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Former Biden staffer writes angry tell-all memoir excoriating Delaware's former longtime senator

The timing can't be just coincidental.

But a former Biden staffer has just written a book which portrays now Vice President Biden in a most unsympathetic light.

By his own admission, the author never made it into Joe Biden's "inner circle". Then again, perhaps then-Senator Biden sensed the anger within. Who knows? It's one of those vicious circles.

Other former Biden staffers heap praise on their former boss, even when off the record.

The author may be on his most solid ground when he denounces the influence of big banks on BOTH major political parties. But if this guy was such a principled idealist, why in the world did he become a lobbyist - by his own admission - dropping Joe Biden's name?

Anyway... here's POLITICO's account of this Biden-bashing book...



http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82897.html

Posted at 7:52am on October 26, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

JimH
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 9:36am
I am not a fan of Joe Biden. But I have read two reviews of this book so far this morning. It appears the author is upset Biden did not value his "brilliance" so he took an "I'll show him" approach.

One point is correct. Biden knows little to nothing about economics. Years ago I watched him in an interview with U of D students. He admitted he had only taken one economics course and it bored him. Beyond that one point, the book seems to be trash.

kavips
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 11:39pm
Anyone who says economics is fascinating, hasn't taken economics.

mrpizza
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 3:16am
I think we need to get rid of this notion that lobbyist is a dirty word. Lobbyists have the same rights as any other citizen who wishes to petition congress, provided they operate within the rules. Yeah, they got money, but the system can't operate without it.

By the way Kavips, don't bother giving me a lecture about Jack Abramoff.

kavips
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 1:20pm
Why would I want to do that? Who? Lobbyists are an integral part of government, particularly in today's complex world.

"Elsmere has no water; here is a plan to give them water." It goes before committee, both houses, is signed and Elsmere gets water.

Can you imagine Patty Blevins staying up late at nights to write such a mindboggling piece of legislation herself? I wonder were such so, if Elsmere would be drinking kool aid right now instead of water?

The sin is that" We, The People", don't have lobbyists on our behalf. Oh, we get remembered close to every election cycle, but during the vacuum in between, lobbyists are there inside the chambers and get the complete focus of a legislator's attention, with no balance provided from outside sources.

But wait; we can make the 45 min. drive to Dover and visit them ourselves. If more of us did, Dover would serve us much better. Trust me, they would thoroughly enjoy seeing an actual voter for a change.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 2:09pm
If going to visit the Legislature and getting to address them with a concern is anything like going to a School Board meeting to address them about a concern, forget it, its a waste of time.

I remember going to address my local school board on some issue. I signed up, they give you three minutes as I recall. You say your piece and sit down. They don't answer questions, you are not allowed to ask any, and they don't discuss your issue at all. They don't contact you later, etc. You are ONLY a pain in the butt citizen who dares speak to these highly exalted people who think the sun rises and falls with their every breath. Just like Congress or the State Legislature, they only time they are interested in hearing from you is at Referendum time (election time for the Congress and Legislature).

So the system is rigged, in favor of those who've got money to get those special people's attention.

So I say NO lobbyist, ONLY the people. We pay the taxes that pays their salaries, they are supposed to be working for you and me, not some fat cat who's got deep pockets full of money.

kavips
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 4:54pm
let me put in a plug... It is totally different from that experience. You go to their office, knock on the door, and say Hi, I'm Mike from Delaware, I'm in your district. I just wanted to meet you... and from there they'll ask where you live, and you'll tell them, then they'll ask how overall that neighborhood is doing and if you have any pet peeves, potholes, road needs widened, you can let them know, They may ask if you would like to see legislature is session if you are there for a while... I'd recommend it...

Sound different from your school board?

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 9:17pm
I guess some time, I'll have to take a vacation day from work and go visit Legislative Hall and my Representative or Senator and see for my self.

kavips
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 12:09am
Depends on when you work. They usually work themselves and arrive by 5:30 or 6 and last till 8:30 or 9:00... As the session ends in June, they may stay later.

mrpizza
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 12:37am
Kavips: You may be onto something here. I wonder if I can go
to Annapolis and get the same results. I have previously dealt with Cecil County government, and they seem pretty citizen-friendly.

mrpizza
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 8:27am
Here's more proof neither Biden OR Obama are "nice guys":

http://www.wilm.com/cc-common/mainheadlines2.html?feed=104707&article=10526816

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 4:13pm
Mrpizza: What I find interesting about that article is it is from Glenn Beck's The Blaze. Not even Fox is reporting this story, or CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal or the NY Times?? The only source is Glenn Beck? If you can find it in a more reliable news source I'd be very interested in seeing it. There's just something no quite right about it.

