Great news: Joe Biden hitting the campaign trail next week

posted at 3:16 pm on August 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Worried that we might not get any more pearls of wisdom from Sheriff Joe Biden, after being sent to the doghouse for distracting attention from Team Obama attacks on Paul Ryan’s fitness by making people wonder whether Barack Obama needed to find a new running mate himself?  Fret no longer.  CBS’ Mark Knoller informed us on Twitter that Biden will be, er, unchained this week for appearances in Minnesota and Michigan:

Or, as Biden knows them, Wisconsin and Ohio.  Seriously, though, the choices of venue are interesting. Both could potentially be swing states in this election, although Minnesota’s more of a long shot for that status.  A few more Biden miscues could put them further into play for Mitt Romney.  It might have been safer to send Biden to places like California and New York for fundraisers, where his verbal missteps would do less damage, but in this era of total media saturation, venue probably doesn’t make that much difference.

However, Biden has made a great deal of difference in perception of the ticket … and so far, that’s great news for Republicans.  A new national poll of likely voters from Rasmussen shows that Biden has dropped behind Paul Ryan in perceived qualification for the top job of President — despite nearly four years of being VP:

Voters are evenly divided as to whether Paul Ryan or Joe Biden is better qualified to serve as president. Not surprisingly, there’s a huge partisan divide on the issue.

Forty-two percent (42%) of Likely U.S. Voters say Ryan’s more qualified to be the chief executive, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But nearly as many (40%) think Biden is a better fit for the job. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

The partisan divide won’t make Democrats feel any better, though:

While 81% of Republicans feel Ryan is better qualified, just 74% of Democrats feel that way about Biden. Voters not affiliated with either major political party are fairly evenly divided.

Independents split on the question, but even that’s not good news for Biden.  They’re split at 36%.  That’s hardly a ringing vote of confidence for the man who’s been one heartbeat away from the Presidency for almost four years.  Ryan, on the other hand, has only been under consideration for a week — actually less than that at the point in time the survey was taken, August 14-15.  The 28% undecided are not likely to suddenly discover that Biden is seriously qualified; they’re much more likely to base their judgment solely on how Ryan performs in comparison to Biden.  After this past week, that’s very bad news for Team Obama, especially with Biden heading back out to the campaign trail.

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Just remember, no matter what Biden does, that Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle are the stupidest people who ever stumbled their way into politics.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Joe Biden, the practically perfect Vice President

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

What if we lose in 2012?

I managed to go and vote in FL primary election. There were 12 black watchers and 3 very elderly ID check persons. Have never seen that before in my town.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Say it so foe

Conservative4ev on August 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Say it so joe

Conservative4ev on August 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I hate iPad sometimes

Conservative4ev on August 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Well, of course – it is vital to the “plan” that Biden’s impending “medical emergency” occur on the campaign trail, in front of lots of witnesses. It won’t be long now …

Pork-Chop on August 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Agreed – my prediction is he takes a dive onstage, is taken away in emergency vehicles, several days later he’s seen in the hospital window in a robe, waving to concerned SEIU stand-ins. The concern over his health necessitates a VP switch, and after recovering, he’s named SOS. It’s the only way for this administration to pull it off without making it look like a reaction to the Ryan pick, plus they maybe pick up a point or two on the sympathy vote.

PatMac on August 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Lights, camera, act ……….. like a douchebag.

fogw on August 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

VP Biden taking the weekend off. He’s back on the campaign trail Tuesday and Wednesday in Minnesota and Michigan.

Oh my, they both start with an “M”. That could prove challenging to ol’ uncle Joe.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

LBJ, Mondale, Gore and now Biden. Man we have had some tards as VEEPs.
Not to mention they nominated Eagleton, Ferraro, and Edwards. Where do they find these people?

