Joe Biden

Joe Biden Remains Anti-Legalization: I'm the Guy Who Gave You a Drug Czar

Oh Joe, what do you know?

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Marijuana legalization is likely to be an issue in the 2016 presidential elections candidates in both party's primaries will use to differentiate themselves from each other. And Joe Biden, who recently said he couldn't see any "obvious" reason he shouldn't run for president, wants potential voters to know he's an old school tough on crime Democrat. Via Time:

In the Senate, Biden was on the forefront of the Democratic Party's war on crime, authoring or co-sponsoring legislation that created the federal "drug czar" and mandatory minimum sentencing for marijuana and the sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine.

"I am not only the guy who did the crime bill and the drug czar, but I'm also the guy who spent years when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of [the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] trying to change drug policy relative to cocaine, for example, crack and powder," Biden says.

Biden told Time the White House's marijuana policy is "still not legalization" while paying lip service to the idea that the federal government shouldn't focus on busting marijuana smokers. No shit, Mr. Vice President, and politicians from both parties who think coming out against something that the federal government isn't doing anyway in some way dampens their full-throttled support for a federally-funded and mandated drug war that destroys thousands of lives and families every year over essentially non-violent, consensual behavior.

That crime bill that makes Joe Biden so great committed $10 billion in federal spending on prisons and $13 billion on local cops. As a senator, Biden also pushed bills escalating the war on ecstasy and other club drugs, expanding asset-forfeiture laws, and making the drug war more awful in any way he could imagine. We should be thankful, I guess, that he doesn't seem a particularly imaginative person.

On the drug war, as in foreign policy, where former Defense Secretary Bob Gates went so far as to say Biden had never been right in 25 years, the vice president represents some of the very worst the Democratic party has to offer, mixing stupid policies with shallow intentions. And while the idea that he could win his party's nomination seems laughable, especially running against someone with Hillary Clinton's name recognition, no vice president interested in his party's nomination for president has been denied it since Alben Barkley, Harry Truman's vice president, in 1952. He was 74 at the time. His campaign ended at the national convention in Chicago when a statement from several labor union leaders came out and said what everyone was thinking: that he was too old. Biden turns 74 next year, but it's not his old age that ought to disqualify him as a candidate but his old and tired thinking. Will any Democrat come out and say it?

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  1. Joe, um, “did the Drug Czar?” Which one? Is this our first openly gay Vice President? Another first for Team Obama!

    1. He was pitching, it doesn’t count as gay. You of all pitchers people should know that, ProL.

      1. I lack your familiarity with the anal arts.

        1. I’m not going to disagree with you.

  2. but it’s not his old age that ought to disqualify him as a candidate but his old and tired thinking the fact that he is a complete idiot

    ftfy

    1. Is he the first VP known to have been a complete moron before election? I actually thought, when he was named, that that might torpedo Obama’s candidacy, because it showed that Obama was a dim bulb, too. While he did get elected, Biden was just the first of a series of appointments of hopelessly incompetent officials.

      1. Is he the first VP known to have been a complete moron before election?

        What’s Dan Quayle, chopped liver?

        1. Nobody knew jack about Quayle before he was nominated.

          1. I knew Jack Kennedy; You’re not Jack Kennedy

            1. NICE, kinnath! Well played!

      2. because it showed that Obama was a dim bulb, too

        Seems like a smart move to me. Anyone who would want to assassinate him surely wouldn’t want Biden to take over the job.

        1. Yes, I agree. I’m just talking my first impression. Obama has certainly surrounded himself with the worst and dimmest.

          1. In a more just society, we would be explaining why VP Obama was never going to move up to the big people’s table at thanksgiving.

          2. My first impression was, “Well, that’s proof that he’s lying out his ass about caring about civil liberties.”

  3. Fuck Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton’s dick.

    Is what I would say if I was going to make another low substance, in-eloquent post.

  4. Biden vs Christie in ‘016 would be nearly as awesome as HillDogg vs. Santorum.

  5. Isn’t Biden kinda the W of Team Blue? This guy can’t open his mouth without shoving his foot in it.

  6. VPs are life insurance policies for presidents, the worst possible person to be in the Oval Office.

    The one exception being George I. Reagan wasn’t that cynical.

    No chance Uncle Joe will get it. The Hildebeast is too dirty. I keep telling y’all, just like Clinton and Obumbles, they will pick someone with some name recognition but little dirty laundry, and of course a bit more left than the last one.

    My money is on Fauxcahontas.

    *shivers*

    1. The one exception being George I. Reagan wasn’t that cynical.

      Yet someone tried and nearly succeeded. Maybe Reagan should have been more cynical.

      1. I don’t think Hinckley cared who the VP was. He shot Reagan in the hopes it would get him into Jodie Foster’s pants.

        Reagan made the right move by appointing a competent VP.

  7. “I am not only the guy who did the crime bill and the drug czar, but I’m also the guy who spent years when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of [the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] trying to change drug policy relative to cocaine, for example, crack and powder,”

    Too bad you weren’t the guy who did some actual research prior to instituting said policy…

    Dumbass!

    1. “I am not the only one, but I am also…”

      Huh?

      I suspect if you asked him for a clarification it would leave you even more confused.

      A Biden campaign would be the greatest comedy show ever. Guaranteed sore cheeks and abs from so much hysterical laughter.

  8. So bipartisan teams are busy untangling his terrible past accomplishments because they were harmful policy?

    😐

    ^shocked face

  9. That’s right, Joe’s running – “stand up, Chuck, let ’em see you!”

  10. He’s vicious and stupid. I hope he runs. Both he and Hilary must have a ton of stuff on each other. They will both use it. With luck they ruin each others chances.

    But, people keep forgetting the obvious choice for the Dems next election. Michele O.

    1. She’s wayyyyyyyy too stupid.

  11. In 34 years of riding the gravy-train as the U.S. Senator from Delaware Joe Biden proved to be an agent of the status-quo, not a champion for the people. In 5 years as Vice President, he has continued this tradition of gatekeeper of the status-quo.

    Nothing innovative, creative or progressive about Joe Biden, just more of the same.

  12. Joe Biden is a big old dinosaur looking up at a big bright star in the sky that keeps growing as he watches…Boom!
    America’s future does not include the drug war or the people who support it.
    Marijuana is going to be a very big issue at the next election and may even decide who the next President is.
    It will not be Joe Biden.

  13. this guy will violate the constitution if we let him, he did it before. he doesn’t care about the American people.

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