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Joe Biden Says Something Mind-Numbingly Stupid

Posted by V the K at 7:53 am - April 16, 2014.
Filed under: Biden Watch

I know, dog bites man.

Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that “it was worth it.”

After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, “let me say to those ‘quote survivors,’ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely – just to hear each of you speak. You’re truly, truly inspiring.”

Let’s see. An eight-year old boy was blown to pieces. Other people will spend the rest of their lives with prosthetic limbs (because the massive NSA surveillance state couldn’t keep tabs on two radical Muslim immigrants the Russian Government warned us about). But it was worth it because Joe Biden Got to Hear a Speech.

And the $100,000 in welfare benefits the Boston Bombers received… also, totally worth it.

Sochi-lism

They had years to plan, and billions of dollars to spend. They knew when the project had to be finished and how many prople were counting on everything being ready for them. Instead, they delivered a typical effed up socialist debacle. Nothing works properly, and Twitter is filled with stories of the nightmarish ordeals people are going through. Yet, the regime keeps insisting that everything is great, and instead of addressing the problems, attacks critics as anti-patriotic malcontents. They claimed they had embraced capitalism, but this botched project just shows that they are still socialists, and produce typical socialist results.

But enough about Obamacare, how about those Sochi hotel accommodations?

Also, Mr. Vice President Biden was off complaining about how NYC’s LaGuardia looks all shabby and third worldy. You mean it smells bad, the government is hopelessly corrupt, and there’s an appalling gap between the wealthy elite and the poor masses? Have you never been to New York City, Mr Biden? Anyway, didn’t you guys spend very close to a Trillion dollars on “Stimulus” spending your first term? Why the heck didn’t you fix the airport then instead of shelling out half a bil to Solyndra to build defective solar panels with whistling robots?

10 Biden Gaffes at Sharon’s Funeral

Posted by V the K at 11:09 am - January 13, 2014.
Filed under: Biden Watch
So, President Selfie isn’t going to be embarrassing the United States amateurishly at the funeral of Ariel Sharon, but sent profesional embarrassment Vice President Biden instead, accompanied by the result of genetic experiment that cross-bred Chelsea Clinton with a cocker spaniel.  It set me to wondering how Biden was going to humiliate us, and these are some possibilities:

 

1. Is offered tour of Wailing Wall. Asks where the whales are.

2. Asks his host “Where can a guy get a good cheeseburger around here?”

3. “So, you guys are basically ‘European’ when it comes to groping women, right?”

4. During Eulogy, invites Sharon to “Stand up and let ‘em see ya.”

5. “Thank you, thank you. I gotta tell ya’ it’s really great to be in Indiana again…”

6. Asks to see the Tomb of Baby Jesus.

7. “So, I hear that Sharon fella was a Tank Commander. Did he know Mike Dukakis?”

8.  “Hey, what’s with the black beanies?”

9. “So, when can I meet that ‘Don’t Mess with the Zohan Guy?’”

10. “Some of my best friends are you people.”

Bottom news story of the day

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 am - May 2, 2013.
Filed under: Biden Watch

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Actually, Democrats would be having a field day with this gaffe had a Republican politician uttered it.  But, we’ve come to expect eyebrow-raising comments from the Democratic Vice President.   So, it’s not really news any more.

But, hey, in this case, there’s not a Missouri Senate seat at stake here, so the comment is just eyebrow-raising and not insensitive.

Why, Oh why, Oh why, Oh, Why doesn’t Biden know he’s in Ohio?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:00 pm - October 24, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Biden Watch

Vice President Joe Biden“, reports Joel Gehrke,

once again misstated the state in which he was campaigning, this time addressing an Ohio crowd as if he is in Iowa.

“Literally, ladies and gentleman, this is a guy who is running all the ads here in Iowa saying that he is going to get tough on China,” Biden said during a campaign speech in Ohio.

UPDATE: You really can’t blame the guy. Stacy McCain reminds us that “All these darned Midwestern states look alike!