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Agreed – my prediction is he takes a dive onstage, is taken away in emergency vehicles, several days later he’s seen in the hospital window in a robe, waving to concerned SEIU stand-ins. The concern over his health necessitates a VP switch, and after recovering, he’s named SOS. It’s the only way for this administration to pull it off without making it look like a reaction to the Ryan pick, plus they maybe pick up a point or two on the sympathy vote.

PatMac on August 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Yeah, because having an SOS with health problems is so much more reassuring.

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Heh, I had a pollster call this afternoon. I answered the election choice questions current and past correctly, but, boy howdy, did I ever play games with their demographic questions. Such fun!

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Facebook commenting sucks. Not everyone is on Facebook.

RoadRunner on August 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

tanned, rested, ready, Joe’s back and ready to kick some ass.

even money he’s back in Delaware by Wednesday, foot firmly planted in mouth.

exceller on August 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Heh, I had a pollster call this afternoon. I answered the election choice questions current and past correctly, but, boy howdy, did I ever play games with their demographic questions. Such fun!

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Wonder how many people lied like you did about their party ID ? The may claim that they are Republicans, when they are lefty dems, who will vote for Barry in November.

bayview on August 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Biden has earned points towards Veep capabilities? Is this a joke? What are there special points for dropping F-bombs and acting like angry dementia patient?

Hening on August 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Sept 7th is deadline to change VP.

hillsoftx on August 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Minnesota and Michigan are in play according to the Dems polls. And how about Obama in New Mexico. That was supposed to be a 4 electoral vote lock. If Obama thinks discussing his favorite super power will win over the voters, he is a bigger fool than he appears.

pat on August 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Joe has been fitted with an electric dog collar around his loins. A trusted aide of Valerie Jarrett’s will be in every audience. If he strays from the White House prepared script, he gets it.

That’s the only way they let him out.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Another theory: Biden’s Gaffes? Nope: He Actually WANTS Obama to Lose in November!

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Michigan for sure is in play. If Obozo is writing off working people, then no state has a bigger representation of working people then michigan. State probably would be red if it wasn’t for Detroit. sigh.

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

LBJ, Mondale, Gore and now Biden. Man we have had some tards as VEEPs.
Not to mention they nominated Eagleton, Ferraro, and Edwards. Where do they find these people?

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

It IS the Democratic Party. They don’t have to look very hard and they have a, seemingly, endless supply of village idiots.

Resist We Much on August 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

look at their top leaders, Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and Biden. babbling incoherently or outright falsehoods are all they have to offer. all of them belong either in a mental hospital or in jail.
yes ladies and gentlemen, this is YOUR democratic party 2012!

exceller on August 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

look at their top leaders, Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and Biden. babbling incoherently or outright falsehoods are all they have to offer. all of them belong either in a mental hospital or in jail.

yes ladies and gentlemen, this is YOUR democratic party Star Wars Bar Scene 2012!

exceller on August 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

FIFY. :-)

Resist We Much on August 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

#1. Team O knows people will show up just to see what stupid things Joe has to say.

#2. Team O likes what Joe has to say.

#3. Good. Joe will help Team O lose.

gracie on August 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

4 cc’s of acepromazine. He’ll be fine.

katy the mean old lady on August 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

perfect because they’re also all from DC, a wretched hive of scum and villainy

exceller on August 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

exceller on August 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I was JUST thinking about the Dem bench !!
Scary !!
At the very least, our Rep bench has a few milquetoasts, but rank FAR and AWAY better than the others’ side !
Good golly what a weirdo bunch to draw from !
Ewwwwww.

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

4 cc’s of acepromazine. He’ll be fine.

katy the mean old lady on August 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

LOLOLOL from someone who’s administered aceprom, many times !!
LOLOLOL

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Agreed, although there are pockets of libbies
Some are sounding disheartened, at least in my family.
Hope springs, and all that.

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Michigan for sure is in play. If Obozo is writing off working people, then no state has a bigger representation of working people then michigan. State probably would be red if it wasn’t for Detroit. sigh.

