I’ve begun to wonder whether Joe Biden’s fondness for conjuring up images of record players, haberdashers, and other antiquities in his campaign speeches is not so much his being out of step with the times as it is wishful thinking. Maybe Biden is the living incarnation of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s unforgettable character Miniver Cheevy, whose all-consuming regret was being “born too late.” Whereas as Cheevy “loved the days of old/When swords were bright and steeds were prancing,” Biden seems to long for the 1960s and 1970s — a time that he actually lived through.
That would certainly explain his latest blast from the past. It came during a town hall in Las Vegas this weekend where the topic was the nationwide legalization of marijuana. For a change, Biden broke with his far-left competitors for the Democratic nomination for president by suggesting that the question of decriminalizing marijuana possession should be left up to the states. The former vice president also broke with 62% of Americans, who believe the drug should be legalized, but far be it from me to criticize the man for having the courage of his convictions.
But it was the reason Biden gave for his reluctance that is the
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