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The Joe Biden Experience

By Da King Published: September 24, 2008

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The media's obsession with John McCain's VP nominee, Sarah Palin, is matched only by it's total lack of curiosity regarding Obama's VP pick,

Hillary Clinton Joe Biden. In one short month, America has become intimately acquainted with Palin's entire life history, including, at last count, about 125 phony smears. If you want to know what Sarah Palin was doing on, say, August 14th, 1996, just ask the New York Times. They know, or at least they think they know. We even know her husband Todd's life story. At the same time, I bet 99.9% of America couldn't tell you the name of Biden's wife. An army of reporters didn't descend on Scranton, or to Delaware, or to anywhere, to dig up the dirt on Joe Biden and blast it all over the airwaves. All the media wants you to know about Biden is, he is very, very experienced and Obama made a very, very deliberative and wise pick in choosing him. Now, I don't really care about Biden's story either, to tell the truth, but somebody has to talk about him. I promise the same unbiased and respectful treatment the mainstream media has shown Palin. In other words, I'm just going to make fun of Biden. All in the name of fair play, of course.

Let's start at the end. In an interview with Katie Couric a couple days ago, Biden brought his decades of experience and knowledge to bear, weighing in on how the White House should act in a financial crisis. He said, “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed, he said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

Excellent point, Joey. Except that FDR wasn't the president when the stock market crashed in 1929, Herbert Hoover was, and television wasn't available yet. In the same interview, Biden condemned the Obama ad about McCain's lack of computer skills, then said Obama wasn't behind the ad (in spite of the "I am Barack Obama, and I approve this message" endorsement at the end). Then Biden claimed he hadn't seen the ad at all.

While trolling for votes in Ohio this week, Biden took a firm stand against the use of coal for energy, in direct contradiction to Barack Obama's stance in favor of clean coal technology. Three days earlier, Joey praised the possibilities of coal to a crowd at the United Mine Workers of America annual fish fry in Castlewood, Virginia. Biden also became a sudden pro-gun rights advocate at that same Virginia fish fry, saying, “I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey. Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you.” The National Rifle Association has given Biden a rating of "F", it's lowest grade, meaning he votes for gun control at every turn.

As you can see, Biden is a man of principle. It's just that his principles change with each campaign stop. Help like this, Obama doesn't need. At times, it almost seems like Biden is running against Obama rather than for him.

Okay, that gets us through the last week or so. Let's see, what else has the gaffemaster said ? A couple weeks back, Biden asked a man in a wheelchair (Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham) to stand up and be recognized at a campaign rally. Oops. Biden also said that Hillary Clinton was more qualified than him to be Vice President (no argument there). Biden said paying more in taxes was "patriotic." And speaking of running against Barack Obama, Joe Biden did, in the Democratic primaries, where Biden made an early exit, in spite of all his many qualifications.

So here are a couple Biden quotes about Senator Obama.

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” And to think Dems find racial code-speak when Republicans say "community organizer."

“When this campaign is over, political slogans like ‘experience’ and ‘change’ will mean absolutely nothing. The next president has to act.”

Here's a Biden quote about Senator McCain.

“John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."

But enough quotes. Let's look at Biden's resume (at least the part he didn't plagiarize). Biden has been in the U.S. Senate since 1972. He is a long-time member and current charman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With all that experience, Biden is an expert on foreign policy (look out, Palin). Here are Biden's positions on the biggest foreign policy decisions of the last three decades: Biden was against the Reagan Cold War buildup that led to the collapse of the USSR. Biden voted against the Gulf War after Saddam Hussein invaded our key oil ally, Kuwait. Biden voted for the Iraq War. Biden was against the Surge in Iraq that has transformed the war...

Question: Does being WRONG about everything count as experience ? I guess so. If you want a guy in the Oval Office who will always make the wrong call, Joe Biden's your guy.

Oh yeah, Biden's wife's name is Jill.

Anybody want to go double or nothing on his daughter's name ?



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