Is Joe Biden a bad man?

He’s obviously no Harvey Weinstein, allegedly harassing and raping his way through Hollywood during a decades-long reign of terror. He’s no Donald Trump, boasting of grabbing women “by the p—y” and accused of doing more or less that to at least 14 of them. He’s not even an Al Franken, posing in an attempt at comedy as his hands hover over a woman’s breasts and allegedly kissing her forcibly.

No, Biden is just Biden. And according to many of his defenders, that’s excuse enough.

Biden’s encroachments, proven and unproven, are creepy. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada legislator, says he sniffed her hair and slowly kissed the back of her head. A Connecticut woman says he pulled her toward him at a fundraiser to rub noses with her.