09/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Joe Biden Won't Forget the Number of Houses He Owns

John McCain got right on the edge of class warfare language along the lines that his pal (though resigned from the campaign) and potential Treasury Secretary Phil Graham did when the former Texas Senator accused Americans of being a "nation of whiners".

In recent days, John McCain has said that the folks he considers rich are the ones with assets of more than $5 million. And he also apparently has forgotten the number of houses he owns.

Compare this to Joe Biden who in 2005 was ranked 99th out of 100 senators in terms of personal wealth.

And amazingly in 2006, Open Secrets lists Biden as 108th out of all US Senators (i.e., negative 8! How did he do that?) with a near negative value on total income and assets.

Biden has not enriched himself through marriage, book deals, land swaps, or even betting on Intrade.

That's an interesting contrast to Senator McCain -- sort of like it used to be between Democrats and Republicans.

-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note