August 20, 2008

NBC's Andrea Mitchell thinks Joe Biden is "not part of Washington"

And why would that be -- especially considering that Joe has been a Delaware senator for ... thirty-five years??

MITCHELL: This is a guy ... who takes a train home every day. He has not been part of Washington in that extent. He‘s a blue-collar guy. He was out with the firefighters last Thursday... (Link.)

Yeah, because Joe's DE abode happens to be close enough to Washington that he can commute, he's therefore not really "part of Washington." Uh huh. And don't forget those firefighters! (I wonder if Barack Obama hung out with some firefighters -- would Andrea Mitchell refer to him as a "blue-collar guy?") Unbelievable.

Pundit Howard Fineman points to Joe's son Beau as a positive if Obama points Joe's way for veep:

FINEMAN: A couple of quick—if it‘s Biden, you‘ll see all the children and grandchildren. And also Biden‘s son, Beau, who‘s the attorney general of Delaware, is going to be posted in the National Guard of Delaware to Iraq in September. And he‘s going to be in Iraq in the fall, which is a big deal.

I agree that Beau heading to Iraq is a brave and noble endeavor, and is a definite asset if his dad is chosen as veep. However, what should be known to the public outside Delaware is that Beau [slightly] defeated an opponent that was so vastly superior to him in the attorney general race two years ago that it really is a joke that he holds the office. Look, when a leftist progressive like Dana Garrett endorses Biden's attorney general opponent -- Ferris Wharton -- you just know Beau was vastly outclassed. Only his family name won him the office.

Video of the Mitchell and Fineman exchanges here. (Relevant portions occur near end of segment.)

Posted by Hube at August 20, 2008 06:07 PM | TrackBack

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Ittakes nuance to comprehend Mitchell's statement, I wouldn't expect you to understand.

Posted by: nemski at August 21, 2008 08:23 AM

You're joking, right?

Posted by: Hube at August 21, 2008 08:58 AM

who takes a train home every day. He has not been part of Washington in that extent.

in that extent. Yes, Biden is part of Washington, but the nuance of her statement reads to me that he is not part of the Washington night-life, the dinner parties, etc. That's the nasty side of Washington, the insider club that most of us outside the Beltway detest.

Posted by: nemski at August 21, 2008 09:16 AM

Oh please. The guy has been in the senate 35 frickin' years. That makes him Washington personified. And as if Joe never hangs out in DC after hours, especially after 35 yrs.

But hey -- he hangs out with firemen!

Posted by: Hube at August 21, 2008 09:21 AM

Dude, Mitchell is part of the cocktail party set in Washington; Biden is not. Now, I'll type slowly because this is where the nuance comes in: In Andrea Mitchell's mind, Biden is not part of "her" Washington crowd.

It's really not that hard to understand. However, I will give you props that Biden is part of the Washington crowd, but you have to understand where Mitchell is coming from.

Posted by: nemski at August 21, 2008 09:46 AM

Well, I'll buy that.

Posted by: Hube at August 21, 2008 09:59 AM

Hube - I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw Andrea Mitchell say that, I just didn't get around to blogging about it.

Just goes to show you how stupid the MSM is. Biden a blue-collar Washington outsider... HA! (as Chris Matthews would say)

Posted by: mike at August 21, 2008 11:41 AM

On the AG, Wharton proved to be a terrible campaigner, Beau a good one.

Now how is Beau doing? Very well, I'd say, judging from the fact that I don't see much opposition to his actions and policies. He is delivering on his campaign promises as well. Finally, he is a vast improvement over the last one we had.

I think we elected the right person for AG.

Posted by: Perry Hood at August 21, 2008 11:53 AM

Great. We elected the right person b/c he was a better campaigner. Nice standards there, Perry.

Sorry, but I've heard from those on the inside that Beau is a total lightweight.

Posted by: Hube at August 21, 2008 04:31 PM

Perry, there's plenty of complaining, but people are generally hesitant to criticize their boss.

Posted by: mike w at August 22, 2008 02:38 PM

I saw that from Ms. Mitchell and included it in my own post this week. I include the snippet here since her claim is just so mind numbingly hypocritical -

I had to laugh the other day when I saw Democrats touting Biden as "a common man" because he rides to work each day from Delaware to D.C. by Amtrak. The reality is that the common man is paying $4 a gallon for gas and contemplating which variety of Little Friskies to have for supper while Biden is picking the poor bastard's pocket to fund the tens of billions of dollars going to subsidize Biden's personal transport. I can't wait to see the McCain ad on this one.

Biden rides to and from work every day on the taxpayers dime. Amtrak has been losing money since its inception. It is a huge boondogle that Congress should have privatized decades ago. It has not - and Amtrak has only remained afloat because of - the efforts of Sen. Biden and a few others who protect Amtrak and keep subsidizing it. Indeed, Biden even got his son placed on the Amtrak board of directors.

Perhaps Biden finds Amtrak an economic necessity. After all, Biden, by his own admission, does not "have Barack Obama money." In any event, Amtrak does not symbolize Biden’s closeness to Joe Sixpack, it symbolizes just how much Biden is putting the screws to Joe Sixpack.

Posted by: GW at August 27, 2008 03:17 PM