FROM THE (FACEBOOK) COMMENTS: Alan Ocu quips, “It’s one of Obama’s 57 states at least.” Must be the state of Iowio. Or Oiho.

Joe Biden’s boorish behavior rallies the left

It was a weird debate,” began Jim Geraghty reflecting on last night’s Ryan-Biden match-up, “in that one candidate’s personality so totally dominated the proceedings, that your reaction to the debate will be decided almost entirely by what you think of Joe Biden when unplugged.”  Read the whole thing.

And while Joe Biden may have appeared (particularly to independent women and witty conservatives) to have lost his marbles, liberals were ecstatic, causing Hugh Hewitt to quip (as I noted previously), “The left is cheering Joe Biden’s meltdown, which is itself an indication of how far it has lost its bearings.”  He builds on this point by excerpting The Wall Street Journal’s debate summary:

But this 90 minutes wasn’t about an exchange of ideas or a debate over policies. It was a Democratic show of contempt for the opposition, an attempt to claim by repetitive assertion that Messrs. Ryan and Romney are radicals who want to destroy “the middle class.” Mr. Ryan’s cool under assault was a visual rebuttal of that claim, and we certainly know who looked more presidential.

Echoing the Journal, Jonathan S. Tobin believes Democrats were “delighted” with “Vice President Joe Biden’s obnoxious display” in large part because “the liberal base of the president’s party is so filled with anger and contempt for Republicans that they can’t abide even a show of civility from their champions.”  (Read the whole thing.)

This manic contempt was Biden’s apparently successful strategy to “throw the Obama base a lifeline” (via Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit).  What does it say about a political party that it rallies on the boorish behavior of an angry old man?

And this “from the administration that promised to bring back civility to American politics” (via Instapundit).

UPDATE:  Jennifer Rubin has a similar perspective:  “That lefty bloggers and pundits ate up Biden’s antics is a telling commentary on how vitriolic the left in general has become.

UP-UPDATE:  Neoneocon asks, “what does it say about the Democratic base if this is the sort of thing that gets its members’ juices flowing?

Joe Biden’s rude strategy

It’s clear“, writes Stacy McCain scoring Ryan the winner in last night’s debate, that Vice President Joe “Biden was advised to be aggressive, to bulldoze, interrupt and filibuster, to treat Ryan with contempt.”  “No doubt”, Fred Barnes concurs, “Biden was told to be aggressive.  No doubt he was told not to let Ryan get away with anything.  No doubt he was told not to let the moderator, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, restrain him.”

Seems the Obama team thought rude Joe would help the Democratic ticket, but it sure didn’t help them with one group which leans slightly toward the president’s party.  Women were particularly put off by the Vice President’s behavior.  Note that the three participants in this focus group who responded to Frank Luntz’s point about Biden’s interruption and occasional laughter were all women:

Even“, notes Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, CNN’s Gloria Borger admits, “He was condescending at times to Paul Ryan. I think I could have done with a lot less eye-rolling and chuckling on the part of Joe Biden.”

That said, this does seem to have played quite well with the Democrats’ face.  My liberal Facebook friends are beside themselves with glee; one offered, “Ok so maybe Biden shouldn’t have laughed and snickered so much…but how could you not when your debating Eddie Munster?”  FWIW, haven’t caught any of them praising Biden for defending Obama,  instead they’re hailing him for attacking Ryan.

Maybe they decided to make a test of the angry, rude Joe to see how it plays as a possible strategy for Obama next week.  This strategy looks like a winner if the goal is to fire up the base, but, it ends up, as David French puts it, making the Democratic “ticket less likable, thus continuing to squander a key favorability advantage.(more…)

Official GayPatriot Ryan-Biden debate thread

According to Bruce Kesler at Maggie’s Farm, “The CNN tracking of men and women Independents throughout the debate found women favoring Ryan over Biden.

And what about gay male independents? Who did they prefer?

