Biden Warns Donors: GOP Being Led By Sens. Cruz and Paul

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Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden told the audience at a fundraiser that the GOP is, “...not your father’s Republican Party.” adding that, “...the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky..."

According to Biden, some GOP senators were unwilling to vote for background checks for gun purchases in part because doing so would go against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), which is an impressive amount of influence to be wielding considering both Cruz and Paul are freshmen. 

From The Weekly Standard:

At a high-dollar fundraiser last night in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden warned his fellow Democrats about the Republicans.

“It’s a pretty simple proposition: The United States of America, and the state of Massachusetts, does not need another Republican in the Senate,” Biden told the assembled donors, according to the press pool report. “I’m being straight about this. This is not your father’s Republican Party. It really is a fundamentally different party. There’s never been as much distance, at least since I’ve been alive, distance between where the mainstream of the Republican congressional party is and the Democratic Party is. It’s a chasm. It’s a gigantic chasm.”In particular, Biden shared his distrust of two young Republican senators, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.“I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky -- or the old senator from Kentucky,” said Biden.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Today's GOP won't even take on everyday problems ordinary citizens face with common sense approaches like firing a shotgun off your deck.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    In the general direction of the target.

    Never mind a typical shot pattern is smaller than a dinner plate at 40 feet.

  • ||

    In the general direction of the target.

    No, the commonsense, Democratic direction is ABOVE YOUR HEAD. Get it right, wingnut teabagger. You probably got your understanding of firearms from that wingnut Rush, geez.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Oh I get it: Biden just wants to woo me back to the Republican Party.

  • Drake||

    Is he as retarded as he acts, or is he a diabolical genius?

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Why can't he be a diabolical retard?

  • Virginian||

    "support the new senator from Kentucky..."

    I guess when you came to Washington in the Nixon Administration, a guy who's been Senator for two years is still new.

  • sarcasmic||

    Anyone who takes Biden seriously is a moron.

  • RBS||

    What about the people who love the guy?

  • ||

    Is Biden's mother still alive?

  • sarcasmic||

    He has a mother? I thought bacteria reproduced by fission.

  • ||

    They take him seriously?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    According to Biden, some GOP senators were unwilling to vote for background checks for gun purchases in part because doing so would go against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

    Everybody wants sensible gun safety laws; that's why those guys should vote for it even if it means losing their seats in the next election.

  • John||

    If only. What is interesting is how Rubio has totally imploded. He is about as popular as Chris Christie these days.

  • Virginian||

    Amnesty bill I think. Plus he just doesn't have the fire in the belly, and in the head. Paul and Cruz are smart. They might not be right about every issue, but they're thinkers. Rubio is a bit of a lightweight in comparison.

  • John||

    The Amnesty bill is the death of him. It is an idiotic bill that totally betrays the rank and file of the party. Rubio is a fucking moron if he thinks Mexicans and Central Americans are going to vote for a Cuban because he helped with amnesty. Does he really think that the Democrats are going to give him or any Republican any credit for this? If this thing passes, Obama and the Democrats are going to tell Hispanics "we gave you amnesty" and that will be it. It won't get the GOP a single Hispanic vote. In contrast, if they don't get amnesty, Hispanics might rightfully conclude neither party is giving it to them and start voting on other issues. You have to be a complete retard to think passing amnesty is going to get the GOP Hispanic votes.

  • Virginian||

    Oh come on John. Importing a huge chunk of voters who vote Democrat by 20 point margins is the surefire way for the GOP to secure a new supermajority. It can't fail!

  • Brett L||

    Its like GM's strategy for returning to profitability, sell cars at a loss but make it up on volume!

  • Cytotoxic||

    Still a better strategy than pandering to xenophobes every cycle.

  • John||

    Yeah. Central Americans have a natural pre-disposition to small government. That is why Latin America has always been a bastion of freedom and traditional liberal values.

  • John||

    So this is such a great bill, you will be voting R from now on if it passes?

    Thought not. They won't get your vote for doing it, but I am sure someone will vote for them.

  • Cytotoxic||

    IT'S NOT AN AMNESTY BILL.

  • John||

    Sure its not. It just gives a bunch of people living here illegally the chance to be citizens. That is not amnesty at all.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The United States of America, and the state of Massachusetts, does not need another Republican in the Senate

    "Will of the People"?

    Fuck that.

    STOP RESISTING

  • Agammamon||

    SHOCK, horror! You mean the GOP might actually be trying to make itself *distinct* from the DNC?

  • John||

    The Dems and the media spent a lot of time and money corrupting people like McCain and Graham. You know how much effort it takes to kiss those people's asses and lie to them and convince them it is okay to sell out? How dare these filthy tea baggers fuck all of that up.

  • Mike M.||

    Has this hairplugged whackadoodle set up his PAC yet?

  • ||

    I have a large puppy. He lays on the floor at my feet.

    Every now and then he lets out a loud fart. It startles him. His head pops up and whips around looking behind him for the source of the sound and sensation. I know he is thinking " What the fuck was that?!".

    I can easily imagine that Joe Biden does the same thing.

  • ||

    You. I like you.

  • ||

    The new senator from Kentucky or the old senator from Kentucky? They don't have a whole hell of a lot in common other than an R.

  • robc||

    It tells you everything you need to know that Biden is more concerned with the junior senator from KY instead of the senior senator who is also minority leader.

    And, you know, actually has power and stuff.

  • Fluffy||

    I have no problem with this.

    If Biden and Obama keep acting like Paul is the leader of the Republican party...

    ...eventually he will be.

    This is one of those rare instances where appearance can become reality, by blunt force.

  • John||

    Probably. Remember Biden is an idiot. He no doubt thinks that saying this will get Republicans to all distance themselves from Paul and Cruz to show how reasonable they are.

  • ||

    In many cases he may be right.

    God, saying that Joe Biden may be right about anything at all gives me a shooting pain through the temples.

  • John||

    Don't worry. It is not like Biden thinks much of anything. He is just saying what his handlers told him to say.

  • Brandon||

    It's worked with McCain.

  • PapayaSF||

    "This is not your father’s Republican Party. It really is a fundamentally different party. There’s never been as much distance, at least since I’ve been alive, distance between where the mainstream of the Republican congressional party is and the Democratic Party is.”

    And this is entirely because the GOP has gotten all strange and radical. It's not at all because the Democrats have moved left. Not at all.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    .“I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky -- or the old senator from Kentucky,” said Biden.

    Biden won't talk about Paul's character because Paul actually has some, unlike the Vice Plagarist. And he can't talk about Paul's quality of mind because compared to Paul, Biden is a barely functional retard.

  • Cytotoxic||

    compared to Paul my labrador, Biden is a barely functional retard.

  • Ted Levy||

    It is extremely telling that Biden doesn't even want to mention Paul by name...

  • Nooge.||

    FIRE OFF TWO BLASTS!

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