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Opening Arguments

Joe Biden's high standards

Joe Biden is getting into the presidential race, apparently having discovered a qualification for the office no other candidate can possibly match:

"I'm going to be Joe Biden, and I'm going to try to be the best Biden I can be," he said. "If I can, I got a shot. If I can't, I lose."

Of course, even if he is the best Joe Biden he can be, that doesn't help me much as a voter. I have no idea what standards there are for being a Joe Biden, therefore no way to know whether or not he is living up to them. But at least I won't have to endure the spectacle of Joe Biden trying to be the best Hillary Clinton he can be, and I'm pretty sure that if Barack Obama tried to be the best Joe Biden he could be, he would be trounced in every primary. I am especially glad that he has decided not to be the best Leo Morris he can be. I think I've gotten pretty good at that myself, but I'm not sure how I would stand up to the competition.


Steve Towsley
Tue, 01/09/2007 - 2:32pm

All the Republicans have to do to derail Joe Biden is put together a compilation of TV clips showing how he has acted when he disagrees with anyone giving evidence in a congressional committee.

Biden unfailingly regresses to about the maturity level of a 10 year old bully and his face twists into a sneer as he sarcastically insults the witnesses across the room, then leans back smirking as if congratulating himself on his prowess at something.

The closest comparison I can think of is Scott Farkus in A CHRISTMAS STORY.

I can't conceive of a majority of voters wanting this immature boob in their White House.

tim zank
Tue, 01/09/2007 - 4:45pm

The Scott Farkus reference is PERFECT! His smugness is only surpassed by his love of his own voice.

Steve Towsley
Tue, 01/09/2007 - 7:00pm

Tim wrote:
>...his love of his own voice.

It is important in this kind of discussion to scrupulously avoid overdoing, exaggerating, or mis-characterizing one's remarks about a potential presidential candidate.

I think we've so far managed to avoid doing that in our honest impressions of Senator Biden. Our reaction to him is described about as accurately as we can manage.

I'd say Tim's phrase (above), "loves the sound of his own voice," is an accurate haiku word picture. Sen. Biden's inarguably pompous self-image, as he repeatedly acts out tantrums before unfortunate expert witnesses giving evidence in matters national importance, is unsavory in the extreme.

Biden's grossly inflated opinion of his performances, while acting out his most juvenile tantrums, demostrates someone with terrible judgment, someone who should never be trusted to handle with maturity any real matter important enough to cross the Oval Office desk.

Biden obviously can't even see in his home video replays what we can't overlook. I'd share with you that he makes my skin crawl, and that would be the truth, but I don't want people accusing me of being over the top.

Biden is a textbook example of the old phrase "Legend in his own mind." When common phrase dictionaries become fully integrated on line, I think any number of Biden video clips could be used as illustrations for this degree of self-importance and grandiosity.

Many of us wonder why he keeps getting re-elected (though a lot of Americans seem to value a powerful senator over a mature one), while Biden, presumably surrounded by yes-men, has weighed his best data and advice and somehow come to the conclusion that he is a viable candidate for president. Astonishing.

How cloistered, isolated, out of sync with mainstream America in the real world does someone in the Beltway Bubble have to be to misread reality to this extreme?

Bob Stackhouse
Wed, 01/10/2007 - 6:08pm

"I'm going to be Joe Biden, and I'm going to try to be the best Biden I can be," he said. "If I can, I got a shot. If I can't, I lose."

Joe Biden may have hit upon a winning strategy. He has, in the past, relied heavily upon "borrowed" words from British politician Neil Kinnock and plagerized passages from old Robert Kennedy speeches.

We will have to see if Rosary Joe can keep his hands off the beads during this campaign.