[Ed. – Interesting perspective]
Reporters … six months ago, after Biden’s shockingly weak finishes in the first three states of the nominating contest — were viewing the former vice president through the prism of a familiar standard. Since JFK inaugurated the television era of politics in 1960, successful presidential candidates have been … performers and story-tellers who could command the attention of people who loathed them no less than those who revered them.
Biden promises an end to that era. The narrative drama in his performances comes largely from the possibility that he will step on his own words and create a self-damaging storyline. After marinating for 36 years in the U.S. Senate, the best that can be said about his political persona is that it is bland. What is now clear is that his claim on the presidency comes not despite blandness but in essential ways because of it.