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I Knew Delaware Was a Slave State…

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…but when did it secede?

…if elected, Biden will be the first President or Vice President from Delaware. Has Delaware produced any other major party candidates for either office?

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  • HIJ

    Huh? I don’t get it

  • Benjamin

    I don’t get it either.
    It was actually the slave/border state that decided to stay in the Union the fastest – even faster than Maryland.
    DE citizens take pride in their moderate polite accomodating politics and that’s the utmost example of it.

  • Rob

    Biden’s “slave state” gaffe?
    “Foreign expertise?”
    Alright, fine. It’s just not that funny.

  • HIJ, Benjamin, I believe the joke is that the NYT headline pictured says “…foreign experience…” and not “…foreign policy experience….”

  • Rob

    …nurses wounded inner child…

  • Benjamin

    Oooooooooooooh FOREIGN EXPERIENCE
    I didn’t catch that.
    Well I did get to mention the “Delaware Way” though which enriches your knowledge of state politics.
    But I got it.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone tell me why wounded “Clinton Supporters” are getting more airtime and will get more coverage at the DNC (where they may number 200-300), than there Ron Paul conuterparts who are holding an actual “Shadow Convention” during the RNC and should reach nearly 10,000 I mean how come I don’t see “GOP in tatters” stories on CNN?

  • Kolya

    Hey, that was indeed funny!
    But I feel your pain, Rob. Often I say something (usually with a straight face so as not to make it too obvious) that I think is quite funny, only to discover mostly blank faces around me with only one or two guys (if at all) laughing quietly because they got it.

  • DocAmazing

    Has Delaware produced any other major party candidates for either office?
    Buckongahelas?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckongahelas

  • CJR

    The guy pictured on the right side of the front page there strikes me as a pretty good running mate for McCain.

  • Jay C

    @ Anonymous | 08.23.08 – 1:40 pm
    Just a guess, but the relative levels of “MSM” interest in the Hillary Clinton diehards vs. the Ron Paul crowd may have something to do with the fact that Sen. Clinton was and is a major political figure in her own right, and the only other significant contender for the Democratic nomination. Rep. Paul, OTOH, has been (along with his followers) pretty much marginalized as a crank – by both the GOP and the media. I agree, though: I think it would be nice to actually see the promised “riot” in Minneapolis: but (*sigh*) I wouldn’t count on it….

  • John

    Thomas F. Bayard, who would serve as Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of State, was a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination several times – 1876, 1880, and 1884, I think.
    John M. Clayton, who served as Taylor’s Secretary of State, had been offered the Whig VP nomination in 1840 but turned it down.
    I believe that’s as close as Delaware’s ever gotten.

  • Von Cracker

    Daniel Rodney, from Lewes, DE, received a few votes for VP in 1820. He was a relative of Ceasar Rodney.

  • CJR

    Watching Obama now, he’s better at telling Biden’s story than Biden is.

  • JWL

    Oh. Now I get it.
    But only you can answer the question, “Was it worth the effort”?

  • cer

    The campaign managers of BOTH campaigns (David Plouffe/Obama and Steve Schmidt/McSame) are both UD Political Science grads. As is Biden. Is this an ominous coup of UD POSC to take over the world? I’d be careful. Those people are diabolical.

  • Davis X. Machina

    It can’t turn out worse than Nixon’s Chi-Psi/USC student-government mafia…

  • Mike

    I’ve been looking at lists of famous Delawareans (not just politicians, but all sorts), and I swear it’s like looking for famous Amish movie stars. The high points are Dallas Green and Valerie Bertinelli.

  • Valerie Bertinelli is Amish?

  • cer

    Maybe that’s why Obama picked a Delawarean? We don’t need no stinkin’ celebrities!

  • jrd

    “The campaign managers of BOTH campaigns (David Plouffe/Obama and Steve Schmidt/McSame) are both UD Political Science grads. As is Biden. Is this an ominous coup of UD POSC to take over the world? I’d be careful. Those people are diabolical.”
    Spoken like someone in the know.

  • arthur

    Who can forget the candidacy of Pierre DuPont the Fourth in the first few 1988 Republican primaries? Apparently, everyone. I think he was a former governor (as well as inheritor of substantial eighteenth century wealth), but the only thing the media picked up was his preference for being called “Pete”, rather than “Pierre the Fourth.” He would have been the comedy highlight of the election, if not for the nomination of Quayle later that year.

  • atheist

    Fuck Delaware.
    That is all.

  • Can someone tell me why wounded “Clinton Supporters” are getting more airtime and will get more coverage at the DNC (where they may number 200-300), than there Ron Paul conuterparts who are holding an actual “Shadow Convention” during the RNC and should reach nearly 10,000 I mean how come I don’t see “GOP in tatters” stories on CNN?
    My guess:
    1) Regardless of how many people demonstrate at the convention, there are a lot more Clinton supporters out there than Paul supporters.
    2) The media thinks Paul supporters are kooks, and thus expects them to do kooky things (including not supporting their party’s nominee). The same isn’t true of their view of Clinton supporters.

  • I’ve been looking at lists of famous Delawareans (not just politicians, but all sorts), and I swear it’s like looking for famous Amish movie stars. The high points are Dallas Green and Valerie Bertinelli.
    Do you think Valerie Bertinelli shreds pitchers’ arms, too?

  • Let us not forget Delaware’s huge contribution to Olympic wrestling.

  • Joe

    Thomas F. Bayard looks like an interesting character. Says here, that he was not only a Peace Democrat, but a voice against succession and later was on the Electoral Commission (voting with the minority) in the disputed 1876 election.
    He was following in his grandfather’s footsteps, so to speak, because Rep. Bayard was the key vote in the House in the disputed Election of 1800.

  • Joe

    Here is “Wikipedia.” BTW, that was a pretty lame pun, but hey, we all love them, right?

  • Paul

    The All-Time Delaware Major League All-Star Team doesn’t include any all-stars. The best players are Delino DeShields and Hans Lobert. Randy Bush is tied for the all-time lead in major league home runs by a Delawarian (96).
    This and much more can be found at http://www.delawarebaseball.com/
    which includes a helpful Rarely Asked Questions section.

  • Mike

    The best players are Delino DeShields […]
    In other words, if you’ve got a guy from Delaware on your team, trade him.

  • elm

    DeLino DeShields was one of my favorite players as a kid. I think it was the alliteration in the name, because I can’t think of any other reason. (He didn’t even play on my team.)
    Before he came along, Henry Cotto was among my favorite players.
    I had bad taste in ballplayers as a child. (Though Mattingly turned out to be pretty good.)

  • I was furious when the Expos traded Bop for Pedro Martinez. In retrospect, my judgment was debatable. (Speaking of which, Dan Duquette was really underrated.)

  • Mike

    I was furious when the Expos traded Bop for Pedro Martinez. In retrospect, my judgment was debatable.
    That might be the most one-sided trade in the history of baseball that didn’t involve the Giants.

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