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Joe Biden’s “Big Tent” Theory

November 19, 2009


Apparently nothing is getting done in Congress because Democrats pitch a bigger tent than Republicans.

“The good news about a big tent is a lot of people can get under it,” explains Vice President Joe Biden. “The bad news is, the bigger the family, the harder [it is] to get agreement.”

That was  the Veep’s excuse for the lack of progress in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate when he appeared Monday on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

“The Republican Party has nothing but hard-core conservatives,” he declared. “There’s no moderates left.”

This was particularly shocking to me, as I had long thought (until my Biden education) that I was a moderate Republican. Maybe he was just referring to members of Congress, in which case his sweeping generalization still lacks sincerity – and validity.

He went on to lay out for viewers the diverse make-up of the Democratic Party. “The Democratic Party has moderates, liberals and conservative Democrats.”

 “And communists,” Stewart chimed in.

A refreshing moment of straight talk came into their discussion when Stewart asked why it has been so difficult for the Democrats, who have a majority in the House and Senate, to pass legislation, sharing this observation with the Vice President –

“It always strikes me that when Republicans are in the majority, it’s ‘Let’s have a straight up-and-down vote,’ and they get it done,” Stewart said. “And then when the Democrats are the majority, they’re like ‘I’m drowning!’”

To which Biden responded, “That’s a good question.”

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  1. November 19, 2009 5:32 am

    It’s funny. It’s stupid. It’s FOOPID.

  2. John Davidson permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:34 am

    Joe Biden’s ability to think rationally has always been suspect and everytime he opens his mouth, that prognosis is reinforced.

  3. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:24 am

    Polls would suggest the Dems are haemorrhaging independents and that self-identifying republicans are outnumbering Democrats by ever increasing margins, but Biden says it’s because the Dems are big tent party. What this says to me is that if Joe Biden represents the conventional wisdom of the party the Dems have one lulu of a disconnect going for them.

  4. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:27 am

    After rereading my post I must apologize for using Biden and wisdom in the same sentence.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 19, 2009 10:23 am

      Accepted; just this one time.

  5. peachey permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:10 pm

    Lord, they let Biden out of the padded room again. Be afraid, be very afraid.

  6. William James Ward permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:43 pm

    Big tent for big clowns. I remember going to the circus as a child
    when there was a big (huge) three ring tent in Madison Square Garden.
    So many different acts gong at the same time, it was great. Today
    not so great, the animals were more entertaining and better behaved,
    and safer to the public. My take on the 2008 elections was that
    because of the Republican inability to deliver conservative values
    in legislation and becoming big brother and growing government, the
    electorate did what is always done when all else fails, “Bring in
    the Clowns”. So we see it today. Next election, unless the big war
    breaks out and there is no more elections, will show a back to
    sanity, yes sanity government. I hope that all professional politicians
    will be voted out for new American citizens looking to serve for
    awhile and then go back home. It has been said that a good person
    elected is turned once in DC and becomes twisted and crazed by the
    opulence and wine and cheese living. Maybe so but they all need to
    go and fresh air and ideas let in. Joe Biden can retire to whatever
    life there can be in Delaware, which he probably will not do, but
    retire in a fancy place with all of the swells. We can hope for
    something better but should militate to get it and demand accountability. Start looking and talking to honest people you
    know today, get the movement going,support decency, honesty and


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