Over this long presidential election cycle, much has been made of Joe Biden’s experience in Washington, especially his extensive foreign policy experience. Shortly after John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, I overheard zealous Obama supporters comparing the competing parties’ choices; “at least Obama picked someone with a lot of experience”, echoing what is oft reported in media. I’m the first to admit that experience matters, especially with a position of this magnitude. But praising Joe Biden as an experienced Senator is a bit like praising Ed Wood as an experienced movie director. His movie Plan 9 From Outer Space has secured its place in history for reasons unintended by its creator. You really have to be removed from reality to create something this incredibly bad.
I once heard someone describe what it took to run for national office; you need to believe that the country can’t survive without you. You have to be so narcissistic that you are beyond shame or embarrassment. Enter Joe I-have-a-much-higher-IQ-than-you Biden, who first ran for POTUS in 1988.
His record as a long-serving member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee begs for understanding; he opposed the Gulf War (1991) yet voted in favor of the conflict in Iraq. As the conflict in Iraq escalated, he opposed the surge, suggesting instead that a by-then sovereign Iraq should be divided in thirds along sectarian lines(?!?). If it weren’t for Senator Biden, we likely wouldn’t have the verb, ‘bork‘.
With the media preoccupied over destroying Governor Palin, most of us have missed out on recent Joe Biden gems. My all-time favorite Joe Bidenism, you likely have not heard:
Those Scranton roots run deep.
For those products of the US educational system who don’t get it, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wasn’t president during the stock market crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover was. A basic history fact that should have been known by a 5-term veteran of the senate. Oh, and back in 1929 folks didn’t sit around eating TV dinners watching the boob tube; at the time there were no more than a few thousand “radiovision” receivers mostly owned by hobbyists. Stations were virtually non-existent.
Joe Biden is happiest when his lips are moving and sound is coming out of his mouth. The way the election is shaping up, he may be around for a while. Don’t be surprised to find Senator Higher-IQ-Than-You has become Vice President Ed Wood. I can hear him speaking now…
“Greetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future.”