayor Pete’s former rivals. So who’s the new “kid” in the race? The guy you’d least associate with youthful vitality.
He is former Vice Pres. Joe Biden.
As Breitbart notes, Biden, at 77, is technically the youngest male on the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders is a year older, and Michael Bloomberg is Biden’s senior by four months.
The joke, if it can be called that, is that Biden has increasingly demonstrated a mental unreadiness to assume the responsibilities of the presidency. As recently as yesterday, he committed a rather noticeable gaffe when he addressed Fox News anchor Mike Wallace as “Chuck.” Drawing further attention to Biden’s creeping dementia was the subject of the interview as it wound down: Biden’s mental acuity.
This is not to suggest that Biden’s propensity for dropping his pants in public, figuratively speaking. During an earlier run for the White House in 2008, when Biden was only 65, he invited an audience member to stand up and be recognized. The problem is that the audience member in question was former U.S. Rep. Chuck Graham, who had lost the use of his legs in a car accident when he was 16.
Some of Biden’s faux pas reveal a darker side to his world view. In a 2014 speech before the Legal Services Corporation, a group that provides lawyers to Americans who otherwise could not afford one, Biden referred to merciless lenders as “Shylocks.” The reference touched a nerve of Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman.
In 2019, at a Pride weekend fundraiser at the home of public relations executive and gay rights activist Roger Nyhus, Biden boasted that, as vice president, he was one of the first Obama administration officials to support same-sex marriage. Acknowledging that the country has made strides in gay rights, he added, “Just five years ago, it would have been acceptable for a businessman to make fun of a gay waiter.”