Joe Biden: "People have written that, you know, Beau on his death bed said, 'Dad, you've got to run', and, there was this sort of Hollywood moment that, you know, nothing like that ever, ever happened..."
Maureen Dowd: "The column is accurate..."
Dean Baquet: "It is hard to imagine that some version of this is not true..."
What Would Beau Do?: "My kid’s dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself...:
...and he’s making sure I’m O.K. ‘Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,’ Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in. Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values....
When Beau was dying, the family got rubber bracelets in blue--his favorite color--that said ‘WWBD,’ What Would Beau Do, honoring the fact that Beau was a stickler for doing the right thing. Joe Biden knows what Beau wants. Now he just has to decide if it’s who he is.
The problem for Maureen Dowd and the New York Times is that Dowd has said two things:
- There was this huge Hollywood Moment--paralyzed face, mission, "my kid's dying" an anguished Joe Biden thought, WWBD.
- Joe Biden is authentic, a straight-shooter, a real man's man, not the mannish manipulator that is THE WITCH!!!! have to pick (1) or (2) to stick to. And she cannot decide...