The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 December 2006

Biden gets it, maybe

Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) was speaking to the Columbia (SC) Rotary Club, and he came up with this sensible observation:

"The mid-term election may have been a rejection of the policies of this administration," Biden said. "But it was not an embrace of the Democratic program or the Democratic Party. We're in a state of flux right now and have a lot of problems that need to be resolved."

And no, I don't think he plagiarized this address, since it also contained this howler:

Delaware, he noted, was a "slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way."

John Ray complains about said howler:

Had he been anyone but a Democrat politician, his remarks would have been condemned in the media from coast to coast.

Which may well be true, but (1) South Carolinians, having lived with the likes of Strom Thurmond, know race-baiting when they see it, and this wasn't it, and (2) the Jesse Jackson wing of the party is busy these days complaining about comedians, fercrissake.

If nothing else, this indicates that Joe Biden isn't submitting his material for vetting by the Democratic groupthink committee, which must be considered a Good Thing.

Posted at 6:27 PM to Political Science Fiction

Shockingly, my local normally strident Bolshevik fish wrapper just ran an opinion piece suggesting that perhaps "none of the above" should be an option on ballots.

They offered it in the context of trying to eliminate "undervote" disputes (there's a big one going on now in FL).

The concept however would be quite useful for informing the winners of elections as to the true temperament of the electorate and deliver them to Washington duly chastened and excised of notions about "mandates".

Posted by: Purple Avenger at 1:39 AM on 6 December 2006