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August 23, 2008

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Danube of Thought

Seems to me that the Kos crowd will be apoplectic over this choice. And then there's the Hillary crowd...

Captain Hate

I can't imagine the Durantys at PMSNBC are too happy with this; Matthews with dead-leg syndrome and Olberdunce staying in the bathtub until November 6.

Perfect Sense

By choosing Biden, Obama has unilaterally stepped into a quagmire with no exit plan.

MarkO

Judgement?
So, if McCain says he won’t run again (even if he does) will all the disaffected Clintionists either stay home or vote for him?

Semanticleo

Who gives a friggin' fig what Biden's foreign policy strategies are, he's not gonna be
Prez'.

Y'all know EXACTLY why he was chosen, don'cha?

Talk about VICIOUS. He'll have McCaine sputtering with spittle. Ahab won't be content letting someone else answer Biden's
Barbs. He'll insist on doing it hisself, 'cause, you know, he's McCain.

GMax

Slow Joe Biden is not gonna let the Democrats get swiftboated this time around by golly! Do I have the meme correct?

Well at least when he drones on and attacks we will finally have one less DNC meme to deal with.

Swiftboating means telling the truth about someone record, by the way. And Kerry to this day has not refuted one thing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth said about him and his dubious record.

windansea

Kos says:

This has been the best veep rollout EVER. . . . [I]is there a better example than this that old media is getting left out in the cold?

sure buddy, 3AM on a Saturday morning

Barney Frank

Talk about VICIOUS.

Well, Biden is kinda slimy and underhanded and prickly but vicious doesn't come to mind. Pompous and not self aware seem a little more on mark. The word cockalorum was invented for knotheads like Biden.

He'll have McCaine sputtering with spittle.

While I confess communist torture techniques probably can't hold a candle to the agony of listening to one of Joe's endless, droning stemwinders I'll guess that McCain will at least be able to keep his lapels dry.

Danube of Thought

"Y'all know EXACTLY why he was chosen, don'cha?"

QUACK quack quack quack quack...

clarice

windansea--I haven't seen you around for a while.

kim

Leo, if it works it will have been an inspired choice. But McCain and Biden have been dueling for decades, and I'll bet it's a lot easier to rile Biden than McCain.
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Rar

Biden has been there longer than Castro. He won't let other people serve. Obama wants change.

Obama hates term limits. He got his opportunity and he's just going to pay off his pals.

McCain's ad is pretty neat. Obama isn't ready and won't be; Biden has been in Congress for 35+ years, so he thinks he can buy how to be President.

Danube of Thought

"Y'all know EXACTLY why he was chosen, don'cha?"

QUACK quack quack quack quack...

Danube of Thought

Jeez...a double quack.

Ranger

JERALYN MERRITT: A long time Hilary supporter is holding her nose.

She actually says in the comments section of one of the threads that after this she is undecided about voting for Obama or leaving the top of the ballot blank...

To paraphrase LBJ, if you've lost talk left, you've lost the election.

MayBee

I think Biden is a good choice for Obama. At least for me...because should Obama win, I want someone that at least knows stuff about foreign policy in that office with him. I can imagine Biden telling Susan Rice to stuff it.

anduril

Earlier this morning on a different thread I linked a TNR profile of Biden. I'm relinking the article, Rhetorical Question, properly formatted this time (with my trademark bolding added, for the convenience of skimmers). It dates from 2001, but I've seen nothing over the intervening years that would suggest that Biden has changed, grown or...matured. Since he's supposed to be a foreign policy whiz, this time I've included the closing paragraphs as well as the beginning, to give a flavor of Biden's "thinking" on two foreign policy issues that just happen to be of pressing concern to the US. More now than in 2001. This first few paragraphs simply provides a sort of vignette of Biden's "personality." I suspect Washington, D.C., and the political world in general are awash in Biden stories of this sort:

It's a bright early October morning on Capitol Hill. Joe Biden is bounding up the steps of the Russell Senate Office Building, wearing his trademark grin. As he makes for the door, he is met by a group of airline pilots and flight attendants looking vaguely heroic in their navy-blue uniforms and wing-shaped pins. A blandly handsome man in a pilot's cap steps forward and asks Biden to help pass emergency benefits for laid-off airline workers. Biden nods as the men and women cluster around him with fawning smiles. Then he speaks. "I hope you will support my work on Amtrak as much as I have supported you," he begins. (Biden rides Amtrak to work every day and is obsessed with the railroad.) "If not, I will screw you badly."

