Biden Worried Cop Killer Vote Would Damage his Presidential Prospects

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Joe Biden still thinks he has presidential prospects. So do Dennis Kucinich and John Kerry. I’m not sure which of them is more delusional.

There was an apparent dust-up between the offices of Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the hours leading up to today’s denied vote of Barack Obama’s choice to head up the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. Controversy surrounded Adegbile over his advocacy of convicted cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

It’s my understanding that initially, Vice President Biden was happy to be there for the potential tie-breaking vote, hoping it would give him a nice little PR bump. Late yesterday though, his staff began voicing concerns that if he were to be the one to secure the nomination of a man who willingly tried to free a known cop killer, it could have serious political repercussions on a potential 2016 presidential run.

This paranoia festered well into last night, and got so bad, at least one of Biden’s top staff was convinced the whole thing was a ploy hatched by the Clintons to trap Biden into being the deciding vote that took place today.

This comes from the Ulsterman Report so your mileage may vary on whether it actually happened, but Capitol Hill gossip in the mainstream media consists of the same helping of anonymous sources. And the scenario is reasonably plausible. Biden is focused on 2016 and he’s coming out of an administration with even less to show for it than Hillary.

If Biden should have been angry at anyone, it was Obama who insisted on pushing ahead with the vote even though Reid had already told them that the votes weren’t there. In the process, Obama only succeeded in damaging those Dem Senators who backed him up.

This was the point where Harry Reid should have told Obama to back off because nothing was being accomplished anyway.

White House officials said they believed until Tuesday night that the nomination would succeed, a vote count by Senate Democratic leaders that proved disastrously wrong. Top aides to Mr. Obama were “furious” at the Democratic senators who voted against Mr. Adegbile, one senior official said.

Senior congressional Democrats were incredulous about the White House’s surprise. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, called Mr. McDonough at 10 p.m. Tuesday to inform him the votes were not there because at least one Democrat had switched and would vote no. He made the same call Wednesday morning, also informing the attorney general. The White House and Senate leaders pressed forward anyway.

After the vote, Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the vote a “travesty” and saying that those who voted him down had “denied the American people an outstanding public servant.”

Obama doesn’t take defeat well. He threw a public tantrum when Rice was kept from becoming Secretary of State. And he insisted on childishly playing out a losing hand.

The Democrats have no congressional leadership. Pelosi and Reid are running jokes. The media myth is that Congress is dysfunctional because of the Tea Party. The truth is that it’s largely dysfunctional because of Harry Reid.

Reid is willing to throw his weight around in the Senate, but can’t stand up to a petty Center for American Progress apparatchik like McDonough.

 

  • truebearing

    In order to determine which of the three is more delusional, we have to decide which one has the biggest hurdle in public opinion to overcome. The majority of Americans know Biden is an idiot, Kucinich is a crackpot, and Kerry is a pompous, overbearing, traitor.

    Since the American electorate already elected a pompous, overbearing traitor, not to mention pathological liar, I’d say Kerry is the least delusional.

    The Congressional Black Caucus is overwhelming evidence that idiots do get elected, but they also prove crackpots have a fighting chance. Biden and Kucinich are too close to call.

    Maybe Reid is afraid of the Center for American Progress because they are the ones directing the coup for Soros and the Overlords. Reid and Pelosi are too stupid to lead water downhill, and Obama is too lazy to manage an ATM. Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes, and the strings are running through CAP.

    • Wesley

      Maybe idiots got elected because the other candidates were even bigger idiots?

  • truebearing

    It is inadvertently revealing that even Biden realizes the evil inherent in the nomination of Adegbile. This is proof that the Democrats know that what they are doing is morally wrong, but persist because their racism is inseparable from their power lust.
    The Left wants more than majority power, however. And as they gain power, they get progressively more intolerant. What they want is enough power to exact revenge on whites, Jews, conservatives, Christians, global warming critics, or anyone who has traditionally opposed them. The Left wants efficacious power. They want to see the immediate effects, and they see those effects best when the revenge they call “social justice” means the ones they deem “oppressors” suffer or die. History doesn’t lie.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      it seems as if Biden was concerned mainly for the political damage

    • Doug Light

      Except Biden didn’t have a clue as to the potential backlash a yes vote for the nominee could have engendered. It was his staff that had to point it out to him. His only takeaway from the whole issue was “Hey, I’ll be the center of attention. Yippie!”

  • DogmaelJones1

    That chapter is evocative of a subplot from the first season of “House of Cards,” when Kevin Spacey as Majority Whip tries to maneuver a vote in the House, loses, and throws a temper tantrum. It turned out that it was his wife, a distaff Bill Gates, who persuaded the key voters to “vote with their conscience.” Of course, a series starring Harry Reid or someone playing him as the principal character would get old very fast and become a yawner.

  • notme123

    now he has someone to blame his failure on….

  • edlancey

    Given Obama’s level of spite and infantile notions of revenge I’m thinking of a flutter on Adegbile replacing Eric Holder.

  • Christopher Riddle

    What a”FECKLESS IDIOT”He TRULY Is!!Hey Joe,All You Have To Do Is Look In The Mirror And Open Your Pie-Hole If You Want To Know Why You Will NEVER Be POTUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Doug Light

      I agree with your assessment of Biden, but you are projecting way too much wisdom on an electorate that re-upped on Barack Obama.

      • Christopher Riddle

        I know that I’m being far too gratuitous(as far as the supposed intellect of The Electorate),but perhaps we will be proved wrong?

  • fmobler

    “And he insisted on childishly playing out a losing hand.” Really? That is so out of character.

  • Wesley

    Nice propaganda piece.