UPDATE: A conservative blogress found “Joe’s demeanor was nothing short of appalling“:

When one thinks of what a few gusty sighs did to Al Gore’s presidential aspirations, Biden’s debate performance should earn him deportation. He was by turns loud, obnoxious, condescending, and disrespectful. He smirked, giggled, sighed, and huffed his disbelief at everything Paul Ryan said. He also talked over at least half of Ryan’s answers. Thanks to Joe’s behavior, this was not a serious debate about substantive issues for the benefit of concerned citizens. This was a crude charade by a demagogue throwing red meat to his followers.

Read the whole thing.

UP-UPDATE
: Seems a lot of folks found Biden condescending. Philip Klein contends that Biden fires up liberal base, but wonders if he turns off independents.

UP-UP-UPDATE:   Paul Mirengoff watched the debate with his wife,

. . .  who is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. She was appalled by Biden. A few times, she even told his TV image to shut up and let Ryan speak. I can’t ever remember my wife talking to the TV before – that’s my role in our house. (more…)

Anticipating the Ryan-Biden debate

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - October 11, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Biden Watch,Paul Ryan

Ever since Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan to be his running mate, many on the right have been looking forward to tonight’s debate, all but certain that the silver-tongued Wisconsin Republican will make mincemeat of the gaffe-prone Delaware Democrat.  So certain are conservatives of Ryan’s impending triumph that Commentary’s Seth Mandel felt compelled to caution us, asking whether conservatives were overconfident about the Ryan-Biden debate:

Among the chatter heading into tomorrow night’s vice presidential debate between Paul Ryan and current Vice President Joe Biden, it’s easy to pick up on the confidence conservatives have in Ryan and their dismissive attitude toward Biden. Both of those are well founded, since Ryan is a solid debater and in strong command of the facts, while Biden is … Biden.

He reminds us though that he was a better speaker in Charlotte than was Obama and moreover, that he’s “capable of projecting warmth on command.”

Conservatives may be overconfident, but I doubt Paul Ryan himself is.  The man is a a Boy Scout.  He is always prepared.  Note that he
tapped former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson to play the role of Vice President Biden in preparations for next month’s debate.”  Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck called Olson “one of the most skilled, intelligent, and successful litigators in America“.  Ryan has begun sparring with Olson nearly a full month before the debate.  He’s not taking this debate lightly.

Paul Ryan will be prepared to face a candidate who differs from the conservative caricature.

The real question, however, is how Joe Biden will comport himself.  Will he feel it incumbent upon himself to make up for Obama’s bad debate performance.  In that case, expect him to stumble and stumble badly.  Or the Obama campaign, knowing that the vice president can’t undo the damage the president inflicted upon himself, could insist that Biden play it safe, knowing a gaffe could hurt more than a dull performance; he might come off as wooden and programmed.  (That would certainly invite mockery, but likely wouldn’t hurt the campaign.)

Jim Geraghty reminds us that Biden, known for playing fast and loose with the facts, “may… let’s say, misremember some of the finer points of the policies he’s defending or attacking.”  Ryan could challenger him on those misrepresentations (as Sarah Palin failed to do four years ago), calling into question not just the vice president’s credibility, but that of the man who tapped him as his number two. (more…)

Will Ryan ask “Sheriff” Joe about “stimulus” fraud and waste?

Was working on a Ryan-Biden debate post when I caught this question on Stacy’s McCain’s blog, “Will Ryan Hold Biden Accountable?”  It’s a short post and well worth your time–so much though I thought it worth a post of its own.

When I saw the title, my first thought was that Stacy was asking if the fetching Republican from Wisconsin would do what Sarah Palin failed to do four years ago in her debate with the Delaware Democratic, call him out on his distortions and misrepresentations. No, instead, McCain was, in excerpting a post from Michelle Malkin, reminding us of another Obama administration commitment gone by the wayside. Back in ’09, the president dubbed his vice president his “stimulus spending cop” (as Michelle puts it):

Remember when President Obama bragged about Joe Biden’s fiscal discipline cred in 2009? “To you, he’s Mr. Vice President, but around the White House, we call him the Sheriff,” Obama warned government employees. “Because if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.”