A dozen faces fall in unison as Biden lectures on. "You've not been good to me. You're also damn selfish. You better listen to me..." It goes on like this for a couple of minutes. Strangely, Biden keeps grinning--even fraternally slapping the stunned man's shoulder a couple of times. When we finally head into the building, Biden's communications director, Norm Kurz, turns to me. "What you just witnessed is classic Senator Biden."

Meet the current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic Party's de facto spokesman on the war against terrorism. No other Democrat has been as visible in the weeks since September 11, and Biden, who began promoting himself almost immediately after the attacks, is likely to speak, for the foreseeable future, for a party lacking in foreign policy experts. That's good news for a man who is thinking seriously about running for president in 2004. But is it good for the Democratic Party? Biden is tough and he's an internationalist. Unfortunately he's also legendary for speaking impulsively and leaving others to clean up the mess. "He lacks the filter," says one Democratic strategist. Or as a senior Senate foreign policy aide put it: "Biden is an unguided missile." Not exactly the persona you want out front when the country is at war.

...

At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: "I'm groping here." Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction. "Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran," Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.

The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: "I think they'd send it back." Then another aide speaks up delicately: "The thing I would worry about is that it would almost look like a publicity stunt." Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He's already moved on to something else.

And speaking of foreign relations--which will almost certainly be front and center in this campaign (as the Dems seem to expect with the Biden choice)--here's a provocative article from Pravda: Will Russia Force Rebirth of Realism. And here's a red meat quote:

To understand just how unsettling Russia’s invasion of Georgia is to American foreign policy, it’s useful to highlight a short exchange that Senator McCain’s leading foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann had with a reporter from Radio Free Europe in April.

Scheunemann was asked whether the U.S. should be willing to “trade off” Georgia and Ukraine’s NATO aspirations in return for Russian support for U.S. missile defense systems in Central Europe.

“Well, I think first of all the administration has said very clearly and publicly that there will be no trade-offs,” Scheunemann responded. “Trade-offs like that are kind of a relic of a bygone era of power politics.”

This view of diplomacy with the former Soviet superpower – that U.S. positions were inviolable and that we would make no serious accommodation to Russia on behalf of a hierarchy of interests - was dealt a severe, if not lethal blow by the Russian invasion of Georgia.

For years, the U.S. had pocketed Russian concerns about NATO expansion and protests about attacking Serbia and later recognizing an independent Kosovo. Then, as now, American officials have argued that none of the measures sited by Russia as grievances were legitimate. They were never undertaken to encircle or weaken a former adversary.

American actions have not been “inherently threatening to Russia,” said Derek Chollet, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department official in the Clinton administration. Instead, the Russian reaction owed more to the wounded and aggressive nationalism of Vladimir Putin, who once called the break-up of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe in history.”

...

The point was also made that Russia could not expect to exercise a veto over the interactions of sovereign governments. Yet at the same time that the U.S. expected Russia to come to its post-imperial senses, we also expected Russia to join U.S.-led efforts to disarm North Korea and dissuade Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. All this, while steadily fortifying U.S. power ever closer to Russia’s borders.

Russia’s grievances may be unjustified on the merits, but they can no longer be ignored.

The author is optimistic that Russia's action will force a return to realism in foreign policy. I'm not as optimistic, given the calibre of foreign policy thinking exhibited by both the Obama and the McCain camps to date. I also disagree with the author in another respect, and am more optimistic than he is. He believes that the continued prevalence of neocons in foreign policy thought on the GOP side may lead to greater confrontation with Russia in the coming years. I'm not so sure about that. While there has certainly been the usual hawkish rhetoric, I've documented during the past week what appears to be a significant degree of dissent from neocon orthodoxy in this current turn of events, including at such normally stalwart neocons sites as AT, NR and PJMedia. That, I believe, gives reason for cautious optimism.

Pofarmer

Last time they couldn't get one blue state Liberal(who served in Vietnam) and one Southerner elected. So, this time they think they can get TWO blue state Liberals elected.

This should be fun.

clarice

It's the wind and gas(bag) ticket.

