January 15, 2016
Sick of the Naysayers
People are making fun of the President's war on cancer. Jenna Adamson at USA Today points out that it may have been tried once or twice before in "Obama's new, new!, new!!, new!!!, new!!!! war on cancer":
It turns out beauty pageant contestants and presidents have a lot in common. They both want to achieve world peace and cure cancer (as if "cancer" were one disease). President Obama is an experienced practitioner of this brand of presidential puffery, having first launched his "new" effort to cure cancer back in 2009. But our current president wasn't the first to launch a medical moon race or to promise a cure in a speech before a joint session of Congress. Those distinctions go to Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton:
Peter Suderman and Kevin Williamson have whacked at the idea that "cancer" is not a monolithic entity to be battled. Williamson:
To begin with, there's the inconvenient fact that there is no such thing as cancer. "Cancer" refers to a category of diseases, one that contains hundreds of different maladies. Some of those have a great deal in common with one another, many do not. Spindle-cell breast cancer really isn't very much at all like Hodgkin's lymphoma; the former presents a very difficult course of treatment with a poor outlook, while the latter is so effectively treated (90 percent survival rate) that it is sometimes described as "curable," though physicians tend to shy away from the use of that word.
They are clearly missing the point -- we've never thrown VP Joe Biden at the problem before.
September 8, 2015
Road Trip Index
We've discussed the "younger/hipper" candidate always winning.
PJ O'Rourke clarifies it a bit. He finds the Democratic establishment at fault for not supporting VP Biden:
You're the Democrats' best choice because you're so far ahead of every other candidate, from either party, in the "Road Trip Poll."
He goes back to Truman-Dewey and recaps them, PJ O'Rourke style.
George H.W. Bush or "I have to go take a Dukakis"? (A word-for-word off-the-record quote from Bush 41 obtained on deep background.)
Fun, and probably a better voicing of what I've tried to communicate.
May 4, 2015
Ridin' the Blinds
Who doesn't love a train song? Here's Robert Johnson's (heavily borrowed from Son House's) Walking Blues:
Well, leave this mornin' if I have to, whoa, ride the blinds
When I hear the phrase "don't mind dyin'" I always think of Joe Biden's being our nation's Vice President. But he is also associated with Amtrak for his regular ridership.
Kevin Williamson at NR gets on a train which is expecting the Scrappy Veep from Scranton PA. Hilarity ensues:
A lumbering agent of vice-presidential security seated himself next to me and fiddled with his BlackBerry, because apparently they still make BlackBerrys and the Secret Service uses them, God help us all.
You'll kinda wanna read the whole thing.
October 7, 2014
Who is Joe Biden?
C'mon, don't you wish you didn't know?
August 5, 2014
Quote of the Day
There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world's most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason. -- VP Joe BidenVideo (and a lot of annoying popups) at the link. Hat-tip: Insty.
February 10, 2014
Obama Makes Mid-Sized Company Employees "Job Slaves"
In an article about the adminstration unilaterally revising the PPACA - again - those right-wing hacks at CNN embed a video bashing the President's signature legislation.
"Joe Biden said this is a big fucking deal. This is a big fucking disaster."
Next thing you know they'll be reporting that an American diplomat was murdered by terrorists in the middle east on the anniversary of 9/11.
June 10, 2013
Is it Legal to smack the VP like this?
Ow! That has gotta sting! Mary Anastasia O'Grady DEMOLISHES VP Biden's recent OpEd on free trade.
But count me a skeptic. The protectionist, anti-development and collectivist agendas of Big Labor, green radicals and the ideological left are woven into Obama administration policy. Democrats rely heavily on these groups for financing, and the Obama administration can't afford to offend them. It's hard to believe that it is ready to walk away from some of its most generous donors in exchange for an expansion of free trade that will make individuals less reliant on government.
One which Senator Biden voted against, long before the Administration he was taking a victory-lap for moved into the White House.
Read the whole thing -- but after that, she is not so nice and understanding. Owww!
April 27, 2013
Quote of the Day
Doctor Biden has joined Twitter as @DrBiden. The account is "run by Dr. Jill Biden's Office," and it tells us absorbing things about Dr. Biden -- things such as "Yesterday, Dr. Biden hosted an education roundtable" and "Yesterday, Dr. Biden honored the nation's top teachers." It retweets praise, too: "Thank you Dr. Biden for your work as an educator and as a voice for all educators in our nation," reads one tribute. If a tweet is signed "Jill," the doctoral bio informs us, this indicates that it is a "tweet from Dr. Biden." "Jill," if you're wondering, is Dr. Biden's nickname. Her formal name is "Dr." -- Charles C. W. CookeHat-tip: Insty
March 14, 2013
Feed the Jar!
A great email from a good friend of this blog contained a reference to the jar into which you must put a dollar if you say "If George Bush had done this..." I had forgotten that.
The context was an NPR story about "benign" inflation. I, sadly, joined the snooty-pointy-heads as a monetary phenomenon but must agree -- and feed the jar -- that NPR would take a different look at lower income people paying high prices for gas and food if that malaproping cowboy were walking the halls at 1600. I mean, seriously, does anybody question that?
