New Biden video statement: I get it, the boundaries of protecting personal space have changed

You know, when a politician wants to say something on video, he usually doesn’t have to look far to find a TV reporter willing to interview him about it.

Especially if he’s a former vice president leading the Democratic presidential primary polls in the midst of a minor #MeToo scandal that might imperil his candidacy.

How come Uncle Joe didn’t dial up Rachel Maddow or Jake Tapper for a little Q&A on this topic? I bet they would have put him on the air for as long as he wanted.

Two points of note here. One, obviously he’s running. He says right at the top that he expects to be talking about various issues in the coming month. His accusers didn’t scare him out of the race after all — unless, perhaps, there’s a ferocious manufactured backlash to this clip from the woke brigades, which is likely. Second, although he’s sort of contrite about his handsiness (he promises to be better about it), note that he never admits wrongdoing and apologizes. On the contrary, his point is that his actions were socially appropriate when they occurred, in the distant mists of time circa 2016. Biden will bend over backwards to admit fault and atone to the left to the extent that doing so makes them more likely to support him, but he can’t do that on a matter like this; inappropriate physical contact with women isn’t an understandable mistake the way a misjudgment about a complex policy matter is.

The only safe play was to claim a 40-year-long misunderstanding about whether women mind having their hair sniffed in the name of “personal connection.”

Exit quotation via Steven Gutowski: “‘I promise to be less creepy’ is one way to set up a campaign for president.”