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.
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