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Beau Biden will not run for father's former Senate seat



Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for his father's Senate seat in 2010. AP photo by Chuck Snyder

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for his father's former Senate seat, he announced via email to supporters this morning.

"I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General -- and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence," Biden wrote. "And that is what I must do. Therefore I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as Attorney General."

The decision is a huge blow for Senate Democrats who had long insisted Biden was a certain candidate. Republican Rep. Mike Castle is now a strong favorite for the open seat.

Of Biden's decision, Castle said: "I respect Beau Biden's decision to remain focused on his significant responsibilities as Delaware's Attorney General."

The certainty of a Biden candidacy had declined significantly in recent weeks due, at least in part to an ongoing investigation into an alleged pedophile pediatrician being conducted by his office.

Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats.

With Biden out, Democrats are likely to turn to Newcastle County Executive Chris Coons as their preferred candidate although there is sure to be some chatter that former Lt. Gov. John Carney will switch from the House race to the Senate contest. Carney is, however, leery of leaving a near sure thing House seat to take on Castle, one of the state's best known and most popular politicians.

Interim Sen. Ted Kaufman, a longtime staffer to then Sen. Joe Biden, reiterated this morning that he will not be a candidate for the remaining four years of the term in 2010. "I will not seek election for the balance of the term," said Kaufman in a statement released this morning.

No matter who Democrats nominate, however, Castle is a clear favorite.

Biden's decision comes only a few weeks removed from Sen. Byron Dorgan's (D-N.D.) decision not to run for re-election. Dorgan's departure led to the candidacy of popular Gov. John Hoeven (R) while Democrats have yet to find a candidate in the Republican-leaning state.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 25, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
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This is what I don't get from the stimulus bill:


787 Billion Dollars - divided by let's just say $30,000 per job


Is 26 MILLION JOBS.


The economy has lost 7 million jobs in the recession - and there are only 15 million people out of work total.

What did Obama and the democrats do with the money ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic:

This decision by Biden Jr. was obviously "leaked" (inadvertantly?) by Biden Sr. over the weekend. Does ANYONE deny that anymore? Do we really have to wait until November 2nd to say this was bad news for the Dems?

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Recent studies have actually indicated that the human appendix is actually useful (that, or Charles Darwin was wrong ; )

http://www.livescience.com/health/090824-appendix-evolution.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@Jake - I attempted to respond in detail to your previous suggestion of a deal. Unfortunately, one or more key words were evidently flagged by the Post and so my comment went to CC's dead letter pile.

If you think it was an error to let the tax cuts expire, talk to the folks who wrote the bill. My ruling is not germane, counsellor.

The emergency responder exception that I suspect you want would have the checkout person at the local CVS refusing to sell prophylactics (let's see if that makes it through the filter) to anyone without a marriage license. Point being that you want the Democrats to enact Republican social policy in order to get minimal agreement. No sale.

Best line of the day was talking about the Republicans' 41 seat majority in the Senate. I'm for killing the filibuster as something about as useful as the appendix.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 25, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: grunk | January 25, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

I (and elijah24) didn't think they were "poison pills". As for what caused Gov. Palin's problems, I thought that we discussed this when she resigned, but maybe that was someone else: it wasn't that she couldn't handle the Alaska legislature -- it was the frivolous complaints filed one after the other which were taking up so much of her staff / time / personal funds that she could no longer serve the people of Alaska effectively -- as President, she will have IMMUNITY and the entire Department of Law to fight those.

Incidentally, Mitch McConnell will be the Senate MAJORITY Leader this time next year ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps because it's not dead? Heck, we're in agreement on the 80% solution. Absent Jake's poison pills, of course (emergency responders, extension of Bush tax cuts, etc.)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 25, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

jeffreid1 at 5:17 has an excellent point


Chris - would you please investigate why the Washington Post put the story on the death of health care on Page 6 ????

It should be easy - just walk across the room and ask.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Beau, beau, Beau, beau - does anyone take issue with the name Beau ???

It's just soooo old boy network.......

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Beau, beau, Beau, beau - does anyone take issue with the name Beau ???

It's just soooo old boy network.......

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 25, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against young Biden, but . . .

Is this another example of the rats deserting a sinking ship?

And sink this ship surely will, as long as Obama heads the ticket in 2012.

Sure it's early, but never *too* early, to begin organizing a democratic party challenge to Obama for the 2012 primaries. It's the only thing the democratic wing of the democratic party can do.

Posted by: seattle_wa | January 25, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

One poster wrote [in part] that the young Biden has read the mood of the country and rather than risk defeat has declined his candidacy; that is a big assumption, but probably politically astute. Both parties tend to get cocky when they're in power, and become woefully insensitive to voters. Why the surprise then when a backlash occurs? It happens every time. I think the President's party has let him down big time with their heady assumptions that the national election was a mandate for a free-for-all Dem agenda. The Dems keep shooting themselves in the foot and wonder why it's bleeding

Posted by: yankeei | January 25, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

As the socialist media sees it:
"Another blow for Senate Dems"
As REAL AMERICANS see it: "A Pending Victory for Freedom and the American Way."

