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I like Joe Biden. He'd make a good president. Most liberal readers of Confront and Conceal
will come away with a much better impression of Biden than of Hillary.
But this man must not run for president.
He has a secret which very few people know. Quite by accident, I became one of the few.
The New York Times -- which has used both fair and foul means (often foul) to disrupt Hillary's ambitions -- has published a piece which indicates that Biden is considering a run
. Maureen Dowd (whom I despise) followed up with a piece
which spewed the usual anti-Clinton spew and then pushed for a Biden candidacy. (I'm sure that many of my readers will recall the things that Bob Somerby has had to say about Dowd.)
In that column, Dowd gives a detailed account of a private dialogue between the dying Beau Biden and his father. William Kristol
(a man who is so damned despicable that he makes Dowd look lovable) rightly asks: Who was Dowd's source?
Either she made up the whole thing, or a member of the Biden family confided in her.
Put all the clues together, and one message becomes clear: The neocons want Biden to run. At least, the NYT wants Biden to run -- and the NYT has become the
journal of "liberal" neoconservatism.
But why? Biden is not a war guy. He's not a "We're an empire now" guy. I cannot believe that neoconservative interests would be better served by Joe Biden than by Hillary Clinton, who counts Robert Kagan among her friends and supporters.
No. The neocons are pushing Joe Biden to run for only one reason: He will be easier to defeat
This is not
your cue to make the usual jokes about Biden's propensity for gaffes. I'm talking about something different. Something you don't know. Something secret.
I've been sitting on this secret since 2008. I found out about it purely by accident from a source I trust. This post
may offer a clue. (The post references "a man whose name you would know." That man was Dick Clark; the poor guy was in terrible shape.)
It was an odd feeling, sitting on this information throughout two election cycles, knowing that one well-timed post might have changed history. Despite my antipathy for Obama, I kept quiet.
Why? Because I like Joe Biden. That is to say: He takes the right stances on many issues, and he conveys the impression that he is usually
a man of great integrity. Elections should be about policy, not about the personal piffle that seems to fascinate so many Americans.
In 2012, I disclosed the secret to someone who might be considered a Democratic insider. Don't get the wrong impression: I'm a D-level blogger and happy to be such; it's not as though I'm on friendly terms with many, or any, political insiders. Nevertheless, I wrote this particular "party man" a letter which revealed the potential problem, and -- somewhat to my surprise, and perhaps to his regret -- he replied. He said that, even if the truth came out, it probably would not hurt Obama in the election, because the secret did not concern Obama directly.
This blog will not discuss the secret in greater detail, although anyone with half a brain should be able to hazard a reasonable guess. Nobody asked me to write this post. I decided to write it because I have come to suspect that certain neocons already know the secret. That
is why they are so desperate for Biden to run.