Biden Leaves The Senate With A WHOPPER On His Lips
The gregarious and gracious Jake Tapper of ABC posted an amusing story of the rambling and rather pointless farewell speech Thursday that Joe “the mouf” Biden left on the Senate floor (you make the joke here). Tapper headlined his piece “Biden Yields the Floor (Literally).” The “literally” was just Tapper’s little jab because apparently Biden used the word nine times during his loquacious 5,659 word | Read More »
You Broke My Heart, Joe. You Broke My Heart.
Mainly, what Paul Mirengoff wrote. But I will add that if one is genuinely confident in one’s ability to make a difference in public affairs and play a consequential role in a position and in the shaping of policy in general, one will likely not need to make the point as loudly, as defensively, as desperately, as egotistically and as petulantly as Joe Biden has. | Read More »
So, it would appear that the Obama transition operation is not as adroit as we might have thought. I can’t imagine why the President-elect would have been taken by surprise by the notion that if you don’t inform the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee of your choice for DCI, she might get a mite upset. I mean, given all of those many years that | Read More »
Of Panetta And Conundrums
The nature of the selection process for the next Director of Central Intelligence has careened from the bizarre to the ridiculous: President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday that he has selected a “top-notch intelligence team” that would provide the “unvarnished” information his administration needs, rather than “what they think the president wants to hear.” But current and former intelligence officials expressed sharp resentment over Obama’s choice | Read More »
Fear Not, Middle Class! Here Comes the Working Families Czar!
Vice President Elect Joe “J-O-B-S” Biden recently announced that he will be the working families czar, a very important role for Mr. Biden, considering the fact that being Vice President is less than a fulltime job. Once he’s done figuring out which article of the constitution describes the executive branch, VPE Biden will frantically get to work on tasks such as: making sure the middle | Read More »
“I Will Be The Guy Honchoing That Policy”
In his . . . er . . . inimitable way, Joe Biden informs us that he will be heading up a task force on the middle class. “Honchoing,” has apparently become a verb. Imagine if President Bush said something like that, etc. But so long as we are accepting this neologism, let it be noted that Dick Cheney has decided to honcho the education | Read More »
In Which Old Sins Become New Virtues
Remember when the Bush Administration was preparing to take office eight years ago, warned us that we were entering a potentially recessionary period and got castigated by Democrats for supposedly “talking down the economy”? Sure you do. Apparently, it was bad to do that kind of thing back in 2000. But it is perfectly all right to do it in 2008. The Newsbusters article makes | Read More »
Jay Carney to Join Joe Biden In Oblivion
Jay Carney, Time Magazine’s D.C. Bureau Chief, will become Communications Director for Joe Biden. The Politico sums it up best, writing Carney, a Yale graduate, is known as a middle-of-the-road, well-connected journalist with establishment instincts. Earlier this year, I noted Carney was willing to buy into the left-wing rhetoric that Rush Limbaugh and right wing bloggers started the Michelle Obama “Whitey Tape” rumor, when it | Read More »
Don’t Be Fooled
Politicians do not voluntarily limit their own powers, unless they are named “George Washington.” So when you read this story and its claims that Joe Biden believes the power of the Vice Presidency ought to be scaled back, for the name “Joe Biden” substitute “Barack Obama.” I wonder how Biden feels. He has gone from being his own boss and the Chairman of the Senate | Read More »
Has Joe Biden EVER Read the Constitution?
The Politico reported recently that the Democrat majority intends to “restore” the “proper” role of the vice president once Obama is sworn into office. They claim that they will somehow roll back the power that Cheney “stole” from Congress and that Biden will not be allowed as much leeway as Cheney was. Of course, it’s all well and good that what the vice president can | Read More »
An Anti-Intellectual Teacher’s Union
A school disinvited a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist because he jabbed the California teachers union in a newspaper cartoon. What was so egregious that the school banned this prize winning cartoonist? See for yourself: Political cartoonist, Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune was originally scheduled to appear at Sunset View Elementary School in Point Loma, California, but the week before his visit he | Read More »
Was Joe Biden’s nomination for Vice President – a pick elicited first by the criticisms of Hillary Clinton, then John McCain, for Barack Obama’s relative foreign policy inexperience – a shallow attempt to dispel the disparaging ‘naiveté’ narrative? Will Vice President Cheney, a man who has expanded the powers of the Office of the Vice President more than any VP in recent memory, be succeeded | Read More »
Bad Doug. No Diplomatic Bone.
In a November 23, blog entry for the Jesuit’s America Magazine, Michael Sean Winters argued that law professor Douglas Kmiec would be the “perfect person” to represent the Obama Administration as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
So. Gates for SecDef, Clinton for SecState, Jones for NSA.
That’s pretty much the lineup.Do you know what this means?It means that Joe Biden is going to be the single most useless Vice President in the history of the Vice Presidency – which is impressive, considering the people that we’ve had populating that office. He’s going to go from being Senate Foreign Relations Chair to The Guy Waiting To See If Obama Keels Over. Because | Read More »
Delaware Democrats unhappy that Senate seat apparently now hereditary.
After all, political dynasties are actually not uncommon in American political history: but ones named “Biden?”I mean, really. Biden? Biden replacement creates blowback By: Andy Barr November 25, 2008 10:13 AM EST Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s (D) decision to appoint Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s longtime aide Ted Kaufman to the Senate has upset local Democrats who believe the move was a ham-handed attempt to | Read More »