Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blog: Biden's blovia beginning to bother?

A Washington Post blog, in a post titled The Biden Paradox: Help or Hindrance?, lays out some of Biden's recent screw-ups. IPBiz notes that all of this was foreseeable, from the time Biden answered "Frank's" question with the memorable line that Biden had a higher IQ than Frank. This is the same Biden that would later talk about television appearances by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1929. What does the University of Delaware require in terms of degrees?

The Washington Post blog didn't mention the Roosevelt incident, but did state:

Telling CBS's Katie Couric that an ad hitting John McCain on his lack of computer literacy, an ad sponsored by Barack Obama's campaign, was "terrible", and adding that he was unaware the campaign had done it and wished they hadn't. (Biden later sought to clarify his position in a statement last night; "Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Senator McCain's ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize," Biden said.)

The blog alludes to a rumor:

In light of the recent spate of bad national headlines for Biden, some within the party's professional class are wondering whether the equation involved in picking Biden is starting to not add up. [IPBiz: duh!]

(For the record, The Fix is well aware of the rampant blogosphere rumor that Biden is planning to step aside as vice president early next month to make room for Hillary Rodham Clinton. That will happen, to quote Montgomery Burns, "when pigs fly.")

The Fix spoke with several unaligned Democratic strategists over the last 24 hours and several expressed serious concern about the impact Biden has had on the race in the last weeks.

See also

Biden gaffe clock

The LA Times covered some Biden-isms -->

Biden made one mistake last week, when NBC's Meredith Vieira asked him whether the federal government should bail out ailing.... corporation AIG. Biden said no, the same position as his old colleague John McCain took.

That would have been fine, except for the little bitty fact that Obama had already endorsed the bailout, saying that he would not "second-guess" the government's attempt to save AIG. This morning, "Today's" Matt Lauer called Obama out on the contradiction. Obama patiently but firmly suggested Biden should have waited to respond.

A few days later, Biden had audiences cringing when he acknowledged on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the wealthy would pay higher taxes if Obama was elected president and that doing so would be "patriotic." He repeated the remark again on the campaign trail, and soon after, the Republicans were out with a TV spot deriding Biden and Obama for being tax-and-spend Democrats.

And last night, in an interview with “CBS Evening News,” Biden misspoke when he told anchor Katie Couric that today's leaders should take a lesson from the history books and follow former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's response to a previous national financial crisis.


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