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | January 25, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse


Between Jan. 20, 2009 and Jan. 22, 2010 — roughly Obama’s first year in office — the Washington Post ran 260 front page stories on "health care reform."

the Post buried the death of Obamacare in Congress on page 6


Posted by: jeffreid1 | January 25, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General -- and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence,"

No, he just knew that in the next election, name recognition ('Biden') would be a handicap, not an asset.

Posted by: ahashburn | January 25, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Shows how astute Beau is. Voters are finicky. At this time they are upset with political family dynasties and those who have made a career out of being in the House or Senate. He will wait until the mood of voters changes as it usually does with each election cycle.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | January 25, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@adamsmorgan - It's Newcastle to members of the Toon Army. But only if you're referring to the one in England.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 25, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@moderate6 - Thanks for the response. I disagree to some extent. I want a career doctor doing my surgery, a career dentist checking out my teeth, a career lawyer writing my will, and a career teacher in my classroom. As a career scientist, I know a lot more than a fresh graduate student. What happens when you have a bunch of greenhorns on the Hill? The laws get written by the lobbyists, career staff, and bureaucrats. Power never disappears, it just flows.

Admittedly, the throw the bums out call never works. All too often, the feeling is they're all bums, but my guy (or gal) is OK. Think of the recent political revolutions--'94 for the Republicans; '06 &'08 for the Democrats. The turn-over is about 20% max.

A continuing criticism of Obama is that he's too inexperienced in government. Well, is he? If so that's your self-fulfilling policy. He gets rolled by the experienced hands on the hill. Sarah Palin couldn't even handle the Alaska legislature after the '08 campaign.

Incidentally, the Republican leader of the Senate? Mitch McConnell--in his 5th term in the Senate.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 25, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Another blow against nepotism. These fatcat senators hate to give up
their lifetime sinecures, but when they finally move on to greener($$$) pastures they prefer to hand off to their own seed whenever possible.
Term limits anyone?

Posted by: Davidd1 | January 25, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The prospect of no hope and no change has the right-wing peanut gallery giddy with glee. All that money to be made. All those nameless, faceless people to shaft. Caledon Hockley would be proud.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Another blow against nepotism. These fatcat senators hate to give up their lifetime sinecures, but when they finally move on to greener($$$) pastures they prefer to hand off to their own seed whenever possible.
Term limits anyone?

Posted by: Davidd1 | January 25, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

As a native Delawarean, I have two quick comments:

1) It's New Castle, not Newcastle.

2) Mike Castle is a good man, and a moderate Republican. Would be a good influence on the process if he were elected to the Senate.

Posted by: adamsmorgan | January 25, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Every time I read a column by CC, I am reminded of the gossip columnists, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. CDC may not be writing about Hollywood, but his columns are reminiscent of those written by the two ladies of past years.

CC is the most inane of the WaPo columnists -- oh swoon, oh faint, oh have a cow: Beau Biden isn't running for the Senate. So what!!!

Mr. Cillizza, why don't you get a real job and stop being a pimple on the tush of humanity? And for all the people who follow CC's words and respond with little thought, get a life. If you have nothing better to do, work in a soup kitchen; volunteer to mentor a child, do something worthwhile, instead of writing negative comments on the board all day long. And Jake D., you're one of the worst.

Posted by: marmac5 | January 25, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

BB:

All career politicians should go dems and repubs - it wont happen but a clean sweep in 2010 would be a good start on getting government back in the hands of the people

The only reason I cited dems was they were the names whose corruption and denial of responsibility for any responsibility for screw ups in areas they are chairmen of committees overseeing in recent news coverage stood out in my mind - certainly there are equally bad career repubs

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 25, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obimbo dithers while Amerika burns.

Hope and change are a laugh line now.

Now he has pivoted to an all new line of empty promises. He will report back on their failure next year. Kind of like this last year.

Posted by: drivl | January 25, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

In a word "both", to answer your question.

We can only hope a third party steps into the breach; it's the only was this broken paradigm* stands any chance of righting itself.

(*to use a word that's all the rage with the pseudoscholars of the right.

Posted by: God666 | January 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@Cobra2
I'm guessing you have little to no education. Liberals don't "bash" on GW Bush for just being in the national guard, they do it because he joined it to avoid going to the vietnam war. Seeing as Beau Biden was born in 1968 theres no way he could have participated. He did go to Iraq though after Bush changed the rules so the National Guard does have to go to war...get your facts straight

Posted by: mabster | January 25, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

He strikes me as an intelligent and honorable man. And he has no doubt seen just how filthy politics are, whichever party you belong to. That is why it is so hard to get decent people to run for office. They don't have the stomach for it!

