Other than his wife presumably, no one in America expects much from Joe Biden. If Joe utters a profanity in front of an open mic or misquotes the Constitution, no one blinks. In 2008 America was spared the frightening prospect of having a dolt one heartbeat from the president, so we can all sleep well at night.
The only problem for a guy like Joe is that his past words having a way of coming back to bite him. Consider the speech in the accompanying video, which then-candidate Biden made in front of an audience of Iowa Democrats in 2007. The topic was the prospect of military action against Iran, which as my Hot Air colleague Ed Morrissey explains is “that country that wants to build nuclear weapons and holds conferences on creating a world without the U.S. and Israel.” In Biden’s world, the mere talk of a potential strike was grounds enough to entertain thoughts of impeachment.
Here is the money part of Biden’s remarks:
Ladies and gentlemen, I drafted an outline of what I think the Constitutional limits [garbled] have on the President with the War Clause. I went to five leading scholars, Constitutional scholars, and they drafted a treatise for me that is being distributed to every Senator. And I want to make it clear, and I’ll make it clear to the President: that if he takes this nation to war in Iran, without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him.
As Ed points out, Biden must not have benefited much from his meeting with those five Constitutional scholars since he is obviously unaware that the House or Representatives, not the Senate, impeaches federal officials. It is the Senate’s job to try an official once the articles of impeachment againt him have been drafted by the House.
In the meantime, where is Biden’s outrage over President Obama’s attack on Libya? Maybe if the target of the military strike is a country that hasn’t presented a threat to the U.S. for years, it gets a pass. Or maybe Biden has two sets of moral standards—one for Republicans and one for Democrats.
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