Rachel Alexander

In law school, he was accused of plagiarizing five pages of a 15 page law review article, receiving an F in the course. When he ran for president in 1988, he was caught plagiarizing several lines from a speech by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labor Party at the time. Biden also has a problem with the truth. He has said he graduated in the top half of his law school class, when he really graduated 76th out of 85. He said he received a full scholarship to law school when in reality it was only a partial scholarship. Much of this came to light during his presidential bid, and he withdrew, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his past mistakes. He ran for president again last year in the Democrat primary; apparently his misgivings about running due to his problem with the truth don’t matter anymore.

The perception that Biden is a moderate Democrat is no longer accurate. Last year, Biden received a 0 rating from the American Conservative Union. The year before, he received a 4. His lifetime rating has been going down, and now stands at a 13.04. Even Obama has a better record, scoring 7 last year and 8 the year before, his only years in the Senate. The AFL-CIO gave Biden a 100% rating. The ACLU ranked him 91% last session; one point lower than John Kerry, six points higher than Ted Kennedy, 11 points higher than Obama, and 16 points higher than Hillary Clinton.

Biden’s accomplishments in the Senate including bragging in 2007 that he he’d brought home $67 million worth of pork for his constituents through Congressional earmarks. One of his biggest pork projects has been funneling extra money to Amtrak. It’s a selfish interest that benefits himself; Biden rides Amtrak to work in Washington, D.C. He hosts a dinner for Amtrak employees every year.

Biden has served on the Judiciary Committee for much of his Senate career. He chaired the judicial confirmation hearings of conservative judicial nominee Robert Bork, ensuring that Bork was not confirmed, even though he’d indicated a year prior that he would approve Bork. Biden is responsible for authoring the 1994 Violence in Women Act (VAWA), which provided billions of dollars to combat gender-crimes and domestic violence. It has been sharply criticized by conservatives as a federal encroachment into an area that should be left up to the states’ jurisdiction.

Biden’s foreign policy record is dismal. One of his main accomplishments in this area was persuading former President Bill Clinton to use force against the Serbs. Conservatives were hesitant to bomb Kosovo because there were atrocities being committed on all sides, not just by the Serbs. The Republican Policy Committee of the Senate issued a statement expressing concern that Clinton was forming an alliance with the Kosovo Liberation Army, a group of radical Albanians classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Biden voted against authorization for the Gulf War in 1991. Currently, he believes Iraq should be divided into three separate ethnic enclaves. This has been rejected by Iraq’s political leadership which unified to denounce the plan. Biden is no friend to Israel. In May 2008, he said it was “bullsh**” for President Bush to give a speech in Israel saying that Democrats were acting similarly to appeasing Hitler before WWII. He later apologized.

Biden is a big supporter of “campaign finance reform,” which hurts candidates who are able to raise significant amounts of money on their own. He supports it because having made the Senate his lifelong career, he’s never become a millionaire like half the other members in the Senate. Public campaign financing permits career politicians like himself to run for free for office on the taxpayers’ dime.

Biden’s record on social issues is abysmal. Due to his far left pro-abortion record, Biden has been barred from receiving communion by the bishop in his hometown of Scranton, Pennyslvania.

Last year, while running for the Democratic presidential nomination himself, Biden said Obama was not qualified to be president. "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." Now that Biden has agreed to be Obama’s running mate, one wonders whether Biden says these things because he’s not very smart, or if he’s capitulated because he wants the fame and status. Either reason speaks poorly of Biden, and ultimately he brings just more of the same predictable far left views to the presidential ticket.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.