Jim

"2024. President Biden, now 82 and in the last year of his second term, didn't even open the morning's economic report. It would be the same as the one before it and the one before that. He no longer read them anymore. With the Depression now in its tenth year, his mind often drifted back to the glory days of 14 or 15 years ago, when everything seemed so sure and it was just he and Barack against the world. When unemployment figures of over 20% had driven the president out of his mind, he had been forced as VP {to take the helm. But to no avail, as tax increases and new programs didn't seem to right the ship. He..."

etc.

clarice

I guess this was the O camp thinking:
He looks like he knows something about foreign affairs and we don't.
Secondly, he's an attack dog and we can send him out to do the dirty work while we play head in the clouds hopey changey games.

Semanticleo

"I'll bet it's a lot easier to rile Biden than McCain."

Mebbe so, but TAG-TEAM wrestling lets Obama
take the high road. McCain will be flyin' just above the deck with reckless disregard because, you know, he's McCain.

windansea

windansea--I haven't seen you around for a while.

I read but don't always have time to comment, besides you guys always cover all angles quite well.

I did use your tip awhile back saying dollar would go up vs Euro, made me look good on a Mexican forum :)

Barney Frank

How did Biden avoid the draft?
Not the dread student deferrments I hope.

In any event I expect the Koskids to be in the streets shortly, protesting this militant chickenhawk ticket which continues beating the wardrums for escalation in Afghanistan.

Captain Hate

The only thing that could make this weekend better would be for the donks to bring in their closer: Bob '0-8' Shrum.

Dean, you unmagnificent bastard!

clarice

Shrum Shrum I'm going to fight for you!!!

Lea

Weird rollout. Predictable, Boring Choice.

I don't think this will hurt Obama though. I occasionally think Biden talks some sense. Not all the time, of course, but occasionally, which is more than I can say for a lot of Dems.

I'm still sad about Bill Richardson not being anywhere. He was my favorite candidate on the dem side by far, which of course means he went nowhere fast.

Danube of Thought

Sending a $200 Million check to Iran would be a great way to "show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction," if only Iran were part of the Arab world. Is Biden aware that Iranians are not Arabs?

I've been worrying about the absence of Shrum myself. With any luck, they'll sign him up soon.

Semanticleo

"I'm not so sure about that. While there has certainly been the usual hawkish rhetoric, I've documented during the past week what appears to be a significant degree of dissent from neocon orthodoxy in this current turn of events,"

Indeed. There was some indication of that here to my OT comments on the Georgian affair.

Seems they think it would be insane to protect a former Soviet republic trying to go democracy while so close to Russian supply lines and with so many nukes at their disposal. We should never enter a shooting war with someone who can actually hit back.

Then there is Cecil Turner, the unrepentant one.

Jane

Mebbe so, but TAG-TEAM wrestling lets Obama
take the high road.


Let us know when he starts, okay? Obama is about the lowest road candidate I've ever seen. Ii attribute that to the fact that he can't talk substance, cause he has none. If you think having Biden on the ticket will change that, I want some of what you are drinking.

Porchlight

Please, Semantic. Ever see a big kid hold a little kid at arm's length while the little kid flails around and throws punches into the air? That's what McCain will be doing with the windbag Biden. If Obama hasn't been able to goad McCain into saying sommething he'll regret, what makes you think Biden will be able to? Unless you're admitting Biden is a stronger candidate than Barack?

And as for the old-Senate-warrior-who-has-the-dirt-on-McCain meme, McCain knows just as well as Biden where the bodies are buried in the Senate.

Semanticleo

"Obama is about the lowest road candidate I've ever seen."

If you say so. I don't think Ahab has been
very elevating, but he had to do something about the Polls, didn't he.

If you are talking reality, then I'll give you Sum-Zero. But it's public perception, you know.

GMax

Joe Biden the racist candidate?


"I've had a great relationship (with Indian Americans). In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking,"

There is a youtube video of him saying exactly this in case you think I am joking.

Goes well with the racist President Pro Tempore of the Senate dont you think?

This is the party of inclusion? What is hopeful or changing about this?

GMax

I wonder what Biden thinks about Blacks?

stan

I'm amazed that so many lefties are saying Biden is smart. Of course, they said the same thing about Gore and Kerry and Edwards and Hillary and Dukakis and Boxer and Pelosi and Dean and Reid and ...

Semanticleo

"Joe Biden the racist candidate?"

OMG! Do you see? It's already working.

anduril

Gmax--he likes them if they're clean cut and well spoken. He said so himself.

Ranger

BTW, Team McCain had an ad ready at 6 am this moring.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/23/new-mccain-ad-biden/>Via Hot Air

Not bad...