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Michigan isn’t in play. Every election there is some idea that the Republican candidate can break through the union death grip on the state to win. Won’t happen.

I lived in W. Michigan long enough to figure that out. Perfectly lovely people who hate the Dem agenda will still vote for the Dem because they are told to do so by their union.

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Love that picture of Joe. It should have the caption “Hey Joe – exactly how wide do you have to open your mouth to fit both feet in?”

Bourgeoisie on August 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Joe has been fitted with an electric dog collar around his loins. A trusted aide of Valerie Jarrett’s will be in every audience. If he strays from the White House prepared script, he gets it.

That’s the only way they let him out.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Like this guy?

“Dance, Mailman!”

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

He’s baaaaaaaaaa-aack!

albill on August 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Hey, Happy .. Don’t you think Wisconsin’s improvements have made any headway in MI ?
My family’s back there, still, and seem pleased by WI’s record under Scott.
TOTALLY SHOCKED AND SURPRISED, but, still has them thinking a lot.
Any Hope, Happy ?? ;-)

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM
P.S. family in both sides of the state .. all union, even.
Jus sayin.
Maybe I’m just dreaming. Sigh.

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

If Vegas has a line on when Mr. Biden will f*ck up, please place my bet on Tuesday @ 2:17 pm.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Must. Clean. iPad. Screen.

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

So he is not in the hoosegow.

AshleyTKing on August 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

AshleyTKing on August 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Since it’s Sloe-Joe, methinks he needed the extra time to get the program straight ????

pambi on August 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Bourgeoisie on August 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

In your honour…

Pic of the Day: How Wide?

:-)

Resist We Much on August 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Did the USGA endorse Obama? If not someone needs to have a talk with there PR department over the ad they ran this afternoon during the US Amateur Championship semi finals. That had to come straight from the DNC or team Obama. I don’t think the USGA can afford to pick sides in politics.

UT Cowboy on August 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Joe Y’all Biden is just getting warmed up!

He’ll be pouring grits down his trousers by November.

profitsbeard on August 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

This is one of the funnier meme’s going. Imagine Gore and Mondale not being considered qualified for the Presidency by 24% of Democrats, AFTER being VP for four years. What a vote of confidence for Uncle-in-the-White-House- attic, Biden. You sure know how to pick ‘em, Barack. Keep in mind, Ryan has been selected a week, and won’t get formerly nominated until the end of the month. Four year headstart? Don’t matter a bit.

TheStatistQuo on August 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Biden’s coming out of house arrest? Yahooooooo-eeeeeee!

petefrt on August 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

LBJ, Mondale, Gore and now Biden. Man we have had some tards as VEEPs.
Not to mention they nominated Eagleton, Ferraro, and Edwards. Where do they find these people?

anchorman on August 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

..you forgot the ManBearPig.

The War Planner on August 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Oh, God love you Joe. Stand up for Obama!

CW on August 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Joe Biden stands by all the statements he has made in the past, present and future. To Joe Biden it is all about 4 letters – FACTS.

VorDaj on August 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I don’t think Obama could replace Biden now without looking very foolish. Of course, if Biden slipped and fell into the Potomac and drowned while out for a 2am walk with a block of cement, what could Obama do?

VorDaj on August 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

While 81% of Republicans feel Ryan is better qualified, just 74% of Democrats feel that way about Biden. Voters not affiliated with either major political party are fairly evenly divided.

Even Democrats know that Biden is an embarrassing clown.

I suspect Romney/Ryan will get a lot of crossover voters from the smarter Dems who know that Obama hasn’t been good for the country.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Joe Biden is an incompetent buffoon who has no business being “one heartbeat” away from the presidency.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

That poll is so far inside the margin of error, as terrify people, Biden has been wrong on practically every issue in the last forty years.

narciso on August 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Just remember every minute Joe “Plugs” Biden is out making a fool of himself is another minute Obummer doesn’t have to talk about the economy, healthcare, budget and a million other things and keeps talking to People magazine and others about Mitts’ supposed tax problems.

