Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sen. Joe Biden

I love this AP quote:

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator. (By LIZ SIDOTI and NEDRA PICKLER)

Long-winded orator! It reminds me of when I hear about how Council meetings take too much time. I mean, Biden is the veep candidate and his reputation at Senate committee hearings is this:

He talks for his alotted time, then asks the question: don't you agree?

Seriously... that is his reputation among Senate-watchers. So now I have to wonder if my Council colleagues will be voting against Obama / Biden... since at least one Council member recently suggested that he's grown tired of the length of Council meetings and apparently no longer wants to serve the public because Council members talk too long.

IMO though, I like Biden. Yes, I remember the plagiarizing moment. But I still like him. Whenever I've seen him on TV, he's always seemed to be a knowledgable straightshooter... though I think he also has benefited from a wise choice of committees - foreign policy committees will naturally have less partisanship than domestic policy committees... but hey... Biden's a smart guy and picked the committees that worked well for him over the years.

What I like most about Biden though... he's not above a bit of self-deprecating humor.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

oh yes, It'll be like having Jackie Mason on the campaign trail

The only person more dangerous than Joe Biden with a microphone might be Dick Cheney with a shotgun

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Anonymous said...

Obama's already promoted Biden before he takes office

Well, that's one way to solve the experience problem, let someone else do the job

Tim White said...

"Long winded" doesn't do Biden justice. The man is one of nature's yakkers. Just keep him to the side, and never, ever let him near a hearing committee

(deleted the rest from this anonymous commenter... and yes, I noticed the word "tranquilizer," but I don't need the secret service calling me!)

Anonymous said...

McCain should be very happy that Hillary was not choosen.

Barack has chosen to lose.