“Hey, Norm! There’s nothing in the sandwich!”
The form looks fine, itemization suggests talking points of some sort, but nothing.
Biden does have an actual record in politics. Norman Solomon even mentions it here, if only to say that he won’t discuss it. But neither he nor apparently anyone wanting people to vote for Biden wants to go into detail. Come on. who’s kidding whom?
I do like the “sack of concrete” metaphor. I have an idea what material Solomon would have considered before arriving at concrete, but this is probably better by way of being more individuated. It does convey something of Biden’s empathic nature. I have myself long thought of Biden in terms of comedian Jeff Dunham’s dummy Walter. But metaphors wear thin, finally. The man is not inert, just unhelpful.
He has not been inactive, though age and arterial blockage might render him so. He has been active for decades. That is the political record that Solomon apparently regards as inconvenient to his intentions here. In fact, we have no guarantee or even strong suggestion that he will lay like a lump, and we are clearly looking for one.
Don’t believe it. This is not a matter of competence, and Biden does not have to be clever. Power delegates, he has been an inner-beltway player for decades, and there will be people happy to run things anonymously. If they can fill him with oxygen or whatever and prop him up for the odd oddly surreal PR spot, that will likely be better than expected.