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | January 25, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@Moderate6 - Any reason why Chuck Grassley (5 terms), Olympia Snowe (in the House & Senate for 30 years), Jim Inhofe (in state and federal office for 40 years), don't qualify as career politicians? Or is it just Democrats.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 25, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Joe and Beau. Just too cute for words.

Maybe he is just Biden his time.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

You have to love how the media stirs this stuff up. Take this story. Beau Biden decides to stay with the job he was elected to. That's a good thing and something that should be applauded. Instead, the media tries to paint him as the bad guy in the upcoming Delaware senate race. As far as this being a *huge* problem for the Dems, the story itself says that Castle is the clear favorite, so the best Biden is is the Dems best chance for an upset.

Let's take the Mass. election. Holy Smoke, it's the end of the Democratic party, amid cries about the election of a Republican in the "bluest of blue states". Now, let's look at reality. 4 of the past 5 govs in Mass have been Republicans. While declared Dems outnumber declared Repubs 3 to 1, more than half of the registered voters in the state refuse to declare any party affiliation. Could be Ted Kennedy just did a good job of bringing tax dollars back to his state, regardless of his liberal agenda. Scott Brown should consider this, or he could be out in the next election cycle.

Posted by: RGee1 | January 25, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Moderate6:

That indeed goes without saying (and I hope a few more independents are elected as well ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Both parties should consider running candidates who are issue-oriented, and give up the bloodline-joke.

Posted by: rusty3 | January 25, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

And Still - President Obama just doesn't get it.

Small businesses do not want tax-cuts for hiring people that we don't have work to support, we do not need loans that we are unable to pay back.

We Want Work. Cut the Economy switch on.

Stop the Obama administration from diverting federal contracts from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

Posted by: question-guy | January 25, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to think that as a military officer with some sense of duty and honor Beau realized and was too embarrassed to run with the "we're entitled to a senate seat" approach that his dad and the Delware dems took in appointing someone openly acknowledged by even the WaPo as a "place holder until Beau is back from Iraq."

That was not going to sail with voters after Scott Brown's "It's the people's seat" zinger that contrasted so sharply with Coakley's smug "I'm entitled to this" attitude.

We can only hope the Massachusetts result and this event signals the beginning of the end of career politicians in congress - - think Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Barney Frank , Charlie Wrangle, and the corruption and entitlment mentality they bring that is a large part of what is so wrong with our government today

Probably the best thing that could happen in 2010 is a 100% sweep of all incumbents -it goes without saying Obama must go in 2012

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 25, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

rats deserting the ship. no different than the pubs. lay in the bushes the switch party . specter from pa good example. however the turd will lose,along with his comrade murtha

Posted by: pofinpa | January 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats."

I guess the media needs a "meme" to tie together all their reporting, since they lack the professional discipline to simply report things objectively. All the polling after Massachusetts' vote say that the public does NOT want Republican policies (even Brown's OWN voters told him not to advance the GOP agenda). One can call it excuse-making, but Coakley truly was an awful candidate. You don't run for dog catcher in Mass. without genuflecting at the Altar of Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock (hallowed be His Name). And you certainly don't do it while female.

The public is frustrated with the economic situation, and our ADHD-afflicted media is helping spur that on. All these articles implying that Obama is some kind of a failure because he hasn't singlehandedly fixed the worst economic situation since the Great Depression in twelve months help to sell papers and gain web hits, but they're not very professional journalism.

But that went out the window years ago, didn't it?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

More potential echos of 1994, when then Vice President Gore's former Senate seat went Republican (to Fred Thompson) in the mid-term special election.

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

There sure are a lot of delusional right wingers out there counting eggs as though they were chickens. The Republicans had their chance and wrecked the country, and have nothing viable to offer now.

Posted by: twm1 | January 25, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Massmedia77,
Excellent question, and one that I, as a converted liberal, pondered a few years back. There are many differences between the government handling it and individuals handling it. One difference is that I have the freedom of choosing how I give.

Also, I think I give a lot more efficiently than the government. Have you looked at our tax code lately? By the time our tax dollars make it through the system and into the hands of the less fortunate, there are only pennies left of my hard-earned dollars, but when I give directly, the needy get most if not all of my giving.

If you don't think that people will give if the government doesn't make them, I think you are sadly mistaken. In Louisiana, we've been through a few natural disasters lately. Which entity do you think helped out the most down here:

A. FEMA
B. National Guard
C. The churches and individuals giving of their time and money to help others.

If you answerred C, you're absolutely correct.

