Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Joe Biden == Chauncey Gardener?

Joe Biden. In a city filled with the biggest jackasses on the planet, this guy still stands out as a jackass.

Does anyone happen to know what it is that Scott Brown has done for a living? That's right, he's a lawyer. Does anyone know where he's practiced law? That's right, in the National Guard. For 30 years. He's "currently the Guard's top defense attorney in New England." The idea that Joe Biden's got anything useful to say to Scott Brown about military tribunals is laughable.

Brown said he is particularly incensed by Biden’s remarks because he’s served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard's top defense attorney in New England.

“I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z,” Brown said.


“I’ve always felt that suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals and not civilian court, and as a matter of fact so do the majority of Americans,” Brown said. “The big difference is are we going to pay $1,000 an hour for a private attorney and treat him as a civilian or ordinary criminal in a criminal court, or are we going give him a military attorney who’s going to be paid as a captain, major or lieutenant colonel, and obviously go through the military tribunal process?”
Of course, the idea that Joe Biden has anything useful to say to anyone about any subject whatsoever is laughable. Has anyone ever combined clueless and condescension in quite such a smarmy, superior manner? I think it was Churchill who said of Clement Atlee that he was a humble man "with much to be humble about." Biden's got as much to be humble about as any man that ever lived, but thinks that he's Churchill and Oliver Wendell Holmes (and probably Sherlock Holmes, too) in one charming package.

Seriously - how is one to respect, indeed, how is one to avoid having utter contempt for, government when a man of the caliber of Joe Biden can spend 30 years in the Senate and then become Vice President? Is there a dimmer bulb anywhere? He's a daffodil who thinks that he's an oak, a Lilliputian who thinks that he's a Brobdingnagian...

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