Herb on August 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

He was for the nuclear freeze, against the Contras, opposed the first Gulf War, but not the second, opposed the original Alaska
pipeline, came up with a law, VAWA that struck down by the Supreme
Court, another law FISA, whose premise ultimately was disproven by September 11th, this is all we knew four years ago.

narciso on August 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Even Democrats know that Biden is an embarrassing clown.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Even Democrats know that Obama is a worthless product of a one night stand. But that isn’t going to keep them from voting for the filthy bastard.

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

This JUST IN – Samuel L. Jackson’s COMMENTARY on this NEWS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paw_2EJBzFs

williamg on August 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM

If Vegas has a line on when Mr. Biden will f*ck up, please place my bet on Tuesday @ 2:17 pm.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I’ll check on it for you. Headed over to the South Point casino in just a bit.. :-)

Harbingeing on August 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I suspect Romney/Ryan will get a lot of crossover voters from the smarter Dems who know that Obama hasn’t been good for the country.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Oxymoron Alert : “smarter Dems”.

DevilsPrinciple on August 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

If they were so smart, why were they taken in, therein lies the query, of course, Couric heard him expounding on President Roosevelt
giving a fireside chat on TV in 1929, which would have meant he would have been running against himself and thought not to stop him,
‘he was rolling’ at the time.

narciso on August 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Joe Biden is an incompetent buffoon who has no business being “one heartbeat” away from the presidency.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I would feel a lot better having Plugs as president than Ocommie. As for buffoons, you ever hear Odumbass try and talk without a teleprompter?

tbear44 on August 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paw_2EJBzFs

williamg on August 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Don’t be so hard on Joe. He is disabled. I had read it here on Hot Air – so I am pretty sure it’ true. Evidently, when his hair plugs were being installed, they used too long a drill bit, inducing a mild form of Tourette’s.

Bourgeoisie on August 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Kirk Lazarus Pro Tip: Never go full-Biden.

Christien on August 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM

One of the prime tests of a president is his wisdom in selecting a VP. Barack has exhibited his total lack of wisdom, intelligence, forsight, and concern for our nation’s future(should he die or become incapacitated and Joe Biden (D) stumbles into the presidency)but,you Obama voters–he really didn’t build that stupidity himself.

Don L on August 19, 2012 at 4:47 AM

I suspect Romney/Ryan will get a lot of crossover voters from the smarter Dems who know that Obama hasn’t been good for the country.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Fixed that!

Don L on August 19, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Whether R and R win this or not…the fact that Ryan only out polls Biden 42 to 40 disheartens me on a sunday morning.

tomas on August 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Obama just ordered two more cartons of kools

jaywemm on August 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

There’s a delicious assessment of our favorite VP by the always acerbic Canadian commentator Rex Murphy at Ryan wins by a knockout

MichiCanuck on August 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

74% of Democrats believe that “old foot in the mouth” Biden is fit to hold down the job of president! How much more proof do you need to believe liberalism is a mental disease?

savage24 on August 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

It may be difficult to grasp, and we have slightly darker reasons for why Biden stayed on the ticket. But there was a caller in to Rush the other day who said that Biden gives them a line on the white, blue-collar vote in former working stiff states (when there was work.) This we can confirm. Overheard more than one express actual admiration for him. One of them was a state worker drone, so there you go. No one manufactures or mines in Pennsy anymore, but the government union members are right in line. And there are plenty of habitual fat-cat-hating hereditary Dems that Biden connects with. He doesn’t come off as rich. No one this moronic can get rich. Just goes to show what decades in the Senate can earn. They not don’t know any better. But I’ve also heard some urban hipstrs types comment on Biden positively. Can’t explain that.

curved space on August 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

He’s back on the campaign trail Tuesday and Wednesday in Minnesota and Michigan.

