Sep 23, 2008

Biding Biden's Ticket Time?

Given the gloriously silly things that come out of Joe Biden's mouth - I wonder, as do some other people, if Joe is long for the Obama ticket?

Yes, it is strange that Joe would be off the ticket before Palin - however, the wonderful vomit that he calls words keep falling from his mouth.

Let me see a forinstance? Okay. Here's one:

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed," Biden told Couric. "He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"

As Reason's Jesse Walker footnotes it: "And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him. And you would have said to yourself, 'Who is that guy? What happened to President Hoover?'"

Here's another one:

Some great rope line video from Joe Biden's recent Ohio swing, where he was asked by an anti-pollution campaigner about clean coal -- a controversial approach in Democratic circles for which Obama has voiced support, particularly during the Kentucky primary.

Biden's apparent answer: He supports clean coal for China, but not for the United States.

"No coal plants here in America," he said. "Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean."

"We’re not supporting clean coal," he said of himself and Obama. They do, on paper, support clean coal.

The answer seems to play into John McCain's case that Obama has been saying "no" to new sources of energy.

In the primary, Biden opposed Obama's push for clean coal, which is seen as a way of maintaining or expanding America's coal-burning power plants -- many of which are in rust belt swing states.

"I don't think there's much of a role for clean coal in energy independence, but I do think there's a significant role for clean coal in the bigger picture of climate change," he told Grist last year. "Clean-coal technology is not the route to go in the United States, because we have other, cleaner alternatives," he said, but added that America should push for a "fundamental change in technology" to clean up China's plants.

Okay, that's less sexy when you can't see the video, so here's that:

And then there's that one time where he criticized his own campaign's attack add...
oops (here's that review)

I mean, sure they're just little gaffs - and kind of silly. But that's three in a week. I mean, if he's going to split - they better do it soon, because they'll have to repetition in all 50 states with the new ticket, and make new bumper stickers too.
What's that going to cost ya?

And if you're anticipating an early round Biden TKO in VP debate you should know the format will be questions and talking-point answers, with little direct sparring between the two VeePs... bummer yes, but I was really looking for Biden to, well, be Biden.

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