Extraneus

I have this image of Biden in his bedroom, dressed in an ascot and smoking jacket, gazing admiringly into a giant gilded mirror and asking a staff lackey how good he looks.

If ever there was a bigger gasbag, it must have been before my time, but I'm happy with the pick. I think Fred will crush him in the debate. :-)

Cecil Turner

Personally, I don't think it's a great pick. My main beef with Biden is this stupidity on the role of Congress in declaring war:

I happen to be a professor of Constitutional law. I'm the guy that drafted the Use of Force proposal that we passed. It was in conflict between the President and the House. I was the guy who finally drafted what we did pass. Under the Constitution, there is simply no distinction ... Louis Fisher(?) and others can tell you, there is no distinction between a formal declaration of war, and an authorization of use of force. There is none for Constitutional purposes. None whatsoever. And we defined in that Use of Force Act that we passed, what ... against whom we were moving, and what authority was granted to the President.
Though SCOTUS finally ruled the interpretation was essentially correct (Hamdi v. Rumsfeld), the confusion caused (and moral cowardice displayed) was palpable. He also displayed an appalling lack of judgment in the negative assessment what would prove to be the winning strategy:
The Bush administration is heading in exactly the wrong direction.

Instead of a diplomatic and political offensive to forge a political settlement, it proposes a military offensive that would send 17,500 Americans into the middle of a sectarian conflict in a city of 6.2 million people.

This military surge in Iraq is not a solution - it is a tragic mistake.

And note later in the same interview, his rationale behind the aborted attempt to have a do-over on the AUMF resolution. Obama might think he's getting someone with foreign policy expertise with this pick, but in my opinion it merely reinforces his big negative: the typical Democrat cluelessness on national defense.

GMax

Clean and well spoken and dont shuffle their feet?

Only with our current media does this party not get laughed into oblivion.

GMax

If ever there was a bigger gasbag,

I would say that John Kerry would fit the description although he may be able to gasify in fewer words than Slow Joe.

JM Hanes

I must say, I think Biden is the best of the lot. It's a relief to see somebody with some credible foreign policy experience and a pragmatic understanding of how the world works on the Obama ticket. I'm hoping to see Susan Rice and some 300 advisors sliding under the bus.

That said, here's a run down the new talking points. The New York Times, in the understated fashion we've come to expect, leads off:

He is also, at least arguably, a Washington insider, having worked there for so long, though he still commutes home to Wilmington every night by train.
I like the fact that Biden's actually been going home every night -- which is probably why it's already part of the foundational spin. If you were thinking that Biden is the kind of guy who measures his shirt cuff line when he dons his suits, you've got a surprise coming!

Linda (We've Got Women Too!) Douglas, from Obama HQ showed up on Wolf Blitzer this morning with the news that Biden is no insider! He's "not a creature of Washington," he's "not on the Washington cocktail circuit." He's a real, working class "lunch bucket" stiff, of "modest means" who has spent his life "fighting for average Americans." "He doesn't spend all his time hanging around with lobbyists," (unless you count his son, but that will surely be family, not politics) and by the way, "He's got this enormous Irish family." That would be an Irish Catholic family of course.

And we're off!

anduril

He was speaking in praise of Barry. Got a lot of play back when he said it.

Patrick R. Sullivan

Biden: 'He's bright, articulate, clean...AND HE'S MINE.'

Cecil Turner

Seems they think it would be insane to protect a former Soviet republic trying to go democracy . . .

Seems to me you were suggesting a forcible entry operation into the middle of a Russian assault. You want to volunteer for that? Ask your son if he does.

anduril

some credible foreign policy experience and a pragmatic understanding of how the world works

At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: "I'm groping here." Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction. "Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran," Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.

The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: "I think they'd send it back." Then another aide speaks up delicately: "The thing I would worry about is that it would almost look like a publicity stunt." Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He's already moved on to something else.

Porchlight
I have this image of Biden in his bedroom, dressed in an ascot and smoking jacket, gazing admiringly into a giant gilded mirror and asking a staff lackey how good he looks.

Gilderoy Lockhart! Excellent visual, Extraneous.

And I believe Professor Lockhart also got in trouble for embellishing his resume.

"I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do."

Maybe Barack and Biden have more in common than I first thought.

