Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has been useful in pointing out just how insane he encouraged the world to become while working with the Obama administration.
Biden seems caught in a time warp; a relic from decades ago now forced to endure the social-justice mob of the 21st Century. We certainly can’t feel bad for him, since he and the Obama administration helped foment the current outrage culture by encouraging and supporting campus radicals (or, at the very least, doing nothing to teach them civility and sanity).
Biden has always been running afoul of current political correctness, but until recently, he was never held accountable by the same left-wing media that finds racist “dog whistles” in nearly everything Republicans say.
But Biden is now receiving that treatment. Biden, who speaks in a down-to-earth manner, sometimes says “c’mon man” to emphasize a point about something he finds ridiculous. Years ago, Internet feminist scolds informed us that saying “guys,” is sexist, and now Internet scolds have determined that “c’mon man” is also sexist.
Last week, New York Times opinion columnist Charles Blow took Biden to task for his “bro-iness,” writing that Biden used “a rhetorical device that men often use among themselves, in locker rooms and barbershops, to recognize, register and reinforce masculinity.”
Last Saturday, The Washington Post ran an entire article about Biden’s use of the phrase, claiming that it “can quickly signal dismissiveness, annoyance, sarcasm or a certain willingness to use words that seem gendered, none of which are sure winners for a candidate trying to attract voters.”
At least the Post noted what almost everyone except the most outraged few hear when Biden says “c’mon man” – that he is a “folksy” plainspoken politician trying to represent the “everyman.”
Still, Post author Matt Viser had to add in a #MeToo reference for the phrase:
But the phrase also conjures a macho sensibility, making it potentially fraught as Biden competes against six women at a time of #MeToo activism and in the aftermath of criticism that his touchy style has made some women uncomfortable. [Political historian Timothy] McCarthy said a similar phrase, “you guys,” can be grating to a mixed audience.
In March of this year, the Post’s Eugene Scott wrote that Biden could struggle with female voters over his words.
“If anything, Biden's words could cost him some votes from women who are tired of seeing stereotypical expressions of manhood offered as a solution to the very real problem of sexual assault of women,” Scott wrote.
Scott went on to quote Batya Ungar-Sargon describing Biden’s words and solutions as “toxic masculinity.”
"1950 called. It wants Joe Biden and his toxic masculinity back,” she wrote.
My former Washington Examiner colleague Eddie Scarry, who first pointed out the criticism over Biden’s speech, noted that the social justice mob is coming for Biden.
“The social justice mob would have Biden strip his language of any expression or term that might even remotely suggest a difference between men and women. That includes ‘C’mon, man,’ a figure of speech that alienates and offends people like Charles Blow.”