And as to the “trillion-dollar ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,’” Malkin adds, “keeps piling up waste, failure, fraud and debt”, Biden has been “AWOL on oversight.”

“Maybe”, the other McCain concludes, “Paul Ryan will bring this up Thursday night.”  Maybe.

Let’s hope that he does.

When you wish upon a star . . . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:42 pm - October 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Biden Watch

Dems hope Biden can blunt Romney momentum post-debate:

Democratic strategists are eyeing the forthcoming debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with a mix of hope and nervousness in the wake of President Obama’s widely panned performance in his leadoff encounter with Mitt Romney Wednesday night.

On the plus side, some Democrats feel that a strong performance from Biden next Thursday could turn the page on the president’s near-debacle in Denver.

But they also worry that Biden’s legendary capacity to state his views in an inartful fashion could backfire.

Joe Biden’s “legendary capacity to state his views in an inartful fashion” backfiring?!?!?  Oh, come on now?  How could it backfire?  Frankly, this um, well, this  “legendary capacity” is, well, well, it’s just quite endearing.  Most endearing. (H/t: Michelle Malkin, Buzzworthy.)

Barack Obama’s Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

A number of things happened yesterday, none of which are particularly beneficial to the Obama campaign:

Now, most of these stories won’t attract the media scrutiny they would attract if they involved, say, a Republican White House, but people are paying attention and news does seem to get past the legacy media’s filters.

Can you imagine the clamor for immediate answers if a Republican Secretary of State had urged the chair of a congressional committee to wait until after the election for answers to a question of national security?

* (more…)

Joe Biden is right about the “middle class”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:34 pm - October 2, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Biden Watch,Economy

The “middle class” has “been buried the last four years”:


Repeating “the myth that Mitt Romney will ‘raise taxes’ on the middle class— ‘raising their taxes with this tax cut,’ as Joe so Bidenly puts it“, the Vice President seems to have forgotten that his team has been in charge these past four years.

Mary Katharine Ham, the first blogress (or blogger) to alert me to the video reports that “The Romney campaign agrees and Jim Pethokoukis has the charts to prove ” just how hard Obama policies have hurt the “middle class.”  (Read the whole thing.)

Glad to see that Mr. Biden recognizes that.

Blaming Bush: Obama team’s default reaction for its problems

It’s as if they make to make 2012 2008 all over again.  President Obama has been in office for over 3 years and 8 months and  yet his Vice President blames Bush:

Can’t these guys ever take responsibility for their actions?

Do we want to be led by a team constantly lamenting the situation they inherited (rather than trying to fix them) and blaming their predecessors for their problems? Shouldn’t they instead be coming up with solutions to the debt crisis?

UPDATE:  Too bad Joe didn’t listen to his boss who, on March 19, 2009, told Jay Leno that ‘one of the things’ he was ‘trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.‘”

Bottom news story of the day

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:32 pm - September 18, 2012.
Filed under: Biden Watch

Verbal “gaffes” & double standards

Liberals routinely dismiss Biden’s gaffes as the rhetorical excesses of an overly exuberant speaker — it’s ‘Joe being Joe’“, begins a recent piece on the Vice President’s “chains” comment.  The writers continue noting how the Democrat would be excoriated for his words had he spoken them as a Republican

And there can be something appealing about a politician who throws caution and the script that goes with it to the winds. Yet when conservative speakers get overly exuberant and cross a rhetorical line, they are presumed racist or culturally insensitive, rather than refreshingly free-spirited. One standard should apply.

You might think this was something on conservative blog or from a right-of-center editorial page.  No, it’s actually from the Boston Globe, a left-of-center journal.  And these liberal editors had asked us to . . .

imagine if Republican Paul Ryan uttered comments like that. Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president would be pilloried for racial insensitivity — and so would Romney. In the fight for civility and substance over pointless hyperbole, Biden may not be the worst offender. But he’s an offender nonetheless, and he should apologize.

Don’t hold your breath.  That said, it’s nice to see a liberal newspaper wake up and realize that media reaction to gaffes often depends not on the content of the remark but on the partisan affiliation of the one who makes it.