Posted by: Dragonwulf | January 25, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

He and his fello Liberals see the writing on the wall for 2010. Trust me, they will regroup and try to win back those seats in 2012. Unfortunately, it will be to late. Americans will be fed up with Liberals by that time and many leading Liberaals will not run for office. You guys can blame it on that idiot Barak Obama and the miserable main stream pass who did a terrible job vetting this guy. You guys just ignored all his socialist leanings and would have voted for a chair vs any Republican. Guess that bed you made is a little soiled these days. And one last question for you idiot Liberals. Beau Biden has served in the Naional Guard. Why are you not calling him out for his service as you did George Bush who also served in the National Guard? Oh that's right. Two sets of rules for you guys. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | January 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

IT IS TIME FOR AMERICAN'S TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!

NO MORE TIME FOR COMPLACENCY!

WWW.AMERICAWAKEUPNOW.NET

THE AWAKENING OF AMERICANS!

Posted by: machelle_18 | January 25, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"It's not that we hate the people and want to withhold shelter and healthcare, it's that we think the GOVERNMENT doesn't need to provide it to the extent which it does. We would like the federal government to back off and allow individuals and institutions to take care of the weak and disabled."

I don't understand your logic. You don't want the government to spend tax payer dollars on a social program that helps people, but you're willing to spend your time and money to help people or your time and money to support a private company that helps people?

What's the difference? What's your issue with the government?

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 25, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

".....How's that "Republican Brand" looking now.......? lol Lol LOL !!"

Like the same warmed-over crap it's always been. Republicans don't have any answers, they're part of the problem, not the solution. The sad thing is, Dems don't have an answer either.....both parties suck.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 25, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We may not be able to stop the wicked but GOD sure can.He sees and hears what we can't and what we can't get done he will pick up the slack for sure. His enemies are our enemies and vengence is his.

Posted by: jeanweingartner | January 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Ok, all your GOP Right wing Rethuglicans get something straight.

I am mighty mad at the Democrats, and at Obama, like most Americans. That does not suddenly make me a fan of the GOP, or think they have a better answer.

They don't have an answer at all, except that we should keep the big businesses happy so they can rape the taxpayer.

Americans expected Obama to get tough and make some change, and all he did was basically what the Republcians have been doing. Enriching the wealthy at the taxpayer's expense and continuing two wars. Theyw anted someone who would really smack the crud out of the GOP, the party of NO to actually get something done.

If they do that, you'll find America will settle down.Like it or not, A Fox news poll showed the GOP has got NOTHING when it comes time to replace Obama with one of their picks.


Posted by: TortFeaser | January 25, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Don't blame us democrats, blame Bush"-President Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 25, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop already. If you quit, is your kid going to get your job?

Seriously, how thin is this talent pool? Dude, I don't want yesterday's french fries in today's hash. If it's Fresh v. Stinky, I'm for Fresh. Let get the scouts out there in the minors and see if there's a sharp new hoe that can cut the mustard or not.

Farmer Diner Baseball metaphors while u wait. No charge for creative spelling.

Posted by: pressF1 | January 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Good news, another GOP pickup! Who cares about Joe or Beau?!

Posted by: houston123 | January 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris Cillizza of the liberal/progressive Washington POST

.....How's that "Republican Brand" looking now.......? lol Lol LOL !!

Posted by: allenridge | January 25, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Shoot, the V P's 30-something year old son doesn't think he is ready to be a United States Senator. How will Democrats live with ourselves?!

Give me a break, Cillizza.

It's refreshing -- a man understands his current limitations and decides to respect them, instead of running around claiming to be the second coming. There are plenty of Delaware Democrats who can pick up this seat. Stop pushing this "Horrors for the Democrats" story.

Posted by: teoandchive | January 25, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Not considering a seat as a hereditary possession is a good sign in and of itself as a non-elitist ruling class entitlement!
Maybe the Senate isn't a House of Lords after all.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 25, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Not considering a seat as a hereditary possession is a good sign in and of itself as a non-elitist ruling class entitlement!
Maybe the Senate isn't a House of Lords after all.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares about you elitist people back East.

Wake me when something happens elsewhere.

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 25, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Captainkona,
I'd like to address one section of your post. When you say "you're still the Godless wretches who hate your own people to the point of wanting them to go hungry and without shelter or health care.", I think you're missing the paradigm under which we conservatives view the role of governent. It's not that we hate the people and want to withhold shelter and healthcare, it's that we think the GOVERNMENT doesn't need to provide it to the extent which it does. We would like the federal government to back off and allow individuals and institutions to take care of the weak and disabled. I'm a conservative and I volunteer time and money to those less fortunate than myself, do you?

Posted by: Dragonwulf | January 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"No Dem wants to get spanked during the 2010 elections...They know the mood of the nation is not in their favor given the last 12 months has been nothing short of a disaster."


This is sheer stupidity. You morons can try to claim that "the country is turning against Dems" all you want. The Dems only problem is that they've pissed off the Left and we didn't turn out for a few elections.
If they get their minds right and return the Public Option to the health reform legislation, and wax more populist, we'll come back to the polls. Until then we stay home. The numbers don't lie. A vast majority of Americans want the Public Option and the legislation is worthless without it.

