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Monday, August 20, 2012

Dogs that don't bark in the night, and an obvious campaign talking point we haven't heard

The conventional wisdom among the chatterati is that despite all the hoop-la about Joe Biden's most recent set of gaffes, his spot on the ticket is safe.

The Obama-Biden[?] campaign's spin-meisters have been hard at work: The Vice President was misunderstood; the Vice President meant to say "shackles" instead of "chains"; Danforth, Virginia, is actually very close to North Carolina, so perhaps the Vice President really was exhorting those Virginians to mobilize their cross-border friends and family to take North Carolina again this November.

You know what proposition, what obvious campaign talking point, I haven't heard anyone — from any stripe or shade of the political spectrum — assert with respect to Joe Biden in many, many months? It's this one:

Well, you know, no matter what else may be said, at least Joe Biden would probably make a pretty good President if called upon.

It hasn't even occurred to anyone to make that argument.

And the only possible response to that assertion would be: "Are we talking about the same Joe Biden?"

Posted by Beldar at 05:33 PM in 2012 Election, Obama, Politics (2012) | Permalink


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(1) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Aug 20, 2012 8:37:49 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: Not at all. The obvious reply to the question is this:

"Should the galactic catastrophe of The Won's death occur during his term, Vice President Biden would succeed to the office and fill it to the same standard The Won did."

Do you deny it? He would even be better in some ways; there'd be a steady supply of sour laughter amdist all the disasters for us all.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(2) ck made the following comment | Aug 21, 2012 12:00:37 AM | Permalink

Obozo can't dump him now, if he did, he would be following Sarah's advice. She painted him into a corner for free on facebook. Can you imagine how pissed valarie and the [First Lady] are now?

[Editing note: Bracketed term substituted at blog owner's discretion for another that probably runs afoul of blog guidelines. Close call, but sorry ck, that one's just beyond where I draw my own boundaries, and I'm not implying any criticism if yours are located slightly differently. — Beldar.]

(3) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 21, 2012 11:26:37 AM | Permalink

Mr. Koster, there's no doubt that a President Biden would inspire many chuckles. I'm afraid they'd mostly be in the nature of black humor or, if you will, gallows humor, so I think it is a prospect not to be wished for.

ck, I hope Obama keeps Biden, despite the risk that poses for the country if they win re-election, but I don't share your conviction that Obama won't dump him. I do share your amusement at Gov. Palin's wry mischief-making for Obama-Biden[?].

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