If Joe Biden were subject to the Sarah Palin treatment. . .

“If”, muses , Vice President “Biden were the Republican vice-presidential nominee? Media outrage and indignation at the poor judgment of the presidential nominee, which would call into question the presidential nominee’s fitness for office.

Via John Galt Nole via Glenn Reynolds.

Do wonder why so few in the legacy media wondered at Joe Biden’s placing Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House and recalling television as a a medium for presidential communication at the outset of the Great Depression.  Not even Katie Couric who was ever so eager to press Sarah Palin to answer the questions she posed.

RELATED:MSM Ignores Biden’s Gaffes as it Ignored Palin’s RecordOn Biden’s Gaffes

Maybe we should excuse Joe Biden for his bad week:
Paul Ryan just got in his head & caused his insecurities to spill out

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:18 pm - August 17, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Biden Watch,Paul Ryan

In my first post on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate, I quoted Jonah Goldberg who insisted that the “vice presidential debate will be awesome”:

If I had to predict right now, Ryan won’t so much trounce Biden as Biden will trounce himself. All of the talk about how Ryan is smarter and more knowledgeable than Biden will get deep in Joe’s head. Biden’s insecurities will spill out on the stage like overturned chum bucket.

It seems that the talk of the Wisconsin Republican’s intelligence has already gotten deep in Mr. Biden’s head.  We don’t have to wait for the debate.  In the week since Mr. Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate, the vice president has had a very bad week, making even more gaffes than is his wont.  As Jim Treacher reports:

On Tuesday, ol’ Sheriff Joe told a majority African-American audience that the Republicans are “gonna put y’all back in chains.”

He also said some other dumb stuff, like promising that together, they could win North Carolina again… as he stood there in Virginia. And hollering that General Motors is going to lead the world in auto production in the 20th Century.

Perhaps the Ryan selection, to borrow Jonah’s expression caused “Biden’s insecurities” to “spill out on the stage like overturned chum bucket.”

“. . . had they been uttered by a Republican . . .”
Biden’s words “likely would have set off an even bigger firestorm”

And no, those words don’t come from a right-of-center pundit or Republican politician, but from a center-left journalist at a liberal newspaper.  According to the Washington Post‘s Dan Balz,

Vice President Biden triggered the latest round [of harsh rhetoric and angry accusations]Tuesday with lines, that, had they been uttered by a Republican, likely would have set off an even bigger firestorm. Biden told an audience in Virginia that Romney would “unchain” the big banks if he were elected president and then added, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

(Via Instapundit.)  And it wasn’t just Dan Balz.  Over at CommentaryAlana Goodman reports that “MSNBC’s Willie Geist had a good take this morning (via Playbook), when he pointed out the media double standard for Biden:”

“It has to be said that if Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience, there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There’s a double standard.”

Double standard indeed. Goodman also reports that Biden is doubling down on his mean-spirited remarks, refusing to “back down on his ‘chains’ gaffe.”

Wonder when our friends in the legacy media will join Rudy Giuliani in questioning Biden’s competence.

Joe BIden’s “Bold” Comment?!?!?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:58 pm - August 15, 2012.
Filed under: Biden Watch,Media Bias

Take a gander at how the folks at AOL/Huffington Post are promoting their article on Joe Biden’s “chains” comment:

UPDATE: Two different views of Mr. Biden’s “bold” comment: Obama defends Biden on ‘chains’ remark:

“Joe Biden has been an outstanding vice president. He is passionate about what’s happening in middle-class families,” he said. “So I will be talking to him a whole lot about the campaign generally.”

Biden meant that “you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these [Wall Street reform] laws as the other side is suggesting,” Obama told People. “In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that.”

McCain says Obama Would Be ‘Wise’ to Replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the Ticket:

McCain had some harsh words ready for Biden, saying that the vice president “continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics,” and specifically referenced Biden’s remarks Tuesday in Danville, Virginia.

UP-UPDATE: Ace reminds us that Obama has only 22 days until he can no longer replace Joe Biden.