Edie Magnus is watching the Edith Wharton novel play out in real time at Dupont Circle.
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is in the midst of his own Joementum around the economy, casting a quick vote in support of the extended middle-class tax cuts, and swinging by the annual “Striketober” cobbled together to promote the programs. While most of the negotiations on an unemployment extension were taking place last week and Friday, the Grasshopper and Cobalt Dogs were happily banging on the sidewalk. According to event coordinators, it was the first time ever that Striketober had staged an interview-based event — which meant Biden wasn’t present.
“I gotta admit, I didn’t know we were doing this — we didn’t know where Biden was,” said Erika Rosvobod, “Striketober” event co-chair and Washington Post columnist.
A Capitol Hill socialite, Vice President Biden is a regular at the nation’s capital party scene. She said she was surprised Biden was a firm “yes” vote — ahead of the Dems’ push for a post-election “lunch” debt reduction deal — on extending the Bush-era tax cuts. The last time Biden spoke to a “Striketober” gathering was last March, a dark, rainy evening when he endorsed a “blank slate” approach to fiscal reform, including a privatized Medicare program — “so i could buy a house,” said whomever she was shopping for.
We may be out of time, but we’ll have more on this Striketober event from the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent after the Senate adjourns Friday night.