Danube of Thought

Drink some of this, Jane:

"Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate is unlikely to shake-up the presidential horse race. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll completed last night, three-quarters of voters said picking Biden would not sway their votes one way or the other. And about as many said they would be more apt to support Obama with Biden on the ticket as said the choice would make them less likely to vote Democratic on Election Day (13 to 10 percent)."

From the estimable Washington Post.

Danube of Thought

"America needs to show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction. 'Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,' Biden declares."

His foreign-policy expertise is such that he thinks Iran is part of the Arab world.

kim

Notes on the founders in a book by Louis Fisher gave me the rationale for giving the Legislative the power to declare war and the Executive the power to make war; and that is that it is a Hell of a lot easier to get into a war than it is to get out of one.

It seems Bush is masterful at getting out of this one. And with the assistance of Sistani.
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Pofarmer

I must say, I think Biden is the best of the lot.

You must be working with a pretty small lot.

GMax

Must be a vacant weedy lot in the hood.

Jane

DoT - Bob Beckel is on Fox saying Biden's big strength is that he's been in the senate with John McCain the entire time.

Now that is the plussest of all plusses.

Sheesh - maybe they should show Beckel the clip of Biden saying he'd run with McCain.

What a joke.

anduril

Here's a link that gathers some classic Biden: The Case Against Joe Biden. Samples:

On the day he formally announced his candidacy, a New York Observer story that quoted Biden as calling Obama "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" came out, and the resultant uproar effectively undercut any momentum Biden was hoping to build.

...

One of the most overlooked episodes during the 1987 collapse of Biden's campaign was a snippet of footage captured by C-Span in which the Delaware senator, in response to a question about where he went to law school and what sort of grades he received, delivered this classic line: "I think I have a much higher IQ than you do."

Rick Ballard

"He doesn't spend all his time hanging around with lobbyists,"

JMH,

Those guys from MBNA (Now BAC) weren't lobbyists?

Slow Joe is a "regular lunch bucket" for the credit issuers who got precisely what they wanted out of the Bankruptcy Reform Act. If you read that from the Left it's the "Lifetime Indentured Servitude Act".

Pretty thin smoke screen Ms Douglas is blowing this morning. I wonder if Slow Joe will be meeting with Cardinal Chaput while in Denver? That would be a very interesting meeting for all those wondering about the depth of Slow Joe's committment to average "Irish Catholic family" values.

BobS

I see the lefties have their Big 3 out to disrupt those neocon JOMers today

GMax

Beckel is a shill. He says what the DNC wants said almost every time. Every once in a great while he will stray from the reservation, which is why FOX brings him back as when he does, its entertaining tv.

BobS

I just can't wait to see what the late nighters and John Stewart can do with Biden's stuff.

Oh, wait a minute. They'll just have to play the clip.

MikeS

First of all, I am sorely disappointed by the disrespect Obama has shown to Hillary. I don't believe he would have been so disrespectful if Hillary was a man.

Joe Biden is a good choice for Obama. I know Biden has a tendency to say outrageous and ridiculously irresponsible things that he wishes he hadn't said, but in this campaign that will serve to misdirect attention away from Obama's vacuousness.

JM Hanes

Compared to Obama, Susan Rice and Zbigniew Burzyński, last heard recommending (not kidding!) that we respond to Russia's invasion of Georgia by boycotting the upcoming Olympics in Moscow? Yeah, I'd say pragmatic. Doesn't mean I take his every utterance seriously or or think that something like partitioning Iraq is a great idea.

Jane

It seems like the best thing the democrats can say about Biden is that he commutes to Delaware every night. That makes him a Washington outsider.

How long a trip is that?

Danube of Thought

I'm listening to Roger Hedgcock, a local talkshow guy who occasionally subs for Rush Limbaugh. He had this guy Berg on, talking about Obama's citizenship (Berg is the guy who filed the lawsuit in Philly). According to Berg, some months back the GOP sent a research team to Mombasa, and they came up with a Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama Jr. He says he filed his lawsuit to get Obama off the ticket because he knows the GOP is going to go public with this in October.

I report, you decide.

Jane

Oh dear, now they are saying Biden's losing his wife in a car accident means he has been thru tragedy - apparently to counter balance McCain's POW days. Could that be why Obama chose him?

Jane

So DOT, if Obama was forced off the ticket AFTER the convention, would the top of the ticket go to Biden?

centralcal

I wonder if right out of the gate -- today in Springfield -- if ol' Joe doesn't already make at least one gaffe. And, if he is true to course he may go on and on and on, before The One even has a chance to show his new, improved extemporaneous (teleprompter) skills.

