12:15 PM, Apr 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Beau Biden, son of Joe, will, as Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post reports, be running for governor in Delaware in 2016, further confirming that the impulse to a career in “public service” is genetic and hereditary.
There is Nunn of Georgia. Bush (at least one) of Texas. Cuomo of New York. Paul of Kentucky. And, of course, the young Clinton of … well, the world. She recently announced that she does not rule out a career in politics and that she is expecting. So unto this generation and even the next …
This dynastic trend in American politics cannot be good for the Republic, though it is almost certainly good for the political class, which has been singing in unison the praises of a Bush/Clinton contest for president in 2016. It would make networking so much easier for consultants and advisors and policy types. And having been long in the business, the candidates would know exactly how it is played and would not have to be housebroken.
One almost suspects that in a generation or two or three, after there has been a marriage between the clans Bush and Clinton, we will get a version of American politics that resembles a watered down knock-off of Game of Thrones. Rival clans, then, instead of competing visions.
Unless some descendent of Andrew Jackson comes along, first, and breaks up all the furniture.
2:59 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
"The Bidens contributed $7,190 to charity in 2012," the White House revealed today. A look at the Bidens joint filing reveals that $2,000 of that donation was in the form of "donated property" given to Goodwill in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here's the relevant form, from the Bidens' tax return:
Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the first presidential debate of 2012, we saw, up close and personal, what Harvey Mansfield called in last week’s issue the ennui of Barack Obama. Obama’s ennui is related to his dislike for the real challenges of governing. More fundamentally, his ennui reflects his declinism. What’s exciting about governing for the next four years if it’s just going to involve managing austerity at home and decline abroad?
10:57 AM, Aug 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, according to a new ebook by Glenn Thrush.
May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This issue of The Weekly Standard features advice from Yuval Levin and Jay Cost for Mitt Romney in his presidential race. A Romney victory is devoutly to be desired. But a truly grand victory requires worthy opponents. Barack Obama is one. With all due respect to our affable vice president, Joe Biden is not.
The Chinese challenge to American power.Sep 5, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 47 • By GARY SCHMITT
There have been two major books published this summer on relations between the United States and China: Henry Kissinger’s On China and this one. And while Kissinger himself has had an immense impact on how those relations have unfolded over the past four decades, Aaron L. Friedberg’s volume will likely be far more important in laying out the path forward.
Obama and his vice president.10:16 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The health care summit is off to an already soporific start. How anybody will be able stay awake for the next six hours is beyond me. An early highlight: When they entered the room, both President Obama and Vice President Biden spent a few moments greeting the participants. Obama made his way to his seat efficiently. Biden, as you might imagine, did not. He kept chatting up his old friends in the Senate, and tried making some new ones from the House. But Obama grew impatient. "C'mon, Biden," he said from his seat.
7:00 AM, Feb 9, 2010 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Last week was a big one for nuclear news. First, the Obama administration submitted its proposed budget for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (that’s the agency that, among other things, maintains our warheads). Second, an unnamed administration official announced an “agreement in principle” with the Russians for the START follow-on treaty.
These two things are connected beyond the obvious point of contact. The former is meant to be a down payment on the latter. The administration has been put on notice that it faces substantial opposition in the Senate, not only to the ratification of this new treaty (whatever it ends up being called), but to its other arms control priorities as well. The price, say a coalition of 41 mostly (but not entirely) Republican senators, is a serious commitment to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal.