Found on Wikipedia: a little somethin'-somethin' on Joe Biden

24 Aug

Presidential candidate and former dog-eater Barack Obama announced Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his VP running mate this past weekend, a move likely supported by most Democrats as the fella seems pretty popular within the party and is generally a hoot on The Daily Show. Because his name will likely come up at watercoolers after the more interesting conversations such as the weather and the unfortunate demise of the Audrina-Lo friendship subside, here are some details about J-Bizzle (courtesy of Wikipedia) that you can throw out in an attempt to sound at least slightly well-read.

>> Biden is a long-time member and current chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He generally supports troop surges and had previously argued for increased military action in Iraq. Drafted the “Biden-Brownback Resolution” in 2007 for planned troop deployment in Iraq.

>> He once said about Rudy Giuliani, “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb and 9/11.” Burn.

>> Voted for heavier punishments for hate crimes, and drafted the Violence Against Women Act.

>> Supports abstinence education, claims the No Child Left Behind Act is underfunding schools, has claimed his top priority is the energy crisis.

>> The NRA gave Biden an “F” rating.

>> 100% approval rating from unions, 32% approval rating from US Chamber of Commerce.

>> Supports Roe v. Wade, supports the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, opposes federal funding of abortions.

>> “Biden favors an American deployment of troops to Sudan. In support of this, Biden said senior U.S. military officials in Europe told him that 2,500 U.S. troops could “radically change the situation on the ground now.”” Sweet.

>> “Biden is opposed to American financing of abstinence only programs to combat HIV-AIDS in Africa. In 2007, he cosponsored the HIV Prevention Act which would end President Bush’s mandate that one third of all funds be earmarked to abstinence only programs.” Also sweet.

B’s take: though he’s prone to make gaffes of the politically incorrect quotes variety, he’s got a solid track record from most organizations and has shown the ability to cross party lines to get things done. Consider him the Democratic version of John McCain. I’m a fan.

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4 Responses to “Found on Wikipedia: a little somethin'-somethin' on Joe Biden”

  1. Cool Rut August 25, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Best possible choice by a long shot.

  2. RandBall's Stu August 25, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    PRO: perceived as experienced by the media, which will hopefully negate the deeply stupid “is Obama too inexperienced” storyline. Also, treats folks like Giuliani, Cheney and the neocons with the dripping contempt they absolutely deserve.

    CON: his experience didn’t keep him from voting for the AUMF or the horrible bankruptcy bill a couple years back. Is also in the back pocket of the credit card industry, but so is the whole state of Delaware, so that’s to be expected.

    SUMMARY: not the perfect pick, but there wasn’t a perfect pick to be made. Miles better than anyone the GOP will nominate as their Veep, but that’s damning with faint praise.

  3. Dave MN August 25, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    >> The NRA gave Biden an “F” rating.

    Charlton Heston is my president

    /accidentally shoots self with pink handgun

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  1. east-lake.net · Found on Wikipedia - August 24, 2008

    […] Found on Wikipedia: a little somethin’-somethin’ on Joe Biden: Presidential candidate and former dog-eater Barack Obama announced Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his VP running mate this past weekend, a move likely supported by most Democrats as the fella seems pretty popular within the party and is generally a hoot on The Daily Show. Because his name will likely come up at watercoolers after the more interesting conversations such as the weather and the unfortunate demise of the Audrina-Lo friendship subside, here are some details about J-Bizzle (courtesy of Wikipedia) that you can throw out in an attempt to sound at least slightly well-read. […]

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