Chuck Hagel in Biden Garb on Halloween 2007 in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Room with the allegedly real Joe Biden
Joe Biden is not one of those types of candidates who does focus groups on the framing of everything he says, although i bet his team sometimes wishes he did, at least occasionally. Biden is a wonderful policy and political practitioner and intellectual.
His campaign did not take hold — but this blogger really appreciates and often supports Biden’s proposals. I really look forward to his continuing to be the conscience of good American foreign policy no matter who wins the presidency.
Here is a note from him received today:
I wanted to send a short note to say how incredibly grateful I am for the support you have shown me in this campaign.
My entire family and I are in awe of the many of you who opened up your hearts and homes to us during the campaign to give us a chance to change this race, and the country, for the better. And we succeeded.
Whether it was keeping the Democratic Party focused on finding a political solution in Iraq, securing funding for MRAP vehicles for our troops, or calling for a fundamentally new approach to Pakistan, we had an impact on this election in ways that will reverberate into next November, when we elect a Democrat to the White House.
Although I am ending my Presidential campaign, I am not going away. I’m returning to the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will continue to ensure that we protect the nation’s security and show our country that Democrats know how to keep America safe, keep our commitment to our troops and restore our country’s respect in the world.
Again, thank you so much for making all of this possible.
Classy. . .and smart.
— Steve Clemons