August 2, 2015


Who Was Maureen Dowd's Source? (WILLIAM KRISTOL, 8/01/15, Weekly Standard)

Here's part of Maureen Dowd's interesting and moving column in tomorrow's New York Times on Joe Biden:

When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.

"Of course, honey," the vice president replied.

At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.

My kid's dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he's making sure I'm O.K.

"Dad, I know you don't give a damn about money," Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.

Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, "Dad, it's who you are." [...]

Ask this question: Who gave Maureen Down the details of the conversations between Joe Biden and his sons? The details are, after all, pretty ... detailed: There are direct quotations from Beau, Hunter, and Joe; a sentence capturing the thought process of Joe; a brief description of Beau's physical state. It's great reporting, and it's a story well-told; but we can ask, how did Maureen Dowd know this? Who was willing and able to give her this level of detail?

Somewhere, Richard Ben Cramer is joyful, because that's exactly the kind of phoney-baloney nonsense that Joe loves to make up.  The rest of us just have to wonder if Neil Kinnock had a son die young...

Posted by at August 2, 2015 5:36 PM

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