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Holding Joe Biden’s Family to the Barney Frank Standard

Welcome Instapundit Readers! While you’re here, you might want to check my followup to this post wherein I pose some questions and offer some advice to the Vice President.

During last fall’s presidential campaign, Barney Frank likely served as an inspiration to some bloggers eager to score points with the far left when he became one of “the first Democrats to publicly say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s family background, including the pregnancy of her unwed teenage daughter, should be fair game for campaign discussion.

If the daughter of a candidate for Vice President is “fair game” for campaign discussion, it follows that the daughter of the sitting Vice President should be “fair game” for political discussion.

Apparently the mainstream media doesn’t think so.

Starting yesterday, Drudge has been linking a number of articles reporting that a “‘friend’ of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.”  Yet, except for a few New York area papers (Newsday, NY Post, NY Daily News), the “old media” have not picked up on this story.

In an ideal world, this wouldn’t, indeed, likely shouldn’t be news.  But, it seems that whenever the child of a Republican politician is caught up in a scandal, the MSM, following the lead of Democrats like Frank, calls their private lives “fair game.”  Recall how quickly they were in May and June of 2001 to jump on the story of Jenna Bush’s underage drinking escapade.

The story made the cover of People magazine.  And this was drinking not drugs.

Maybe it’s time for Barney to start bullying them, holding them to the standard he set for Biden’s rival for the Vice-Presidency last fall.



  1. Let me be one of the first to say that the private lives of Democrat Vice President Joe Biden and his youngest daughter Democrat Ashley Biden should not be used for politcal theatre. I know his daughter has been known to use Marijuana but that does not implicate her in the rumors of cocaine use. Yes there may be video of her doing 4 lines of coke at a Delaware party. I’d like to ask the bloggers on this site to refrain from mocking the Democrat Vice President, or Democrat Obamateleprompter for choosing Mr Biden to be one heart beat away from the Presidency. I highly doubt whether this would be used to possibly blackmail the Vice President and put the counrty at risk. When the VP gets proper help for his daughter, he can get back to the serious business of of….well get back to the serious business of whatever he does. Our thoughts are with Joe and his family at this time. I’d encourage those with the video to only use it to educate other young people as to the dangers of drug abuse. This could be a valuable teaching moment for the country.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 29, 2009 @ 4:31 pm - March 29, 2009

  2. Are you suffering from BFDS or do you have another reason for your Barney Frank obsession?

    Comment by gillie — March 29, 2009 @ 4:51 pm - March 29, 2009

  3. Conservative bloggers need to pass around the hat to buy the video. Next time any leftist media outlet starts in on the child of a conservative or Republican, release it.

    Time to start playing the game by their rules. If they don’t like it, they can change their rules.

    Comment by HeatherRadish — March 29, 2009 @ 5:38 pm - March 29, 2009

  4. Barney Frank is certainly not the only idiotic hypocrite in Washington, although he does have the funniest speech impediment. But, if attention wants to be directed elsewhere, one could mention that Chairman Zero has named one of those greedy, much maligned AIG board members to his economic task force.

    The Teleprompter made him do it.

    Comment by V the K — March 29, 2009 @ 5:40 pm - March 29, 2009

  5. I think it’s funny that you all blather on about Bush-bashing and how people who do it must have some kind psychological disease. I just wonder what to make of this obsession with Barney Frank…

    Comment by Kevin — March 29, 2009 @ 5:41 pm - March 29, 2009

  6. Kevin, just one thing for you to consider–please take note of the playful tone of my posts about the unhappy Mr. Frank. I’m having fun with this, writing these posts with a smile, not a scowl.

    Sometimes, politicians make themselves ready objects for our sport and posts pointing out their arrogance and hypocrisy are, well, just too easy. And too much fun. Way too much fun.

    Take a gander at Glenn Reynolds‘s posts on Chris Dodd. Or Ace on Andrew Sullivan.

    And note as well that I acknowledge Barney’s intelligence.

    And then consider the point of this very post, to use Barney’s words to point out the hypocrisy of Democrats and the media. I’m just asking him to be consistent.

