He proves that you can be a normal person—one of those down-to-earth, next-door-neighbor types that so many people seem to think is the only way to judge a person’s ability to lead in a presidential election—and still sound intelligent. He didn’t have to speak in a bunch of hokey colloquialisms or repeat trite, forced stories of the common guy. When he talked about the so-called “Joe Six-Pack,” he talked about them as if they were people who warranted respect and understanding, not as if they were simplistic stereotypes who could be understood and identified by a handful of “darn right’s” and “you betcha’s.” When he talked to them, he was articulate and intelligent. He didn’t have to dumb down his ideas or his language to get his point across. He never once stooped to reducing his audience to a bunch of hillbillies with 8th grade educations who didn’t have the brains to figure out words with more than two syllables.
I like that Joe Biden can just be Joe Biden, and he doesn’t have to be the Great Alaskan Moose Hunter or the Rowdy Texas Cowboy or whatever other manufactured persona to be appealing to normal people. Joe Biden proves you can be smart, well-educated, and knowledgeable about the world and still be a regular person. And if you are a regular person in this country, you should be proud that there is finally someone out there who is smart, well-educated and knowledgeable about the world representing you on the national and international political playing fields. It’s very refreshing considering that for the last eight years, most of the world has been convinced we’re a bunch of toothless rednecks with the intellectual capacity of toddlers.