“Tactile Uncle Joe”

0949E4E9-3497-44EC-A97C-861B2AD14D31Former Vice President Joe Biden is considering throwing his hat into the already crowded ring of Democratic hopefuls to run against the Orange Moron in 2020. But tactile Joe is running into trouble.

Two women have come forward in the past few days claiming inappropriate behavior on the part of Uncle Joe. One woman said that he came up behind her at a political rally, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and gave her a “slow kiss” on the back of her head. Another woman said that he rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser.

“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” the second woman said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me.”

Biden has a reputation as a “touchy-feely” guy, and admits that he is a “tactile” person. But it seems to me that his behavior is more of an idiosyncrasy than anything sexual.

Biden is not my first choice to be the Democratic nominee, but I find it a bit peculiar that Democrats are so up-in-arms about these allegations. What is the upside to making a such big deal out of these likely innocent acts? I’m not saying that these situations were, in these #MeToo days, appropriate, but I do believe, with absolute certainty, that it’s a stretch to think he was being sexually abusive to these women.

And come on, folks. For Donald Trump, sexually inappropriate behavior is a common occurrence. Donald Trump was caught on video tape bragging that, as a “star,” he could grab women by their vaginas (i.e., sexual assault). Donald Trump has been accused by upwards of 20 women of being sexually inappropriate with them. Donald Trump paid hush money to a former Playboy bunny and to an adult film actress that he had extramarital affairs with in order to prevent those affairs from becoming public during his campaign.

Republicans continue to embrace their totally immoral, sexually abusive President, while Democrats are wringing their hands because Joe Biden sniffed one woman’s hair and had an Eskimo kiss with another. Compared with Trump, Uncle Joe is a choirboy.

There’s no question that people should respect women who have come forward about unwanted physical contact. They deserve to be heard and believed about how they were made to feel. There’s also no doubt that Joe Biden needs to stop sniffing women’s hair and rubbing their noses. And Biden must also learn to be a less “tactile” politician.

At the same time, it’s critical to understand that not every offense is of equal severity. And it’s also important to recognize when the alleged perpetrators are acting with malevolence (e.g., Donald Trump) or are just clueless.


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Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt using the words “peculiar” and “common.” Also for theses daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (idiosyncrasy), Word of the Day Challenge (upside), Your Daily Word Prompt (absolute), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (stretch).

40 thoughts on ““Tactile Uncle Joe”

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry April 2, 2019 / 2:33 pm

    Well, that is a revealing photo. And the orange head moron calls them pussy. What an idiot running your country. This is when I am proud to be Canadian. But on this side of the border, the plot thickens recently.

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    • Marleen April 2, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      Speaking of Canada, one of my sons just bought a certified used, and huge, pickup truck… which somehow got to a Midwest car dealership. It’s a 2014 and like new.

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      • Marleen April 2, 2019 / 2:48 pm

        I wasn’t clear. It came from Canada. They switched out the kilometer readout for one with mileage.

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      • Hélène - Willow Poetry April 2, 2019 / 2:49 pm

        Intriguing isn’t it..

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          • Hélène - Willow Poetry April 2, 2019 / 5:46 pm

            He must be, especially if it is like new.

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    • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      “But on this side of the border, the plot thickens recently.” So I’ve heard!

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      • Hélène - Willow Poetry April 2, 2019 / 5:47 pm

        Yep…

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  2. Marleen April 2, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    I like “Joe” as a person, and I think he was a near-perfect vice president. He’s started a run for president at least twice before, and something always comes up. He’s way (way-way) better than Trump, and I wouldn’t say bad stuff about him. But we have other options who are more progressive.

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  3. Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Watching the ever-present thought-police and PC Red Guard of the left eat their own young is WAY funnier than anything *I* could write about it. Get ‘im! I’ll bet he told an off color (or off COLOR) joke once when he was in Junior High…watching him rending garments and tarring himself with his mea culpas to the ideologically pure is good stuff… almost as funny as the Kennedy Of The Great White North shitting in his own nest. Sure am glad THAT freak show and his organized crime government ain’t running things down south. Self-righteousness — karma with a laugh line…

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    • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 5:30 pm

      But you are happy that the orange moron and his freak show running the whole country, huh?

