Beyond Biden’s Words: Guilt and Shame?

So, Joe Biden wasn’t the most charming of men last night. Most folks, liberals and conservatives, seem to agree on that point at least.

As for why he failed so badly in the “winning hearts and minds” category, well perhaps the grin and the smirk, the laughter and eye-rolling, the interrupting and the bloviating was all about nerves. Perhaps it was bad debate coaching. Or perhaps it was just him.

On that last count, I sincerely hope not. Mostly because, if that’s really who Joe Biden is, it frightens me to think that someone so unbalanced is just a heartbeat away from the nuclear football. Also, however, I hope that’s not who he really is because it can’t be fun for anyone to go through life bloviating and blustering to such a semi-maniacal degree.

Regardless, I feel for Joe Biden. And not just because of whatever skit SNL is going to concoct based on last night’s performance.

Rather, I feel for him because after last night I’m starting to believe that underneath all that blundering and blustering is a man who knows the wrong he’s done by supporting the Democrat’s unwavering commitment to abortion on demand, and who actually feels guilty about it…deep, deep down.

You wouldn’t know that by his words, of course. You can read the transcript of what he had to say on abortion last night here. It ain’t pretty.

You also wouldn’t know that by his actions. Ever since Biden switched sides on the abortion issue, he has been an unfailingly solid pro-abortion vote in the Senate.

No, in both word and deed, nothing about Joe Biden seems to suggest anything other than a happy pro-abortion warrior, merrily towing the Planned Parenthood line.

But bodies have a way of speaking a language that is often more true than words. And last night, when asked about abortion, Joe Biden’s body language didn’t indicate that he was a happy warrior. His tone shifted radically when the question came up, losing the anger and bluster, and never regaining it. His eyes repeatedly shifted downward and blinked rapidly. He stuttered and struggled through the answer, expressing none of the aggressive confidence he’d demonstrated throughout the night.

If you haven’t seen it, here you go.

As my friend Rob remarked after the answer, “Didn’t anyone teach him about the body language of lying?”

Maybe Biden wasn’t lying. Maybe he feels no guilt, no shame, no inner-conflict about perpetuating the tragedy of abortion and allowing women to harm themselves, their children, and the culture through one of the saddest of all sins. Maybe the reason he did an emotional 180 is that the mickey some smart staffer had slipped in his water finally kicked in

Maybe. It’s certainly possible he feels no shame. Likely even. But I hope not. I hope the change that came over Biden after that question last night wasn’t just political maneuvering, but rather the mark of a man shaken by the truth of his opponent’s answer and his own complicity in the greatest wrong of this generation.

I don’t know Biden, but I’ve never much liked what I’ve seen. Last night, I liked what I saw even less. But I still pray for him. I still hope for him. I don’t hope that he gets to be vice-president for four more years. But I do hope that something in him is haunted by what he’s done—by what he’s doing—so that guilt will do what guilt is supposed to do: call him back to the path of truth and love.

After last night, I don’t think that hope is entirely without grounds. And that realization made an otherwise exhausting and annoying debate, well worth the watch.



  • Leticia Velasquez

    I hope, for the sake of his immortal soul, that Joe Biden loses sleep over his complicity with the culture of death. That means our prayers for his conversion are having an effect.

    • Rich

      WoW- who needs God when you can both judge and save.
      Are you loosing any sleep because of all the people who are praying for your conversion?
      You may need to keep some of your concern for the sake of Your own immortal soul. God can probably deal with Joe and his many others in his charge better than you. After all he was able to create the world and Jesus died and rose without your prayers.
      You did not earn a Holy Card today. But you can try again tomorrow.

  • Proteios1

    Cowards! That’s all I can say. The whole point of government is to make the best decisions with the best information and impose it on the citizenry for the good of the country. Government DOES tell people what to do. That’s part of the job. S don’t cower behind that deception that you are imposing personal views. What if I applied that to everything these people decided. Don’t impose your taxes on me. Don’t impose registration for selective service for males at 18, don’t impose your mandatory healthcare laws, and on and on. The idea that a politician wouldn’t impose their views says to me they don’t understand how our government works.

  • alicia g. mendiola

    He kept on interrupting Paul Ryan while smiling and smirking because he can’t re-battle the truth being exposed by Paul. Shame on you Joe Biden.

  • Eric

    He said, and did, exactly as he was supposed to as a leader. He clearly stated his personal beliefs, which every human being is at liberty to have. However, he then pointed out the most important fact said last night: His personal beliefs, or the personal beliefs of any leader, should not be imposed upon everyone. That’s what leads to a little thing called dictatorship.

    Furthermore, and on a related note, this is not a theocracy. Religion should not even be discussed in politics EXCEPT for the fact that the freedom to practice your religion will exist. That is what will take the politics of our nation to the levels of some much more politically stable and developed countries in Europe, where politics and religion have a thick border between them.

  • Philip Sieve

    I just hope Ryan was uncomfortable talking about Romney’s exceptions. He probably wishes Romney wouldn’t go there, when he signed on to the ticket. Maybe he can talk sense into Romney or maybe Romney will defund Planned Parenthood and the like or move it to the state level, where those places can die from lack of funds. We need the infanticidal child king out of office, for sure! I wish a devout Catholic beat out Romney, but we’ll have to hope he can see the error of the exceptions.

  • abadilla

    Rich is in no position to “admonish” Emily or any Catholic given the state of confusion he lives in regarding Roman Catholicism.



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