- Jay Parini: Joe Biden's interview with Colbert shows he's unlikely to run, but he also showed the humanity and honesty the race needs
- He says Biden has unexpectedly wakened a nation to what it craves: a vulnerable, fully committed person who can honestly lead
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His newest book is "Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal," which comes out in October. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)What the American public craves is authenticity: a sense that the men and women we elect are, like us, flesh-and-blood creatures who celebrate and grieve, who dance and despair. But it's rare to see politician reveal his or her vulnerability before a mass television audience.