The Biden Administration - the first 1,500 days [NOT an Afghanistan discussion]

Biden said he didn’t think the moratorium was Constitutional, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The Supremes kicked it back to Congress.

Biden plans to withdraw the nomination of David Chipman to lead the ATF due to “bipartisan pushback” (i.e. 50 Republicans + Joe Manchin). Chipman, who spent 25 years at the ATF, apparently committed the unforgivable crime of daring to work for Gabrielle Gifford’s gun control advocacy organization after he left the ATF.

Good. I wouldn’t want an ex-NRA head running it either. Someone without prior partisan baggage would be better for what should essentially be a technical/managerial role.

ATF directors shouldn’t make policy or be biased heavily for/against a political position that might conflict with the fair undertaking of the job. Of courae, that’s rarely the case with any government appointee, but it should be.

Yeah, we’re about due for another pre-school shooting, and I’d just hate to think we might have an ATF head, after having the position vacant for how many years(?), to throw off that schedule. Republicans have their Thoughts & Prayers stored up in anticipation. :roll_eyes:

From Biden’s Senate days. A friend just sent me this:

Senator Biden - True Story

Thought I would share this after the confrontations in America

The story I'm about to share with you about Joe Biden is special
in fact, I'm fairly certain I'm the only living person left who
actually witnessed it first-hand.

It was about 16 years ago, and I was a young rabbi, brand-new to
Delaware, on my way to lead a shiva minyan a worship service
following the death of a Jewish person. I was from California.
Back then, I didn't know Claymont, Delaware from Scranton,

A quick bit of background: When someone passes away in the Jewish
faith, we observe seven days of mourning, called shiva. We gather
a group of ten Jewish adults together a minyan to say the
Mourners Kaddish.It usually happens in a person's home
somewhere intimate.

In this case, the deceased individual her name was Mrs.
Greenhouse, of blessed memory had not been a person of means.
She had lived in rent-controlled senior housing in a tall
high-rise building off of Namaans Road. Her apartment had been too
small to fit everyone into, so we conducted our worship service in
the building's communal laundry room, in the basement of the

We assembled the ten elders together, and it was in this most
humble of places that I began to lead the kaddish.Toward the end
of the service, a door at the back of the laundry room opened, and
who walks in but Senator Joe Biden, his head lowered, all by
himself.I nearly dropped my prayer book in shock.Senator Biden
stood quietly in the back of the room for the duration of the service.

At the close of the kaddish, I walked over to him and asked the
same question that must have been on everyone else's mind:
Senator Biden what are you doing here? And he said to me:
Listen, back in 1972, when I first ran for Senate, Mrs.
Greenhouse gave $18 to my first campaign. Because that's what she
could afford. And every six years, when I'd run for reelection,
she'd give another $18. She did it her whole life. I'm here to
show my respect and gratitude.

Now, the number 18 is significant in the Jewish faith its
numbers spell out the Hebrew word chai, as in to life, to life,
l chayim! But it's also a humble amount. Joe Biden knew that. And
he respected that.There were no news outlets at our service that
day no Jewish reporters or important dignitaries.Just a few
elderly mourners in a basement laundry room.Joe Biden didn't come
to that service for political gain. He came to that service
because he has character. He came to that service because he's a

And if we need anything right now when it comes to the leadership
of our country  we need a mensch.I know this is such a simple,
small story. But I tell it to as many people as will listen to
me. Because I think that, in their heart of hearts, when people are
trying to think about the decision they'll make this year this
is the kind of story that matters. Joe Biden is a mensch. We need a

Thanks for reading. Rabbi Michael Beals of Delaware

No date on it. I haven’t researched it. It was sent to me by a close friend.

According to snopes, it is true.


Looking ahead to the midterms, I think it’s possible that the CA blueprint Newsom used to win the recall might be the way to go for Democrats for the forseeable future – run against Trump. Newsom didn’t just win, he dominated, with turnout close to presidential-election levels. And he ran by portraying the opposition as Trump in all but name.

The reason I think this might work is that Trump himself can’t give up his position as the center of attention in Republican politics. Every Republican still has to bend the knee to him or else they’re likely toast in their next primary. So it’s pretty easy to portray nearly every GOP politician as a Trump crony, barring the very few who’ve gone out of their way to separate themselves (Kinzinger, Cheney, Romney, etc.), and thus every election as a choice between Trump and not-Trump.

It makes messaging simple, and a simple message is almost always going to be more effective than a complicated one. “Vote D or else get a return to Trump” is a pretty simple (and, IMO, mostly factually accurate) slogan.

A news analysis in The New York Times agrees with you.

I like it! And the real genius is that it puts GOP candidates in the position of either …

  • Distancing themselves from Trump and being labeled a RINO
  • Embracing the Trump label and reinforcing the Dems’ message