TAUBE: Joe Biden’s presidential delusions

Democrats won’t nominate a gaffe-prone vice president

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

“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.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts