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Joe Biden and the Museum of American Politics

FILE – In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Joe Biden’s long career, now capped by a careening and testy performance as the soon-to-be Democratic nominee for president, is a virtual Museum of American Politics.

We’ve been walking through the exhibits ever since last June’s Democratic debate, when Sen. Kamala Harris called Biden out for making “very hurtful” comments about having worked with two senators who supported racial segregation.

Peer through the glass at this display and you’ll see the history of the Democratic Party, which, if you look back far enough, put its name proudly on the defense of slavery, and ferociously opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Biden hasn’t been in politics that long, but the Democratic Party was still the comfortable home of segregationists when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Far more Republicans in the House and Senate supported the legislation than Democrats did.

So when Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, that fight was as recent as the re-election of Barack Obama is to us. In […]

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