Joe Biden the Opinion Maker?

18 11 2007

While watching the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Thursday night, I noticed how often many of the other candidates deferred to Senator Joe Biden’s judgement and knowledge on a whole host of issues.

For example, here’s Senator Edwards response to a question on trade deals and pointing out differences between himself and Madame Inevitable.

I mean, for example, just over the course of the last week, Senator Clinton said in Washington that she would vote for the Peru Trade Deal, and she said in Iowa, talking to union members, that she wanted a moratorium on trade deals.

The important thing about this, though, is none of us — none of us — because the reality is, and I want to add on to something that Joe Biden said — you know, before I came over here tonight, I was thinking we’re going to have this debate. When we finish, all of you are going to be on television saying, “Oh, who scored points? Who won the debate”

Senator Dodd on the importance of having an election be about the issues.

There’s a shrillness to the debate. The American people want results, they want the job done, exactly what Joe Biden talked about here. But people get up in the morning and go to work, they sit around and they worry about their jobs, their retirement, their health care, this kids’ education, and they wonder if anybody in Washington is paying any attention to them and whether or not the job is being done on their behalf.

Senator Obama on the need for strategic thinking in South Asia and the Middle East.

And Joe and Bill are exactly right on this. Pakistan’s democracy would strengthen our battle against extremists.

The more we see repression, the more there are no outlets for how people can express themselves and their aspirations, the worse off we’re going to be, and the more anti-American sentiment there’s going to be in the Middle East. We keep on making this mistake.

And Senator Hillary Clinton on voting on the Kyl-Liberman amendment which declared the Kuds and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard terrorist organizations.

Well, there is no basis for that fear. There is, however, a deep concern that is well justified about this president.

That’s why what I’ve tried to do is oppose a rush to war. I started speaking out against it back in February because I was worried about President Bush. Working with members of Congress to do exactly what Joe is saying, which is to make it absolutely clear there is no legal authority whatsoever.

Senator Obama again in addressing the question of judicial nominations.

I would not appoint somebody who doesn’t believe in the right to privacy. But you’re right, Wolf. I taught constitutional law for 10 years, and when you look at what makes a great Supreme Court justice, it’s not just the particular issue and how they ruled. But it’s their conception of the court.

And part of the role of the court is that it is going to protect people who may be vulnerable in the political process, the outsider, the minority, those who are vulnerable, those who don’t have a lot of clout. And part of what I want to find in a Supreme Court justice — and Joe’s exactly right. Sometimes we’re only looking at academics or people who’ve been in the courts.

This Sen. Biden guy must be really knowledgeable about so many issues. Maybe he should run for president someday.

It seems I am not the only who has been thinking pick up on this.

Check out the video.

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3 responses

18 11 2007
Laura

I noticed the same thing, and was thrilled that it was picked up on by others with a little more technical savvy to get the word out..

18 11 2007
jillian

I’m so glad his campaign made this video.

It’s the same story every debate.
I read somewhere that at the next debate, they should let Biden do all the talking and have the other candidates hold up signs that say “I agree with Joe.”

19 11 2007
KUT

I definitely agree that Sen. Biden’s candidacy is grossly underrated, but then again he does not strike many people as the most energetic campaigner in the pack. And that fact alone hurts his appeal almost as much as his lack of media attention.

Plus, while he obviously does possesses a great deal of knowledge about a variety of issues, he would probably grow bored with domestic policy, if he were elected President. That said, my sense is that Biden is really running to become Secretary of State.

And I think he will get that gig if Hillary wins.

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