While Biden wants to talk about lunch-bucket issues and divisiveness, the media remain heavily focused on controversies. When he and his wife appeared yesterday on 'Good Morning America,' Robin Roberts spent most of the first segment on Anita Hill continuing to criticize Biden's handling of the Clarence Thomas hearings, as well as the allegations by eight women of unwanted touching.
Both are important issues, but I don't think the 1991 episode is going to change the primaries, and some black voters are telling reporters that they're with Biden because he was Barack Obama's partner. The polls show that most Democratic voters weren't fazed by the allegations of excessive friendliness.
I still think Biden has to show that he can operate at today's hyperspeed Twitter pace and defend his long record. But he is clearly showing more strength than most of the pundits predicted.