EarlGrey
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 10:20pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2223554/Did-son-balls-size-cue-balls-Bidens-bizarre-question-father-Navy-SEAL-died-Benghazi-attack.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Mike: The reason The Blaze is listed as one of the main sources is because the interview was given by Glenn Beck with the father of the fallen SEAL; therefore, the most reliable source would be Glenn Beck.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/biden-slain-navy-seal-s-father-did-your-son-always-have-balls-size-cue-balls

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/10/26/father-of-slain-navy-seal-in-libya-says-obama-had-no-remorse-biden-made-disrespectful-joke

mrpizza
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:36am
MFD: I don't know what you or anybody else has against Glenn Beck. He's done nothing to anyone except expose the truth about the left in hopes of warning good people like us before we lose what remains of America. Dismiss him at your own peril.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:27pm
I've listened to Glenn Beck's show on radio. Sometimes he's got an interesting show, other times, he's gone over the edge. He's kind of like Rush on steroids. He's not a newsperson anymore than Limbaugh, Hannity, or Jensen are. I see those stories that EarlGrey listed, but note none are from any real US news source, including Fox or Wash Times. Come on, if Biden really said that, you can bet Fox News and the Wash Times would be shouting it from the roof tops.

Don't allow your dislike of Biden and Obama to cause you guys to believe any crap someone like Glenn Beck comes up with, anymore than Kavips should blindly accept any crap someone like an Ed Schultz would say about Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan. All of these folks, I've mentioned have an agenda.

EarlGrey
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 3:02pm
Mike: Are you questioning Beck or the father of the fallen SEAL? The interview was on Beck's show...I heard the father say the portion about Biden, along with what he had to say about Obama and Hillary. Who cares which network (or non-network) did the interview...it doesn't change what the father said happened.

Here's a short clip from same father on FOX news with the "wonderful" Geraldo.
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/father-of-slain-benghazi-seal-to-obama-its-better-to-die-a-hero-than-live-a-coward-video/

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 5:43pm
Yes, I'm questioning what the man in mourning remembers. He's in shock. He blames Biden and Obama for NOT sending troops in there, which is correct and for that I don't blame them. That has been reported in real media, but this hasn't. My guess is Biden said something more like, I'm sorry about your son's death, he was a hero. He apparently had balls the size of cue balls to do what he did and I mourn with you the loss of your son and a great American. Or something more like that.

You trust Geraldo Revara? I wouldn't trust that knucklehead to read the weather without hype or crap added just to get ratings. IF this was a real news story, Fox News radio on the hour newscast on WILM and their numerous affiliates would be airing it. The fact that FOX news is not and only Geraldo is discussing it, yea is very suspicious. Beck and Geraldo. Great sources of news.

Don't be so eager to believe every bad thing said about Biden and Obama anymore than folks on the other side should be ready to believe every bad thing said about Romney and Ryan.

By the way EarlGrey, why do you refer to Romney as Rmoney? I could see Kavips doing that, but you are a supporter of Mr. Romney. That would be like Kavips referring to Obama as Obummer. I don't get it.

mrpizza
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 12:02am
MFD: I think EarlGrey is trying to imply that we must elect Romney if we want to keep Rmoney. No doubt the Obummer wants to take as much of Rmoney as he can get.

As far as the so-called crap that Glenn Beck comes up with, my distrust of the left dates back long before anybody ever heard of him, or Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, or any other host you can name. You also must consider that even though Beck may sound a little over the top, he doesn't just make this stuff up off the top of his head. He is able to document his sources.

mrpizza
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 12:19am
MFD: I would also add that you should never dismiss information solely on who reported it. While the reporting of the information may contain flaws, it doesn't make it completely false. I've heard much criticism of Politico, but I find their reporting to be equally as useful as Rush and Beck, etc.

You speak of people having agendas. EVERYBODY should have some kind of agenda if they're going to make a meaningful contribution to society and leave their mark on the world. What KIND of agenda should be the question, not whether or not somebody has one.

I've always believed the agenda of the left, while by some I'm sure is well-intended, is one that is destrucive to the foundations and institutions that made America great. It
certainly isn't the Republicans trying to force gay marriage on us and forcing the removal of the ten commandments from public courthouses, etc. All this erosion of freedoms is from the left. While it may not evolve totally in my lifetime, I believe the unintended consequences of unchecked left-wing policies will eventually be a communist soviet-style police state.

