OMG, Please read Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.'s wikipedia article.
So, recently, Joe Biden allegedly "slipped" to let voters know--but, conveniently, letting them know without triggering FEC rules--that he, like many Democrats,
has long been is may soon be--oh, be still, my heart--running for President of the United States. (Remember when Democrats heading toward coronations of re-electing Obama and not electing Hillary would liken a field of many Presidential hopefuls to a "clown car?")
Amid an audience that had been conveniently, "spontaneously" chanting, "Run, Joe, run" just before this archetypical Biden-style "gaffe." Giving him an opportunity to "spontaneously" cross himself over this "slip" while on national television. And so Joe let audiences know early on, à la Hillary and her surrogates in 2016, that Joe Biden was not a Jew nor an unelectible atheist nor a holder of some kind of "spiritual" belief about the nature of God, but a proper Christian, after the order of
Melchisedeck U.S. Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, Kavanaugh and Sotomayor, most of whom were even nominated by Republican Presidents. Of course, Joe was also letting us know that he is the most "progressive" candidate person who should "would" (might?) run for President 2020. OT: Everyone who believed this series of events was unintentional, please private message me ASAP: I am proud to be authorized international bridge dealer with a portfolio of wonderful properties for sale at shockingly low prices.
No doubt, we are all shocked, shocked, to learn that Biden wants to be President. After all, he's run only twice before. (My speculation: and would have run a third time in 2016, but for a Faustian deal that Obama, Joe and other powerful Democrats made just before the 2008 Democratic primary belatedly ended.)
Strongly in Biden's favor is that Joe is the proverbial (mythical?) genuine, down-to-earth Presidential hopeful with whom even the humblest American would enjoy a beer, amirite? So much so that Joe was invited to the Beer Summit among Professor Henry Gates and LEO JIM CROWley, when Obama had to backpedal on his initial criticism of police behavior with respect to Obama's erstwhile Harvard prof, who was caught returning to his own home while black.
Knowing, as do we all, that Joe had become a U.S. Senator at an early age, I wanted to write something about Joe's reputation for being the pol with whom any "Joe Six Pack" or a "Jill Six Pack" would be comfortable having a beer. I mean, we don't even use his full first name, much less refer to him as the not-at-all blue collar resonant, Former Vice President and former long-time U.S. Senator from Delaware, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. No. He's just Joe!
Ennnnyyywaayyyy...I wanted to check the exact age at which this allegedly "just like one of us plebes" pol was elected one November to the august Senate of the United States of America. After all, the U.S. Senate is the office, playground and money changing cum charnel house of the most powerful group in the country--most powerful by design of the Framers, with their aversion to the "rabble" to whom the Framers would grudgingly grant the power to elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives directly. (Okay, there may be more powerful groups, including those whose members are subject to RICO prosecutions, if and when anyone cared to prosecute them. However, the US Senate is de jure legit, as in, constituted by the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Law of the United States, legit. De facto, however, may be another story. And those other groups can enact legislation only through the favor of the U.S. Congress. But, youse pain in the ass innocent bystanders didn't hear that from me, capisce?) Anyway, to wiki I turned, as I so often have.
OMG, having been elected a US Senator at age 29 is only the very tippety toppety tip of the Joementum Joeberg! Because the ways in which the facts of life of Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. vary from his "regular Joe" image defy fair use excerpting (hattip to Joe Shikspack, a Joe to whom I can actually relate), I urge everyone to read the entire wikipedia article of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., including the facts of his life prior to his election to the U.S. Senate. Nonetheless, I can't keep myself from mentioning a fact or two (or four, or more: Terse, I ain't.)
Yes, Biden's father did lose his money at some point before the birth of former Vice President and U.S. Senator Biden. However, Biden Senior later became, wait for it--a successful used car salesman back in the heyday of used car salesmen. Nonetheless, Joe was no stranger to affluenza. The wiki account of his early years reminded me somewhat of wiki's account of Kerry's early years. Kerry's mother was a Forbes, but she did not marry a man with Forbes kind of money. (Yes, the "F" in John F. Kerry stands for Forbes, a six-letter word.) So, a relative of mumsy's had to pay for "Army brat" John's boarding schools. THAT kind of old-time working class "poverty." But, I digress: back to the wiki of Joseph Robinette, Jr.
His paternal grandparents, Mary Elizabeth (Robinette) and Joseph Harry Biden, an oil businessman from Baltimore, Maryland, were of English, French, and Irish ancestry. His paternal great-great-great grandfather, William Biden, was born in Sussex, England, and immigrated to the United States. His maternal great-grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Omigosh. Another Democratic quintessentially Irish politician who isn't quite quintessentially Irish, after all. (Again like Kerry, though not quite: Kerry was a WASP on his mom's side and an Austro-Hungarian Jew on his father's, although Kerry quietly "passed" for Irish in heavily-Irish Boston/Massachusetts politics. That ended once Kerry ran for President and his actual hertitage became more widely-known.) Good to know good ole regular guy Joe has something in common with the Koch brothers, too, isn't it?--A relatively near ancestor in the oil bidness (to borrow a neologism from the great Molly Ivins, though I am not worthy so to do)! Keeping calm and carrying on...