Biden is a gift that will keep on giving, and giving and giving.

GMax

Did Berg mention that fire does not burn steel? I hear that is another of his firm beliefs. I would not get way out front on this one, plus the Democrats would just pull a Toricelli and put in another placeholder and talk about how the Republicans kept a poor black man ( ok rich and and half black you know what I mean ) off the ticket!

Semanticleo

"Ask your son if he does."

Leave my son out of it, asshole.

GMax

I always said profanity really really improves your argument. Given yours though, it needs more help than that...

Semanticleo

Profanity? It's more a statement of fact.

Apologies to any offended, unless you think family in the mil is 'fair game'.

M. Simon

DOT says:

Seems to me that the Kos crowd will be apoplectic over this choice.

Nope they love it. Same for DU. Like all good Stalinists they fall right in with the new Party line just like the old one never existed,

kim

Ask anybody's son, Leo; it could be anyone's son or daughter. The question is whether it is sensible to volunteer for a reckless mission. Don't take it personally.
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Danube of Thought

Jane, I have no idea at all. The Democratic Party can act in any way it wants to in selecting its nominee, I think, although I also think there is some deadline for the time the nominee must be placed on the ballot.

Please don't interpret anything I say, or have said, as endorsing this fellow Berg. Incidentally, he has a website called ObamaCrimes.com [sic], at which there appears the complaint he filed in Philly. Unfortunately, I can't open anything on the site.

GMax

Eagleton was selected and then removed so I think that is a precedent to learn from.

glenda waggoner

Good background, Cecil and Anduril. Let's see, Biden...boring unless he says something stupid, which is 90% of the time.
Backstabbing, plain mean, evidently, when he wants to get his way, air-time when cameras are rolling in committee.
I think Obama chose Biden to transfer all the "what about this and that" questions in HIS background, and let Obama rise above it all on his wings of communist angels,..or something. Did they actually say Biden was
a common man, goes home everynight, etc.
WELL, IF I HAD HIS MANSION AND GROUNDS I WOULD NEVER LEAVE. His place makes Mc Cain's
home in Arizona look like middle class heaven.

Semanticleo

"we respond to Russia's invasion of Georgia by boycotting the upcoming Olympics in Moscow?'

JM;

What has been the response, not only to the invasion, but continued presence?

The whole matter has all the ingredients of Iraq.

*An oppressive dictator who murders his people

*WMD's

*Continued cease=fire breaches.

*Democracy being withheld from citizenry.

"The question is whether it is sensible to volunteer for a reckless mission."

Kim;

Why the circumspection?

JM Hanes

Porchlight:

"You must be working with a pretty small lot."

I was thinking of Obama's (sand!)lot -- and I suspect more than one person politely declined.

M. Simon

Cecil Turner,

The AUMF against the Barbary Pirates might interest you.

MarkO

DOT:

On the issue of the One’s Constitutional qualification and the alleged foreign birth, does no one have standing to seek a declaratory judgment or does everyone have standing? Remembering, always, that standing is a function of the case on its merits.

Semanticleo

Here's a taste of what McCain has in store.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Y8AFctpjo

JM Hanes

"What has been the response, not only to the invasion, but continued presence?"

I'd say it's a work in progress. Others may prefer to make more precipitous judgments. We do know how Carter policy worked out, however, which apparently Carter and Burzyński have yet to grasp. But back to Biden.....

JM Hanes

Jane:

After reading your comment on yesterday's thread, I also came across this piece in National Review, with quotes from Clarence Thomas' book on the view from his side of the confirmation hearings that Biden conducted as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Not pretty. In contrast, here's how the New York Times summed up his role in the two most theatrical, explosive, legendary Supreme Court hearings evah:

Mr. Biden led the opposition to both nominations, although he came under criticism from some feminists for not immediately disclosing what were at first Ms. Hill’s closed-door accusations against Mr. Thomas.
Biden was protecting Thomas! He doesn't fool Ramesh Ponnuru:
Sen. Biden's basic critique of Bork was that he was a dangerous extremist because he denied that moral principles could override written law. His basic critique of Thomas was that he was a dangerous extremist because he (allegedly) affirmed that moral principles could override written law. Some people call Biden thoughtful.
Ponnuru also comments wryly, "So maybe McCain can win the Indian vote."

centralcal

Several days ago I read a paragraph from Peggy Noonan on Biden at some blog. I tried and tried to find it again and couldn't. Luckily RedState highlighted it today. It is a DELIGHTFUL and very accurate description of Joe:

"As he speaks, as he goes on and on and spins his long statements, hypotheticals, and free associations--as he demonstrates yet again . . . that he is incapable of staying on the river of a thought, and is constantly lured down tributaries from which he can never quite work his way back--you can see him batting the little paddles of his mind against the weeds, trying desperately to return to the river but not remembering where it is, or where it was going."

