Great news: Gaffemaster acting as Obama’s Supreme Court sherpa

posted at 9:29 am on May 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The hits just keep on coming from the Democrats on the search for a replacement for David Souter on the Supreme Court.  Last week, Harry Reid told a nation stunned by a series of high-profile appointment disasters in the Obama administration to take comfort in Barack Obama’s hiring ability.  Now, Joe Biden claims that the White House intends to rely on the judgment of the Chicken Little who warned everyone off of public transportation as their guide to the next Supreme Court nomination:

The person in the White House most knowledgeable about Supreme Court nominations sits in the vice president’s office.

With President Obama filling his first high court vacancy with the retirement of Justice David H. Souter, Vice President Biden finds himself regularly consulting with the president and fielding queries from the White House counsel and others for insights on the process.

“The president is basically taking advantage of my experiences by asking me nuanced questions about both individuals and timing,” Biden said in an interview Friday. “We’ve gone through specific nominees, which we’re burrowing in on.” …

Although Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leading the search, which is being run through the White House counsel’s office, Biden and the president have gone over lists of potential nominees, discussed the best ways to approach senators about a prospective pick, and talked about when it would be best to announce a choice.

For Biden, the consultative role is part of his expanding portfolio as Obama’s all-purpose adviser, globe-trotting emissary and political handyman.

Hasn’t this administration already demonstrated the astoundingly bad judgment of their Vice President enough in the first four months?  Following his gaffes would be a full-time occupation, but the swine flu advice he dispensed went beyond gaffe into the dangerous and absurd.  If people actually took Biden seriously, which fortunately almost no one does, his remarks on how the flu would spread through public transportation could have panicked people into pulling their children out of school, ended all but the most necessary public interactions, and killed an economy already wounded to its core.

Is that the kind of sober, calm reflection that Barack Obama needs to select a jurist for the highest court in the land?  Is this a prospect that instills confidence in an ability to appoint a rational Justice?  Or should we wonder what kind of panic Biden might be setting off in the White House about judges like John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas?

It’s time to get back to the time-honored tradition of sending VPs off to foreign funerals as their main duty.  In Biden’s case, it should be his only duty.


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who believes biden about this? do you honestly think rahm is going to take biden’s advice?

they’ll call someone over at the senate about the confirmation process if they want that info.

kelley in virginia on May 11, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Rumor has it Rosie O’Donnell is on Biden’s short list.

jake-the-goose on May 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM

BTW, Jeff Jacoby’s thoughts on BHO’s SC justice “theory” is awesome–check the HA Headlines.

jgapinoy on May 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

BHO:
“Hmmm…need to appease Blacks, homosexuals, liberals, idiots…Wanda Sykes!”

jgapinoy on May 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Biden wanted to begin hearings for Judge Reinhold. But he was busy shooting another Beethoven movie.

kingsjester on May 11, 2009 at 9:38 AM

You have to give him left-handed compliment for his self-confidence. He has been forever branded a fool but keeps on trying to convey his importance, all with a straight face.

sherry on May 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM

We have Ted Freaking Baxter as our VP. The scariest thing is that he’s a little less scary than his boss. One is only a bumbling, egotistical, gaffe-master. The other is a messianic destroyer of American culture.

Ah, good times. Thanks Dims!

Sugar Land on May 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Biden’s choices include Judge Judy, Lance Ito, and he’s even talked about digging up Judge Wapner.

rbj on May 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The reason this buffoon is VP is because he is the only person in DC who lies more than Obama. Having Biden next to you, anyone would look good. Obama has surrounded himself with the most incompetent administration in history. Do you think the Supreme Court nominee can be any different.

volsense on May 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

yeah, sherry, i agree. you gotta love biden.

kelley in virginia on May 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Oh, goodie. If Biden’s in charge, maybe we’ll get Delaware State Supreme Court Justice Myron Steele, just recently got caught using his taxpayer-provided computer to send sexually suggestive youtube videos to 38 of his closest legal friends.

BigD on May 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

stop insulting biden. he’s hilarious. when he was in the senate, he voted. now that’s scary.

kelley in virginia on May 11, 2009 at 9:41 AM

He’s got great teeth & hair, though.

bluelightbrigade on May 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Whimp Obama hides behind everybody’s skirts. So, when (supposedly, ya right) Biden announces the name that Obama and Emanuel tell him to announce, and the Country goes apeshit, Obama can say “I didn’t know…”. This guy is a piece of work, but we are on to him. He has the biggest ears sticking out of that empty head, but he doesn’t hear anything but the crap that the Rev. Wrights, Farrakans and terrorist friends of his whisper to him.

suzyk on May 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Simply another Alinsky tactic of ‘distraction’. Put Bozo the Biden out front and let him produce gaffes-a-plenty while al-Chicago’s Puppet Master makes the selection of a totally committed Socialist to SCOTUS. Then, when Ruth Bader Ginsberg ‘Retires’ the Puppet Master will tell al-Chicago who to next select all the while Bozo the Biden continues the distraction.

And the Dinosuar Media will continue the Chicago Bozo’s (longest running Bozo show in history, short of Biden’s political career) tradition of playing happy songs while the next act is prepared.

SeniorD on May 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

how ’bout RFK jr or joe kennedy II for SC?

kelley in virginia on May 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I, for one, can’t wait for the confirmation hearings for Judge Smails.

trubble on May 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

seniorD. you’ve hit the nail on the head.

kelley in virginia on May 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I disagree about sending Biden to the funerals of foreign dignitaries. I could lay awake at night thinking about the damage an insulting gaffe could do there.

On the other hand, it’s just possible that a not-so-lefty judge could slip past Biden. While it might be a risk to (ahem) misunderestimate him, I like the odds better than anything else in sight.

njcommuter on May 11, 2009 at 9:47 AM

BTW, Jeff Jacoby’s thoughts on BHO’s SC justice “theory” is awesome–check the HA Headlines.

jgapinoy on May 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

I took you advise to read his column – you were right.

Jeff Jacoby: “Lady Justice wears a blindfold not because she has no empathy for certain litigants or groups of people, but because there is no role for such empathy in a courtroom.”

jake-the-goose on May 11, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Joe Biden is a cross between Foghorn Leghorn and Walter Mitty.

He used to be just another clownish politician; now he’s a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. That makes him a lot less funny.

cruadin on May 11, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Biden: Hey, Bambi I picked a new justice
Bambi: Damn it Joe, Curly has been dead for years!

faol on May 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Rumor is that former president Jed Bartlett is under consideration…oh wait…

CP on May 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Who are they kidding, we all know Oprah will decide who the next Supreme will be.

fogw on May 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I wonder what Z. Reagan has to say about this administration?

Mcguyver on May 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Biden: Hey, Bambi I picked a new justice
Bambi: Damn it Joe, Curly has been dead for years!

faol

Dead Stooges, live stooges. What’s the difference?

SKYFOX on May 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

For Biden, the consultative role is part of his expanding portfolio as Obama’s all-purpose adviser, globe-trotting emissary and political handyman.

The mental images from that quote will leave a lasting impression…

Other roles on his job description: budgetary right-hand man, intellectual go-to guy, long-winded glad-hander, public perception point of comparison (look how much better I am than this guy)

Onus on May 11, 2009 at 10:06 AM

It’s time to get back to the time-honored tradition of sending VPs off to foreign funerals as their main duty.

I am not even sure about this duty. Hate to have a “Stand up Chuck” moment while eulogizing the recently deceased dignitary.

WashJeff on May 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Last week, Harry Reid told a nation stunned by a series of high-profile appointment disasters in the Obama administration to take comfort in Barack Obama’s hiring ability. Now, Joe Biden claims that the White House intends to rely on the judgment of the Chicken Little who warned everyone off of public transportation as their guide to the next Supreme Court nomination

And the late night talk show hosts claim they can’t find anything funny about this administration to write jokes about?

My God, the jokes practically write themselves with these morons in charge.

