Six years later, it’s still one of the most damning and indelible critiques of a politician you’ll ever see. Writing in his 2014 memoir, Robert Gates, the eminently respected national security professional, said this of Joe Biden: “He has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Yikes. That’s an indictment of Biden’s judgment, not just of his record. And when it comes to matters of war and peace, bad judgement can be lethal.
Entering Thursday’s debate, the Trump campaign faced two challenges: getting the President’s points past the moderator and avoiding ill-advised interruptions that cut into Biden’s string of bland platitudes. Not only did President Trump avoid those pitfalls, but Joe Biden committed himself to policy positions that appeal to nobody outside community organizing collectives and tenured college faculty.