January 15, 2016

Sick of the Naysayers

People are making fun of the President's war on cancer. Jenna Adamson at USA Today points out that it may have been tried once or twice before in "Obama's new, new!, new!!, new!!!, new!!!! war on cancer":

It turns out beauty pageant contestants and presidents have a lot in common. They both want to achieve world peace and cure cancer (as if "cancer" were one disease). President Obama is an experienced practitioner of this brand of presidential puffery, having first launched his "new" effort to cure cancer back in 2009. But our current president wasn't the first to launch a medical moon race or to promise a cure in a speech before a joint session of Congress. Those distinctions go to Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton:

Peter Suderman and Kevin Williamson have whacked at the idea that "cancer" is not a monolithic entity to be battled. Williamson:
To begin with, there's the inconvenient fact that there is no such thing as cancer. "Cancer" refers to a category of diseases, one that contains hundreds of different maladies. Some of those have a great deal in common with one another, many do not. Spindle-cell breast cancer really isn't very much at all like Hodgkin's lymphoma; the former presents a very difficult course of treatment with a poor outlook, while the latter is so effectively treated (90 percent survival rate) that it is sometimes described as "curable," though physicians tend to shy away from the use of that word.

They are clearly missing the point -- we've never thrown VP Joe Biden at the problem before.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:30 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

The generic definition of "cancer" that I am familiar with is "uncontrolled growth to the point of harm." And in this light, perhaps you're right about Uncle Joe. Nothing is a greater retarder of growth than a big name Democrat politician.

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2016 5:02 PM

September 8, 2015

Road Trip Index

We've discussed the "younger/hipper" candidate always winning.

PJ O'Rourke clarifies it a bit. He finds the Democratic establishment at fault for not supporting VP Biden:

You're the Democrats' best choice because you're so far ahead of every other candidate, from either party, in the "Road Trip Poll."

"With which presidential candidate would you rather go on a road trip?"

He goes back to Truman-Dewey and recaps them, PJ O'Rourke style.
George H.W. Bush or "I have to go take a Dukakis"? (A word-for-word off-the-record quote from Bush 41 obtained on deep background.)

George Bush or Bill Clinton? "Toga! Toga!" to quote Bill's Washington colleague, Senator John Blutarski.

The guy in the Viagra ads or the guy getting his food laced with saltpeter by Hillary?

Al Gore--nickname "Albert"--or the frat boy from Yale's DKE Animal House?

Fun, and probably a better voicing of what I've tried to communicate.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:58 AM | Comments (4)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Well, when you put it that way -- if I'm stuck in a car for a four-year road trip with someone that I hope doesn't turn out to be John Candy in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (did I just give you nightmares?), and I'm not allowed to show them the back of my hand and shout out "don't make me pull this car over and come back there!" then yeah, that's a good way to put it.

I definitely do NOT want to spend four years on a Magical Mystery Tour with Hillary, wandering from Chipotle to Chipotle in search of one with a liquor license.

And I sure as hell do not want to have to play Tom Cruise to Joe Biden's Dustin Hoffman.

Man, I am just full of bad analogies and pop-culture references today.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 8, 2015 1:09 PM
But jk thinks:

"I'm a excellent driver."

I really believe this is an actual problem for Sec Clinton either in my formulation or PJ's. I think we are too close to it, I can actually see what people like in Joe Biden. If you don't come from a partisan perspective his goofy bonhomie could be charming. Much better car tripper than Sen. Santorum.

Off topic but funny: I saw a meme on Dr. Ben Carson today -- complaining that "he's a divider!"

Posted by: jk at September 8, 2015 1:53 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Yes, Carson IS a divider - for which Benjamin and Patrick Binder are grateful.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 8, 2015 3:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at September 8, 2015 4:16 PM

May 4, 2015

Ridin' the Blinds

Who doesn't love a train song? Here's Robert Johnson's (heavily borrowed from Son House's) Walking Blues:

Well, leave this mornin' if I have to, whoa, ride the blinds
I feel mistreated, and I don't mind dyin'
Leavin' this mornin', if I have to ride the blind
Babe, I've been mistreated, baby and I don't mind dyin'

When I hear the phrase "don't mind dyin'" I always think of Joe Biden's being our nation's Vice President. But he is also associated with Amtrak for his regular ridership.

Kevin Williamson at NR gets on a train which is expecting the Scrappy Veep from Scranton PA. Hilarity ensues:

A lumbering agent of vice-presidential security seated himself next to me and fiddled with his BlackBerry, because apparently they still make BlackBerrys and the Secret Service uses them, God help us all.

