Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Question a Man’s Judgment, Not His Motives

As a freshman senator, Joe Biden saw Jesse Helms, the archconservative North Carolina Republican, ripping into a piece of disabilities legislation.

Biden was furious, and began attacking Helms to Mike Mansfield, the Democratic Senate majority leader.

Mansfield asked Biden if he knew that Helms and his wife had adopted a disabled nine-year-old boy no one else would take.

Question a man’s judgment, not his motives,” Mansfield instructed.