Joe Biden

What?! No Biden Tattoo?

Featured image Just what the world needs for a Friday afternoon.  Worst. Tattoos. Ever. »

The VP debate — not 2004, more like 1976

Featured image Some on the left want to compare last night’s debate to the 2004 mismatch between Vice President Cheney and John Edwards. As I noted before the debate, there is a superficial similarity. In both instances an elderly, highly experienced incumbent vice president squared off against a fresh face. And now that the debate has occurred, I can point to another similarity — like Cheney, I believe that Biden rallied a »

Morning After Notes

Featured image Score this for Ryan: I’m certain that it was Biden’s plan to try to get under Ryan’s skin, drive Ryan off his core strength (his passionate wonkiness), cause him to make a mistake, lose his composure, or look too young and unready for high office.  Biden utterly failed to do this.  Ryan kept his cool throughout.  I hate ever to agree with David Gergen, but Ryan won on style points.  »

Biden’s Libya dodges

Featured image Whatever else one might say about Martha Raddatz’s moderating of the VP debate, she did Paul Ryan a favor by starting the debate with a question about Libya. Joe Biden tried to change the subject to Afghanistan and Iraq, but the diversion failed because Ryan stayed after him on the issue (I wish Ryan had done so more consistently). Biden tried to minimize the damage through dishonesty. When Ryan pointed »

Thoughts on the vice-presidential debate

Featured image Joe Biden was always going to be an attack dog tonight. After the presidential debate, the Democrats needed him aggressively to promote their post-debate excuse that Romney is all smoke and mirrors. Moreover, Biden is well suited for the attack dog role. I didn’t expect, however, that Biden’s demeanor would be so off-putting. The ridiculous toothy smile didn’t come as a shock. But the smirking, mocking, laughter, constant interruptions of »

The Debate in Pictures

Featured image We’ll all have plenty to say tomorrow as we watch the spin/fallout, and my kids are hankering for a re-run of Doctor Who, so for the time being, on the theory that a picture tells a thousand words, here’s how the debate turned out: »

Debate Warmup Caption Contest

Featured image While we wait for the main event, let’s have a caption contest for this photo: »

Previewing the vice presidential debate, Biden’s mission

Featured image The Obama campaign has responded to the defeat of its man in the first debate by accusing Romney of lying his way to victory. It thus becomes incumbent on Team Obama to make this assertion stick in a forum where the other side gets to participate. This task falls to Joe Biden in tomorrow’s vice presidential debate. His mission is not generally to reassure Americans that the country is in »

Previewing the Vice Presidential debate, Part One

Featured image “Big stakes for Biden and Ryan in VP debate.” So reads the Washington Post’s headline to this story by Dan Balz. Actually, the debate of vice presidential candidates is almost always inconsequential in the end. The odds are that this will be the case once again. Vice presidential debates seem to take on a heightened importance when an incumbent president loses the first debate. In that event, the party in »

Pictures That Change Elections?

Featured image Remember this infamous photo of the Elian Gonzalez raid in April 2000? It may well have cost Al Gore the election because of its effect on Cuban voters in Florida: Well, this equally infamous photo ought to cost Obama this election: But if you really want a Monday-morning fright, ponder this early start on the next time round:     »

A suitable mission for Joe Biden

Featured image So Vice President Biden won’t be going to Tampa after all. Team Obama planned to dispatch him there to make sure the Dems and their talking points receive exposure during the Republican Convention. But the Obama campaign has cancelled the trip due to Tropical Storm Issac. Traditionally, presidential campaigns have stepped aside while the opposing party holds its national convention. This courtesy allows each party four days in which to »

Hey Girl, It’s Joe Biden

Featured image I’m sure many of you have seen the “Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan” tumblr site, which has been around for a long while now–long before Ryan became the VP pick.  Well, it had to happen: the “Hey Girl, It’s Joe Biden” site is up and running, and it has just what you’d expect: »

Why didn’t Team Obama walk back Joe Biden’s remark?

Featured image Even the Boston Globe is sick of Joe Biden. Its editorial board recounts Biden’s unfortunate history of bigoted statements and urges the Vice President to apologize for his claim that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations means “they’re going to put y’all back in chains.” (Actually, I think Biden said “they,” not “they’re”). The Globe despairingly notes that President Obama has said, through his spokesperson, that he has no problem »

Breaking: Did Hillary Decline to Replace Slow-Joe?

Featured image The Washington Examiner is reporting right now that Obama’s consigliere Valerie Jarrett approached Hillary Clinton recently about replacing Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate, but that Hillary turned it down: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed by her husband and a top Obama aide to consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks ago, claims the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Amateur.” But »

Biden abides, part 2

Featured image American Crossroads has posted the following advertisement on Barack Obama’s running mate. The video is titled “Run, Joe. Run.” Now this really isn’t a laughing matter, but the ad salvages humor from the mix. It puts me in mind of the Dude’s account of his recreational activities in The Big Lebowski. Mr. Vice President, what do you do for fun? “Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid »

Biden abides

Featured image Yesterday I predicted that Barack Obama would dump Joe Biden from the ticket if his internal polling showed that it would help him in the general election. It only took one news cycle for my supposition to be undermined, as the White House announced that the Dude abides. Perhaps the internal polling shows no bounce from possible replacements for Biden. Perhaps the Dude is performing his assigned tasks capably as »

Just when you think Joe Biden couldn’t be worse

Featured image While much attention has been paid, deservedly, to Joe Biden’s “put y’all back in chains” riff, his remarks (the same day) about Social Security received little notice. But they too show the Vice President of the United States to be a demagogue and a fool. According to the White House pool report, during a visit to a restaurant in southern Virginia, Clueless Joe told diners: Hey, by the way, let’s »