Monday, August 25, 2008
Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Collected Sayings of Sen. Biden, Part 1
News item: The Republican National Committee posted a "Biden Gaffe Clock" on their Web site shortly after Sen. Barack Obama unveiled his running mate.
The month after the 9/11 attacks, The New Republic profiled Biden and caught this brainstorm:
At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: "I'm groping here." Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we're not bent on its destruction. "Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran," Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face. [Quoted in Wall St. Journal's Opinion Journal, which brought up the fact that Iran is not Arab and that most Arabs distrust the Persians.]
“I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training,” [Referring to Sen. Barack Obama]
A Chicago Tribune editorial recounts Biden's recent antics as a senior Judiciary Committee member:
Three years ago, during Senate Judiciary Committee questioning of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, Biden memorably warned Roberts to give "short answers," then filibustered into the cameras for 12 of his assigned 20 minutes. Lest anyone miss his superiority to Roberts, Biden added theatrics The Washington Post described as "the full Al Gore: While Roberts spoke, Biden shook his head, put his face in his hand, pouted and glared disgustedly."
UPDATE: Frank J. of IMAO sums up Biden blunders in his "In My World" series in a way that is both humorous and chilling.