There is no Republican/conservanoid revival. You're still the losers who put us in these troubled economic times, the traitors who exposed a covert CIA operative, the blood-thirsty chickenhawk cowards who murdered over 4000 of our troops by lying us into an unnecessary war and most of all, you're still the Godless wretches who hate your own people to the point of wanting them to go hungry and without shelter or health care.

You're still filth. And winning three elections in the last three years hardly symbolizes a resurgence.

You Republicans are too few and too stupid to win anything unless we hand it to you.

Posted by: captainkona | January 25, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Beau Biden will not run for the Senate and LOSE THE ELECTION to Mike Castle, you mean.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with all the snap analysis, that Castle automatically becomes the favorite. If, as is most likely the case, this is not as much of an anti-Democrat environment as it is an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington environment, the the only person in this race that fits that bill is Rep. Castle. We're talking about a guy that has help state-wide office since 1981 and a Washington, state-wide office since 1993. Kind of hard to run as an outsider with a resume like that.

Posted by: mschmidt73 | January 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

God666:

And, assuming nothing changes with Obama / Dems, which side's voters are going to stay home in droves this November?

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Its a sad commentary on American politics and democracy when the field of politicians is rife with these family affairs. Its a sign of hope that the Biden Seat wont be passed down by primogeniture to the son and that someone else might actually become a Senator in DE. Its creepy to listen to all the laughable junk we hear as the children, spouses and widows of politicians line up to receive their hereditary dukedoms when the rare spot opens up. We all remember the recent blah blah about how Caroline Kennedy, unknown to anyone but her buddies, was actually just the perfect person to become a Senator in New York; she had been hiding this perfection for years but was then willing to reveal it to assume what was rightfully hers.

Posted by: pioneer1 | January 25, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's an article from someone who voted for Obama "How to Squander the Presidency in One Year / Hey, Conan Obama: How About Now? Can You Hear Us Now?"

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/22-7

"... Obama has now, in just a year's time, become the single most inept president perhaps in all of American history, and certainly in my lifetime. Never has so much political advantage been p*ssed away so rapidly, and what's more in the context of so much national urgency and crisis. It's astonishing, really, to contemplate how much has been lost in a single year ...

... Of course, I don't give a sh*t about Barack Obama anymore, other than my desire that really ugly things happen to him as payment in kind for the grandest act of betrayal we've seen since Benedict Arnold did his thing ..."

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

klausdmk,

I have to say that's one of the sillier and least-accurate posts I've seen lately, (and that's saying something...)

The converse is true of the Democrats: it's their inability to work together that is killing them in the polls, not their toeing the 'party line', which they're not doing. Quite the opposite: way too many Democrats(especially Senators) have been off acting like they're out for themselves, or more correctly, out for those insurance company dollars.

And that's pissing off the Great Unwashed, who ask, understandably, why they can't manage to agree on anything, since they're all of the same party.

But the GOP is no savior, despite your rather childish assertion. The Republican role is simple, and simple-minded: keep screaming that anything the Democrats try is socialism. To what end? To keep the pressure on any Democrat who dares to try to and get anything decent included in that package in return for capitulating to the insurance companies by mandating that we all buy their crappy product. The GOP is being put up to it by -- guess who? -- the same insurance companies who are playing ball with the Democrats.

This, even republican boosters like you should be able to recognize, klausdmk.

Posted by: God666 | January 25, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Then there is the "other" Bradley in Delaware. That would be the admitted child molester, Judge Bradley.

That story can be found in the Delaware newspaper at:

http://www.delawareonline.com/comments/article/20100123/OPINION11/1230317/Child-Victims-Act-proves-its-worth-in-surprise-case

Posted by: SMPTURLISH | January 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Smart Move! I am sure daddy informed him that President Obama is not changing course and plans to further embrace the GOP. He is truly a failure and fraud.

If only he fought for his base like he does for Ben Shalom Bernanke.

Posted by: question-guy | January 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

finally a dem who knows better...
and has listened to the people...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 25, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

He must have heard Obama was excited to campaign for him.

Posted by: ADNova | January 25, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

So if old man Castle doesn't make it alive to the November election, will the Democrat on the ballot be the automatic winner? And how is the old guy Castle's health anyways?

Posted by: NewEra | January 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The best is yet to come in the Nov. 2010 elections. The rumor out now is Reid and Pelosi, along with Obama's blessing is to force the health care bill through after all. Insiders say the bill will be fixed to the House reps. liking later this year. The leader of the Senate supposedly has guaranteed Pelosi the votes of 52 Senators to keep the bill alive. I say go for it dems, because come Nov. the people will speak louder than they did in MA last week! Enjoy your last few months in D.C. because after Nov. you all will be returning as tourists to the capitol not representatives of the people, something you all seem to have forgotten behind those hallowed halls.

Posted by: jeiken | January 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats.

there's that "in the wake of" hackneyed phrase from the guy who seems to have flopped out of writing school.

