Tuesday, November 25, 2008


One lingering political story that seems to have ended is what will happen with Joe Biden's Senate seat. A particularly annoying aspect of the story has been the repeated insistence that Biden wants to make sure his son can run for the seat in 2010.

Now, maybe Delaware is so blue, and the Biden brand so popular, that these behind-the-scenes machinations won't make a difference. But isn't there a decent chance for some push-back by the electorate -- no, we'll choose our Senate candidates ourselves, thank you very much. Let's also note that Beau Biden has run exactly one campaign in his life, for attorney general.

While dynastic politics is not exactly unheard of in America, it does seem particularly anti-American. If Beau Biden wins an election on his own, fine, but to have your father appoint someone who clearly is just there to keep the seat warm, well, that's not exactly serving the interests of the people of Delaware.