Forbes wonders: Should Biden have a neurological exam?

posted at 12:41 pm on August 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Are Joe Biden’s ever-increasing verbal missteps the result of increased media scrutiny after three years on a back burner,  a symptom of just plain old ordinary stupidity — or an indication of organic brain damage?  I’m inclined to think it’s a combination of the first two, but Dr. Henry Miller at Forbes (a physician himself) is worried about the latter.  Should the Obama administration get Sheriff Joe a neurological exam?

Are these aberrations stupidity, dementia or personality disorders?  To find out, shouldn’t there be some vetting or testing of people in, or who aspire to, governmental positions as critical as the vice-presidency?  After all, we require bus drivers and hairdressers to prove their competence before they are permitted to ply their trades, and applicants to most police forces undergo psychological testing.

Biden should submit to a thorough neurological and psychiatric examination, with special attention to whether he is experiencing “transient ischemic attacks” – marked by impaired blood flow to the brain – small strokes, seizures, or suffers from a brain tumor.  After all, we often demand to know whether a candidate has recovered from open-heart surgery, cancer or a stroke, and many states require elderly drivers to be re-licensed. …

An exam by an expert offers an assessment of cognitive abilities, memory and quality of thought processes.  It includes assessments of alertness; speech; behavior; awareness of environment; mood; affect; rationality of thought processes; appropriateness of thought content (presence of delusions, hallucinations, or phobias); memory; ability to perform simple calculations; judgement (“If you found a letter on the ground in front of a mailbox, what would you do with it?”); and abstract reasoning.

Don’t voters have a right to know whether Biden is ill or merely unlikeable, impulsive and prone to deceitfulness?

I suppose they do — and if this was a recent pattern of irrational outbursts or forgetful thinking, I’d be inclined to agree.  However, Biden didn’t get the nickname “Slow Joe” in the last three years.  He’s been a constant source of embarrassments, some of them deliberate — like plagiarizing the speeches of Neil Kinnock in the 1987-88 presidential campaign, right down to Kinnock’s family history — to more extemporaneous fumbles, such as his thoughts on Indians and 7-11, or his apparent confusion between Virginia and North Carolina last week.  The latter, though, is the kind of error many people make when traveling and speaking/performing in long campaigns.

However, unless the White House is hiding something about Biden’s medical condition, one would think that we’d already know if neurological impairment had become acute through physical damage rather than chronic due to Biden’s normal intellectual facilities.  Candidates for President get a lot of pressure to release their medical records, and incumbents usually have three years of official medical releases already on the record.  Running mates get less attention, but normally that’s because they get less attention anyway.  That’s certainly been the case with Biden, who has stayed in the background during the Obama administration, and whose forays into the spotlight have almost always made life more difficult for his boss — as it did when Biden blew the identity of the special-forces team that got Osama bin Laden, and when Biden’s sudden declaration on gay marriage forced Obama’s hand on the issue.

If anything, a medical condition would help Obama by giving him an excuse to dump his current VP from the ticket.  As it is, the increasing string of embarrassments are almost certainly the result of being forced to put Biden on the campaign trail with his chronic nonsensical thinking than any acute pathological excuse.  That makes Biden a direct reflection of Obama’s judgment in putting a fool one heartbeat away from the presidency, which is exactly where the focus should be.

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Indeed, indeed

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The White House couldn’t hide those things from everybody.

So that’s why we know all about obama’s college records, huh?

bgoldman on August 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

That makes Biden a direct reflection of Obama’s judgment in putting a fool one heartbeat away from the presidency, which is exactly where the focus should be.

Obama has always needed the fool.

He makes Obama appear Einsteinian.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I don’t think they would find anything! :-)

Dasher on August 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Ask the proprieters of 7-11s and Dunkin Donuts

tom daschle concerned on August 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Ask all y’all in chains in the slave state of Delaware.

Steve Z on August 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

A last minute battery of medical tests and a doctor’s note would not surprise me. “Joe decided to spend more time with his family.” Would “look” a lot better than an FDR style ticket clearing (though everyone would know). Just, who do they go to, Big Sis, Timmy?

ironked on August 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Funny – I haven’t seen any of our libtard trolls in here defending slow joe. Even they can’t justify him?

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Did Forbes ask the same of the beloved President Reagan as he drooled into his pudding the last two years of his presidency. I don’t remember. Come to think of it neither did President Reagan

plewis on August 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Did Forbes ask the same of the beloved President Reagan as he drooled into his pudding the last two years of his presidency. I don’t remember. Come to think of it neither did President Reagan

plewis on August 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Bless your little heart.

Flora Duh on August 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Biden should submit to a thorough neurological and psychiatric examination, with special attention to whether he is experiencing “transient ischemic attacks” – marked by impaired blood flow to the brain – small strokes, seizures, or suffers from a brain tumor.

excerpt: Dr. Henry Miller (at Forbes)

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What makes you think so ?

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Heh. Last time I heard the term “transient ischemic attack” was from the trippy movie “Altered States”.

How fitting.

SnarkySam on August 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Did Forbes ask the same of the beloved President Reagan as he drooled into his pudding the last two years of his presidency. I don’t remember. Come to think of it neither did President Reagan

plewis on August 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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Bless your little heart.

Flora Duh on August 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

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Even NOW, you don’t begin to measure up to the mental capabilities of Ronaldus Magnus during his last two years in The Oval Office.

How much “drooling into your pudding” have you done lately, plewis ?
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BTW, great link, Flora’. : )

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Forbes wonders: Should Biden have a neurological exam?

Morrissey replies: Where’s the fun in that?

Love your humor, Ed.