    Finally, if I do have an obsession and if it is a bit overmuch, it should be easy for you to point out the flaws of my argument rather than obsess about my alleged obsession.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — March 29, 2009 @ 6:10 pm - March 29, 2009

  7. The more deranged claims of the Bush-haters were easy to refute. There is no attempt by any of Barney’s defenders to explain away his corruption or incompetence. Instead, they attack the messenger.

    Comment by V the K — March 29, 2009 @ 6:10 pm - March 29, 2009

  8. GPW we’ve always suspected the leftists have no sense of humor. We get it, bravo.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 29, 2009 @ 7:14 pm - March 29, 2009

  9. The drive by media should handle Democrat VP Biden’s daughter Democrat Ashley Biden’s cocaine abuse the same way they handled…
    Democrat former VP Gore’s son, Democrat Al Gore III drunk driving and marijuana possession in 2007. Pretend it never happened and look for a Republican touching a policemens foot in a bathroom or a Republican sending dirty e mails to a 17 year old.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 29, 2009 @ 7:19 pm - March 29, 2009

  10. Kevin, gillie, and boob have gotten the talking points: any criticism of Comrade Frank indicates a “creepy obsession” with the mountebank from Massachusetts.

    Personally, I really couldn’t care any less about Biden’s daughter. For entertainment value, Joe is a one man show.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — March 29, 2009 @ 7:57 pm - March 29, 2009

  11. The double standard though is striking. By now the MSM should be labeling Biden a boob and gaffe machine and liability to the new administration. How could Obama have picked him to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? All Quayle did was mis spell potatoeee.’s-daughter-caught-cocaine-scandal

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 29, 2009 @ 8:03 pm - March 29, 2009

  12. Anyone here remember the Leftwing feeding frenzy when Jenna Bush committed the heinous misdeed of snitching a drink while under 21 years of age?

    Remember that, Kevin? gillie?

    What goes around comes around, guys.
    Go have fun with your cokehead administration.

    Comment by DaveP. — March 29, 2009 @ 9:32 pm - March 29, 2009

  13. Let us not forget that Barney Frank was running a child prostitution ring out of his own home. I can’t wait for the coming civil war, which will eliminate the Democowards once and for all.

    Comment by Ken — March 29, 2009 @ 9:38 pm - March 29, 2009

  14. I look at this issue simply:

    Did any Democrat take the High Road when it came to President Bush?

    Did they take the High Road when it came to president Bush’s daughters?

    How about Vice president Cheney’s family?

    How about Palin’s family?

    The answer is NO. The Democrats changed the rules the past 8 years. We turned the other cheek for 8 years and all it got was more hateful democrats.

    Attack, attack, attack. The same way Andrew Sullivan attacks Palin.

    Comment by JSF — March 29, 2009 @ 9:49 pm - March 29, 2009

  15. Let me be one of the first to say that the private lives of Democrat Vice President Joe Biden and his youngest daughter Democrat Ashley Biden should not be used for politcal theatre

    B*llsh*t and you suck for saying it.

    You people started this. Now, reap the whirlwind. Eat it until you choke and puke.

    Comment by Paul A'Barge — March 29, 2009 @ 9:59 pm - March 29, 2009

  16. I get links to you all from time to time. always overwhelmed by your direct no nonsense approach to the truth.
    my own prejudice would say maybe you’d give Barney Frank a pass as a fellow minority, but you all don’t even go there, something all groups should aspire to.
    sounds stupid the way I’m putting it in words, but can’t we all be like the gay patriot, and not consider all the little subgroups we’ve divided ourselves into, and maybe even nominate him to run the RNC?

    Comment by mickey — March 29, 2009 @ 10:00 pm - March 29, 2009

  17. Satire and sarcasm, satire and sarcasm people.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 29, 2009 @ 10:12 pm - March 29, 2009

  18. Hey! This degenerated into a food fight awful fast.

    True story: I have a friend who brings up – every time we see each other, mind you – that Laura Bush killed a guy in the 70’s. Really puts ‘gotcha’ scandals in perspective…

    Well at least they stopped putting “-gate” on the end of everything.

    Comment by MFS — March 29, 2009 @ 10:17 pm - March 29, 2009

  19. She’s 27. She’s not a couple of cute little kids, she’s not a 17-year old high school girl who got knocked up. She’s an adult pushing thirty who should be aware of the consequences of her own actions.

