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Bumbling, blundering Joe Biden is a runaway gaffe machine

Richard G. Carter | 9/5/2012, 6:39 p.m.
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"He's a good liar. Always has been, ever since high school."--Charles Marsh, "Storm Warning" (1950)

In the embarrassing annals of foot-in-mouth comments by American elected officials, Joe Biden's recent, race-baiting faux pas is one of many over the years by the doofus vice president. And he has righteously been taken to account for what he said.

As a result, three weeks after Biden's ill-advised comments before a predominantly Black crowd on Aug. 14 at a campaign stop in Danville, Va., much of the country is still talking about his unseemly words. And they are still hard to believe.

After telling an outdoor audience that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants to undo Wall Street reforms, Biden blurted out the following: "He [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street." Then he put his foot straight into his mouth with a contrived Southern accent. To wit: "They gon' put y'all back in chains."

Can you believe it? Then, just before finishing, Biden told the gathering in Virginia, "With your help, we can win North Carolina again." What spews from Biden's mouth is almost unbelievable, but he has a long history of verbal missteps. More later on this.

Following this egregious blunder--for which he has refused to apologize--Biden, 69, is being called a joke, buffoon, doofus, goofy, loopy, bumbler, stumbler, goofball, loose cannon and Mr. Foot-in-Mouth. And each is embarrassingly accurate.

Here's how the great U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) described Biden's "back in chains" gaffe: "Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid." And Rangel is a loyal, dedicated Democrat.

Predictably, Biden's ludicrous "chains" comment has strongly galvanized countless Republicans and is reflected in many pointed letters to the editor in big-city newspapers. The writers leave no doubt as to their negative feelings. Following are a few excerpts:

"Biden is a buffoon, but a dangerous one, inasmuch as most of his remarks are not amusing. He's of an age where wisdom should have been achieved by now."

"Everyone makes a gaffe now and then, but Biden does it on a regular basis. He always puts his foot in his mouth with some real beauties. In the past few days, he didn't know what state he was in, what century it is and went over the top with [his] 'putting y'all back in chains' comment."

"That Biden is a heartbeat away from becoming president is scary. Forget Obama's college records and Romney's tax records. I'd like to see Biden's medical records."

"Let's all pray for Obama's health at least until January 20."

These sentiments clearly express why Biden's atrocious "chains" gaffe--one of many over the years--has caused a growing number of Americans to see Republican Paul Ryan as a viable VP alternative. And it's why many believe the 42-year-old Ryan will clean Biden's clock--as did Sarah Palin in 2008--when they debate on Oct. 11.