Posted by: drivl | January 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, the Bidens are like the Kennedys were--America's royal family!!

**vomit**

Posted by: tjhall1 | January 25, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

altho he has that big case to work on and supervise in Del, he is leaving unsaid the message that he might not want to be defeated in a senate race in '10.... as things now stand for the dems, things are looking pretty grim for november....the message of hope and change is sinking fast into the great deep.... maybe Time magazine might want to consider redoing their cover of 11 months ago that showed Obama as the new FDR.... they might want to redo the cover and show Obama as the new peanut farmer from Plains....

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

altho he has that big case to work on and supervise in Del, he is leaving unsaid the message that he might not want to be defeated in a senate race in '10.... as things now stand for the dems, things are looking pretty grim for november....the message of hope and change is sinking fast into the great deep.... maybe Time magazine might want to consider redoing their cover of 11 months ago that showed Obama as the new FDR.... they might want to redo the cover and show Obama as the new peanut farmer from Plains....

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"That's the ones that they know about and have evidence on; a couple earlier reports said the number of victims could exceed 100. The doctor's name is Earl Bradley, for those interested in the case details."


100? I'm assuming after he is convicted he will be taken out and shot, correct?

Posted by: Bob65 | January 25, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are abandoning the Obama administration ship like “rats on a sinking ship.” White House tactics on Democrat Senators were coercive in keeping them all in line with Obama policies and social change initiatives mandated on a Democrat majority Congress, our blessed lawmaker who represent the people.

All our Democrats in the Senate and House voted the Party line. If not, they were offered a deal they could not refuse. We saw no integrity of individualism of Democrat Senators or votes for their constituents. Obama Democrats “messed up” and the Republicans will take over with the vote and support of the American people.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election..."

Ya think?


"Anyoen[sic] know how good a campainger[sic] the guy currently in the seat is?"

Evidently your reading comprehension ranks up there with your spelling because this article makes clear Ted Kaufman says he isn't going to run.

Posted by: Bob65 | January 25, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with any common sense will want to
Separate themselves from Obama and his administration !

Posted by: ohioan | January 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This is your captain speaking. I have an important announcement. We lost radio contact with the ground shortly after take-off and have been flying blind ever since. I have no idea whether we are still in U.S. territory, and we do seem to be losing altitude and running short of fuel. Sorry, folks, but that's the risk that you took in choosing to fly with us. Nancy and the other flight attendants will be coming through the cabin one last time to collect your valuables. Brace yourselves for a hard landing, and thank you for flying Hope-and-Change Airlines.

Posted by: drivl | January 25, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

the Obama effect:

In yet another sign that Republicans’ strategery is paying off, a new poll shows Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., lagging GOP Rep. Mike Pence, 44%-47%, in a hypothetical 2010 matchup. Pence, an anti-earmarks champion, is mulling a bid but hasn’t signaled what he’ll actually do. Indiana, though it voted for Barack Obama in 2008, seems to be returning to its GOP roots.

Posted by: drivl | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

the Obama effect:

In yet another sign that Republicans’ strategery is paying off, a new poll shows Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., lagging GOP Rep. Mike Pence, 44%-47%, in a hypothetical 2010 matchup. Pence, an anti-earmarks champion, is mulling a bid but hasn’t signaled what he’ll actually do. Indiana, though it voted for Barack Obama in 2008, seems to be returning to its GOP roots.

Posted by: drivl | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Any way the Dems can make Michelle Obama some sort of honorary "citizen of the nation" and let her run in every race this fall?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden was the ONE AND ONLY REASON I voted for Obama. I believed then and I certainly now that OBAMA IS A FLOP!

vp bIDEN'S SON HAS EVERY RIGHT TO MAKE A DECISION. AND IF HE DOES NOT FEEL HE WANTS TO RUN FOR SENATOR, AND TO REMAIN IN HIS POSITION AS ATTY. GENERAL HE MUST KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING, AND HE PROBABLY IS RIGHT ON TARGET.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | January 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Other pressing responsibilities ... rrrriiiiiigggght, that's it. It couldn't be his wanting to avoid association with the poisonous stench currently emanating from the Democrat Party (excuse me, the Social Democrat Party), could it?

Good sense, albiet gutless, disingenuous, and self serving, but, after all, he is a politician.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | January 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Barrys speeches remind one more and more of a bobble head doll. The hollow eyes seem like a cornered animal.

I wonder if his giant ego and runaway arrogance will ever permit him to realize his immense failures.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

No Dem wants to get spanked during the 2010 elections...They know the mood of the nation is not in their favor given the last 12 months has been nothing short of a disaster.
- They approved and spent $1 Trillion to "keep unemployment from going above 8%"
This was known as the "stimulus" bill. The only thing the "stimulus"' bill did was line the pockets of Obama's supporters.

-Obama said "no earmarks will be in any bill I sign" - yet the "stimulus" bill mentioned above had over 8000. He lied.