    Saying we shouldn’t point her out is like saying we should have ignored Billy Carter…

    Comment by richard mcenroe — March 29, 2009 @ 10:38 pm - March 29, 2009

  20. There are programs what can help get Ashley off the streets and out of the crack lifestyle.

    Comment by happyfeet — March 29, 2009 @ 11:02 pm - March 29, 2009

  21. #14: “Satire and sarcasm, satire and sarcasm people.”

    I’m glad you clarified that for Paul A’Barge, Gene. I have to admit, for a second I was thinking, what the hell happened to Gene?! Is he high?! Did Megan McCain get to him?! Then I re-read that cheesy, liberal-speak last line about this being a “valuable teaching moment for the country” and suddenly, everything was right with the world again.

    Of course, the bad news is that within 24 hours we will probably see one of our wimpy GOP representatives making a statement like yours, SARCASM FREE. I don’t know how these clowns expect to ever win another election if they don’t even have the guts to demand that the Democrats live by the same rules they apply to the GOP.

    Comment by Sean A — March 29, 2009 @ 11:11 pm - March 29, 2009

  22. You had me going with the “Frank standard” thing. Frank was involved in two scandals of his own, I guess you know. Since they both involved, er, boyfriends, and sleaziness in different genres, I felt he really put homosexuals on the spot by playing down to some very old stereotypes. Let down the side, as it were. And he absolutely “played the gay card” to get out of it. He owes the people, and particularly owes homosexuals, for those lapses of ethical judgment–which leaves him in a poor position to act as conscience of the party in attack mode.

    The Vice-President’s daughter ought not to be fair game, except that by campaigning, fostering support, and making policy statements, she made herself something other than a daughter and a private citizen: a player. There are rules for players, and she appears to have broken one. I’m not bloodthirsty, but she should have a publicly memorable tally marked on her score card, for future reference.

    Comment by comatus — March 29, 2009 @ 11:13 pm - March 29, 2009

  23. #16: “There are programs what can help get Ashley off the streets and out of the crack lifestyle.”

    happyfeet, by “programs” I assume you’re referring to Presidential politics? It worked for Chairman Zero. Ashley Biden for President in 2016: the paranoid, shivering wreck you can believe in!

    Comment by Sean A — March 29, 2009 @ 11:15 pm - March 29, 2009

  24. #10: SoCalRobert, just try to enjoy the hilarity of being lectured to about “creepy obsessions” from liberals. These are the same people who for eight years could typically be found hiding in the shrubbery outside the White House with a machete in one hand and a jar of Vicks Vapo-Rub in the other.

    Comment by Sean A — March 29, 2009 @ 11:28 pm - March 29, 2009

  25. that Laura Bush killed a guy in the 70’s

    So it was really Laura Bush who was driving that car on Chappaquiddick? But that was in ’69. Maybe it was Dick Cheney instead.

    Comment by Raoul Ortega — March 29, 2009 @ 11:34 pm - March 29, 2009

  26. I’ve got zero sympathy for the little lush. I’m sick and tired of Republicans acting with restraint and then seeing our leaders’ kids getting trashed all the time by gleeful, smirking chimps like Couric, Lauer, etc. Let’s excoriate Biden’s coke-using daughter and leave her as an object lesson that we’re playing by Alinsky rules, now, too. To hell with the lot of them.

    Comment by Conservadick — March 30, 2009 @ 12:28 am - March 30, 2009

  27. Nevermind Jenna. To show how far out on a limb the obsessed liberals would go, they even tried to connect Noelle Bush with W.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 30, 2009 @ 12:35 am - March 30, 2009

  28. HeatherRadish wrote, “Conservative bloggers need to pass around the hat to buy the video.”

    It MUST be authenticated first.

    Comment by Jim C. — March 30, 2009 @ 12:35 am - March 30, 2009

  29. Great article and good point. The issue for me is the fact the media is NOT reporting this. You would think their falling sales would say something. They would have crucified Sarah Palin if her daughter had done that.

    Comment by bazasho — March 30, 2009 @ 12:58 am - March 30, 2009

  30. One more thing, it’s important to remember that when Bristol Palin’s then-putative mother-in-law was arrested on drug charges, the MSM GLEEFULLY reported that Sarah Palin was “pallin'” around with drug dealers.

    Comment by Sean A — March 30, 2009 @ 2:32 am - March 30, 2009

  31. I don’t see how even the most partisan left-winger can’t see the hypocrisy here. Proof or no if this was Palin’s daughter it would be a national headline.

    Comment by Andrew — March 30, 2009 @ 3:19 am - March 30, 2009

  32. Don’t forget Daddy Biden is a big time drug warrior. Fathered Ashley. Fathered the RAVE Act.

    Time to cue the lefties favorite asccusation to hurl at us conservatives: The hypocrisy! It’s all about the hypocrisy!

    The Veep’s crackwhore daughter will be collateral damage.

    Comment by Rhodium Heart — March 30, 2009 @ 3:51 am - March 30, 2009

  33. Avenge Britol Palin. Crucify this little bitch and use her to undermine her father’s legitimacy. Make them hurt.

    We are all Alinksyites now.

    Comment by John Skookum — March 30, 2009 @ 5:13 am - March 30, 2009

  34. The more deranged claims of the Bush-haters were easy to refute. There is no attempt by any of Barney’s defenders to explain away his corruption or incompetence. Instead, they attack the messenger.

    Indeed. It means GPW is right, and the lefties don’t like it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 30, 2009 @ 10:25 am - March 30, 2009

  35. We are talking daughters of the Vice President. The parallel would be with Mary Cheney. On January 20, 2009, Dan wrote:

    Yet, gay rights’ groups won’t give this impressive young lady much credit. They wanted her to use her prominence as a politician’s daughter to become a professional activist. But, that’s not the kind of person Mary is. She is not an activist, not wishing to be an outspoken public advocate for any cause.

    Notice how we conservatives are not calling on Biden’s adult daughter to be an outspoken public advocate for (a) legalizing drugs, or, (b) strong government help to cure the drug afflicted/addicted.

    Personally, I think that Joe Biden on speed would be a vast improvement in his already sterling beginning as Obama Administration Bozo.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 30, 2009 @ 10:40 am - March 30, 2009

  36. Barney’s not a genius yet?

    He won’t be prosecuted. He won’t change. He’s a congressman until he decides to retire. He uses his sexuality as a hammer to threaten people and would likely have been thrown from office were he straight. He’s unethical, immoral, conniving.

    Recipe for blogger: Repeat, repeat, repeat.

    Comment by Ignatius — March 30, 2009 @ 10:55 am - March 30, 2009

  37. Literally crucify this whore. Now that we know she’s a little slut who’s easy to “get alone,” we can leave her rotting corpse nailed to the wall as a present for Daddy, who wasn’t man enough to defend his own.

    Comment by Ken — March 30, 2009 @ 11:09 am - March 30, 2009

  38. #16 – “maybe you’d give Barney Frank a pass as a fellow minority”

    Uh, excuse me, MickeyMouse, but are now supposed to be considered as minorities? Does that mean that we can compete for government handouts between blacks, Hispanics, women and Asians? (Oops, scratch that last one – Asians aren’t a “real” minority because they show initiative and don’t take government assistance.)

    If you think that Bawney Fwank gets a pass from us just because he enjoys having sex with men, then you are more confused and idiotic than I thought.

    Here’s a little phrase you can learn about: identity politics. It’s NOT a good thing.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 30, 2009 @ 11:15 am - March 30, 2009

  39. 36 posts and very few from our leftists friends. I’m dissappointed. I try to be civil. But is isn’t fair that they only come around when their peeps are having a good day. hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 30, 2009 @ 4:34 pm - March 30, 2009

  40. The vid has been withdrawn for sale and the Lawyer representing the owner has quit, so says the Huffingtonpost.

    Comment by Chuck In Del — March 31, 2009 @ 12:45 am - March 31, 2009

  41. #40 – And that is supposed to be a reputable site? Please.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 31, 2009 @ 11:20 am - March 31, 2009

  42. Unbelievable! They go after Bush’s kids. They go after Palin’s kids.
    They go after Michael Phelps. But they go after the photographer of Biden’s adult child committing a crime, not the adult!
    The hypocrisy of the MSM is simply staggering….

    Comment by Ron Miller — April 1, 2009 @ 2:04 am - April 1, 2009

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