And then came Herr Gropenführer himself. Biden's biography alleges that he is six feet tall, and maybe he is, but he scurried into the train in a thoroughly rodential fashion, looking tiny and terrified, like a very old man who has wandered out of a dementia ward.

You'll kinda wanna read the whole thing.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:43 PM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2014

Who is Joe Biden?

C'mon, don't you wish you didn't know?

Posted by John Kranz at 6:26 PM | Comments (7)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Mmmm... people are a LOT less informed than you may think. Jesse Watters does a lot of this stuff on Fox and swears that he does not cherry pick. Kimmel may not have shown the knowledgeable ones, but he probably had no difficulty finding the ignorant. Numerous polls show that a majority of Americans have no idea who the VP is. (And a surprising number can't name the President.)

Homework assignment: randomly talk to people you meet and ask them who the VP is. Then ask them to name Colorado's senators. You will first be mortified and then fully understand why we do not have a popular uprising in the name of Liberty.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 8, 2014 12:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I had no idea that dude with the marijuana hanky under his hat was "really f*&#in' stoned" before he said, "I'm really f*&#in' stoned!"

Do you suppose everyone they asked was stoned? That might make it better, right? RIGHT?

Okay, enough. It is time to make pop stars our leaders. They know better than everyone else anyway, right?

Posted by: johngalt at October 8, 2014 12:59 PM
But jk thinks:

Kennedy loves to do these on Times Square outside the FOX world domination headquarters. She shows the good, bad and ugly ones. I suspect they edit for "the funny ones" but I am not at all surprised they can fill a two and a half minute clip pretty quickly.

I fear selection bias in The Refugee's "ask your friends. Our friends -- as a general rule with certain exceptions -- are probably not as uninformed or telegenic as Kimmel's domain.

And, yes, the guy with the leaf bandanna totally had me fooled until he copped to it. His straight act was working really well.

Posted by: jk at October 8, 2014 2:29 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Correction: I actually said "people you meet," not your friends, although either could be interesting. It may not pop up into every conversation or you may need to be a bit sneaky in how you determine the person's knowledge.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 8, 2014 3:29 PM
But jk thinks:

Fair point, br. Sorry for the sloppy quoting.

Mercy -- I am Pauline Kael. I really don't encounter many people who would not know the scrappy VP from Scranton PA. I know many who would know him only from The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert and the new poncy guy -- but they'd know him.

Maybe it's working from home, but I can't see myself running into most of the folks in the Kimmel video. Maybe that's bad. Maybe that's good.

Posted by: jk at October 8, 2014 4:45 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

There was a study done by the Pew Research group a while back (it's on an old computer.... just reorganizing the backups), seeing if the Internet revolution had actually changed things like ... well, what we consider to be generalized and useful knowledge.

It compared a decent segment of America from 1960 to somewhere in the early 90's, I believe the sample even represented a breadth of edumication comparable to the GP. It went from obvious question like who is POTUS, VP, Speaker... to who won the superbowl and what won best picture, etc.

It's findings were people were just as uninformed as before, so YES, I do believe Kimmel sampled "appropriately" and I think it's a good thing, in ways, that many do not recognize the VP.

I'm guessing the recognition rate of Putin even in places like Archangelsk is as high as was voting 'participation' in the old USSR....

Still, we could do with few more understanding the origin of HH's phrase: "Slow Jo, the gift that keeps giving."

Posted by: nanobrewer at October 8, 2014 5:20 PM

August 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world's most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason. -- VP Joe Biden
Video (and a lot of annoying popups) at the link. Hat-tip: Insty.
Posted by John Kranz at 7:15 PM | Comments (0)

February 10, 2014

Obama Makes Mid-Sized Company Employees "Job Slaves"

In an article about the adminstration unilaterally revising the PPACA - again - those right-wing hacks at CNN embed a video bashing the President's signature legislation.

"Joe Biden said this is a big fucking deal. This is a big fucking disaster."

Next thing you know they'll be reporting that an American diplomat was murdered by terrorists in the middle east on the anniversary of 9/11.

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:27 PM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2013

Is it Legal to smack the VP like this?

Ow! That has gotta sting! Mary Anastasia O'Grady DEMOLISHES VP Biden's recent OpEd on free trade.

But count me a skeptic. The protectionist, anti-development and collectivist agendas of Big Labor, green radicals and the ideological left are woven into Obama administration policy. Democrats rely heavily on these groups for financing, and the Obama administration can't afford to offend them. It's hard to believe that it is ready to walk away from some of its most generous donors in exchange for an expansion of free trade that will make individuals less reliant on government.

