The State of the Union is Stranger

SOTU 2013 Thank you. Please, everybody, have a seat. Turn off your iPhones, you can watch the Dorner coverage later. That means you, Joe.

My fellow Americans, 51 years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that, “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress. It is my task to report the State of the Union. To improve it is the task of us all.”

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Editor’s Note: Biden brings gun control push to Virginia

Editor's Note “As the White House continues its push to gain public support for stronger gun laws, Vice President Joe Biden today took his case to Richmond, Va., where he consulted a handful of experts and public officials about how to reduce gun violence in America.

Speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University after an hours-long meeting with both federal officials and several people who served on a review panel following the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, Biden said he and his team were able to “quiz” those who had studied and learned from the Virginia Tech massacre, and emphasized a few points about which “there seemed to be a pretty broad consensus.” Among those points include a background check system that would more effectively prohibit certain people from owning a gun and increased access to mental health benefits,” reports Lucy Madison at CBS News.

Do you think this public campaign spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden is the best strategy to garner support for gun control legislation? Continue reading Editor’s Note: Biden brings gun control push to Virginia

Biden as Eddie Haskell

Vice President Biden Remember Eddie Haskell? He was a character in Leave It to Beaver, a popular family sitcom that ran from the late 1950s to 1963. Eddie was a transparently shallow and mendacious adolescent, although he was always trying to hide the fact behind an almost creepy politeness (“Thaaaank yew, Mis-sus Cleaver!!!!!!”). Eddie palled around with Beaver’s older brother, Wally – often getting Wally into scrapes and then finding ingenious ways of shifting the blame from himself.

And then there was the smile. Eddie always seemed to be smiling. Smiling the forced, smarmy, insincere kind of smile you would expect to find on the face of a used car salesman. Or on Joe Biden last night. Continue reading Biden as Eddie Haskell

Ways That Are Dark

The Obama campaign wants the voters to focus on Mitt Romney’s overseas financial accounts and failure to release more of his tax returns.

They would rather the voters focus on Romney’s finances than Obama’s handling of the economy. Continue reading Ways That Are Dark

Ten Out, Ninety to Go

Stop the presses, did the Commander-in-Chief really just say this? Ten thousand out this year, 33,000 more by 2012 until the surge is out? That will leave 70,000 until 2014.

“But what could he have meant by this?” Continue reading Ten Out, Ninety to Go