"It was the first time in my career, in my life, I realized someone could go out -- and I probably shouldn't say this with the press here, but no, but it's more important, you're more important. For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts; because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again."He gave the talk of his life (although he may not know it yet), and out of it came another remarkable confession. He said when his son Beau finished his tour of duty in the Middle East, he couldn't help but feel guilty. His son, his beloved son--one of two sons who miraculously survived that horrible accident so many years before--had come home whole when so many other sons and husbands hadn't. Guilt is not an uncommon feeling among families whose loved ones have survived in places where others have lost their lives, but here was the vice president of the United States, without guile or lofty sense of privilege, confessing feelings rarely spoken out loud by anybody. (Rachel Maddow played an extended clip of his speech. You can watch it here.)
In his next speech, reported to be against Mitt Romney, it'll be political business as usual. In the coming days there will be repeats of those moments when his struggle for the right words will fit into the goofy category--fine fodder for the foaming media lightweights. But he proved his mettle today, in a way that few politicians ever do.
Joe Biden is a good man. He may be one of our best when it comes to showing us how one can be a career politician and a caring, feeling human being at the same time. I want him to be the vice president for the next four years, and if he wants the presidency after that, I'll work my heart out for him.
And let no one try to tell me he's not worthy.