In ’10 years ago today the Senate voted down a carbon tax. Two years later, Senator Joe Biden gave a dark-humoured speech about that debate, in which he dubbed himself “its own worst enemy”.
Following his 2008 death from cancer, Biden’s family are auctioning off one of his wedding rings. This distinctive 4.5 carat band, engraved with the date of his ’11 union, fetched a whopping $8,600 at a weekend auction.
But in retrospect, Biden’s valedictory speech at the Capitol on the anniversary of that stuttering defeat also provides some rich material.
He attacks those who were afraid to take on Republicans during the bitterly divided debate and, in an effort to make even his staunchest Democratic allies laugh, launched an “apology tour” of the Senate chamber.
“It’s no secret in the Senate, I’m not one of those people – I am not a ‘yes-man,'” he declared.
“But … that doesn’t mean I understand how hard it is to pass the bill.”