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A funny thing happened on the way to the 2020s. It’s that Joe Biden, famous Congressional centrist and lifelong denizen of the Washington, D.C., establishment, is showing himself to be a liberal. And maybe even a… feminist?
That’s probably too generous for a man remembered for sniffing women’s hair and giving a pass to allegations of sexual harassment by a Supreme Court nominee. But there is a big difference between how most observers thought Biden would govern, and what he’s actually done during his first 100 days as the nation’s chief executive.
President Biden’s first address to Congress was notable for several reasons. Most obviously, his address was notable for the lack of vindictiveness, racism, outright lies, and bizarre utterances completely divorced from reality that characterized his predecessor.
Right out of the gate, Biden gave a big hint at where his policy proposals were going, when he opened his speech by addressing the two women flanking him: “Madam Vice President, Madam Speaker—No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words, and it’s about time!”
But on substance, too, Biden’s speech was chock-full of policy proposals that seemed to originate from the progressive wing of the […]