-Obama said "no lobbyist in my administration". Yet, he has at least 10 now on staff...He lied.

-Obama first bailed out the banks using our tax dollars and now he is making them his enemy. Huh? This makes no sense. He was first for the big banks before he was against them. Flip-flopping liar.

-He nor his admistration know anything about how to fight the war on terror. First, he doesn't want to admit their are terrorists - and then after the Dec attack, he said we are in a war on terror...which is it Obama? Then, he wants to treat terrorists like common criminals and give foreign terrist attackers constitutional rights!! Obama is insane!

Obama has no idea what to do with the economy because he doesn't beleive in free-markets. He believes govt is the answer to all things. He is an admitted Socialist.

People finally woke up and saw him for who he really is....and they don't like it.

The Dems know it and don't want any part of his agenda.

Posted by: NO-bama | January 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Mike Castle would make a good senator. He'd probably be alog the lines of Arlen Specter. He intorduced legislation for background checks for gun show sales, and belongs to severall moderate Republican orgs. Like Scott Brown, his state is not one where extreme right-wingers can prevail. He's a moderate with whom Obama could probably work, were he so inclined.

It is taking a while, but the wingnuts on both sides are starting to get marginalized.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Great news.

We don't need another nitwit in government named Biden.

The one we have is embarrassing enough.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I think Mike Castle was a very good Rep. and will be a very good Sen.

I think JB was an excellent Senator but that does not predict that his son would be in Castle's class for the benefit of the people of DE. Remember that DE has only one Rep., and when the delegation met the two senators and one rep worked together for the state's interest. It is unlikely that anyone would seriously take on Mike Castle, considering the history, and why the Ds would do anything but offer a token opponent never made any sense to me. Castle, a former governor and sole DE rep never took on JB and that made sense, too.

So this was predicted by me a long time ago - as soon as Castle announced.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Really classy, JWx2. From Wikipedia's entry on Beau Biden:

"His mother and younger sister, Naomi Christina Biden, were killed in an automobile accident in 1972, in which he and his brother Hunter were badly injured."

I'm sure you're proud.

Posted by: baltova1 | January 25, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Beau Biden just has a fear of being hit by a TRUCK....besides daddy gaff is doing a fine job on campaigning democratic incompetence.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Did 'Bush do this too'?? Did that bad old Bush talk Beau into not running?? Who will Axelrod, Gibbs, and Obama blame on this turn of events???

(And they wonder why folks have lost confidence in them -- even their own do not want to hitch their wagons to the Obama mule train!)

Posted by: wheeljc | January 25, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

He would have made a fine candidate, but that pedophilia case is huge. It started out with "just" one or two allegations, and has now exceeded 30. That's the ones that they know about and have evidence on; a couple earlier reports said the number of victims could exceed 100. The doctor's name is Earl Bradley, for those interested in the case details.

Posted by: dkp01 | January 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse


Saving himself and his daddy from embarrassment.

No more family dynasties in American politics -- R or D!


Posted by: DagnyT | January 25, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Scott Brooks has the put the fear of God in the Democrats. Would that Coakley had run a better campaign and none pf this would be happening.

Posted by: hugmekatie | January 25, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Its getting to the point where I am ashamed to call myself a Democrat. We're doing everything we can to hand the country to the Rs for eternity. The election in November is going to be worse than 1994.

Posted by: Dadat39 | January 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@Posted by: EricS2: "Gahhh, dangit Beau. One would imagine dad's a bit ptrturbed..."

Methinks that if he had half a brain (which he does, and no more!), Daddy Biden had everthing to do with Beau's choice not to run now. The writing is on the wall, and the embarassment of losing would have been a disaster for both.


Posted by: carelessfills | January 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Why would ANYONE want to become a Politician! They're nothing but a bunch of Theives, stealing money from working Americans, then fighting over how they are going to spend the money that they just stole from you!

Posted by: lek91091 | January 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Beau Biden will take this seat when Castle croaks. The Dem bench in DE might be short but the GOP bench is nonexistent.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 25, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Smart move for Biden. He who runs away lives to fight again another day. He's in the National Guard so he knows when he is going into a losing fight, so he ran away. Smart move Biden.

Posted by: reason5 | January 25, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I guess the Dems will have to find another guy who graduated at the bottom of his law school class to run in Beau's place.

Posted by: blackdoggerel | January 25, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"The guy has no credible experience to be a Senator."

What a ridiculous statement. He's the Attorney General for the state of Delaware.

The claims that the Coakley loss swayed is decision are unconvincing to me. Biden would've announced months ago if he were actively interested in the seat.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

obama-biden give their fellow democrats the shaft once again. they will have done beautifully (no pun intended) at advancing their own political interests while losing 30+ house seats and half a dozen senate seats.

get out while you still can dems.

