Monday, August 28, 2006

Is Joe Biden 'sucesh' in sheep's clothing?

I think Joe Biden might be a little too smart for his own good.

The Boston Globe reports today that he's not worried about being labeled a "Northeastern liberal" when he campaigns for the democratic nomination in the South.

"'Better than anybody else,' Biden said, when asked on 'Fox News Sunday' to rate his chances of winning Southern states. 'You don't know my state,' he said. 'My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeast liberal state.'"

'My state was a slave state?' What? What on earth is this man talking about? Yes, Delaware is just like South Carolina.

I'm just wondering how many Delawarians served in the CSA. I can't find any stats on that, but the Delaware state web site says:

"Delaware, especially considering its small size, provided a large number of fighting men to the Union cause during the American Civil War. The best sources within the State archives indicate that there were 11,236 white soldiers, 94 sailors and marine and a total of 954 black soldiers from the First State. That makes a grand total of 12,284 Delawareans who fought for the Union out of total state population (male and female) of about 110,000 total according to the 1860 census. This number includes all branches of service . . .artillery infantry, cavalry along with the marines and sailors. "

The University of Delaware says:

"In the years leading up to the Civil War, Delaware, in many ways, represented a microcosm of the country as a whole. As a slaveholding border state, Delaware's citizenry was sharply divided between the Northern and Southern causes; however, the overwhelming number of its citizens remained loyal to the Union. An astonishing proportion of the most prominent Delawareans were sympathetic to the South as the war opened--including Governor William Burton, Secretary of State Edward Ridgely, and the whole congressional delegation: senators James A. Bayard and Willard Saulsbury and Congressman William Whiteley. While there were strong southern sympathies in Delaware, and a few extremists fled to the Confederacy, thousands more joined the armed forces of the Union."

Maybe, Biden can find the decendants of those few extremists who fled to the South and start with them.


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