Biden`s Refreshing Candor Much Needed—”Gaffe” Or No “Gaffe”
Last week, Joe Biden walked into a Delaware diner,
ordered a bowl of tomato soup and blew himself up. Too
bad. We need Joe.
In an interview with the New York Observer,
lasting about as long as the soup, Biden, with raw if
refreshing candor, managed to insult or mock seven past
or present presidential candidates of a party for whose
nomination Joe had just declared.
"Democrats nominated the perfect
blow-dried candidates in 2000 and 2004," Biden
confided to reporter Jason Horowitz, who must not have
been believing his good luck, "and they couldn`t
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Not a PC thing to say, but was Joe entirely wrong
about the two white-bread Democrats who lost to George
"I mean you`ve got the
first mainstream African-American who is articulate and
bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that`s
a storybook, man."
Yet, as the
Rev. Jesse Jackson and the
Rev. Al Sharpton are nothing if not articulate and
seemed to be saying they just did not measure up in
the squeaky clean department. But were not both under
ethical clouds when they ran for president?
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee then expounded on the Iraq plans of his
Obama may be articulate, bright, clean and
nice-looking, but the American people were likely not
going to elect "a guy who has served for four years
in the Senate. I don`t recall hearing a word from Barack
about a plan or a tactic."
Impolitic? Sure. But does Joe not have a point? Is
America going to put into the Oval Office in wartime a
guy who is today two years out of the Illinois state
Advancing on into the minefield, Joe asked
rhetorically, "Are they going to turn to
Hillary?"— then answered his own question.
"Everyone in the world
knows her. …
Her husband has used every single legitimate tool in
her behalf to lock people in, shut people down.
Legitimate. And she can`t break out of 30 percent for a
choice for Democrats. Where do you want to be? Do you
want to be in a place where 100 percent of the Democrats
know you? They`ve looked at you for the last three
years. And four out of 10 is the max you can get?"
Joe is saying that if Hillary, at 100 percent name
recognition and with all the support she and Bill have
been able to corral, can`t break 30 percent or 40
percent in Democratic polls today, she is a likely sure
loser in 2008.
Is there a political analyst in America who has not
wondered about the same thing? And what of
Hillary`s new stand on Iraq?
"(N)othing but disaster,"
Joe cheerfully volunteered. "From the part of
Hillary`s proposal, the part that really baffles me is,
`We`re going to teach the Iraqis a lesson.` We`re not
going to equip them. OK. Cap our troops and withdraw
support from the Iraqis. That`s a real good idea."
Again, is this mockery not on the mark? Any steep
cutback in aid to Baghdad would risk the fall of the
regime, inviting a disaster in the region worse than
what happened in Southeast Asia when we
cut off almost all U.S. military aid to Saigon.
Biden`s real scorn was reserved for Edwards, the
peace candidate who has apologized for having voted for
the war and is calling for the immediate withdrawal of
40,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops.
"I don`t think John Edward knows what the heck he
is talking about," said Joe. Horowitz relates the
"accusatory, mocking refrain" Biden used to conduct
his imaginary cross-examination.
"John Edwards wants you
and all the Democrats to think, `I want us out of
there,` but when you come back and you say: `OK, John,
what about the chaos that will ensue? Do we have any
interest, John, left in the region?` Well, John will
have to answer yes or no. If he says yes, what are they?
`What are those interests, John? How do you protect
those interests, John, if you are completely withdrawn?
Are you withdrawn from the region, John? In what
period?` All this stuff is like so much Fluffernutter
Again, is this not spot-on? That the Iraq war was a
blunder that is shaping up as a strategic debacle unlike
any in American history
is apparent to us all. But candidates tossing out
plans for washing our hands and walking away should be
forced to face the consequences of what would follow
their recommended course.
If Joe Biden, whose views of his colleagues` acumen
on foreign policy are now and forever on record, will
undertake that assignment, he could make his
presidential run not only interesting, but a service to
his party and his country. After all, what`s he got to
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