Posted by: dummypants | January 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Smart move on his part! You can be helped or hurt by your father's name.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 25, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What ,really, is the question here? Is he more "STUPIDLY than dear old dad, or does he know what is going on, is the family just like the dysfunctional kennedy's or suprisingly intelligent and can see the light?

Posted by: otisplumber | January 25, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This would be a "good thing"

Never in my life have I witnessed such a contrast between how the media treated Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.......now "they" were okay with that............."we the public have seen what the media did and we are not happy"

So, no more Bidens serving us.

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Posted by: paulann1 | January 25, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Looks like another Senate Seat for the GOP - the young Biden knew he couldn't win, so he ducked out before getting hammered next November - good move since he has no chance to win.

Posted by: Realist20 | January 25, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This would be a "good thing"

Never in my life have I witnessed such a contrast between how the media treated Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.......now "they" were okay with that............."we the public have seen what the media did and we are not happy"

So, no more Bidens serving us.

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Posted by: paulann1 | January 25, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

So barrys home state and joes home state are both headed for takeovers by the repubs, their old seats.

That says it all.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 25, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Darn right Beau Biden won't run because he'd have his head handed to him. The guy has no credible experience to be a Senator. Voters aren't going to award him that spot just because of his surname. In fact his surname is the kiss of death right about now.

Voting in the frivolous isn't going to be so easy after the fiasco of electing Obama. The Democrats understand this as the number "retiring" or declining to put themselves before the voters in 2010 is growing. Now that's hope and change you can count on.

Posted by: onecent100 | January 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

When these pols realize they can't possibly win an election and they come up with some transparent excuse about wanting to fulfill their duty, it makes me wonder how stupid they think the voters are. Let's face it: he would have dropped the state position and latched on to the Senate seat in a heartbeat if he thought he had a chance. That's where the big bucks are, and he would have been set for life.

Posted by: Marks1153 | January 25, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

His dad killed his chances so he was smart to stay out of it.

Posted by: speedo1 | January 25, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Smart Kid Beau Biden for reading the hand writing on the wall!

Posted by: akeegan2 | January 25, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Smart Kid Beau Biden for reading the hand writing on the wall!

Posted by: akeegan2 | January 25, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I think Beau Biden deciding not to run helps the Democrats. This seat was shaping up to be a repeat of Massachusetts. People are sick of these family dynasties (Kennedy, Bush, etc.) and the idea that someone is owed the seat just because a relative held it.

Posted by: buffysummers | January 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

LOL Excuse:
"The certainty of a Biden candidacy had declined significantly in recent weeks due, at least in part to an ongoing investigation into an alleged pedophile pediatrician being conducted by his office."

The Truth:
Biden also may have had doubts about a candidacy in the wake of the defeat of state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a Massachusetts special election, a race cast as a sign of just how bad the national environment had grown for Democrats.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This article would be more helpful if it said what the situation was regarding the pediatrician. To make an offhand remark that this was was affecting the situation, without any word to what it was, is not very good journalism.

Posted by: gene4655 | January 25, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

maybe the coke snorting daughter will run

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The case involves siezing the financial assets of a convicted pedophile pediatrician. It isn't as if the defendant will find sympathy and escape justice without Biden's leadership.

Castle is about 80 going on 800. He won't run for re-election even if he survives that long.

I guess Biden figures why run now when he will have it handed to him in a few years?

Posted by: blasmaic | January 25, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Kennedy experience might have had something to do with it. Long time safe seat, heir apparent not yet quite available, faithful follower agrees to keep the seat warm, heir apparent makes his (or her) play, and THE WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN!

Posted by: Three3 | January 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"he is showing me character which is sadly lacking in today's society."

Certainly among the rightwingnut teabagger scum posting on the WaPo boards.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

He'll wait a few years after, the national embarrasement of his father begins to fade.

Posted by: drprobus | January 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Ouch...the Dems better go for broke in getting their health care plans done in the next 8 months...they won't have an opportunity like this one for a while.

Posted by: wolfcastle | January 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

There is much more to this than meets the eye! As an Iraqi Vet Beau has seen the light! His fathers political point of view is wrong. I think Beau doesn't want to run as a Democrat. To avoid family conflict he just won't run at all.

He also knows that the political wind has dramatically changed, and he doesn't have a chance. Another slap down for Obama and the left!


Posted by: jjcrocket2 | January 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse


Hey, leave Beau alone. He feels he has a job to complete and I think that is a good thing. I don't believe he would have had any problem in a Senate run and he is showing me character which is sadly lacking in today's society.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Afaid of losing?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 25, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well...that's perfectly awful. Gahhh, dangit Beau. I wonder what his dad thinks?.....crud. Anyone know how good a campainger the guy currently in the seat is?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 25, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well...that's perfectly awful. Gahhh, dangit Beau. One would imagine dad's a bit ptrturbed.....crud. Anyoen know how good a campainger the guy currently in the seat is?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 25, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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