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      • Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 7:32 pm

        Not at all. He’s an idiot. Still head and shoulders above the bunch of zero-knowledge, anti-American, Che Guevara fans that are the other choice, though. You’ve got a real blind spot, dude. You hate Trump so much you’d vote for that sawed-off little North Korean runt in spite. I hate Trump about as bad as you do, but he’s far and away less dangerous than the rest of these wild-eyed freaks, and I’m capable of seeing that. Corporate politics leaves us with two choices — a circus clown who manages to cripple himself every time he’s about to do something egregiously stupid, or power-hungry Neo-fascists playing the never-old “Revolutionary” card. Choice is still pretty simple for me. You’re still voting for pretty faces and bullshit. I’ll be voting for the one with the least odds of destroying the whole damned country and, Haysus willing, it won’t be Trump. But I’m a realist, and I don’t expect the realpolitik machine will produce anyone worth a shit, so probably Trump it will be for another 4.

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        • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 7:45 pm

          “I hate Trump about as bad as you do, but he’s far and away less dangerous than the rest of these wild-eyed freaks….” I know you think all progressives are freaks, and a few may be, but most of them would be far superior to Trump and would do far less damage to our country than Trump is.

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          • Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 8:07 pm

            Nope — every single one of them has identified me and mine as their sworn enemy. (shrug) Fine, they can have it their way, but I have no slightest intention of getting on the bandwagon to burn my own house to the ground. There are anti-free-speech, anti-American, anti-everything forces afoot in those “Progressive” ideologies, and they’ve made it crystal clear that they despise everything me and mine are. Trump’s a clown. The “progressive” left is literally dangerous, and are in the process of trying to change our entire Constitution, government, and way of life wholesale. They’d turn us into Venezuela in less than 10 years, and never glance back, and they’ll be cheered on by the prim and proper Red Guard and hapless proles of the new Fascist Democratic Party the whole way. I’m by them the same way I am flat-earthers — it just astounds me that they exist in the face of every known fact in history, and I presume some will come around some day. But I’m not holding my breath.

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            • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 8:22 pm

              I’m going to change two words in something you said so that it will make much more sense and be more accurate: “The *far right* is literally dangerous, and is in the process of trying to change our entire Constitution, government, and way of life wholesale.”

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            • Asbestos Dust April 3, 2019 / 7:38 am

              Who’s far-right? I presume you mean anyone to the right of Maduro. or, as the old-school commies used to call ’em, “counterrevolutionaries”. So, list ’em out, all these changes. Even a fair handful. And don’t be surprised if I call “bullshit” on the majority of them, because you’re going to be picking Alex Jones shit instead of real examples. Y’all can’t tell the difference, I get that. But you want to go head-to-head on who’s trying to fundamentally change our way of life, you’re going to get buried.

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  4. Marleen April 2, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    I don’t think Joe saying he’s willing to listen counts as “tarring himself.”

    Maybe in your world.

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  5. Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    Yeah, he’s a pretty sensitive guy. Known for it, in fact. Why, I expect he can pretend to give a crap about this almost in his sleep if it will save a single vote from some perpetually offended Cultural Warrior. I’m anticipating about a month of earnest apologies for doing nothing wrong at all. It’s the American way, and Chinless Joe will bow whichever way the wind’s blowing without question or shame. He’s practically perfect in every way.

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  6. Paula Light April 2, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Agree with everything you say about the Orange Maroon, and of course I’d vote for any Democrat over him, but it’s a nope for me on Joe at the mo. I won’t support him in the primary when there are much better candidates, in particular Senator Harris, who has been virtually ignored by the “liberal media” ever since men jumped into the race. This utterly enrages me! She’s a great candidate who’s raised a pile of money.

    And I don’t see why we need to coddle Joe, just because he’s not as gross as some men. Why didn’t he have the sense years ago to quit doing this handsy crap? Poor judgment imo. And I’m tired of him apologizing for not doing more for Anita Hill. HE DIDN’T HAVE A SPINE IS WHY. Bleh 👎🏻

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    • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Joe’s not my guy either, but I can’t believe the Dems get so bent out of shape about what some potential candidates have done in the past (e.g., Beto, Kamala), causing them to have to apologize, while Trump, so immoral and such a blatant misogynist, continues to skate.

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      • Paula Light April 2, 2019 / 7:28 pm

        It’s so weird to me that the right gives Trump a pass on all his obnoxious behavior, consistently. There are other Republicans! He’s a liar and a cheater. Why choose him?

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        • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 7:39 pm

          His base: around 40% of Americans and about 85% of Republicans are crazy about Trump. Or maybe they are just crazy!

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  7. Bill April 2, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    I like Joe. Always have, always will. We hail from the same neck of the woods.
    These instances do not upset me except that I must wonder about the motivation of the complainants. There was no malice or untoward behavior, just whiny-ass nonsense that sounds like my kids in the back seat of the car. “He touched me. She made a face at me. Mother he is touching me again.” Good grief!
    For the record, the photo you used is a video out-take of when her hubby was standing there introducing her and Joe provided friendship and support. She explained her gratitude for the moment that gave her courage.

