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Biden: addled or unqualified?

posted at 12:38 pm on August 17, 2012 by

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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Biden: addled or unqualified?


Steve Eggleston on August 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

And this was our Dear Liar’s first important decision. Didn’t anyone pull him aside and tell him this wasn’t a good decision? Or were they unwilling to do so, or did The Whine just not listen?

rbj on August 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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.

Distracted isn’t really the proper term. Determined might be better.

Remember this, which Ed quoted himself on today?

Does anyone recall Biden telling CBS News how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on television after the 1929 crash to reassure America, even though FDR was two years away from winning his first presidential election and the only people watching TV in 1929 were those experimenting with the technology?

That stunningly ignorant statement was made by Biden in an interview on his campaign bus, and the person doing the interview let it slide right by without the slightest comment, correction or follow up question.

Nothing, nada, zilch.

You get one guess who conducted that interview with the characteristic journalistic integrity we expect when we are introduced to Vice Presidential nominees through network TV news interviews.

Yes, Katie Couric, then of CBS News.

9 hours of badgering follow up after follow up with Palin, and she let this H-bomb sized whopper pass right by her perky little head.

What a stark portrait of the state of journalism in today’s America.

Brian1972 on August 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Biden: addled or unqualified?

Both, IMO!

I have a question someone might be able to answer? dear joe isn’t going anyplace, he is bho’s vp. If, God forbid, bho/biden gets re-elected, could joe become ‘ill’ and is found he can’t continue as vp, resign, could bho ‘appoint’ a new vp? bho would feel he has nothing to lose if joe left and do his eo to get who he wants as vp? I have no idea how that works?

letget on August 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM


catmman on August 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

letget on August 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I believe that if a sitting VP is unable to continue their duties, the President can appoint a replacement, which then must be confirmed to the office by either the full Senate, or both Houses of Congress.

I heard both confirmation processes in another thread about this the other day, not sure which is accurate.

Spiro Agnew resigned for the VP office before Nixon resigned the Presidency, so he replaced him with Gerald Ford. That is the only time it has happened in the modern era.

As far as the election campaign is concerned, Joe could remain Vice President through this term and the Democrat Party could nominate someone else to be the running mate for 2012, who would be sworn in as VP on January 20, 2013 along with the President should they win.

Brian1972 on August 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Brian1972 on August 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Thanks for your information.

WE just have to see to it bho is not re-elected, period. If, I said if, bho did win and joe left, can you even get your head around who bho would appoint? bho would be getting the worse person he could find to replace joe?

letget on August 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

letget on August 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Not too many around worse than Joe.

I don’t think it will ultimately matter, because this abysmal failure of a President is going back to Chicago Jan. 20th, 2013.

We gotta clean house at the White House.

Brian1972 on August 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Wouldn’t that be some fun times if PBHO, PBUH, wins and the Senate goes Repub and has to pass Slo Joe’s replacement?
Those of us who love absurdity in politics would enjoy the theater, but oh, my poor country!

sleepyhead on August 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Biden (impatiently): Enough vacation already! Harry Reid is usurping my place by Barack’s side!

Handler (firmly): Sir, Mr. President just wants you to be rested and happy.

Biden (peevishly): I know him well enough to know that he never said any such thing.

Handler (sheepishly): Well, sir…

Biden (crossly): No! Harry Reid is a pederast! He needs to slink back to Searchlight with his Free Candy van and I need to be out on the campaign trail!

Handler (resignedly): Alright sir. (hands over a list) Here are the talking points the campaign needs to get out.

Biden (frowning at list): I don’t understand any of these.

Handler (patiently): The Race Card Ammo has the biggest caliber, Mr. Vice President.

Biden (grinning): Gimme a Race Card Cannon! A Race Card Bazooka! A Race Card Rocket Launched Missile! A Race Card…

Handler (interrupting): Simple Race Card Chains will do…

Biden (heading out door): I have reclaimed my place as Barack’s tailgunner!

Handler (whispering): but it must be employed with subtltey…

RushBaby on August 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Biden: addled or unqualified?


Heh. Sometimes I crack myself up…

bofh on August 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You know, a couple of days ago, a radio talk show host asked someone which he would prefer as President — Obama or Biden. The caller said Obama, because the thought of Ol’ Joe in the seat of power scared him.

Not me. I’d much prefer Biden. I don’t think he’s smart enough to do more damage to the country than his (to me) much more scary boss.

I’m counting the days until November. And I’m praying that on November 6th, Obama will be given his walking papers.

hachiban on August 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM