“Fightin’ Joe” Biden leaves with his dignity intact

40b87c7bdc4c4e75b9360076c1b6b510-45a221d003464345aade5a0890f6bfc3-1Joe Biden has decided against a presidential bid, and I’m glad for him.

He didn’t really have a shot. He could have raised some money, but not enough to really compete. He could have appeared in debates, and more than hold his own. But the polling wasn’t optimistic, putting together a top-notch organization would have been difficult and his own dithering raises the question of just how much he really wanted to go through with the whole thing.

As he said a while back, ““I’ve just got to be certain that if I do this, I’m able to look you in the eye and everyone else and say I’m giving all my passion, all my, all my energy and will not be distracted.” In the end, he found he could not offer that assurance.

It’s also true that Hillary Clinton left him no opening. Her strong debate performance cemented her status as the overwhelming favorite; the Republicans’ Benghazi fixation is in the process of backfiring among everybody but their own base; and the American people aren’t going to reject a qualified candidate for president because she chose to set up her own email system rather than rely on one provided by the government.

If that’s the worse the Republicans go throw at her — and apparently it is — she’ll do just fine.

Biden’s speech announcing his decision was poignant and powerful. He spoke with conviction about the role of money in politics, noting that “the middle class will never have a fighting chance in this country as long as just several hundred families, the wealthiest families, control the process.” He talked about the importance of education and opportunity for all Americans. And he talked with pride about his role in an administration that helped to bring the country back from the biggest economic crisis in 80 years.

“At their core, every one of these things — every one of these things is about the same thing,” he said. “It’s about equality. It’s about fairness. It’s about respect. As my dad used to say, it’s about affording every single person dignity. It’s not complicated. Every single one of these issues is about dignity.”

And if the vice presidency marks the end of his long career of public service, he will leave with his dignity intact.

 

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Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I hear Hillary will be issuing her first stand down order--to Trey.  He would be wise to do so.  Of course he is not a wise person and it shows and that's too bad for him because Hillary will be forced to ruin his hairdo when she mops the floor with him.

Normd
Normd

Well, it's too early for pop corn, so I have my cheesy grits going and a good strong cuppajoe.  Time for the show....see ya in the funny papers...

KUTGF
KUTGF

"What the fools believe" sheetz

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Nixon was impeached on what grounds?

nitpicky point, but Nixon was never actually impeached. It never got farther than a committee recommendation.

(yeah, I had to look it up to make sure I had remembered it right.)

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Because, you see, they are stupid. And need to be mocked and shamed far more often than they are at present, "


And to think you clowns run around calling yourselves "tolerant".....


Geez......

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@fiftythreepercenter

a) Why should I be tolerant of people who are demonstrably, provably stupid and gullible, 53?

Are you?

b) when did I ever claim to be tolerant? Cite please!

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@fiftythreepercenter dude, tolerance has a limit. some of you have long since crossed that line, but are still indulged. that's one of the main problems with US politics today -indulging idiots and their stupid, unfounded fantasies.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany I know.  I mean other RWers here say that if they did not "love" libs they would shoot them. 

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"But what we seem ot see a lot of here are the "lessee.... one in the nightstand.... one in each bathroom.... three scattered around the living room....  two in the kitchen..... now I'm ready when the guvmint comes to try to take them or the thugs come crashing through my door" types."


This ^^^^^ is the problem with you libbies.  Paul's comment wasn't made by anybody but Paul, yet you all have decided that represents ANYBODY much less the average gun owner.  It doesn't.  I personally have several guns, but each has it's own purpose (shotgun, hunting rifle, concealed carry pistol, home protection pistol, etc.)  Paul's childish comment says more about Paul than it does any actual person. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Numbers_R_Us Baby pistol, road rage pistol, chasing down the road rager who later shoots your mother in a gun fight pistol, shoot yourself pistol. 


Like Hallmark, there is a pistol for EVERY OCCASION!

Paul42
Paul42

@fiftythreepercenter

" Paul's comment wasn't made by anybody but Paul,"

You A$$-ume you know and recall every comment ever made by any blogger on this forum.  

Sheesh

(Cue the "oh yeah?  Quote me who said exactly that on what day at what time or it never ever happened ever!!! line -)

Paul42
Paul42

@fiftythreepercenter

" I personally have several guns, but each has it's own purpose (shotgun, hunting rifle, concealed carry pistol, home protection pistol, etc.)  Paul's childish comment says more about Paul than it does any actual person. "

Demonstrating, once again, your inability to comprehend what was in a post before you launch off into something only slightly related and think that 'proves' your rebuttal.

straker
straker

53% - "she lied about it"


So, you know she lied but haven't contacted the FBI with your hard evidence.


Why?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@straker I didn't need to, DA, they're already investigating.  Maybe you should try watching some actual news occasionally???

KUTGF
KUTGF

the big story here is how Obama and Clinton colluded to lie to the nation and world in order to further their political ambitions.

_______________


Isnt rather telling that for some of our RWers that this "alleged" collusion with lies (which remains to be proven) so horrifies them but that proven lies by the Bush Administration that have cost American lives, billions if not trillions in taxpayer money, destabilized the middle east and created a quagmire for the  US does not seem to bother them much.  I would hope it was more than IOKIYAR but I just don't see much else to their myopic concern.   

