5:05 PM, Aug 1, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Here's part of Maureen Dowd's interesting and moving column in tomorrow's New York Times on Joe Biden:
When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.
“Of course, honey,” the vice president replied.
At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.
My kid’s dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he’s making sure I’m O.K.
“Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.
Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.
Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, “Dad, it’s who you are.”
Read the whole thing, as they say. And read the accompanying Times news article, reporting that Joe Biden is seriously considering a presidential bid.
But then stop for a minute. Ask this question: Who gave Maureen Down the details of the conversations between Joe Biden and his sons? The details are, after all, pretty ... detailed: There are direct quotations from Beau, Hunter, and Joe; a sentence capturing the thought process of Joe; a brief description of Beau's physical state. It's great reporting, and it's a story well-told; but we can ask, how did Maureen Dowd know this? Who was willing and able to give her this level of detail?
Surely not a political aide or associate. Surely not a normal family friend. Perhaps there's a very close family friend or two in whom Joe Biden (or Jill, or Hunter) would have confided these conversations—but surely such a friend wouldn't have spoken to Maureen Dowd without Joe Biden's okay.
So Joe Biden may have authorized a friend to speak to Maureen Dowd. Or Joe Biden may have spoke to her himself. Or perhaps Jill or Hunter Biden spoke with her. Who knows the details and circumstances? One can easily imagine, for example, one of the Bidens telling a sympathetic Dowd the story, off-the-record, of their beloved son and brother's last wishes—and then, a few weeks later perhaps, yielding to Dowd's request that she be able to report at least some of what she was told in print.
Let me be clear: I'm not criticizing either the Bidens or Dowd. I'm simply pointing out that when you think about who could be the source of Dowd's extraordinary account—you'd have to be crazy to think Joe Biden isn't awfully serious about running for president.
Possibly because they’re, er, developing.10:07 AM, Jul 30, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Donald Trump, to borrow a phrase, is “dead to me.” Well, not exactly, but in a radio interview Wednesday with a San Francisco-based nutritionist, Trump did indulge in one of modern politicians’ most irritating habits: praising the airports in developing countries like China, and lamenting the “third world” airports we supposedly have here in the United States.
The Donald loses to Hillary, Biden, & Bernie8:26 AM, Jul 30, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new national Quinnipiac University poll finds Donald Trump leading the crowded Republican presidential primary field with 20 percent support, even as 30 percent of registered Republican voters say there is "no way" they would support him for president. The New York reality TV star and real-estate magnate is trailed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, at 13 percent support, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 10 percent.
8:02 AM, Jul 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden posed for a picture with a man wearing a marijuana themed t-shirt on a recent visit to Colorado. The t-shirt, from High Times, reportedly says, "I got high in Colorado."
Here's the picture:
The picture was shared on Twitter by BambuCycles:
Could VPOTUS shake up the race?10:26 AM, Jul 15, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Another poll of likely Democratic presidential primary voters shows Vermont senator Bernie Sanders closing a considerable gap with Hillary Clinton, while Vice President Joe Biden looks like he could be a spoiler if he decides to run for the nomination.
Clinton 44, Sanders 323:04 PM, Jun 14, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bernie Sanders, the independent Democratic senator from Vermont, is within striking distance of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in a new poll of likely New Hampshire presidential primary voters. A new survey from the Morning Consult finds 44 percent of New Hampshire voters who say they will vote in the Democratic primary support Clinton with 32 percent supporting Sanders.
7:05 PM, Jun 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Biden will be returning to work tomorrow. It'll be his first day back at his job since the passing of his son, Beau Biden, on May 30. Biden has spent most of that time at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he'll be returning after work tomorrow.
"In the morning, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House," reads the vice president's official White House schedule for tomorrow.
"In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room.
9:40 PM, May 30, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President President Joe Biden announced the passing of his son, Beau Biden, in a statement released by the White House.
"It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life," reads the statement from Vice President Biden.
'[T]he dream of every Irish-Catholic father is for his daughter to marry a Jewish surgeon.'7:17 AM, Apr 28, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Although neither the White House nor the State Department released statements or posted greetings on the 67th Independence Day of the nation of Israel last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden did attend the annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration at the Andrew W.
10:48 AM, Mar 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Biden's no lightweight.
He might be the vice president of the United States, but he's still using his dumbbell at work. In a short Vine video to promote (or parody?) the fifth year anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move health initiative, Biden is seen pumping iron in his office.
6:56 AM, Mar 10, 2015 • By ADAM J. WHITE
According to Miles's Law, "where you stand depends on where you sit." And so when Vice President Joe Biden hyperventilates over Republican senators' criticism of the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran, we must take him with a grain of salt. He used to have a seat in the Senate; now he stands behind President Obama.
8:19 AM, Feb 24, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democrats have not had to answer for the actions of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who offered to change a policy position in exchange for not being criticized, and threatened to paint President Obama as anti-Semitic and anti-women). Or for the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (which accepts foreign donations). Or for Joe Biden (who said last week he knows Somalis because "there’s an awful lot driving cabs").