The delightful boringness of Joe Biden

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answers questions from voters October 15, at a televised town hall held in Philadelphia. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

If you didn’t watch it, you didn’t miss much — that’s kind of nice!

The closest sparks came to flying Thursday night at Joe Biden’s town hall was when the former vice president squared off with George Stephanopoulos over whether or not it would make sense to delay tax increases until the end of the recession.

Biden, who’d read off note cards the precise revenue estimates involved in a 7 percentage point increase in the corporate tax rate and a 2.6 percent increase in the top marginal income tax rate, explained that the way policymaking works is there’s inevitably a congressional negotiation, so he can’t make a specific commitment on timing.

That’s completely true. That is how the government works.

It’s also an extremely boring answer. As was Biden’s citing his desire to change the funding formula of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as part of a larger program to help boost opportunities for Black Americans. Or his thoughts on the possibility of using pelletized…


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