Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Biden . . . *sigh*

Well, Kai already posted on Senator Joe Biden ((nominally) D-ATM, aka "Delaware") and his comment on Illinois Senator Barack Obama's pursuit of the presidency:

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."

But I couldn't help but put my two cents in, even if it's a bit late. How can I resist commenting on Senator Joe "All Indians run Dunkin Donuts" Biden?

Well, I can't see how Biden is surprised that a Harvard Law review president and former community organizer is articulate. Or bright. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that Biden doesn't hang out with a very smart bunch of folks. But clean?!? Where the hell does that one come from? Supposedly Biden meant to say "fresh" or "clean track record" but either way, the damage is done.

Jonathan Chait, who is one of the few New Republic writers that I like, has a pithy analysis of Biden's problems, and urges him to drop out of the race because he clearly can't win, and can't keep his mouth shut long enough to not be the source of ridiculous (and needless) controversies. Although Biden apologized, he absolutely got the first day of his campaign off to the wrong start, especially when articles like this one appear in New Hampshire, the first primary state.

I'll add one more: I think Biden deserves to be primaried, a la Lamont. I've thought this even before Biden's own macaca incident. He has essentially sold himself out to Bank of America, MBNA, and all the other credit card companies who are headquartered in Delaware for the mega tax writeoffs and as one of the chief pushers of the bankruptcy bill. Long a corporate lapdog, he has ceased representing the people of his state. He has been in office for 34 years - time to give some fresh blood a chance!


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