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fiftythreepercenter Sweetie, if you don't know by know you aren't worth the time.  Here let me offer you this:


tool....your shtick is getting old and you're .. a .. "waste of blog space".  Up your game or quit wasting everybody's time with your childish retorts.  

honested
honested

@KUTGF 

Good point.

When will gowdy be investigating the horrible failure that was the "Iraqi War of Choice"?

It's about time.

honested
honested

@fiftythreepercenter @KUTGF 

So you prefer to invent 'lies' as opposed to pick from the full boiling pot in front of you.

That makes clear why wrong-wingers make such terrible leaders......but it helps to explain why people fell for such vermin as Pinochet when given the option.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fiftythreepercenter  Your inability to know reality is duly noted.  Its going to be a rough day for you without any clouds.  Is that why you are yelling nonsense here? 

straker
straker

Down


There aren't enough Republican votes to override this veto.


So, it doesn't matter how those "hacks" vote in the Senate.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@straker 70 votes will overturn a veto, the last time I checked.

The dems helped pass the legislation, but, lack the fortitude to stand by their vote.

Yep, "hack" pretty much summarizes it.

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex So what is your point? Why should a person be limited as to the amount of guns he/she owns? Can he/she shoot more than one of them at a time? 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Visual_Cortex Well a segment of the population buys the most guns only to later find themselves pawning them for pennies on the dollar in order to scrape together enough money to cover their apartment rent.  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Recent studies have shown that some babies can shoot two at a time.  >:)

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Oh please, then entire intent and verbiage of the post was to somehow make it appear that people have more guns now so therefore they must be more dangerous. 

Philosopher1280
Philosopher1280

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex It's not "amount of guns", it's "number of guns". And  it's NOT that they have them but WHY they have them that needs to be considered.

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex And since millions upon millions of people have such arsenals then it makes it less likely that the government will be coming after their guns. I call that smart but I can see where the people that are scared of guns and real freedom would come to a different conclusion. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex

therefore they must be more dangerous

No, therefore they are more gullible. They think Gubmint is coming for their guns, and they're stockpiling.

Because, you see, they are stupid. And need to be mocked and shamed far more often than they are at present, particularly now that there is empirical evidence to prove that they are, in fact, gullible and stupid.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Avid hunters are one thing.

Serious sport shooters another.

But what we seem ot see a lot of here are the "lessee.... one in the nightstand.... one in each bathroom.... three scattered around the living room....  two in the kitchen..... now I'm ready when the guvmint comes to try to take them or the thugs come crashing through my door" types.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Paul42 @td1234 I don't understand why you weren't consulted BEFORE the 2nd amendment was drafted.

I don't think that I will EVER understand it.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Leave your tenants out of this, you moocher!

td1234
td1234

@Numbers_R_Us At least these people are taking care of themselves instead of waiting on section 8 to pay their rent. 

Normd
Normd

@Visual_Cortex 

I can see four guns, after all you have two hands and two feet, but eight?  That's just delusions of grandour...lol

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 Hunting has nothing to do with the second Amendment. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex

Why should a person be limited

Why do you ask about an issue I have not raised?

Where have I said that this should be "limited," td?

Why do you make stuff up?

I'm just calling gun-humpers out for the fools that they are, nothing more.

td1234
td1234

@honested Dang, you just now got the reason I posted the statement. 

Philosopher1280
Philosopher1280

@Paul42 @td1234 But the guvmint is and never was coming to get them. But the kids are.  And we have clearly stated through our actions that we don't give a rat's tail about the kids...every time something happens, we run go get more guns, hyperventilate and spew the same ol' bullshyte about why that gun didn't kill the baby sister, the toddler did. And barring that, the parents shoulda, woulda,coulda. Ive heard all the lame excuses from grieving parents. Over it.  Keep your guns- have them for sports if that satisfies some base instinct, buy all you can find (they will protect you from a rogue government's weapons...sure.) But just save the stupid talking points...they only fool the idiot and the ignorant and uncivilized. Responsible gun owners don't have to explain themselves.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Visual_Cortex I own about four times as many as I did 20 years ago, so I'm doing very well thank you.  I have several for every day of the week.

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

Do you happen to remember the answer Jay gave a month or so ago when someone asked him what gun control measure he would offer?  Something to do with ammunition.

td1234
td1234

@_GodlessHeathen_ I can say that if I decided to sell mine then I would profit about 3 times my investment. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

So is this a 'Pro Choice' day for you?


I mean, I own guns and I am firmly pro-choice. 


Doesn't the concept of broadly accepting Freedoms appeal to you?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @_GodlessHeathen_

 I would profit about 3 times my investment. 

By the time it finally dawns on you that it was a silly thing to amass the market will have flopped. You do realize that's how this thing generally works, yes?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Visual_Cortex

Well, if I lived out in Excrement Crick I'd probably get bored and own a bunch of goofy toys myself; prolly some guns, although I'd lean toward the vehicular to get my rural jollies.

But most people don't live out in Excrement Crick, y'know?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex

 it makes it less likely that the government will be coming after their guns

Better quadruple that number to make it even less likely! I can make you a deal, very close to cost!