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    • Fandango April 2, 2019 / 7:12 pm

      You’re right, but it was the only hair sniffing picture I could find. There was no photo that I could find of him with the woman who made the accusation.

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  8. msjadeli April 2, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    UGH kick him to the curb. The picture we see are bad. How many more pictures. How many times without pictures. Why go there. There are many other candidates to consider. #Bernie 2020

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  9. Marleen April 2, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    I would tell my kids not to touch each other if it was bothering someone (unless one had started a fight and the other was fighting back, sometimes even then). All boys.

    By the way, I once (only once, way back in the eighties before I’d heard anyone else say such a thing) included the perception of women as children in an English paper. (I saw it demonstrated with magazine advertisements at the time.)

    Hey; someone just reminded me that today is “equal pay Day” (about equal pay for women). People have to get all through three months and extra days to reach equality from the year before. And that doesn’t even address what has to happen for children if women have children.

    As for the specific topic at hand, different women and different situations can vary. The woman in the picture already knew him — whereas the woman whose hair Joe sniffed was more in the category of knowing of him (his helping both of them doesn’t change that). Now, even so, a waiter got that close to my hair more than once recently. It didn’t bother me. It was a somewhat noisy place, and that helped. But so what? People can listen. If I’d said to the guy that it bothered me, I think he would’ve quit. (That is in part because of consciousness being raised recently such that he wouldn’t likely — I hope — make fun of my words.) The lady with the shoulders and hair 😏 had to concentrate on other activity at the time.

    [Now asbestos fella can call me a slut for not being bothered…
    … cause that’s just how it is.]

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    • Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Yup, that’s exactly what I was going to do. So we’re to the part of this where you make up nonsensical horseshit because you’ve bottomed out of anything to say? Huh. That was faster than I thought. Your move. I believe you were about to say neener-neener and call me a poo-poo-head. The lockstep left: Classy to the end.

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      • Marleen April 2, 2019 / 7:46 pm

        You (or a cohort) might’ve picked a synonym or made an implication instead, and now you imply a denial. It’s the way of the world is all I’m saying’ (but so what that women have to live in the real world — and so what about that which has demonstrably happened in it).

        And guess what? I’m “making things up” to imagine, too, that the guy at the restaurant wouldn’t be a jerk… at least in a professional setting where he wants a tip. Or where there are witnesses. In general in life I hope for the best, though (even without a witness).

        You’ve already demonstrated, in more than one conversation, that you’re a no-win kind of dude, not interacting in good faith. I’m sure you know quite a bit on “pretending” (see your 3:52pm). You think you’ve been “classy” (or even sensible) on this topic?

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        • Asbestos Dust April 2, 2019 / 8:12 pm

          I’m assuming by “good faith” you mean “I’m bowled over by your logic, and have now set my feet on the correct Path of Righteousness.” In which case, you’re correct, there’s no good faith there…

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          • Marleen April 2, 2019 / 8:28 pm

            Exactly. You’re not trying to be classy or sensible, just lashing out. It’s asymmetrical for your sort, because it warfare for you. Nevertheless, I’m sure you know from which you speak on pretending (as you perceive Joe to be) even in your sleep (3:52pm).

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  10. msjadeli April 2, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    The days of men — any men — getting a pass for this kind of sh– is over. Guys who want to get handsy, get yourself a gf/bf or buy yourself a life-like doll and pretend you’re manhandling a woman. Seriously. Enough is enough!

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  11. Marleen April 3, 2019 / 11:21 am

    Here is a somewhat recent related story from observations on current events.

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/violence-against-women-act-vote/

    ………

    The graphic termed the group of six Republican senators who voted against the act “the six ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who would be questioning Christine Blasey Ford,” then questioned, “Is it any wonder why she, as well as anyone seeking the truth, prefers to have the FBI investigate her claims against Judge Kavanaugh, rather than facing this group of misogynists?”

    Technically, this characterization is not accurate, as a “ranking member” is the most senior member of a legislative committee who belongs to the minority party. A committee can have only one ranking member, and in this case that member is necessarily a Democrat (since Republicans currently hold the majority in the Senate), Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California [who did not vote against the act].

    Senator Chuck Grassley is the committee chair, and the other Republicans named in the meme are part of the committee’s majority group. The opportunity for senators to question witnesses appearing before a Senate committee is not limited to members of the majority party:

    Each committee determines the order in which Senators question witnesses. A common practice is to alternate between Senators from the respective parties in order of seniority. Some committees …..

    {While the description at the end of this article sounds fairly good and well, the Republicans derailed the intended process when it came down to practice.}

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