Uh oh: Blumenthal becomes a Biden punchline

posted at 2:55 pm on May 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If the NRSC’s shot at Richard Blumenthal today took too many detours to land cleanly, a sucker punch from one of his putative allies may do more damage.  Joe Biden turned the Democratic nominee for Chris Dodd’s Senate seat into the butt of a joke today, a measure of how problematic the Connecticut Attorney General has become for Democrats — and perhaps a signal that the White House will keep its distance from the military-service fabulist:

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal for misstating his military service record.

While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being loquacious, veered into the Connecticut Senate race.

“I didn’t serve in Vietnam. I don’t want to make a Blumenthal mistake here,” he said according to a pool report. “Our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him.”

Later he said “I have a bad habit of saying exactly what I think.”

That’s why we like to keep an eye on your appearances, Mr. Vice President.  God love ya!

If it’s a slip, it couldn’t come at a worse time.  After Blumenthal finally offered an apology by e-mail through his campaign spokeswoman — which Ben Froland tweeted made Blumenthal “AWOL from his own apology” — the momentum behind the story might have dissipated.  Instead, Biden’s quip will focus attention once again on Blumenthal’s multiple fabrications just when Blumenthal tried changing the narrative to his nomination by acclamation. Also, the venue in which Biden chose to deliver his joke adds even more news value to his jab at a fellow Democrat, honoring warriors who don’t have to fabricate their overseas service to bolster their credibility.

If it’s not a slip, it signals that the White House wants no part of Blumenthal — which in a Democratic state like Connecticut would be bad news indeed.


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Sheriff Joe – The gift that keeps on giving… to Republicans and comedians.

teke184 on May 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

It was a slip.

rob verdi on May 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

You know you’re finished when a buffoon like Biden makes a joke about you.

ScottG on May 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Bloomy’s a member of the VFW!

Veterans of Foney Wars.

Says Love Boat Veterans for the Truth.

CAPT Steubing is calling Bloomy out and you should hear what Gopher and Julie are saying.

NoDonkey on May 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

You know things are that bad when The World’s Biggest Buffoon is making fun of you…

CapitalistPig on May 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Fine line between a slip and brain-dead blathering?

bbz123 on May 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Boy, Connecticut sure does send some winners for election. First Dodd, now this clown….at least the VP didn’t say that it was a big effing deal!

search4truth on May 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Joe Biden didn’t want to pull a “Blumenthal”.

The Label is sticking. And the Republicans should start using that term all the time now.

portlandon on May 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Neil Kinnock told the same joke.

mankai on May 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Joe Biden, moron, God love him.

Tres Angelas on May 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Tapper wont like this.

the_nile on May 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Oh, it’s a slip!

Ever notice that Joe gets in the biggest trouble when he just told the truth?

stldave on May 26, 2010 at 3:03 PM

It was a slip.

rob verdi on May 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Yeah, I agree. If they Blumey out they’d of pulled the rug out from under his campaign by cutting of the DSCC spigot.

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

When you’ve lost Biden….well, you might’ve been a loser anyway….

ted c on May 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Yeh, Biden is nothing like Blumenthal …….

Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not ‘Malevolent’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17— Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., fighting to salvage his Presidential campaign, today acknowledged ”a mistake” in his youth, when he plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school.

Mr. Biden insisted, however, that he had done nothing ”malevolent,” that he had simply misunderstood the need to cite sources carefully.

Got a mirror, Joe?

fogw on May 26, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Damn,….

Yeah, I agree. If they wanted Blumey out they’d of pulled the rug out from under his campaign by cutting of the DSCC spigot.

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Biden wants so much to be loved and considered a buddy that he’ll make jokes at the expense of others without realizing what he’s doing. We all know someone like this. So desperate to be important and appreciated.

Vince on May 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The Liberals are starting to eat their own….

Carville this morning dumped on Obama. Biden dumping on Blumenthal, Obama’s Administration dumping on Sestak.

Pass the popcorn please.

PappaMac on May 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

When you’ve lost Biden….well, you might’ve been a loser anyway….

ted c on May 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

+1000

ladyingray on May 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Intentional or slip? I’ll bet even Slow Joe himself doesn’t really know. It’s just Biden being Biden, dumb as usual.

jwolf on May 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Boy, things are looking good for Democrats in November! They get to loot the treasury then get voted out of office, only to turn around on January 1st and start screeching about the deficit and unemployment and begin campaigning for 2012 with the full support of a nationwide sympathetic media breathlessly reporting every single teacher, firefighter, and busdriver the Republicans are going to fire.

Works every time, folks. Sorry, I’m a bit down today. Biden is next in line for POTUS.

Mord on May 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM

The Liberals are starting to eat their own….

Carville this morning dumped on Obama. Biden dumping on Blumenthal, Obama’s Administration dumping on Sestak.

Pass the popcorn please.

PappaMac on May 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Looking forward to the NYT expose on the escalating tensions within the Democrat Party.

stldave on May 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Our Vice president. God Love ya. Where have you been all these days? We need you out every day. This was a big Effing deal. This nation is blessed to have your services as VP.

