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Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:08 PM

Jones Breaks Tradition, Chooses Biden As Escort For Swearing-In

Former Vice President Joe Biden will escort Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-AL) to his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday morning, according to CNN and local reports from Alabama.

While the state colleague typically accompanies a new senator to the swearing-in ceremony, Jones did not ask Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) to attend, AL.com and WAAY TV reported Tuesday evening. A Jones spokesperson did not immediately return TPM’s request for confirmation.

The former Democratic Vice President is a family friend of Jones’ and campaigned for him during his Senate bid in October. Following a contentious special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in the Senate, Jones was officially certified as Alabama’s next senator last Thursday, despite an 11th-hour attempt by his opponent — former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore — to block the certification of the election.

Jones’ ceremony is scheduled for noon on Wednesday and he plans to do his swearing-in on a personal family Bible, according to AL.com.

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Reply Jones Breaks Tradition, Chooses Biden As Escort For Swearing-In (Original post)
charlyvi Jan 2018 OP
padah513 Jan 2018 #1
calimary Jan 2018 #27
charlyvi Jan 2018 #30
Gothmog Jan 2018 #2
onetexan Jan 2018 #20
Scarsdale Jan 2018 #37
stonecutter357 Jan 2018 #3
GoneOffShore Jan 2018 #4
angrychair Jan 2018 #5
monmouth4 Jan 2018 #6
Roland99 Jan 2018 #9
erronis Jan 2018 #13
Pacifist Patriot Jan 2018 #21
paleotn Jan 2018 #23
LanternWaste Jan 2018 #28
geardaddy Jan 2018 #7
LisaM Jan 2018 #15
Va Lefty Jan 2018 #35
LonePirate Jan 2018 #8
Scurrilous Jan 2018 #10
mainstreetonce Jan 2018 #11
TNLib Jan 2018 #12
disndat Jan 2018 #38
atreides1 Jan 2018 #14
PatSeg Jan 2018 #16
LakeArenal Jan 2018 #17
Butterflylady Jan 2018 #18
cstanleytech Jan 2018 #19
charlyvi Jan 2018 #22
Drunken Irishman Jan 2018 #39
47of74 Jan 2018 #40
Sam McGee Jan 2018 #24
paleotn Jan 2018 #25
BobTheSubgenius Jan 2018 #26
50 Shades Of Blue Jan 2018 #29
BigmanPigman Jan 2018 #31
rpannier Jan 2018 #32
bitterross Jan 2018 #33
SunSeeker Jan 2018 #34
raccoon Jan 2018 #36

Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:19 PM

1. Just heard on Andrea Mitchell

That they've been friends for 40 years. FWIW I think it was an excellent choice.

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Response to padah513 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:13 PM

27. Good. Couldn't have a better friend than Joe Biden!

Genuinely lovely gesture!

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Response to calimary (Reply #27)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 04:00 PM

30. Especially considering Joe's Senate history!

He spent most of his political life there.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:23 PM

2. This was a good choice by Doug Jones

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:30 PM

20. agree

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Response to onetexan (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 06:53 AM

37. Amen to that!

Great choice. Choose a man of integrity.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:26 PM

3. K&R

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:30 PM

4. Wish he would swear on a copy of the Constitution instead of a bible.

But hey, I'm one of those nasty atheists.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:41 PM

5. +10000000000000000000000000. N/T

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 12:47 PM

6. All oaths should be sworn on the Constitution..nt

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:29 PM

9. THIS

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:40 PM

13. Ditto.

Altho a lot of recent critters really want to put their hand on fountainhead (the book.)

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:33 PM

21. Totally agree

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:59 PM

23. Yep

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:17 PM

28. an oath on a any stack of papers holds the same amount of hot air.

i think the choice should be that of the oath-taker. But I get it... someone will always find a reason to complain regardless of what is being used as the device.

No doubt, an oath on a any stack of papers holds the same amount of hot air.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:20 PM

7. +1

But they don't have to swear on the bible. It can be anything.
I do like the idea that they should have to swear on the Constitution though.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:52 PM

15. It would actually be awesome if they were required to swear on the Constitution.

However, this is Alabama, and I'm sure the people who pushed through to elect Doug Jones would prefer a Bible, and frankly, I'm fine with that. I like the idea of the Constitution as a future wish, though.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 11:36 PM

35. Agree 100%

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:22 PM

8. Jones made an excellent choice and I am sure Biden enthusiastically accepted.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:30 PM

10. K&R

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:34 PM

11. Biden/ jones 2020

Go Joe

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:39 PM

12. +1

nt

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 08:46 AM

38. +1

YEESS!!

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:48 PM

14. Great choice

Vice President Biden was a great choice, definitely much better then that leg humping, rat f**ker, Shelby!!!

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:57 PM

16. Brilliant choice

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:59 PM

17. Joe is always a good choice.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:24 PM

18. Wonderful choice.

I don't agree with some of the comments he made after his election, but on this I applaud his decision

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:29 PM

19. Shelby is like a piece of dog shit you stepped on and want to get off your shoe so

I can understand Jones not inviting him.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:43 PM

22. He used to be a Dem

But changed parties MID-TERM back in the 90's; couldn't even serve out his term as a Dem! Pissed me off to no end as I had voted for him. Needless to say, I never voted for him again.

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Response to charlyvi (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 09:00 AM

39. Sadly, LOTS and LOTS of Southern Republican assholes used to be Democrats.

Phil Graham. Jesse Helms. You name it. I'd wager most Republicans who served in that era got their start as Democrats.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #39)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 11:55 AM

40. And of course every idiot out there likes to make noise about how the Democrats...

...were on the side of the Confederacy back in the Civil War days, opposed to women being able to vote, or opposed to civil rights legislation. All while ignoring the fact that all the racist flotsam left the Democratic party generations ago and went right straight into the arms of the Republican party. All while ignoring the existence of Nixon's southern strategy.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:00 PM

24. YEEEEHAAAAA!!!

 

Nothing like giving the finger to Trump, Roy Moore, and the entire GOP Congressional leadership.

Slow Joe in 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:01 PM

25. OH, snub...

In the Senate, where tradition still matters, that's going to sting ole Shelby. Then again, maybe Shelby made it known he wanted no part. Either way, it's interesting.... and a far better choice than having to small talk with a Rethug.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:08 PM

26. COMPLETELY appropriate, IMO.

Biden deserves all of that honour, and much more besides. And, of course, it's DJ's day, so to speak, and he should be able to choose anyone he wants.

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:34 PM

29. LOVE IT!!!!

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 06:19 PM

31. YEAH!

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 07:53 PM

32. Win-Win Decision

It's always a good idea for an incoming Democratic US Senator to choose a prominent Democrat to be there
For Shelby, it avoids the photo-op that the moore-an voters in Alabama are looking to bludgeon him with should he run for re-election

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 08:31 PM

33. I wouldn't want Shelby either. Piece of GOP crap. /nt

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 09:41 PM

34. K & R

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Response to charlyvi (Original post)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 05:35 AM

36. Well, why shouldn't he? The Dotard breaks tradition all the time. NT

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