Fallon on August 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hey, Ed –

I get where you’re going with calling Biden “Sheriff Joe” – but please, find another name. We definitely don’t want Joe Biden confused with America’s Toughest Sheriff!

psrch on August 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Did Forbes ask the same of the beloved President Reagan as he drooled into his pudding the last two years of his presidency. I don’t remember. Come to think of it neither did President Reagan

plewis on August 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Reach back 30 years to insult a popular Republican president with absolutely no connection to Biden.

What a lowlife.

tom on August 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Since liberals think conservatism is a mental illness, the last thing we want to do is legitimize the idea of mental exams to prove competence to hold office. The left would use it as a modern day poll tax to keep the right out of office.

Having said that, Sheriff Joe is a nut, but an amusing nut as long as nothing happens to Obama.

jnelchef on August 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Leave Biden alone! He’s good for the GOP right where he is!

JellyToast on August 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Todd Akins should be in line behind Biden….

albill on August 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Biden v. Reagan on mental acuity?

AHAHAHA….Reagan could run rings around JoeBlow even if Reagan was incapacitated in some nursing home and in a coma. And Barry Obama……

He ate a dog…a poor innocent unsuspecting puppy dog (while he was probably in a drug induced haze that I’d venture to say has never ended).
We have a president that ate Fido. Nothing can match that outlier of ingrained cruel barbaric behavior. Nothing.
Barry ate a dog and JoeBlow eats his tongue every time he gets up to speak.

Wow..the left must be really proud of themselves to stick with these two.

buffyvs on August 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Joey is too busy studying for his urine test to have any time to study for his neurological exam.

SparkPlug on August 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Fine, if they had anything to exam.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I would like to see Biden’s psychological profiles the last 10 years…what is he hiding.

Someone told me, unnamed sources, that he spent one year in an institution…

right2bright on August 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Did Forbes ask the same of the beloved President Reagan as he drooled into his pudding the last two years of his presidency. I don’t remember. Come to think of it neither did President Reagan

plewis on August 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

And this is what public education gives us…unbelievable that someone is actually so stupid as to post…remarkable the stupidity of people. Thanks for reminding us.

By STEVEN V. ROBERTS, Special to the New York Times
Published: January 18, 1989

As President Reagan prepares to leave office this week, two-thirds of the American people approve his performance over the last eight years, the highest rating given any President at the end of his term since World War II.

The latest New York Times/CBS News Poll showed that Mr. Reagan has maintained this extraordinary popularity by succeeding in the two areas that are central to any President: peace and prosperity.

right2bright on August 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Diagnosis:

We’ve found no signs of neurological issues, tumors, or ischemia. There’s nothing wrong here, he’s just stupid.

Therefore it is our finding that “Plugs” is both fit and capable of continuing on as the second best hope the democratic party has to offer.

Oxymoron on August 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

If anything, a medical condition would help Obama by giving him an excuse to dump his current VP from the ticket.

There’s nothing wrong with Joey. He’s the same arrogant loud mouth he’s always been. Only now he gets quoted more often.

GarandFan on August 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Elevant former Speaker Pelosi to the Veep spot. I’ll bet the Mean IQ of the House will jump ten points, and Biden has already set the bar low enough . . .

BigAlSouth on August 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

So…there is Peggy Nooner with Ted Cruz and three leftists (two of whom pose as journalists), and she basically calls them out as partisan shills and gutless wonders.

Does anyone know the reactions of Chuckie and David Gregory?

Jaibones on August 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I don’t think Biteme is any less intelligent than little Bammie, and maybe we shouldn’t jump on him too much until their convention is over.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Someone told me, unnamed sources, that he spent one year in an institution…

right2bright on August 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The U.S. Senate, 36 years. Was never cured.

de rigueur on August 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Biden, BFD?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/biden-bfd.html

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Resist We Much on August 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

What’s the point? You can’t examine what isn’t there.

MelonCollie on August 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

That’s certainly been the case with Biden, who has stayed in the background during the Obama administration, and whose forays into the spotlight have almost always made life more difficult for his boss — as it did when Biden blew the identity of the special-forces team that got Osama bin Laden, and when Biden’s sudden declaration on gay marriage forced Obama’s hand on the issue.

IMHO the gay marriage ‘gaffe’ was staged. It preceded Obama’s gay fund raisers and allowed Obama to pretend to move into damage control with his confession; that he had evolved to a pro gay marriage position

Obama was forced, forced to confess his conversion to the faith

Name dropping the super secret hero name is another ‘naive’ way to keep the conversation on Obama’s virtual heroism. If it wastes a valuable special forces team,, that’s politics

In both cases they can fall back on Joe Biden’s stage persona to excuse the actions. If Biden is really a stupe, all the better, because he certainly can be seeded as needed

Bidens ebonics episode happened just as Romney’s introduction of Ryan was reaching a hysterical crescendo. IMHO, again staged,and it moved the spotlight off the suddenly swelling crowds. Crowd shots are a B. Crowds convince people the candidate is a winner, and the crowd shots had to stop

Biden, the useful clown

entagor on August 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Alexander the Great meets Joe Biden in antiquity….
(Biden is abidin’ in an old clay jar of large dimensions)

Joe Biden: “You are standing in my plugs, y’all! Gonna put you BACK in plugs! ”

Alexander: “If Alexander were Vice President he would be NOT Joe Biden!!
(Impale this creature now then feed him to Bucephalus!)”

Biden: “Stand up and take a bow–Oh my God!!!”

Alexander: “Did I not just say NOW???”

Biden: “He’s an articulate clean light brown person–ohhhhh, Jeebus come to meetin’!!”

Alexander: “Had I but the one eye like my father to behold this creature I would renounce my claim of Herculean ancestry….”

Sherman1864 on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 AM

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