Thank you. Again God love ya.

antisocial on May 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I know it’s been said hundreds of times, but as Glenn Reynolds said, “They told me if I voted for McCain, we’d have an idiot for VP, and they were right!”

stldave on May 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM

GaffeTasticOrgasmicMultiplesBiden
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canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Biden and Steele… I guess it’s a wash.

Akzed on May 26, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Bloomy’s in the Veterans of Future Wars. He’s going to fight in Vietnam some day.

Akzed on May 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Breaking News
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===============

Obama orders……..

Plug the Dam* Hole….

Bidens that is….

And soon…….

Its a Big F’n Deal……

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Biden: “Stand up Chuck, go ahead, stand up. Oh goodness gracious, we’ll all stand up for Chuck” realizing Chuck was in his wheelchair and a paraplegic. Remember Katie’s restaurant? Joe’s favorite restaurant during the primaries even though it had been closed for over 20 years.

And to think Biden makes LESS verbal gaffes than Obowma.

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Pelosi was in combat too!
==================================

PELOSI – “I WAS FIGHTING A WAR IN IRAQ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac_oTbglg5c

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM

GI Joe (gaffe impaired, that is)

myrenovations on May 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Next Republican ad.

rbj on May 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM

The Hopey/Changey Pillars of Perpetual Hope
and NeverEnding Change,are,

a crack’n!!

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 3:32 PM

God love him.

Mr. Joe on May 26, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Speaking of jokes, this was supposed to be a photo-op for Bam-bam to tout “green jobs” andnow he’s going to be touring an empty plant.

ROFLMAO!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/05/26/solar_plant_workers_told_to_stay_home_without_pay_due_to_obama_visit.html

The hits justakeepacomin!

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM

God love ya, Joey! Let’s see how well you can screw up Memorial Day. Seeing as Barry will be busy playing golf, or something else that’s more important.

GarandFan on May 26, 2010 at 3:44 PM

O/T: Has there been a Picture Caption Contest for this image of Slow Joe? There ought to be!
.
“I saw the baseball come into my line of vision and before I could even move, I swear to God, it hit me right between the eyes!”
.
I can replace “baseball” with “tomato,” “beer bottle,” “airplane,” really, anything that seems funny to your imagination.

ExpressoBold on May 26, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Speaking of jokes, this was supposed to be a photo-op for Bam-bam to tout “green jobs” andnow he’s going to be touring an empty plant.

ROFLMAO!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/05/26/solar_plant_workers_told_to_stay_home_without_pay_due_to_obama_visit.html

The hits justakeepacomin!

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Archimedes: Heard that on Rush’s show,I’ve got that on a
window,in stand-by mode!!
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http://www.kron.com/

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Biden was the first sign that we had a insufferable narcissist running for president. When he surrounded himself with the most incompetent administration in history was the second. They say when Obuma walks into a meeting that he is the brightest bulb in the room. When the rest of the room are Obuma’s handpicked dim bulbs it is an intentional allusion.

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Just what Tricky Dick needed in Connecticut–a little Joe-mentum.

Gird your loins!

Steve Z on May 26, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Biden was the first sign that we had a insufferable narcissist running for president. When he surrounded himself with the most incompetent administration in history was the second. They say when Obuma walks into a meeting that he is the brightest bulb in the room. When the rest of the room are Obuma’s handpicked dim bulbs it is an intentional allusion.

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I can envision the scene in Blazing Saddles where everyone gets a paddleball and no one hits the ball. This administration at work, incompetent boobs all.

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Works every time, folks. Sorry, I’m a bit down today. Biden is next in line for POTUS.

Mord on May 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM

If the story about the “White House job offer to Sestak” (offered by whom?) gets traction, and the GOP takes the House, Biden might be POTUS.

Sestak is between Barack and a hard place right now. If he recants on his story about a job offer, his “transparency” campaign goes down the tubes, and he can forget about being a Senator, but if he tells the truth, things could get peachy, between Im and Ment.

Steve Z on May 26, 2010 at 4:16 PM

If it’s not a slip, it signals that the White House wants no part of Blumenthal — which in a Democratic state like Connecticut would be bad news indeed.

Never put down to White House perfidy what can be explained through Biden stupidity.

jnelchef on May 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

At least it can be said that Biden graduated in the top 95% of his class!

chaswv on May 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

When Joe “Plagiarist” Biden makes jokes about you and your name becomes a pejorative…cue the fat lady.

opaobie on May 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Biden: “Stand up, Dick. Oh, God love ya!”

Uh, maybe “Stand up, Dick” is not a good idea.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Heh, Biden doesn’t want to pull a Blumenthal. Naw, he’d rather just make up phony claims about how he was shot at in Iraq. Pot, meet kettle.

Roc on May 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

When you’ve lost the support of Joe Biden, well…

Hal on May 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I submitted this to Fark with the headline “Biden makes Dick jokes”

Dodd on May 26, 2010 at 8:04 PM

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HalJordan on May 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM