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HuffPost’s Fineman Promotes Biden’s ‘Genetic Political Talent’ and ‘Street Smarts’

posted at 7:19 am on October 10, 2012 by

Howard Fineman, the former Newsweek reporter turned editorial director for The Huffington Post, is excited for the upcoming Vice Presidential debate this Thursday.  You could tell from his column published on October 8, which glorified Joe as the archetypal debater. It’s titled “Obama Needs the Merciless Joe.”

To start things off, Fineman threw in a thinly veiled racial remark concerning Biden’s thirst for a political fight saying  “what Biden lacks in academic chops he more than makes up for in street smarts; genetic political talent (his Secret Service code name is “Celtic,” enough said); an eye for and an ability to earn the loyalty of brilliant, dedicated staffers; an instinct for the jugular; and a thirst for political combat.”

What “genetic political talent” is Fineman talking about? So, because Joe Biden is Irish, he uses that Celtic charm to consolidate loyalty amongst his staff and can see the weaknesses in his opponent to deliver a lethal blow.  We’re skirting on racism here, Mr. Fineman.

Now, Fineman does say that Biden has a monumental task of taking on Ryan.

He has to “rebut Romney’s unanswered attacks, such as the notion that federal job-training programs are wastefully duplicative; call Romney out for his brazen effort to sound like a bipartisan moderate, after a year of industrial-strength sucking up to the Tea Party; tout accomplishments of the Obama-Biden administration in ways the president mysteriously failed to do; and better explain to voters why the next four years would be better in Democratic hands than they would be under the GOP.”

“In theory,” Biden is up to task.

Fineman cited that “Biden is in excellent shape physically — a combination of a healthy sense of vanity, a beloved second wife, and steely determination, which helped him overcome brain aneurysms and the deaths of family members.”  Well, Gov. Chris Christie isn’t the most svelte of individuals and not only can Christie debate – he governs with a baseball bat within an arm’s reach.   It’s at the ready to smack down any opponents who may stand in his way.

Lastly, Fineman mentioned the “Biden Report,” in which his Senate Judiciary Committee staff “portrayed the jurist in encyclopedic detail as an ideological extremist whose views rested dangerously outside the mainstream. It worked.”

What’s odd is that Romney and Obama had both of their campaigns downplaying the expectations of their performance, but what Fineman is describing is a “Priest” Vallon-type character that is hidden within Joe Biden.  Maybe liberals should just cut out all of the extraneous commentary and just come out and say that they want Joe Biden in 2016.

Originally posted on Newsbusters.

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Genetic political talent? I’ll believe in genetic idiocy, but I don’t think the science is settled on genetic political talent yet, Howie.

JimLennon on October 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

An extra chromosome does not constitute “genetic political talent,” Howard.

gryphon202 on October 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Being Irish gives him a political advantage over Ryan????

Man, that’s a green on green fight, how’m I supposed to make book based on the Irishman?

SpikeRHSC on October 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

more like the ‘irish charm’ usually found at the end of a bottle when the room is starting to spin and crazy az crap starts coming out the gaff hole… and biker chicks are sitting in your lap and you’re yammering on about the cleanliness of some articulate black people…

mittens on October 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Howard Fineman and Chris Matthews are two examples of how corrupting the lure of television and ideology are. Both were, if liberal, still rational during the Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton years, but in order to pander to MSNBC’s (or Newsweek’s, or the HuffPo’s) core audiences, have been willing to veer far to the left where the trains don’t run over the past decade, in order to maintain TV face time.

The Howard Fineman of 20 years ago was stationed to the right of designated liberal crackpot Elanor Clift on “The McLaughlin Group” — now Howard puts Clift to shame in his willingness to say anything to bolster the Democrats’ cause. The only thing Biden has going for him going into the debate is that the general expectations are so low due to both his own past performances and Obama’s last week, that any sign of competence will be treated as some profoundly important moment by Fineman and the others in the big media, the same way parents praise their child the first time they go poopie in the toilet on their own.

jon1979 on October 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Let them build up Biden as much as they can. It will be that much more fun to watch Ryan take him apart and a more morale-eviscerating blow to the sycophantic MSM and its minions.

woodNfish on October 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Biden will hit below the belt more than once and the ref (moderator) will look the other way. It’s the only way Joe Blow can stay with Ryan.

Marcola on October 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM