Biden Trusts Palin Quit For Personal Reasons

Biden told Stephanopolous that when people reject higher office his own guess is often that it was primarily motivated by:

what the state of their life was and the state of their family.

And he also said

Those who’ve been deeply involved in politics know at the end of the day that it is really and truly a personal deal…and personal family decisions have a real impact on people’s decisions.

I don’t know what prompted her decision to not only not run again and also to step down as a consequence of the decision not to run in 2010…and I take her at her word that it had a personal ingredient in it and you have to respect that.

I’m not going to second guess her.

I found this an odd moment of identification as a class (politicians), rather than as partisans.  It’s either one of three things, Biden really does mean it that when politicians claim personal considerations affect their resignations that he can attest it is usually not the complete dodge of the truth it sounds like.  Or he knows it’s a cover-up phrase but the “fraternity/sorority” of politicians comes first and he won’t attack the excuse that all politicians (and maybe some day he himself) need to avail themselves of.  Or he’s just a combination of graceful winner and someone unwilling to get in the way while his enemy is imploding.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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