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Item: Vice President of the United States Joe Biden says the former dean of Harvard Law school was right to punish the United States military for the United States Congress’s “very bad policy” of “don’t ask, don’t tell” by refusing to allow recruiters access to the school’s career services center.

In other truthy news:

Vice President Joe Biden pleaded with environmentalists on Tuesday to begin picketing the U.S. EPA for failing to institute a greenhouse gas “cap and trade” regime to combat global warming.  When asked why Biden would wish his own government’s agency be protested, Biden thundered that “climate change is a serious threat to the security of our country, and it’s very bad policy for EPA to postpone implementation of a cap and trade system.”  When reporters pointed out that Congress had not passed legislation authorizing EPA to implement cap and trade, Biden mumbled something about “sticklers for democracy” and left the podium.

At a recent photo op at a Peoria, Ill. bike manufacturer, reporters asked Vice President Biden what other government policies, if any, demand direct action by the public.  Biden replied that “those tax people need to be taught a lesson.  They don’t take enough from the rich!  If you’re middle class in America, just hold onto your tax check until you see all those rich oil executives pay their fair share.  That will get the IRS’s attention.”  It is unclear whether any Americans have taken the Vice President up on his suggestion, or if the IRS is responding to his direction.

This follows on an earlier incident in which Biden, while touring a Pennsylvania coal mine, was shocked to learn that coal was still being burned in power plants across the U.S.  “That’s outrageous!” Biden was heard to say.  “What crazy agency allowed that to happen?  Don’t they know that coal is dirty?  Dirty, dirty, dirty!  This has to stop.”  The mine supervisor who was leading the tour politely informed the Vice President that coal was a valuable natural resource, and that technology and regulation had corrected many of the problems coal-fired power plants had experienced in earlier decades.  Biden was not to be deterred, however, saying that the miners should walk off the job to protest the “very bad policy” that had allowed such dirty energy to be produced.  Bewildered miners took an hourlong break out of respect, but went back to work when the Vice President’s motorcade left the area.

Vice President Biden had earlier called for a general boycott of the Postal Service in November 2009 to protest the U.S. government’s failure to provide universal health care to all Americans.  Biden claimed that it was a “national tragedy” that a country as rich as the United States would fail to provide health care to everyone, and when he noticed that the Postal Service had issued a stamp series called “Miracles of Modern Medicine,” he considered the federal government’s “very bad policy” to be “so hypocritical as to demand immediate, nonviolent action against the government.”  Postal Service revenues plunged during the critical Christmas season, prompting an emergency rate hike.  When Biden learned that his comments had largely been blamed for the increase in postage rates, which made the medical stamps insufficient postage,  he told reporters that he “was proud to have ended that hypocritical stamp mess.  Now we’ve just got to fix the health care thing.”

As has previously been reported, when Congress passed health care reform legislation, Biden was recorded as saying “this is a big f–ing deal.” Sources have since learned that Biden made this comment after noting that it was his boycott of the Postal Service that had caused Congress to reform health care.  It is unknown if this result has led the Vice President to demand that Americans protest other federal policies that do not fit his progressive ideology.

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What is it with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and Delaware?

The most-viewed post in the history of this blog came at Gov. Kaine’s expense, when he wrongly asserted (in some detail) that his state of Virginia borders Delaware.  In fact, that moment came when he was justifying Obama’s selection of Joe Biden for Vice President, despite Biden’s penchant for gaffes.

Now, Kaine has the former Senator from Delaware introducing him as “the great governor of New Jersey.”  For the record, New Jersey does, in fact, border Delaware.

Perhaps some geographic payback from the First State?  Biden was using a teleprompter, after all…

h/t The Corner

The Governor...

The Governor...

...and his nemesis.

...and his nemesis.

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I am a big believer in stability when it comes to politics.  As much as we like to say freedom got us to where we are today as a country (and it certainly was a big part), stability and the rule of law probably got us further. Starting with John Adams’ departure from office following his fierce rival Thomas Jefferson’s victory in the election of 1804, American leaders have not used the occasion of a change in regime as a means of punishing the ousted party. 

Well, in the spirit of the Obama campaign, Joe Biden thinks it’s time for a change. Speaking about whether his Administration would pursue criminal charges against Bush Administration officials for the Left’s favorite hobby-horses…

“If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued,” Biden said during a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to ABC.

“[N]ot out of vengeance, not out of retribution,” he added, “out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president — no one is above the law.”

Obama sounded a similar note in April, vowing that if elected, he would ask his attorney general to initiate a prompt review of Bush-era actions to distinguish between possible “genuine crimes” and “really bad policies”.

“[I]f crimes have been committed, they should be investigated,” Obama told the Philadelphia Daily News.

Sure Joe, not out of retribution. To be fair, Obama went on to say that “[y]ou’re also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve.” So, as usual, Barack is of many minds on the matter. What’s most likely is that he’ll find one or two former Bush officials who he can hang out to dry for the liberal blogosphere. And another brick in the crumbling edifice that is American political morality will be removed.

Karl Rove, you may want to consider a nice chalet in Zurich next January.

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Now that Obama has made the first 3:00 AM decision of his “inevitable” presidency, McCain must begin considering who should sit across from Joe Biden during the vice presidential candidates’ debate. That event, always a bit more like a Sunday talk show than a contest for office, has had its share of memorable moments over the years: Lloyd Bentsen’s emasculation of Dan Quayle as “no Jack Kennedy,” Admiral Stockdale’s existential self-inquiry and hearing aid malfunction, and Bob Dole’s soliloquy on the toll of the 20th century’s “Democrat wars.”

While VP candidates certainly have a role to play in the campaign beyond this single event, it’s equaled perhaps only by the party convention as a forum for the Vice Presidential candidate to make an impact on the race. Biden is a tested, unpredictable, longwinded, and sometimes irascible debater who certainly has an extensive knowledge on the issues, particularly foreign policy. So let’s consider how McCain’s potential running mates might match up against him:

Joe Lieberman

  • Pros: If Biden tends to draw working-class white Democrats into the Obama fold, Lieberman can draw them right back. Their backgrounds in the Senate are so similar, it almost makes the VP contest moot and re-centers the debate on the presidential candidates — one that McCain was winning before the Biden pick. Total contrast in styles, with Lieberman a slower, more intellectual speaker whose wit is more wry than biting. It would be a fascinating debate to plan for…
  • Cons: …but not at all fascinating to watch, because it can’t and won’t be a debate. They would agree on almost everything of substance, and it would harshly magnify for all Republicans that McCain has picked a mostly-liberal Democrat as next-in-line to the presidency. No voter could conceivably watch this debate and think, wow, I have to vote Republican, because the Republican brand would be entirely absent. The mutual congratulations and senatorial courtesies flying around the hall would induce catatonia in even the most die-hard political junkies.

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