How about a VP Dick Cheney jar right next to it? D'Angelico has just released these extremely affordable import reissue versions of their classic sell-your-'59-'vette-to-make-a-layaway-payment models. So we need to raise cash.
Did'ja see this?
Biden’s office forces reporter to delete photos, apologizes
The "reporter" was University of Maryland J-school Dean Lucy Dalglish:
In her letter, Dalglish said: "Rockville is not a third-world country where police-state style media censorship is expected." Biden press secretary Kendra Barkoff apologized to Dalglish and Barr in phone calls but wouldn't speak on the record to Capital News Service's Lucas High.
The Dean didn't tell them to bark off???? (Hat-tip Insty who is a hair more harsh.)
Whatever, I'm certain that Jon Stewart would be just as silent if VP Darth Cheney had... (I think I like the Excel.)
August 23, 2012
But He's Generous with Your Money!
VP Biden: Miser.
When nobody was watching or scrutinizing the Bidens' tax returns, they gave less than $200 to charity in 1998, which was less than 1/10 of one percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) that year of more than $215,000 (see table above). According to income tax data available at Forbes, Americans earning the same AGI as the Bidens that year gave more than $5,000 to charity. The Bidens got a little more charitable over the years, but their gifts were never more than 1% of their income until Biden became Vice-President.
August 15, 2012
Tweet of the Day
June 17, 2012
Apples, Trees, Falling, Proximity...
Happy Fathers Day Mister Vice President!
On Saturday evening, Vice President Joe Biden's son and Delaware attorney general Beau Biden tried to attack presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but the punch ended up hitting North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue instead.
Chip off the old block!
May 31, 2012
Welch Schools VP Biden on Private Equity
The key point here is that PE firms virtually never buy jewels -- happy, fast-growing companies with glistening profits. After all, such companies have access to other kinds of capital; they don't need private equity. And frankly, private equity is generally not in the business of polishing things up for a low-multiple return. It's in the business of reinvention and rebirth, with fireworks at the end.Hat-tip: James Pethokoukis
August 26, 2011
And don't even get me started on Joe Biden. He could show up at a Russian state funeral in a Speedo and pith helmet, singing the Alvin and the Chipmunks B-sides, and NBC's Andrea Mitchell would lead with the disturbing reports that Sarah Palin quoted Biden inaccurately on her Twitter account. -- Jonah Goldberg
June 27, 2011
A "balanced approach" to the deficit problem
Senator Jon Kyl went on Fox News Sunday yesterday to explain why he withdrew from deficit reduction negotiations over the President's conditional requirement that government revenues be raised as part of a "balanced" solution. "But isn't one dollar of new taxes for every three dollars of spending cuts a fair deal" asked Chris Wallace?
But you don't want to pile taxes on at a time when companies don't have the ability to invest and hire people. That's the primary reason we are opposed to raising taxes right now.
Treasury Secretary Geithner explains the real reason for insisting on tax hikes.
"If you don't touch revenues," Geithner said, "you have to shrink the overall size of government programs, things like education, to levels that we could not accept as a country."
What do you mean "we" Kemosabe? Investor's Business Daily opines:
Some factions just won't accept shrinking the size of government. Most in them run in the same tight circles as Geithner. Never hearing anything other than support for increasing the size of government, they assume that's what Americans want.
No Tim, America's economy has shrunk. Americans' net worth has shrunk. It's well past time for America's government to shrink.
October 28, 2010
Quote of the Day
Our 47th Vice President gets the honors today:
"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," he said. "In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. ... No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years." -- VP Joe Biden
...and VP Gore invented the Internet!
September 21, 2010
March 24, 2010
jk Defends VP Biden
Man, I don't see what the big deal is. So, Vice President Biden dropped "the F-Bomb" at the signing ceremony for Health Care Reform.
Hell, I know I did! Let he who is without f%^&% sin cast the first stone!
March 10, 2010
Improving Our Standing in the World
Vice President Joe Biden was expected to spend this week nurturing the Obama administration's shaky relations with Israel and building momentum for a new peace process. Instead he may have accomplished the opposite -- by stumbling into a classic Middle Eastern trap.Jackson Diehl explains Biden's falling into the trap that has been set for visiting American diplomats since at least the 1990s:
Over the years U.S. envoys from [Secretary of State James] Baker to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have learned that the trick is to sidestep such broadsides, expressing disapproval without allowing the toxic settlement issue to take center stage and derail peace negotiations. After all, most Israeli settlement announcements, including this one, are pure symbolism: No ground will be broken anytime soon, and even if the homes are eventually constructed they won’t stand in the way of a Palestinian state.
Whacking our VP is a fish-barrel activity at best, but I still have to point it because of two common themes:
January 10, 2010
Quote of the Day
"How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?" [Candidate-Senator Barack Obama] demanded of his advisers on a conference call, a moment at which most people on the call said the candidate was as angry as they had ever heard him... -- via Allahpundit
November 25, 2009
John Nance Garner, Call Your Office!
