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Sweet home Delaware for Beau Biden

So much for the family heirloom. Beau Biden, the putative heir to the U.S. Senate seat his father held for 36 years before becoming vice president of the United States, decided to forgo the formality of an election this November in favor of staying put in Delaware. "One of the primary reasons I ran for Attorney General was to protect the most vulnerable among us: children," Biden wrote in an e-mail to friends this morning. "The idea that any child can be a victim of abuse is horrific. The fact that it has engulfed an entire community is unspeakable. The pain and trauma suffered by the children, their parents, and the families, can’t be measured. But justice can be done. And I am determined to see that it is. I have a job to finish. And that’s what I must do."

As one friend who received the e-mail tartly responded, "He doesn't want to just spend more time with his family -- he wants to spend more time with all our families!" In all seriousness, by eschewing a Senate run, Biden has given Delaware voters a chance to consider someone other than folks from his family. The person selected by the governor to fill the remainder of Vice President Biden's term, Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-SeatWarmer), made it clear from the get-go he wasn't going to run for a full term. The lack of another megawatt Dem in the First State means the very popular Rep. Mike Castle (R) is now favored to win.

NBC's Andrea Mitchell tweeted today, "what does it mean that vp family doesnt like tea leaves"? Good question. And the answer isn't good. Democrats were already pulling their hair over Massachusetts electing State Sen. Scott Brown (R) to the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for 46 years. Today's announcement will only add more strain to the jelly legs holding up the wobbly Democrats right now.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 25, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
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On the one hand, I'm glad that yet another dynastic politician is not running for higher office. But on the other hand, we all know that this is not about prosecuting pedophiles. I'm as disgusted by the Democrats' gutlessness as I am by the Republicans' reactionary obstructionism.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 25, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe another Bo (Obama) can run for dog catcher?!

Posted by: adamnescot1 | January 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

After reading of the case his office is pursuing, I completely understand why he decided to not do it. Sometimes, ambition matters less than simply doing the right thing.

Posted by: emayrogers | January 25, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

He is young. If he wants, he has time to run. I concur with one of the points by another poster: we have too many family seats as it is. New blood is good.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 25, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Beau Biden was involved in a good deal of insider influence peddling. The coming elections will be particularly hard on any sort of smell of corruption or deal making. Biden made the prudent move.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 25, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

September 29, 2009, Delaware Department of Justice was granted the dismissal of a military employment lawsuit, USERRA, filed March 26, 2008 under Delaware state military leave Laws 20 Del.C. § 905 and 29 Del. C. § 5105.

The term “any employer” is not defined and does not specifically include the state, therefore;

Per ruling - 2. The General Assembly did not intend to Waive Sovereign Immunity Explicitly.
“USERRA and 29 Del. C. § 5105(a) create legal rights, and 20 Del. C. § 905 creates a remedy. The right to which he refers allows reservists to retain enumerated benefits upon reemployment.”

“The laws of this State simply do not permit .. to proceed. For the foregoing reasons, we AFFIRM the trial judge’s dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.”

Posted by: 2010-01-25 | January 25, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

If he's even half as much of a dolt as his father, he made a good choice.

Posted by: neilwied | January 26, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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