Joe Biden wants us to believe that all his touching speaks to how deeply he cares about other people.
It’s really a testament to how much regard he has for himself.
As everyone has always known, Biden is prone to weird and wildly over-familiar interactions with women, which are extensively on the record and have been the subject of jocular commentary over the years.
The #MeToo era has put his grabby style in a different light, and now he’s had to tweet out a video saying he gets it.
Biden’s conduct is obviously different and less blameworthy than the men caught up in #MeToo: It’s not furtive, but out in the open, not sexual, but affectionate. He doesn’t stand accused of cruelly manipulating anyone or creating a hostile workplace.