WASHINGTON—In keeping with a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition, Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially pardoned a 4-pound yam today at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. "Under my authority as vice president of the United States of America, I hereby grant this yam full and unconditional clemency," a smiling Biden declared as he gently patted "Spud," a Beauregard sweet potato grown in Louisiana and selected from millions of candidates yielded by this year’s harvest. "May he never find himself in a casserole. Right, little guy?" Like yams reprieved before him, Spud will ride as an honored guest aboard the second float of the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Parade before spending the rest of his life in the comfort and safety of a tuber petting zoo.
April 30, 2009
Quote of the Day
Honors to James Taranto, nailing it that nobody panicked when the Vice President said something stupid and outlandish.
Under normal circumstances, for the vice president of the United States to say what Biden said would have risked setting off a panic. Fortunately, everyone discounts for the fact that the vice president is Joe Biden.
UPDATE: Heh. Insty: "They told me that if I voted for McCain we’d have a Vice President who was a moron… and they were right!"
February 27, 2009
Nobody Messes With Joe!
Insty links as "another day, another Biden gaffe:"
Wednesday morning on the CBS Early Show, Vice President Joe Biden asked, "But what I don't understand from Governor Jindal is what would he do? In Louisiana, there's 400 people a day losing their jobs. What's he doing?"
I'm guessing he didn't have the website number.
I compared the reaction to Governor Palin the other day and I will stand by it. I got to thinking last night that President George HW Bush and the supermarket scanner is more illustrative. To refresh, because the wrong story has so much currency, President Bush remarked on the latest at the time barcode readers, remarking upon their remarkability. The press picked this up as Bush is so clueless he's never seen a supermarket scanner , then he's so elitist, he's never been in a supermarket, then he's so out-of-touch you'd better vote for Bill Clinton.
The jokes keep coming and I'll never wrong that right. But suppose it were true. The President in 1991 has never seen a supermarket scanner. Would the world really stop? Yes, if I worked for the opposition, I'd play it up. But we are not hiring a guy to keep the peanut butter shelf stocked.
Here, in 2009, we have a Vice President who doesn't know what a webpage is. Contra-GHWB, he is now in charge of a public liaison campaign to track a Trillion dollars of government spending. And he doesn't know the website number.
February 24, 2009
Mixed-up, Muddled and Shook-up world 'cept for Lola
Welcome to Bizarro World, ThreeSourcers! The Refugee has attacked the heroic pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger. Now, I rush to defend Vice President Biden. Odder still, we're both right. BR makes a great case that Cap'n Sully has exceeded his area of expertise, and while I love a good whack at VP Biden, I have to say that this video goes too far:
Hairplugs? personal attacks? a dubious use of a racial epithet? A gratuitous swipe at VP Quayle? The Drug-czar reference is the only issue that belongs in a reason piece and the gaffes they chose are not his worst.
January 25, 2009
Biden Mendacity Watch
Hey, John Stossel's playing:
Vice President Biden informed ABC News that "Everyone . . . says the scope of this package has to be bold. It has to be big." Everyone? Hardly. More than 100 prominent economists signed a petition against the stimulus package, and more than 200 signed a petition against the financial bailout.
January 23, 2009
Biden Mendacity Watch
We don't have the quotidianhuckawhack® any more, maybe the Biden Mendacity Watch would be a good feature?
Professor Mankiw asks "Is Joe Biden disingenuous or misinformed?" Our VP asserts:
Every economist, as I've said, from conservative to liberal, acknowledges that direct government spending on a direct program now is the best way to infuse economic growth and create jobs.
Mankiw mentions that the statement is "clearly false" and enumerates several prominent economists who do not acknowledge.
What so disturbs me about Biden is this capacity for bald faled lies. He says things that you know he knows are untrue. When the facts are brought up the conservatives and liberals in the press say "Oh Joe's just being Joe. You know how he is." I'm sorry, that's not good enough. It should be a big deal every time the Vice President of the United States tells an untruth.
As far as "disingenuous vs. misinformed" I am thinking of a term that rhymes with "Flying Stack of Lit."
January 18, 2009
The Most Unlikable Politician Since -- Anybody!
I remain cautiously optimistic about the President-elect, but I'm not so sure about our 47th VP. Luckily, he is confident enough in his own abilities for the both of us:
He said he would bring more to the job than any of his predecessors, except possibly Lyndon B. Johnson. “I know as much or more than Cheney,” Mr. Biden said. “I’m the most experienced vice president since anybody.”
Anybody? John Adams? Aaron Burr? Schuyler Colfax? TR? I'm in the middle of a book on Martin Van Buren and he outshines "the Senator from Baja Pennsylvania*" by a significant margin.
The VP-elect admits that maybe Lyndon Johnson (like his policies or not, he was a lion of the U.S. Senate) was maybe kinda sorta almost in Biden's league. How much of this is outrageous arrogance and how much is a complete lack of historical knowledge? The Vice Presidency is a funny job and VP Adams, Marshall, and Garner all famously lampooned their own office. But the office has been held by some political giants. And the newest occupant would do well to adopt some of his boss's humility.
Yeah, that Thomas Jefferson was an okay fellow but he was no Joe Biden!