Biden: addled or unqualified?
posted at 12:38 pm on August 17, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
You know people are thinking it, so I’ll say it: Is Joseph Biden qualified to be vice president of the United States, let alone, God forbid, president?
For years now, people have been accepting or making excuses for Vice President Joe Biden, calling his Tourette’s-like blurts as “gaffes” and not, perhaps a symptom of something more serious—an addled mind.
I’m not talking about “addled” in a clinical sense, but merely in the “is he a clear thinker” way. Since his selection as the vice-presidential candidate in 2008, Biden has exhibited over and over again he is easily confused. On occasion, he’s provided a window into his deeper musings that presents a picture of a man with unattractive opinions of various ethnic groups, hardly the type of thinker one would want leading a diverse and melting-pot nation, let alone meeting with foreign dignitaries.
Yet his stumbles are accepted as part of who he is and how he “communicates,” not as a sign of a problem. “Nothing to see here, move along” seems to be the attitude ever since his ’08 selection.
In their defense, the media, especially the punditocracy, was distracted four years ago by that other “unqualified” vice presidential candidate, and thus unable to give Biden thorough scrutiny. You remember —the pretty gal who was portrayed as an empty-headed simpleton who needed to be quizzed on her reading choices by celebrity news anchors.
Yes, I’m being sarcastic. It always burned me how then-Sen. Joe Biden could get away with goof after goof while Sarah Palin’s critics gasped collectively at the slightest fumble. This treatment went well beyond a simple double standard—after all, more should have been expected of Biden, with all his years of experience. Yet all those “enlightened” feminist-supporting commentators howled like wolves at the moon whenever Sarah Palin uttered something they deemed a blunder, and they gave Biden a pass on misstep after misstep. He was the “good ole boy,” and she was the…she…a conservative “she,” to boot.
Maybe they were just waiting to bestow their approval on a female “articulate and bright” enough for the job. Oh, wait, that’s akin to what then-Sen. Joseph Biden said of Barack Obama’s candidacy for president back in 2007: Obama was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
Aw, but that’s just good ole Joe. It’s “who he is, how he talks…and we all get that.” Right? He’s just a challenge to manage, “a blunt candidate in an era where unscripted moments go viral in an instant,” says the Los Angeles Times.
No, LAT writers, “blunt” implies a politician who is willing to utter truths instead of euphemisms. Blunt is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is courageously willing to speak truth to union power.
Joe Biden isn’t “blunt.” He’s “undisciplined.”
American Crossroads, the anti-Obama PAC headed by Karl Rove, has a new ad up, at least on the web, that provides a hit parade of Biden gaffes. It’s meant to be funny, but I think it’s frightening.
It’s scary to think that Barack Obama thought this man was qualified in 2008 to be vice president. Now that we’ve been exposed to more of Biden’s “unscripted” outbursts, shouldn’t people be seriously discussing if he should stay in his position?
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