August 29, 2008
Is there a curse on the office of the Vice President?
by Justin Raimondo
The office of the Vice President has surely undergone a transformation in recent years: from Dan Quayle to Dick Cheney is a long way to travel. The role of the VP, with Cheney acting as the eminence grise of the Bush regime – and, some would say, the real President – has been amplified to the nth degree, and it looks like the administration of Barack Obama is going to continue this ominous tradition.
Joe Biden on the ticket with Obama, as we said on Monday, is a big victory for the War Party, which will not, as a result, be shut out of power if the Democrats take the White House. Today Biden denounces the Iraq war in passionate language, and yet it seems like only yesterday that he bloviated on the need to invade with equal if not more passion. Indeed, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden prevented any and all antiwar voices from being given a podium at the Senate hearings.
Aside from that, however, he was one of the earliest proponents of the "revanchist Russia" meme that glides merrily along on the strength of pure alliteration, and now has gained a lot of momentum since Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia was magically turned into Russia's "invasion" of Georgia. He just couldn't help himself, in his speech to the Democratic convention, in bringing up the alleged Russian "threat":