The Fantastical Myth of ‘Middle-Class’ Joe Biden

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In 1996, Biden sold his previous mansion to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran. The asking price was $1.2 million. Cochran forked over the full sum. Biden then paid $350,000 in cash to real estate developer Keith Stoltz for a 4.2-acre lakefront lot. Stoltz had paid that same amount five years earlier for the undeveloped property.

—Among Pal Joey’s dearest old pals: campaign finance “rainmaker” William Oldaker, who showered generous benefits on both the elder Biden and his lobbyist son, Hunter; Baltimore-based Peter Angelos, whose law firm gave Biden $156,250; Wilmington-based Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor, which kicked in $127, 979; and Pachulski Stang Zielhl and Jones, which donated $145,625, according to The American Lawyer.

—Disgraced trial lawyer Richard Scruggs donated $11,500 to Biden in 2008. After Scruggs was convicted of attempting to bribe a federal judge, Biden tried to show his ethical bona fides by donating the money to a worthy charity. But Biden couldn’t steer clear of nepotism. The money ended up with the National Prostate Cancer Coalition — a charity where, The American Lawyer pointed out, Biden’s son Hunter sits on the board of directors.

—Another Biden family pal in the trial lawyers’ community: Jeff Cooper. With his partner, John Simmons, the 39-year-old Cooper built one of the biggest asbestos litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., has donated a whopping $196,050 to Biden’s campaigns since 2003, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. In that same time frame, the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort reform bill — which Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. Without a hint of irony, Cooper extolled Biden’s anti-tort reform stance: “He understands the plight of the little guy and is against huge corporate interest.” But what Biden did was help fuel lucrative business for the tort bar. When courts in SimmonsCooper’s home base in Illinois finally started cracking down on what had become “America’s No. 1 judicial hellhole” for filing out-of-control tort claims, the firm turned East. And in Joe Biden’s Delaware, they created a new sanctuary.

Back on Obama 2012 Fantasy Island, Biden insists on marketing himself as the humble “son of an automobile man.” Give him this: He spins like a used-car salesman. His lot’s full of lemons. And “bamboozle” is his middle name.

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  • Roger

    Did they serve truffles at this dinner?
    His hair looks hungry….

  • LibertyLover

    Biden roots for truffles on his own. The man is a pig through and through.

  • StephenD

    I LOVE when Michelle gets to looking at something close. You gotta know she'll find you out. Bidden is a disgusting example of corruption in Government used against us around the globe. He is a laughing stock.
    I only wish this could have come out on one of those Lefty shows on Sunday mornings as a surprise with Bidden sitting there with that dumb look on his face while Michelle nails him. LOL

  • PhillipGaley

    In their own neighborhoods, community organizations, businesses, and Churches, the corruption which the Am people provide as a social, political and religious environment cannot fail to draw like-minded prevaricators, to populate it. Hey, Joe, . . .

  • Amused

    Oh listen to the whinings of Malkin and her muses .!! Trying to denigrate a Democrat , with no other purpose but character assasination . Biden paid his dues and is much much less the millionaire than what Conservatives have put up as Candidates . Michele , you're an attack dog off it's leash .LL..and after all those years in office BIDEN IS NO DIFFERENT , NO BETTER OR WORSE , THAN ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN OR CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN >
    Michelle you attack Biden because he's a democrat , no other reason although you attempt to cast aspersions of Character . Trouble is , Americans have accepted Joe as he is , he's not perfect , but then again neither are the three LIARS presently fighting for the Republicasn Nomination . And given a hypothetical situation where I would have to choose between Biden and those three, as to who would have my back …it would be Biden hands down every time .

    • xios

      Oh please- Biden's been known as the "Buffoon of the Senate" for so long in DC that his gaffes aren't much noted until they get egregious. Note also that Beau Biden is responsible for getting Larry Sinclair safely behind bars. If you wanna read something funny, read Larry's "Open Letter to Michelle" sometime…

    • jacob

      AMUSED :

      You can harp all you want about JOE BIDDEN but ..
      I don't believe Michelle attacks anybody because of being a DEMOCRAP becauae, as far as I know,
      she always pays even the devil its dues…..

      • Amused

        drink some more cool-aid jacob . Malkin attacks ANYTHING that's connected to Obama , and likely inanimate objects too . She's a wind-up puppet of the right , a whining screaching siren that oft has no idea what she's talking about . I'll take Biden ANYTIME over any of the numbnuts Repocons put up .

    • Sage on the Stage

      On an income of $215,000 in 2008, your man Biden gave exactly $195 cash, and a piece of furniture, worth $400, to charity. That works out to 3/10 of one percent of his income. And Liberals are supposed to be soooo generous….and that's not to mention all of the kickbacks he's received in connection with Amtrak, Biden's pet project, for which he has done nothing, absolutely nothing, to make into an efficient operation. Yes, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich may lie occasionally, but at least they know how to balance a budget, and run a business. In a hypo where I would have to choose between any of the Republican three, I would choose:
      1-Newt Gingrich, 2-Mitt Romney, and 3-Rick Santorum, in a heartbeat over anyone else. Biden? I'd throw his ballot in the garbage, where it belongs.

  • Frank Figliola

    In the used car business it is said that there is a seat for every ass.

    • Amused

      yea , and i'll bet you're a used car salesman . take a walk assshat.

  • Old_BBart_School

    QUESTION: Why does one surgically implant hair grafts atop a flat-line brain?

  • political_vacuum

    Vice Pres. PLUGS Biden, Obama's Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia, comic relief,

    …………..may not bring enough to the Democrat ticket in 2012 to help Mr. Obama avoid defeat.

    ………. " Stand up for Obama's crippled economy,…..Chuck!"

  • Amused

    Crippled economy ? That;s why "social conservative " is the Repo-Con "Soup de jour " , the economy's recovering , so all republicans got is making issues about birth control. That sells well amongst the Repocons themselves , it supports their delusion .

  • LibertyMan

    Besides a noted plagiarist… Biden kept AMTRAK alive so that his political coffers and friends could syphon off our tax money. This includes using his influence to pay back AMTRAK appointee Michael Dukakis into running AMTRAK and blocking investigations into AMTRAK. Joe Biden should be wearing a orange jump suit at a Federal Pen just as Obama and the Fannie Mae bough legislators should be.

    The best thing one can say about Joe Biden is that he is a thief or a untried felon.

  • mah29001

    If Joe Biden and Obama were for the Middle Class, why the hell are they serving meals that only the One Percent could afford?

  • Amused

    I though there was no "One Percent " . You mean OWS is right ?

  • Sage on the Stage

    Whining is a good thing, if it exposes fraud and corruption; and Biden is as corrupt as they come. In 2008,
    on an income of $215,000, Biden gave exactly $195 cash, and a piece of furniture, worth $400, to charity. That's about .3% of his income to charity. And Liberals are supposed to be soooo generous.

    • LibertyMan

      They are generous …. with other people’s money

  • guest

    What's with her lips? She looks so artificial……

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Who could the Democrats put in for Vice President that would not overshadow the One who is still
    and empty suit not counting all the cash in his pockets. No one I can think of, possibly my pet hamster
    would volunteer but Napoleon thinks Obama is a Cruise ship Capt., I leave it at that as he would not
    be able to take in the greater impending peril………………………William