Just as you shouldn't ignore the warnings about Hurricane Sandy, you also shouldn't ignore the warnings about those with evil intent against the U.S. Maybe the hurricane won't be as dire as predicted, and maybe the results of the left's agenda also won't be as dire as predicted, by it's still better to be safe than sorry in both cases.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 11:08pm
Mrpizza: There are real news reporters, like Allan Loudell, Peter McArthur and Mellany Armstrong, or back in the day, Walter Cronkite (CBS), Chet Huntley (NBC), David Brinkley (NBC), Harry Reasoner (CBS/ABC), Howard K. Smith (ABC). Today I'd call Scott Pelley, and Bob Schieffer, both from CBS News, real reporters. Then there are sensationalists... Geraldo Revara comes to mind immediately. Real reporters I take seriously, the others I don't.

A real reporter's agenda is to bring you the real story, no political agenda, no slant, just the facts ma'am. Today, too many so-called reporters are maybe less sensational than Geraldo, but essentially aren't any better than him as they add their spin to the story rather than just reporting it.

Folks like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Mascitti, and Jensen are "secular" preachers for their particular point-of-view. At least Al Mascitti has experience as a real reporter, so he usually has done his homework, even if I don't always agree with him and totally dislike his mocking of religious faith (that's when I tune out). But at least he will give the GOP credit when he agrees with something they've done or propose. The others NEVER ever say a good thing about a DEM. Those others are just preaching their party line and would rather impale themselves than admit there are some good DEMS out there, just as Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow would rather impale themselves than admit there are some good Republicans. It works both way. Yet, who are people listening to, the Limbaughs and Maddow's of the world.

Until I hear, read, or see a real reporter report that story, I'm not taking it seriously. The waters are so muddied out there with all the crap that passes for real news due to internet, I-phone, photo shopping, etc, that you really have to be discerning. As Allan pointed out last night on air that as traditional media, they at WDEL verify stories with more than one source, if possible, before using them on air. WDEL, as any responsible media source for news, wants us as listeners, viewers, and readers to be able to trust what they tell us. So when real media reporters report that story, then I'll take an interest. It is what it is.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 11:12pm
To clarify Allan's point from last night. Not just more than one source, but a reliable source, like DELDOT in the case of the Indian River Bridge so maybe only one other source than the original, but not relying on some photo someone put on FB.

EarlGrey
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 3:57pm
"By the way EarlGrey, why do you refer to Romney as Rmoney? I could see Kavips doing that, but you are a supporter of Mr. Romney. That would be like Kavips referring to Obama as Obummer. I don't get it."

Mike: I sometimes refer to Romney as R.Money to embrace the fact that Romney is a successful business man and he should be proud of what he has made and who he is...kavips and the left think that people like Romney (who work hard for their success and become wealthy from this hard work) should for some reason be embarrassed of their success.

So, yes I am definitely voting for Romney, am excited about voting for him next Tuesday, and have my bumper sticker proudly displaying my support for Romney on my car!

EarlGrey
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 3:59pm
Mittens R. Money and P90X Paul Ryan all the way! ;)

mrpizza
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 10:42pm
MFD: I mostly agree with you about the real reporters, although I would say that Walter Cronkite was solidly left and Huntley-Brinkley were the Fox News of their day.

Glenn Beck, while neither a reporter or politician, is comparable to Winston Churchill. Sir Winston was ridiculed and voted out for warning the world about Stalin. Today, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and others are equally ridiculed for warning the world about Obama and the agenda of the left.

In conclusion, I believe Glenn Beck is the Churchill of our time.

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 12:44pm
...but I thought Glenn Beck was John Galt ;)

mrpizza
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 3:27am
I think John Galt was too complex a character for anyone to take on his likeness. Glenn Beck is a much more ordinary man.

EarlGrey
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 10:49am
...an ordinary man who created and owns his own network (Oprah & Al Gore both failed when they tried), an ordinary man who has created his own line of Made-in-USA products, an ordinary man with The Blaze website that competes with Drudge & Breitbart, and an ordinary man who is working on a cloaking device for his secret location in Texas.
OK, no cloaking device...yet ;)

I am not Beck's biggest fan but am impressed with what he has accomplished so far. I prefer Roger Hedgecock for non-local news and am a big fan of Breitbart (rip) for my new-media source.

I thought that Rick Santorum could have been the next Winston Churchill but I guess we'll never know now.


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