Our Joe attended a private prep school and spent his spring break from Syracuse University in the Bahamas. Kids of regular Joe Six Packs don't spend spring breaks in the Bahamas, but prepare for them by trying to get a job to earn some extra money. Joe plagiarized "liberally" in college, as he did as a politician, too. In college, his excuse was not knowing the rules of citation. (Handsy Dude, please: A lot of room exists between citing your source incorrectly, or even not at all, and regurgitating word for word.)
Began his adult political career as a Republican. Gee, a lot of that going around in Democratic Presidential hopeful circles--Biden, Hillary, Warren--who else? Being a former Republican is another thing that Biden has in common with the "self-avowed" (rightist) Libertarian David Koch.
Joe became a corporate lawyer allegedly because criminal law didn't pay enough. (As if nothing exists between corporate law and criminal law.) Joe switched to Democrat after he went to work for a Democratic lawyer. Reminds me a bit of Warren, who switched from Republican only after former Democratic Leadership Council President, Bubba, became POTUS, and she decided that Democrats were better than Republicans for "the markets," after all. (Doncha just love Democrats who switched from Republican to the "party of the people" for financial reasons?) And that's when regular Joe was somehow elected Democratic U.S. Senator from big business-loving Delaware when he was only 29.
The wiki explanation of this remarkable election seems innocent. Such facts as wiki gives may be correct, but I am not buying the innocent framing. A DuPont Republican wanted the seat, but "to avoid a primary battle," Nixon persuaded the incumbent Republican, who was eager to retire to run again, anyway; and the Republican barely campaigned against Joe. Why was Nixon that afraid of a Republican primary battle over a Senate seat being vacated by a Republican?
Please indulge me in a pause for personal reflection: As I was about to be graduated from a very inexpensive college, in which I had learned next to nothing about anything, I was somehow awarded--without knowing a thing about it in advance--a grand, all-expense paid scholarship to Syracuse University for seminar of two-weeks' duration during the summer immediately following my graduation. Some years later, I also lunched once in the Senate dining room (with no US Senators present, other than my host). Both locations seemed "quite lovely," in the U.S. Brahmin sense of the term. I encountered zero Joe or Jill Six Packs in those locations. And Biden's the one Obama trots out to speak with 'cause working people can relate to Joe Biden (and vice versa) better than they can relate to Obama, who, with his mom, was was once on Aid to Families with Dependent Children, aka "welfare" in Hawaii? Are you kidding me? Joe da Joe is more blueblood and Blue Dog than blue collar. But, again, I digress (maybe).
In the most recent book (that we know of) by Disgraceful Donna Brazile, which, btw, is implausible as to her "concern" about the Hillary's DNC cheating Sanders, Disgraceful claimed that Disgraceful considered replacing Hillary with Biden when Disgraceful saw Hillary's numbers dropping. I don't believe that, any more than I believe that Disgraceful didn't know about Hillary's ownership of the DNC until September, 2016. However, I do believe that Disgraceful had a reason for mentioning Biden in the context of the Presidency, in a book published not long after What Happened in November 2016 on the way to Hillary's
coronation inauguration. (This paragraph is based upon excerpts of Disgraceful's book that I read online, without putting a penny into the capacious pockets of either Disgraceful or her publisher.)
But wait....there's more!!11! The same guy who awarded President Bush the Slicker a Medal of Freedom (and treated him as a mentor) also awarded a Medal of Freedom to the man who was his very own pick for Vice President of the United States of America, Biden. And the same guy who called Hillary Clinton the best-qualified candidate for POTUS in US history (causing George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln and both Presidents Roosevelt, among others, to LOL in their graves) also dubbed good ole Joe the best Vice President in U.S. history (causing John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman, among others, to LOL in their graves). Hyperbolic praise for both a member of the Bush Crime Family and a member of the Clinton Crime Family
Foundation. Such discerning taste!
I'm not sure what it means to be the best holder of an office that one of FDR's Vice Presidents evaluated as being the worst thing that ever happened to him and also evaluated as not being worth some kind of container or other of some kind of warm liquid or other. Anyway, if you loved Her 2016, you'll no doubt want to work your heart out for Himself 2020!
Recommended reading on this topic for when you are lying on the beach during your upcoming spring break at the Bahamas or the French Riviera or Waikato, or wherever the current coolest Spring break place for not-so-regular Joes and Jills may be:
But, first, seriously, read the entire wikipedia article of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Also not a regular Joe, at least not after he became a highly-paid and widely-idolized Yankee: Joltin' Joe da Joe DiMaggio
Speaking of hyperbole, I hoped this song had been written about Jackass Joe McCarthy, but wikipedia informed me that it was about Josef Stalin. Even I acknowledge that posting it in this essay is therefore overkill. But, my erstwhile stepfather once told me thatI should really listen to Hank Williams if I wanted to hear classical music. That was but one of temporary stepdad's many unintentionally funny comments. Besides, how often can you do the Lindy Hop or a Jitterbug while giving a dead Ruskie dictator what for? So, what the hell: This one's for you, M.G., wherever you are.