Redstate (and other) commentary on Biden. Preview.
I venture into Redstate occasionally (so you don't have to).
I have an account and I comment there, and I have even posted a few times. I haven't been banned yet... of course I get flamed and I've had a diary frozen, but I haven't been banned.
I thought this was a good time to check over there and some other places to see what the Biden part of Obama/Biden has coming in the coming days and weeks as the 'pugs crank up the noise machine for real.
How many ways might one smear a Biden? ...if one were so inclined.
Say it with me now, and know it is one of the first times you've heard it said about Joe Biden ... - an ornery chap who likes women a bit too much for his own good, a horrible liar during the Clarence Thomas hearings (and during a few others too), and yes, all of it coming with an ego the size of Jupiter.
It appears to come down to his handling of Clarence Thomas (including being "insensitive to the concerns of women"), the Washington Insider (not Change) meme, that Obama chose Biden to shore up his weakness on foreign policy, some Biden hearts McCain nonsense, plagiarism scandal x 2 (1988 election plus a college incident), and last, perhaps most damningly, the whole he's not Hillary... thing.
I don't think it's as bad as it sounds.
After masterminding the defeat of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in 1987, he famously botched the hearings for Clarence Thomas, presiding over a spectacle that somehow managed both to confirm a deeply conservative judge while making himself, and many liberals, seem insensitive to the concerns of women.
This one is Rovian in its attack of a Biden strength. Biden sponsored and was instrumental in causing the Violence Against Woman Act to be included in the 1994 crime bill, a sure plus with many Hillary supporters.
This one's a gimme:
For a campaign that has consistently chided John McCain for being mired in the old Washington guard and conducting the "same old Washington politics," Obama's choice is bizarre. Joe Biden, change?? Biden, the sixth-longest-serving and notoriously long-winded senator?
The candidate of change went with the status quo.
In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness _ inexperience in office and on foreign policy _ rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.
The picks say something profound about Obama: For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old Illinois senator worried that he couldn't beat Republican John McCain without help from a seasoned politician willing to attack.
...but this one, in a Biden + Hillary (remember her, of "I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience" fame and forethought?") vs. Obama kinda way, could sting the way they will splice it together:
And finally -- and this is my favorite one -- Joe Biden, who suggested on March 16, 2004, on "Hardball" that John Kerry pick John McCain as his running mate:
"'I think that this is time for unity in this country, and maybe it is time to have a guy like John McCain -- a Republican -- on the ticket with a guy he does like. They do get along. And they don't have fundamental disagreements on major policies.'
When asked by Matthews if he would support such a ticket, Biden said, 'I would. Yeah, if John Kerry said that's who he wanted, and McCain -- I'd encourage McCain to say yes. ... But, you know, we need some unity here, man.
Unity huh? So he's a... uniter? Why does that sound familiar, and why does it make my stomach hurt? I can already see the ad: Clinton praising his experience and Biden celebrating him as the great Uniter™. I don't think they will roll with that part of it-SPLICE. The response would be too easy. His "uniter" talk juxtaposed with Dub's... hug pic in the background... too easy.
There's a pattern here, ladies and gentlemen, when discussing these people. Let's go back. We have a montage here from 1988, the first time Biden ran for president. This is when he got creamed because he plagiarized the socialist Labor Party member in Great Britain named Neil Kinnock. He actually plagiarized part of Kinnock's biography as his own! It was stunningly embarrassing.
I guess this "pattern" the lumpy bloated impotent one alludes to is a tie-in to something that happened some 40+ years ago:
The file distributed by the Senator included a law school faculty report, dated Dec. 1, 1965, that concluded that Mr. Biden had ''used five pages from a published law review article without quotation or attribution'' and that he ought to be failed in the legal methods course for which he had submitted the 15-page paper.
The plagiarized article, ''Tortious Acts as a Basis for Jurisdiction in Products Liability Cases,'' was published in the Fordham Law Review of May 1965.
I think Mr. 894 of 899 has enough college shenanigans to point to (getting into drunken brawls, attacking visiting diplomats, etc.) that can effectively counter any of that.
It just gets worse, huh? Will this go viral?
We'll see. Almost 600 views in its first 5 hours or so since the announcement (12a to 5a-ish).
Thank you Sir, may I have another?
Kinda lame. I don't think that will go anywhere. Ha... 0 views. I am the first. One star. HA!
Lastly, there was the following expression of concern. Gotta say: Ouch.
Not. Even. Considered.
The remaining question, of course, is whether you will exact some form of retribution for the fact that your candidate was treated--and continues to be treated--in the fashion one would expect you to find so unbelievably unbecoming.
Barack Obama, of course, bets that you will swallow your pride and fall in line. He probably chuckles at the thought that you would do otherwise. Just sayin' is all.
I just... I-
I'm not even touching that one. Anybody?