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TAUBE: Joe Biden’s presidential delusions
Democrats won’t nominate a gaffe-prone vice president
Question of the Day
• “A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States — Barack America.” (Aug. 23, 2008).
• “Look, John [McCain’s] last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the No. 1 job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.” (Oct. 15, 2008).
For the coup de grace, remember Mr. Biden’s decision in 2012 to announce his support for homosexual marriage ahead of Mr. Obama. According to Politico’s Glenn Thrush, “Obama’s team didn’t buy Biden’s explanation that the gay-marriage endorsement was accidental — and, until recently, Obama’s team blocked Biden from doing much national media to keep him from shredding the talking points.
The freeze-out was not subtle: The vice president was personally excluded from planning meetings he had been invited to attend four years earlier, and his people were treated with open contempt in the weeks following the gay-marriage controversy.”
Well, thank goodness Mr. Biden is a close, personal friend of the president and gets major assignments carte blanche. Imagine if they were enemies.
I recently wrote on Twitter that Mr. Biden is “a human comedy and tragedy wrapped into one eccentric politician.” While he has served as a great source of amusement for the press corps and Washington elite, it’s worrisome that this gaffe-prone individual is only a heartbeat away from the presidency.
I just can’t imagine a majority of Democrats would ever be foolish enough to place Mr. Biden at the top of the ticket in 2016.
When White House senior officials caught wind of the vice president’s televised assessment of his role, I’d imagine there were some interesting comments made that day. The one thing Mr. Biden has always been “uniquely” qualified to do is give his party’s spin doctors a permanent headache.
Michael Taube is a contributor to The Washington Times.
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