Joe Biden

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 »

Montana Dem Senator revealed as plagiarist

Featured image The New York Times is reporting that Montana Sen. John Walsh plagiarized “at least a quarter” of his 2007 master’s degree thesis for the U.S. Army War College. According to the Times, Walsh copied an entire page nearly word-for-word from a Harvard paper, and each of his six conclusions is copied from a document from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace without attribution. The Senator’s response? “I didn’t do anything »

Is there life after college?

Featured image Of course there is. But our leading politicians all seem to have stepped out of your college dorm. Bill Clinton is the guy who never lost a BS session argument. Ted Cruz is the only guy who never lost an argument to Bill Clinton, but who also set the dorm record for causing eyes to roll. Barack Obama is the guy you could usually defeat in an argument but only »

Three obvious reasons why Joe Biden shouldn’t run for president

Featured image Joe Biden has told CNN, “there may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.” Biden added: It doesn’t mean I’m the only guy that can do it, but if no one I think can, and I think I can, then I’d run. If I don’t, I won’t. Here are three obvious reasons why Biden shouldn’t run: (1) he’s »

Hillary Just Biden Her Time?

Featured image Is it is mere coincidence that we’re seeing a bunch of stories dribbling out about our drooling vice president, Joe Foot-In-Mouth Biden?  First, we hear from the new Helprin-Heilemann book, Double-Down, that Obama and his political team considered replacing Biden on the ticket in 2012, but of course this is all stoutly denied by most everyone. More curious is this story attacking Biden for going all wobbly on the Bin »

A message from “Joe Biden”

Featured image Bill Kristol posts the message from “Joe Biden” sent to millions of low-information Democrats and others on the Democratic Party’s email list: From: Joe Biden democraticparty@democrats.org Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:38:20 -0400 To: Subject: This is important There’s never been as much distance — at least since I’ve been alive — between where the mainstream of the Republican Party is and the Democratic Party is. It’s a chasm. It’s »

It’s Time to Tighten Up On Firearms Background Checks

Featured image Specifically, to make sure that Joe Biden never, ever gets his hands on a firearm. Biden loves shotguns–nothing wrong with that, but it appears that every time he fires one, somebody’s life is in danger. Here is the latest: I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in »

Al Qaeda — resurgent in Iraq and emergent in Syria, thanks in no small part to President Obama

Featured image The Washington Post reports on the reemergence of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). According to Bruce Reidel, a former CIA counterterrorism expert now with the Brookings Institution, “what we’re now seeing is al Qaeda in Iraq’s revival, not only as a movement in that country but as a regional movement.” Reidel notes that from its base in the Sunni provinces west of Baghdad, AQI is building networks in Syria and »

Biden Does It Again: President Who?

Featured image Joe Biden does it again.  I’ll bet he just wishes Bill Clinton was still president, or perhaps he really did mean it Friday when he said there wasn’t a moment he was proud to be Obama’s vice president (video just 14 totally Biden-licious seconds long): »

Halloween Leftovers

Featured image But is there really anything scarier than Obama or Biden without a teleprompter?  Probably not, but here’s some worthy candidates. »

Biden, 2016!

Featured image Just when you think Biden can’t be any more idiotic . . . oh well, let’s just go to the tape (just 16 seconds long, but it’s plenty long enough for Slow Joe): “There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president.”  Yeah Joe, we know the feeling. Meanwhile, let’s not forget the ongoing media malpractice of the closing weeks of »

Debate indiscipline, an inherent problem for Democrats

Featured image If there’s a common takeaway from the four debates of this presidential cycle, it’s the indiscipline of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The problem manifested itself in different ways in different debates. In the first debate, Obama apparently lacked the discipline to treat the event with the seriousness it required. He seemed comparatively unprepared, unwilling to treat Romney as a serious opponent until it was too late, and unable even »

“What’s He Doing Back There?”

Featured image Vice President Joe Biden is the most weirdly inappropriate figure in modern political history. We can’t even imagine what a figure of fun he would be if he were a Republican. Fresh off his disastrous “debate” with Paul Ryan, about which hardly anyone remembers anything except that Biden made a fool of himself, he appeared onstage with Florida Senator Bill Nelson. A woman was warming up the crowd, talking about »