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.