Great! Two more golden opportunities to prove to the world at large that you are indeed three French Fries shy of a Happy Meal!

pilamaye on August 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

God love ya Joe. Keep doing what you do .Oh don’t worry about standing up.Everyone here at HA stand up and show your appreciation of Joe.

CW on August 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Do ØbaJöbi ever do any actual work?

On Topic: You betcha Slow Joe is the gift that keeps on a giving.
I mean the guy is downright embarrassing. Is it any wonder that even our allies question the fitness of this administration to get anything right?
IF Slow Joe, “The Village Idiot”, is supposed to know so much about “foreign policy” (you know, round out the ticket), why the hell did we get involved in “Lybia”, Egypt, Syria, etc., and why are we still in Afgannystan the alleged “good war” according to ØbaJöbi?
An apropós quote from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:
SUNDANCE: “You just keep thinking, Butch, that’s what you do best”.
LOL
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

They not don’t know any better

curved space on August 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Preach it, Joe!

God love ya!!

cane_loader on August 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Last night on the radio I heard an impressive compliation of Biden’s gaffes. I need to write them down because I just realized that anytime anyone says ANYTHING more about Palin’s stupidity, Biden’s idiocy needs to be crammed down their throats.

I need to tell ex-friends that the jig is up and they to start being honest – and just force them to EAT Biden’s lunacy.

cane_loader on August 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It might have been safer to send Biden to places like California and New York for fundraisers…

Er, there is no safe place for Joe. Heck, Joe might feel more free to pull out a Bidenism in a deep Blue venue than in a swing state.

William Teach on August 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Don’t be shocked when Plugs Biden shows up in black face and does his rendition of “Mamie”. For an encore he’s planning a whipping exhibition and he will serve collard greens and chitlins at the meet and greet.

Tbone McGraw on August 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I definitely don’t want Biden going anywhere.

At the end of the day, I don’t think Biden will cost Obama the election, Obama will cost Obama the election.

But Biden is useful to us because he’s a distraction that the Obama campaign has to deal with. The last thing you wanted during the Ryan rollout was such a stark contrast that makes Ryan look all the more appealing. The more news cycles Obama loses, the better.

Also, Biden has a nasty habit of “doubling down” with his stupidity. I can see him becoming even more unhinged as the campaign progresses as he tries to “prove” himself.

BradTank on August 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Why is it that some articles here stay at the top and newer ones go down the list. This one has 181 comments, including this one. Others that have been up a shorter time with more comments sink to the bottom.

This one is a ‘who cares’ now. Biden’s an idiot, everyone knows it, even the liberals.

Next…..

Wolfmoon on August 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

..seriously, when his clown gets back in the game, the opposition should tone down the “stupid remarks (by about 40%) so it destroys any “Biden held his own with Ryan” meme the MSM will ejaculate on October 12th.

We need them to see what a fresh hell Biden really is.

The War Planner on August 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Sept 7th is deadline to change VP.

hillsoftx on August 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Well placed rumors are it won’t be Hill sending plugs back to the farm,or in his case the “HOme”,LOL!!
Seems she lunched with President Jarrett and was asked to tap her foot three times if she wanted to be VP.Instead she kicked Jarret squarely in the groin,meeting ended quickly and Hill is out.

rodguy911 on August 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Some of the first minority situation comdedies had a stupid white neighbor as a foil. He was there to let the minorities know they werent being patronized and to assuage white liberal guilt for being white liberals

Notice the Obama camp is runnong a fake battle with the media to pump up the Biden campaign blitz.

Keep the camera on Biden and off Romney Ryan

At some point, the star of the situation comedy will come on stage, and forgive Biden for being white and stupid and use the glare off the stupid white guy to make himself look capable and a compassionate defender of stupid white guys

Hate to do the left a favor, but the schtick is getting old

How’s them voter ID law challenges going? Timing is everything

entagor on August 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Killer!

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I await it with baited breath.

Dunedainn on August 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Slo-Joe, words of advice: Stay away from Ft. Marcy Park.

Missilengr on August 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

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