Our opinion: Joe Biden's sin

Vice President Joe Biden (left) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (right) are among officials watching President Barack Obama sign the 21st Century Cures Act on Dec. 23, 2016.

When The New York Times last week put a spotlight on Southwest Michigan for a story about the 2020 presidential race, it provided a good example of what is wrong with politics in America.

The Times story on Wednesday was exploring the electability of former Vice President Joe Biden. It pointed out a minor controversy that arose in October when Biden, in a speech to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan, said some kind words about U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph.