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Bumbling, blundering Joe Biden is a runaway gaffe machine

Richard G. Carter | 9/5/2012, 6:39 p.m.
"He's a good liar. Always has been, ever since high school."--Charles Marsh, "Storm Warning" (1950)...
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Biden's well-known propensity to talk endlessly while asking questions during Senate hearings presaged his initial high-profile flirtation with trouble in 1987. In his first run for the White House, he quoted long passages from British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock without attribution. After news reports exposed his plagiarism, he dropped out of the race.

In 2006, Biden was castigated for telling an Indian-American supporter, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." During his failed 2007 presidential campaign, Biden proposed that Iraq be divided into three parts: Sunni, Shia and Kurdish--a fundamental violation of international law.

That same year, he also was slammed for calling Barack Hussein Obama "the first mainstream African-American [candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean, and a nice-looking guy." In addition, he openly proclaimed his admiration for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and said he would be proud to run with him on the same ticket. Huh?

During the 2008 campaign, Biden foolishly told Obama on a live microphone that enactment of Obamacare was a "big f--ing deal." And like the soft Obama, he never served in the military, but that didn't stop him from voting to use force in Iraq. But again, like Obama, he opposed the highly successful troop surge. Go figure.

Also in 2008, he had another goofball moment in front of an open microphone. To wit: "An hour late. Oh, give me a f--king break." Yikes and triple erk!

Biden's 2012 gaffes also include the following: "Folks, where's it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?" "Well, I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately," and "I promise you, the president has a big stick."

Finally, Biden's intemperate "chains" remark of Aug. 14 was exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Americans in general, and Black people in particular, really don't need to be reminded of the bad old days when slavery was a way of life in the South.

There is widespread political unrest among independents--such as this writer--and Republicans, to which Biden has contributed. As of this writing, Biden remains Obama's running mate. If you're a Democrat, you better hope he's dumped for Hillary Clinton. Big mouth Biden is a drag on the Democratic ticket. And that's the name of that tune.