Biden was, at most, minimally reassuring. Allowing himself to be sucked into the vortex of Trump’s cyclonic destruction of the event’s negotiated rules, Biden called Trump a clown, a fool and a liar. Truth was, however, an insufficient justification for Biden’s ignoring of this fact about Trump’s behavior: Following him down is an endless journey.
Biden’s appeal lies in the irremediable odiousness of his opponent; in normal times he would be considered a weak candidate. (In normal times he has been found to be a weak candidate — repeatedly.)
But Trump is no more than an ambulatory foulness, and Biden will have to do. And so much for that.