BIDEN: He’s just what the democrats need. Another guy you wouldn’t mind having a beer with. A former college jock (baseball and football) who is smart enough and witty enough to be the entertaining life of the party. Bill Clinton without the smarts, sex or Hillary.
Unlike a number of well-polished and restrained orators, Biden appears to let it all hang out … sometimes to his detriment and the amusement of his listeners.
A politically sensitive guy …
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” - Joe Biden speaking about Barack Obama
""I've had a great relationship [with East Indians in America]. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans - moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." -- Joe Biden, speaking to Indian-Americans.
" 'I am not running for vice president,' he said in a Fox interview. 'I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I'd rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president.'"
Nothing major: a little plagiarism, a tendency to keep speaking long past the point of anybody caring …
" ‘Much like Gary Hart, he's identified more with the party's presidential past than its present or future,’ said political scientist Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia. ‘He was, after all, forced out by a mini-scandal which would come up again.’"
“In 1987, Biden quit the Democratic primary race early after the revelation that he had delivered, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also hammered Biden's image: a serious plagiarism incident from his law-school years, boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event, and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.”
“In the post-Clinton era, plagiarism may seem like small potatoes. But, Sabato explains, the key to a scandal is how it counters — or in the case of Biden, reinforces — his public image.”
" ‘The reason it became such an issue was that it reinforced the Biden image that already existed among the press, that he's a blowhard, a guy who talked before he thought,’ Sabato says. ‘Now, he's a little older and more experienced, but do people really change that all much after they reach adulthood? I've rarely seen anybody change that much, and I've taught thousands of college students over the years.’"
The perfect backstop to Obama …
Think about it. He can serve as Obama’s attack dog. Where Obama is a great orator (as long as you have a working TelePrompTer handy), Biden can actually go out and speak off the cuff. There appears to be nothing in his background that will overshadow Obama as the chosen one.
Unfortunately, it’s the same old liberal democrat school of politics. And keeping with the policy of the democrats being the party of pusillanimous parsing lawyers, Biden is a lawyer.
Is he fit for office?
The biggest question facing Biden has nothing to do with his legislative or foreign affairs experience, it is simply a question of his health.
“In February 1988, Biden was hospitalized for two brain aneurysms which kept him from the Senate for seven months.”
“Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. underwent surgery today to correct an aneurysm in an artery that supplies blood to the right side of the brain, a spokesman for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center said. The spokesman, Peter Esker, said Senator Biden was awake, resting comfortably and talking with his family after the operation, his second this year to correct an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a ballooning of an artery.”
“The 4 1/2-hour procedure was similar to that performed Feb. 12 on the left side of Mr. Biden's brain. Under the procedure, a surgeon using a microscope pinches the aneurysm with a clip, bringing the walls of the artery together. The clip remains in the patient.”
“Mr. Esker said there are no signs of any other aneurysms, adding that the second was much smaller than the first. ‘''The Senator is awake and alert, oriented, moving all extremities well and is conversing with his family,’' Mr. Esker said. ‘He is expected to be hospitalized about 10 days and then would go home to recuperate.’ Senator Biden, a 45-year-old Delaware Democrat, is chairman of the Judiciary Committee.” <Source>
The answer is AMTRAK …
Biden does appear to have a long-term love affair with Amtrak … so it may only be a matter of time until Vice President Biden proposes a new rail system for Iraq.
John McCain is looking better as time goes on.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS