Joe Biden, James Eastland, Just Getting Along, and Cutting Your Own Throat

D. Elisabeth Glassco
7 min readJun 21, 2019

The Backstory

“Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished…But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

“We had to put up with the likes of like Jim Eastland and Hermy Talmadge and all those segregationists and all of that…And the fact of the matter is that we were able to do it because we were able to win — we were able to beat them on everything they stood for. We in fact detested what they stood for in terms of segregation and all the rest.”

Cue the outrage from social media and at least four of Biden’s 2020 opponents — -especially Senator Corey Booker, who, looking for a lifeline to drag his sagging campaign into the upper echelon, traversed the cable circuit complaining that Biden seemed oblivious to the times in which we live. He even likened Biden to Trump, noting Biden’s seeming inability to apologize for mistakes:

To be sure, much of the swift criticism of Biden is lacking in nuance and context. Setting the record straight, Congressman John Lewis:

D. Elisabeth Glassco

A native of of the great state of Mississippi and proud resident of New Jersey. Lecturer and Doctoral candidate in Media, Race, Class, and Politics @Rutgers.