Joe Biden

How lame is Hillary Clinton?

Featured image This lame: She is defending her vote in favor of a bankruptcy bill that the left doesn’t like by blaming Joe Biden. The Wall Street Journal reports: Hillary Clinton defended her vote for a controversial bankruptcy bill reviled by the left on Thursday, and said she did so at the insistence of then-Sen. Joe Biden. Clinton was asked about this vote during a conversation with a citizen at a New »

Democrats See No Irony In Running Against Themselves

Featured image Today Joe Biden delivered a populist oration on the occasion of Labor Day. Biden ripped the stagnant American economy of recent years: “I’m mad, I’m angry,” Biden thundered, attacking the U.S. economy as “devastating for workers.” That’s what we’ve been saying for the last 6 1/2 years. Where has Biden been all this time? Oh yeah, that’s right–he’s been the vice president. The economy is lousy for most workers because »

Biden: His time

Featured image Early this summer I thought that Hillary Clinton’s email problems had given Biden the opening he needed for a presidential candidacy. I called it Biden’s moment. Clinton’s email issues have given rise to the need for a plausible alternative to Madam Hillary. On the Democratic side the space for a plausible alternative has yet to be filled and politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Martin O’Malley — he may be »

Will Biden Run? Of Course He Will!

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports that Vice President Joe Biden is inclined to run for president: Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. … A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren »

Hillary falls below 50 percent among Democrats

Featured image A Fox News poll finds that Hillary Clinton is favored by only 49 percent of Democrats. Bernie Sanders’ support is at 30 percent. That’s quite a swing from June, when Clinton led Sanders by 61-15. Clinton’s 19 point lead is still substantial. But in August 2007, she held a bigger lead over Barack Obama. Back then, she was ahead 48-26. In 2007, the race was much closer in states with »

Sanders continues to close the gap in New Hampshire

Featured image Socialist Bernie Sanders is now running only six points behind limousine socialist Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR Granite State poll. Clinton leads Sanders 42-36. This puts him only fractionally outside the poll’s margin of error. Although Clinton maintains a double-digit lead in New Hampshire in the Real Clear Politics average, that lead is inflated by a poll (by Bloomberg/St. Anselm) from mid-June that had Clinton up »

White House adds to Joe-mentum

Featured image Appearing this morning on MSNBC, White House press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to be doing all he reasonably could to promote a Joe Biden presidential run. Asked by Mika Brzezinski: “Does President Obama want Joe Biden to jump in the race for president and will he support his vice president, Earnest responded: It certainly seemed to generate some news in the last 24 hours, didn’t it? What the president has »

How would a Biden campaign play out?

Featured image If it really was Beau Biden’s dying wish that Joe Biden run for president, then Joe has a powerful incentive to enter the race, especially since Hilary has yet to show any sign of invincibility. Moreover, as Scott notes, regardless of what Beau did or did not say, the fact that Biden is putting this story out amounts to strong evidence that he’s considering a run. How would a Biden »

To Beau or not to Beau?

Featured image Yesterday I reiterated my view that Vice President Biden is likely to contest Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Today brings us more definitive evidence than I was able to muster in that post. It comes in Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column “Joe Biden in ’16: What Would Beau do?” It also comes in Times reporter Amy Chozick’s companion story “Joe Biden said to be taking new look »

To Biden or not to Biden?

Featured image I wrote here early last month that this was Biden’s moment. Now Josh Kraushaar joins in at National Journal. We have learned something from Bernie Sanders other than the liberals’ bottomless appetite for political pap. Sanders has demonstrated the large space that exist for a plausible Democratic alternative to Madam Hillary. An avowed socialist is not a plausible alternative. The space is therefore now occupied by a vacuum. I think »

Biden’s moment

Featured image The postulate that nature abhors a vacuum seems to apply in politics as elsewhere. There is a vacuum in the Democratic field of candidates for president. Like Gene McCarthy in 1968, Bernie Sanders is in the process of demonstrating the existence of the vacuum. Again, like McCarthy in 1968, there his utility ends. Sanders would not be a viable Democratic candidate for president. The vacuum is the space for a »

Is Hillary’s Glass Jaw Starting to Crack Already?

Featured image If Hillary Clinton’s feeble performance in the 2008 campaign is any indication, she has a glass jaw as a candidate, which will manifest itself at some point—though perhaps too late for a credible candidate other than Joe Biden to have enough time to organize a serious campaign. People keep saying the Republicans might have a brokered convention, but maybe it will be the Democrats who revive the e-cigarette-filled-backroom.* As we »

Another Blast from the Past: When Biden Teamed up With Helms

Featured image I missed Marc Thiessen’s Washington Post column a couple days ago recalling the time a senator named Joe Biden . . . hmmm, that name seems familiar, doesn’t it?—teamed up with Sen. Jesse Helms (!!!) to interpose themselves in the Clinton Administration’s diplomacy regarding the UN’s International Criminal Court: Biden also surely remembers how in 1998, when the Clinton administration was negotiating a U.N. treaty to create an International Criminal »

Joe Biden “reveres” the Senate, but not its constitutional role [UPDATED]

Featured image As Scott notes, Tom Cotton has created a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, signed by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter explains that unless an agreement between President Obama and Iran receives Senate approval, it will not bind the next president. Vice President Biden intones that the letter is “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” This is sheer wind-baggery. If Biden revered the Senate, he »

I Knew Bob Packwood. Bob Packwood Was a Friend of Mine.

Featured image If you thought Joe Biden couldn’t top his “Shylock” performance, you were wrong. Speaking to none other than a Democratic women’s conference, Biden reminisced fondly about the good old days in the Senate, when he got to work with great guys like Bob Packwood. Yes, that Bob Packwood. You know what this reminds me of? Trent Lott. Lott, as you probably recall, was delivering a 100th birthday tribute to Strom »

Hath not a Timesman cultural literacy?

Featured image Joe Biden made waves when he referred to “shylocks” in a speech on Monday. He made waves because he didn’t realize the term was offensive to Jews, drawing as it does on Shakespeare’s problematic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender in The Merchant of Venice. The late, great John Gross devoted an outstanding book to the portrayal of Shylock through the ages. The book provides a humane literary and historical education »

Joe Biden: Take Back America–From Me! [Updated]

Featured image Today, giving a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Joe Biden went full Democrat, unleashing a rant about the middle class. His theme was that America’s middle class is getting a raw deal, and at one point he yelled, “So folks, it’s time to take back America!” I agree that the middle class is, in important respects, getting a bad deal. But then, I haven’t been the vice-president for the last »