M. Simon

Leo,
You are falling behind the times. The American presence in Georgia is now permanent. They will be using an old Russian military base.

i.e. it looks like the pipeline will be protected. Short oil.

Sara

Doesn't Obama have a bug up his a$$ about lobbyists?

Via Flopping Aces:

But he picks a running mate who has taken quite a bit of money from those lobbyists and special interests:

Biden has accepted $5,133,072 in contributions from lawyers and lobbyists since 2003. Obama does not accept contributions from federally registered lobbyists.

And he has one other weakness that hasn’t received much attention to date. One of Biden’s sons, Hunter, is a registered Washington lobbyist in a year in which Obama has been excoriating lobbyists and the culture of corruption in Washington. The younger Biden is a name partner at the firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair, LLP, and seems to have specialized in lobbying for just the kind of earmark spending by Congress that Obama has vowed to slash. Republican insiders say the party is likely to make an issue of Biden’s family lobbying ties.

Also expect to hear more about Biden’s close ties with credit card companies. His largest contributor (based on total contributions by employees) over the past five years has been MBNA, the Delaware-based bank aquired in 2005 by Bank of America than until then was the world’s largest independent credit card issuer and a major supporter of the 2005 bankruptcy bill that Biden crossed the aisle to support.

JM Hanes

For the literalists, no I do not think Biden protecting Thomas.

pagar

And the winner for best comment on Biden is:
Atlas Shrugs---------------

"The man is the poster boy for verbal diarrhea."

LUN

Danube of Thought

MarkO, I dunno. Jonathan Turley says the case isn't ripe for adjudication unless and until the guy is elected. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Semanticleo

"Biden's basic critique of Bork"

It SEEMS contradictory, but the message is there, (Bork's 'morality')

clarice

He's a fool.

Sara

Oh this is going to be fun:

He [Biden] has his own lies to deal with:

The tape, which was made available by C-SPAN in response to a reporter’s request, showed a testy exchange in response to a question about his law school record from a man identified only as ”Frank.” Mr. Biden looked at his questioner and said: ”I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do.”

He then went on to say that he ”went to law school on a full academic scholarship - the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship,” Mr. Biden said. He also said that he ”ended up in the top half” of his class and won a prize in an international moot court competition. In college, Mr. Biden said in the appearance, he was ”the outstanding student in the political science department” and ”graduated with three degrees from college.” Comments on Assertions

In his statement today, Mr. Biden, who attended the Syracuse College of Law and graduated 76th in a class of 85, acknowledged: ”I did not graduate in the top half of my class at law school and my recollection of this was inaccurate.”

clarice

Makes it even harder for the Jews to vote Dem this time around.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/obamabiden_a_bigger_gamble_for.html>Biden sucks

Larry

Looks like TS Fay will be here very shortly. I'll be outside, shaking my fist at the wuss.

clarice

Both of these candidates share certain faults:arrogance; over valuation of their abilities; a disregard for the truth.

Semanticleo

"He's a fool."

I tend to agree, but don't forget the role
of "fool" in Shakespeare.

Sara

And via Gateway Pundit, who is blogging on his way to Denver:

And just think... It wasn't that long ago that Joe Biden suggested to John Kerry that he pick John McCain as VP.
Porchlight

I was thinking of Obama's (sand!)lot -- and I suspect more than one person politely declined.

JMH, I don't think it was me who said that, but I'm with you on the size of Obama's sorry sandlot. And that a lot of folks said thanks but no thanks (but then again, so did Biden).

centralcal

Turley (the fool)?

Sara

Now this is funny:

Hugh Hewitt: Obama Picks Cliff the Mailman

Semanticleo

"The American presence in Georgia is now permanent."

"The whole matter has all the ingredients of Iraq."

Thanks for the reminder.

mew bullet (how could I forget)

*OIL

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