Whoops…. sorry… that was an insult to morons.

UltimateBob on May 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Hey, Benedict Arlen might need a job soon. It would be fun (and potentially lucrative) taking bets on which side he would take in court rulings.

College Prof on May 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM

You have to question the wisdom of anybody who would allow themselves to be led around by Joe Biden.

I wouldn’t let him give me a guided tour of DC. He would probably get lost looking for a restaurant that went out of business 20 years ago.

Just A Grunt on May 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM

My God, the jokes practically write themselves with these morons in charge.

Just read the news straight-up if you like dark humor.

WashJeff on May 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM

You all would be amazed at the number of Joe Biden bumper stickers still on cars here in Delaware.

People here love him. They must be suckers for that bright smile or something.

I have always known him to be an idiot. Unfortunately I’m in the minority here.

UltimateBob on May 11, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Ridiculous. We need to be beating them up (rhetorically) about this.

In point of fact, Biden is a blowhard, and I suspect (hope?) Obama & Rahm are letting him “consult” in meetings, then shredding the memos with his suggestions when he leaves the room.

cs89 on May 11, 2009 at 10:15 AM

You all seem to think Biden is an idiot. Well, okay, he is. But, note who is giving whom advice! Which makes empty head between the ears ………..

katablog.com on May 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Yay! Biden will add an entertainment factor to a nomination process that otherwise promises to be an excruciating and unmitigated disaster from start to finish. Biden frickin cracks me up!

aero on May 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Remember, Biden apparently told his wife that Obama gave him the choice of Sec. of State or VP. No doubt this Supreme Court story is a similar Biden fabrication that the WP swallowed.

rgeaste on May 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Obama: Thank you for your suggestions, Joe! Tell you what, I’m going to tape it to the refrigerator right here so everyone can see what a good job you did.

Daggett on May 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Sigh. As a Fredhead (yeah, I know) I can’t help but compare FDT’s shepherding of Bush’s nominees with the inevitable circus heading our way.

cs89 on May 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Let Biden be Biden. The Biden Blunder Scale goes to 100 ….

I figure the “avoid trains” bit was in the 40s.

I *also* figure Obama is going to put up a hard-left non-lawyer for the court first, then let Biden sink her.

Candidate #2 will be the “real” one. Hey, he’s cribbing bloody everything else from Bush 2.0…

Mew

acat on May 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Joe Biden is “Exhibit A” in the argument for why we should NOT trust Barry’s Obama’s hiring ability.

AZCoyote on May 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I can’t imagine Obama being stupid enough to ask, much less follow any ‘advice’ from Biden.

GarandFan on May 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

It continues to amaze me that this administration continues to get not only a pass for its blunders, but gets continued praise, thanks to the MSM. Honestly, they could have a real live (or dead) chicken select their Supreme Court Justice and it would be the same as if they’d picked it themselves. And yet the public still thinks this 0ne and his admin. are doing a great effing job!

4shoes on May 11, 2009 at 10:37 AM

4shoes on May 11, 2009 at 10:37 AM

New keyboard and monitor bill are in the mail.

LMAO

Onus on May 11, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Biden: Okay now I have a good one
Bambi: Who is it Juoe?
Biden: SimmonsCooper
Bambi: That’s a firm Joe. It can only be one person.
Biden: Why? We could have 10 more justices at once no one will care or..hey a puppy.

faol on May 11, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Biden: Hey, Bambi I picked a new justice
Bambi: Damn it Joe, Curly has been dead for years!

faol on May 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I always thought Shemp Howard would have been a terrific SCOTUS Justice.

Del Dolemonte on May 11, 2009 at 10:48 AM

New keyboard and monitor bill are in the mail.

LMAO

Onus on May 11, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I can’t take credit, though, I stole the idea from a South Park thing I saw here a while back.

4shoes on May 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Nobody takes Biden seriously. They just keep him around for comic relief and to provide a distraction whenever Barry screws up. They throw him a bone once in a while to make him feel important.

In reality, Old Joe is insurance that the Secret Service will do their job to keep Barry safe.

Barb Dwyer on May 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM


“We’re burrowing in on….specfic nominees?”

No wonder this moron plagiarizes.

mr1216 on May 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

The Secretary of State will whisper in Biden’s ear: “I know the man you’re looking for…I married him!”

Who are they kidding, we all know Oprah will decide who the next Supreme will be.

fogw on May 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Diana Ross? She had Supremes…

This guy is a piece of work, but we are on to him. He has the biggest ears sticking out of that empty head,

If he learns to fly, he can be Dumbo.

Oh, wait, that was an elephant, and elephants are Republican.

Steve Z on May 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

There is a wonderful, loving man named Craig at my church, who has Downs Syndrome. At the close of service every week, the music minister invites him to come up to the front and lead the closing hymn. It gives Craig a feeling of worth, even though the organist knows to play the hymn at the correct tempo no matter what he does.

I’ll allow others to infer exactly how this relates to Biden’s participation in — well, pretty much anything.

RegularJoe on May 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Sure, Biden says some incredibly dumb stuff in public. All the more reason to give him a job where he’ll be interviewing and vetting people in private.

orange on May 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I can’t imagine Obama being stupid enough to ask, much less follow any ‘advice’ from Biden.

GarandFan on May 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Obama was stupid enough to pick as VP the first Senator to lose a debate to Sarah Palin. The problem is, more than half the voters were stupid enough to believe him.

Steve Z on May 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

… to provide a distraction whenever Barry screws up.

Barb Dwyer on May 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Hmmm, maybe I spoke too soon. I think you’re onto something. Maybe he’s like the ugly girl kept as a friend by the average-looking girl, so she’ll look beautiful by comparison. People HAVE gotten the idea that Obama is “brilliant” — I mean, that has to be “by comparison”, right?

RegularJoe on May 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

There is a wonderful, loving man named Craig at my church, who has Downs Syndrome. At the close of service every week, the music minister invites him to come up to the front and lead the closing hymn. It gives Craig a feeling of worth, even though the organist knows to play the hymn at the correct tempo no matter what he does.

I’ll allow others to infer exactly how this relates to Biden’s participation in — well, pretty much anything.

RegularJoe on May 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Maybe that’s why Obama said we need empathy on the Supreme Court.

Steve Z on May 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

RegularJoe on May 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Exactly!! Compared to Biden, Barry doesn’t look quite so much like the stuttering moron he really is.

Barb Dwyer on May 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Joe Biden is what the Democrat Party is! An Old, Vain, Elitist,White Guy who wants desperately to be loved by Black People

Speedwagon82 on May 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM

He’s got great teeth & hair, though.

bluelightbrigade

Fixed. :-)

cannonball on May 11, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Gaffemaster J.

NoFanofLibs on May 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM

“Hasn’t this administration already demonstrated the astoundingly bad judgment of their Vice President enough in the first four months? Following his gaffes would be a full-time occupation, but the swine flu advice he dispensed went beyond gaffe into the dangerous and absurd.”

Heck, this would just as accurately describe Obama if you hadn’t put “Vice” in the first sentence.

They’re like a couple of Rainmen. They weird thing is they’re clueless about everything but they can speak and act normally.

Dusty on May 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM

They=the

Dusty on May 11, 2009 at 12:52 PM

The reason this buffoon is VP is because he is the only person in DC who lies more than Obama. Having Biden next to you, anyone would look good. Obama has surrounded himself with the most incompetent administration in history. Do you think the Supreme Court nominee can be any different.

It is quite obvious that Oblama picked the stupidest person he could find to be his V.P. to make himself look like a genius.

tbear44 on May 11, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Gunga Joe

mojo on May 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Another outsourced duty. This is how a politician that votes present and has serial problems with responsibility and accountability runs the presidency. If all hell breaks loose expect comments like “My staff has been working very hard to choose a proper and qualified candidate for the supreme court.”

Theworldisnotenough on May 12, 2009 at 1:33 AM