Biden ’88 ad: The White House is no place to learn on the job; Update: Sources tell Fineman Biden’s the “likely” pick

posted at 12:05 pm on August 19, 2008 by Allahpundit

Comedy gold courtesy of Ben Smith to mark Halperin’s heavy-handed hint this morning that Greasy Joe’s the one for The One (re: Halperin’s “Bo knows” allusion, note that Biden’s son is named Beau). Between this, his assorted nuanced pensees on race, and his tweaking of Barry O for being less curious about NATO’s role in Afghanistan than a subcommittee chairman should be, the RNC will have loads of fun with him. What makes the ad interesting is that after the first 30 seconds or so, it eases into a strikingly Obama-esque message: Presidency as “pulpit,” the world’s “lost confidence in us,” the same swill they’ve been selling forever as a touchy-feely alternative to Republican hawks. But what’s that bit at the end that “If the sparks fly, so be it”? Doesn’t sound very Hopenchangey to me.

Update: Grease-y is the word, says Howard Fineman:

Within the last few hours I’ve spoken with two of the finalists for the role of Barack Obama’s running-mate, and to two other sources who are close to the process.

My bottom line is this: Barring a big surprise or last-minute change of heart, the choice is likely to be Sen. Joe Biden of Deleware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee…

“If I had to bet my life on it, I’d bet it is Joe,” said one of the other contenders.

Said another, “Barack is moving toward a seasoned Beltway type, and that probably means Biden.”

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In all seriousness, Biden is disqualified on his hair alone. His front shot looks like he has a full head of hair. When he turns around it’s clear there’s nothing there.

Basically, it’s another Bush.

freevillage on August 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Joe Biden is not just a customer, he is the VP nominee.

moxie_neanderthal on August 19, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Or this video with Biden ripping Obama.

Oh please be Mr. Biden!!

JeffreyLloyd on August 19, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Off topic a little, but how is it that Biden has more hair now then he did back then?

Esthier on August 19, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Someone may have mentioned this, but in ’88 Biden gave a speech in which he spoke about growing up with his father coming home from the coal mines, and went into substantial biographical details. It was a substantial speech and not simply a reply to a question or quickie anecdote

But, even before the Internet, it was soon discovered that Neil Kinnock, then the Opposition leader of the Labour Party in Britain, had given almost the exact same speech a few months earlier. Biden changed a few details, but it was almost word for word

Biden was not getting much traction before that revalation, but after being discovered as a Fraud his candidacy collapsed

How can a Certified Liar be taken seriously as VP? A majority of the voters of Delaware apparently don’t care as long as Joe brings home the Pork, but……….

Is this a Twilight Zone episode we’re lurching through?

Janos Hunyadi on August 19, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I sure hope it’s Biden. That’d at least make me feel better if McCain picks someone lousy.

OneGyT on August 19, 2008 at 5:14 PM

At least Senator Biden thinks Obama is “clean”.

gary on August 19, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Biden can help Obama with little things: things like how many states there are…and things like knowing that the voters who actually count all live in the USA and not Germany…

landlines on August 19, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Hope and Frequent Linen Change.

sulla on August 19, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Here’s the transcript.

Buy Danish on Aug 19,2008 at 2:51PM.

Buy Danish: Thank-you for your time, in getting me that,
very much appreciated.:):)

canopfor on August 19, 2008 at 9:00 PM

I can’t think of a bigger jackass to make fun of than Biden.

Make it so, Barry O.

Metro on August 20, 2008 at 12:38 AM