Old Joe Biden vs. New Joe Biden: Goodwin

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The new Joe Biden, the President Biden, doesn't sound and act like the former senator and vice president. In fact, this Biden is so dramatically different that it's not clear if we should take him …
Writer Salena Zito best described the Rorschach test that Donald Trump represented. As she put it in 2016, "The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally."

Now comes another presidential dilemma: What to make of the new and radical Joe Biden?

On the surface, it seems an odd question about a 78-year-old man who has spent nearly 50 years in Washington. But the new Biden, the President Biden, doesn't sound and act like the former senator and vice president.

In fact, this Biden is so dramatically different that it's not clear if we should take him either seriously or literally.

Who the hell is this guy?

The old Biden was a windbag who wouldn't shut up, the new Biden is a silent Sam, especially when it comes to answering press questions. He ducks, dodges, hides and mumbles.

The old Biden was proud about his friendship with Southern segregationists and called Sen. Robert Byrd, a former member of the KKK, a mentor. The new Biden declares all America guilty of "systemic racism" and says it's "a stain on the nation's soul."

The old Biden defended the Senate filibuster and opposed packing the Supreme Court. The new Biden calls the filibuster a relic of Jim Crow and forms a commission to study court changes.

The old Biden pushed back against the Green New Deal during the campaign, but the new Biden wants to upend industries and alter daily life by imposing draconian cuts on fossil fuels.

Democrats have devised a plan to try to add four justices to the Supreme Court. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The old Biden claimed credit for writing the 1994 crime bill, which funded 100,000 local police officers and 125,000 new prison cells and toughened mandatory penalties.

The new Biden marked the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd by saying the case "ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism. The knee on the neck of justice for black…
Michael Goodwin
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