Going over a quick review of Biden’s positions, I’m not devastated but not thrilled either. There’s a lot of really troubling things in there — like his support for the Partial Birth Abortion Act, his support for abstinence-only education, and his immigration policy including support for the wall along the border (though it seems like unfortunately Obama supports that wall, too). Of course, there’s also his history of saying, um, racist and otherwise really stupid things — which may just be my biggest problem with him overall.
That being said, I understand the pick. He’s older, has lots of foreign policy experience, a long political career, and was born in a swing state where he apparently maintains a good presence. The good news is that he seems to have a very strong track record on violence against women, and on global warming. That’s important. And though I’m still not sure that this is the right way to judge the pick, he is a million times better than Kaine.
Those are my very general and preliminary musings. But I’m sure that Feministers will have lots to say on the matter, and know more about the guy than I do. So: discuss.