It gets even harder to believe that anything has changed after reading Mr. Biden's op-ed, which is a mix of ignorance about the region and revisionist history.

Residents of the world's superpower are not known for their knowledge of foreign lands. But Mr. Biden's Dick-and-Jane report on the lives of the natives south of the border ought to make Americans cringe. Our vice president comes off as a caricature of the stereotypical gringo, patronizing the locals and taking credit for their successes wherever he can.

Exhibit A is Mr. Biden's ah-ha moment when he visited a "cut-flower farm outside Bogota" and found "one-quarter of the workers are female heads of households." Not only do Colombians grow flowers, he discovered, but they export them! "The carnations and roses they were clipping would arrive in U.S. stores within days, duty free." The Colombian flower-farm, the vice president explained, is "just one sign of the economic blossoming in the year since a U.S. free-trade-agreement with Colombia" went live.

One which Senator Biden voted against, long before the Administration he was taking a victory-lap for moved into the White House.

Read the whole thing -- but after that, she is not so nice and understanding. Owww!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

Doctor Biden has joined Twitter as @DrBiden. The account is "run by Dr. Jill Biden's Office," and it tells us absorbing things about Dr. Biden -- things such as "Yesterday, Dr. Biden hosted an education roundtable" and "Yesterday, Dr. Biden honored the nation's top teachers." It retweets praise, too: "Thank you Dr. Biden for your work as an educator and as a voice for all educators in our nation," reads one tribute. If a tweet is signed "Jill," the doctoral bio informs us, this indicates that it is a "tweet from Dr. Biden." "Jill," if you're wondering, is Dr. Biden's nickname. Her formal name is "Dr." -- Charles C. W. Cooke
Hat-tip: Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 11:22 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Jill, Julia... potato, potahto.

Posted by: johngalt at April 29, 2013 2:14 PM

March 14, 2013

Feed the Jar!

A great email from a good friend of this blog contained a reference to the jar into which you must put a dollar if you say "If George Bush had done this..." I had forgotten that.

The context was an NPR story about "benign" inflation. I, sadly, joined the snooty-pointy-heads as a monetary phenomenon but must agree -- and feed the jar -- that NPR would take a different look at lower income people paying high prices for gas and food if that malaproping cowboy were walking the halls at 1600. I mean, seriously, does anybody question that?

How about a VP Dick Cheney jar right next to it? D'Angelico has just released these extremely affordable import reissue versions of their classic sell-your-'59-'vette-to-make-a-layaway-payment models. So we need to raise cash.

Did'ja see this?

Biden’s office forces reporter to delete photos, apologizes

The "reporter" was University of Maryland J-school Dean Lucy Dalglish:
In her letter, Dalglish said: "Rockville is not a third-world country where police-state style media censorship is expected." Biden press secretary Kendra Barkoff apologized to Dalglish and Barr in phone calls but wouldn't speak on the record to Capital News Service's Lucas High.

The Dean didn't tell them to bark off???? (Hat-tip Insty who is a hair more harsh.)

Whatever, I'm certain that Jon Stewart would be just as silent if VP Darth Cheney had... (I think I like the Excel.)

Posted by John Kranz at 1:30 PM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2012

But He's Generous with Your Money!

VP Biden: Miser.

When nobody was watching or scrutinizing the Bidens' tax returns, they gave less than $200 to charity in 1998, which was less than 1/10 of one percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) that year of more than $215,000 (see table above). According to income tax data available at Forbes, Americans earning the same AGI as the Bidens that year gave more than $5,000 to charity. The Bidens got a little more charitable over the years, but their gifts were never more than 1% of their income until Biden became Vice-President.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:59 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2012

Tweet of the Day

Posted by John Kranz at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)

June 17, 2012

Apples, Trees, Falling, Proximity...

Happy Fathers Day Mister Vice President!

On Saturday evening, Vice President Joe Biden's son and Delaware attorney general Beau Biden tried to attack presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but the punch ended up hitting North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue instead.

"I’ve never met a successful politician who didn’t run again," Biden said during his keynote address at the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner, in an attempt to attack Romney’s decision against running for re-election after his sole term as Massachusetts' governor. Biden had characterized that comment as "off script" just before making it.

The crowd "collectively groaned," according to the Raleigh News and Observer, because Perdue had decided against running for re-election this year.

Chip off the old block!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2012

Welch Schools VP Biden on Private Equity

The key point here is that PE firms virtually never buy jewels -- happy, fast-growing companies with glistening profits. After all, such companies have access to other kinds of capital; they don't need private equity. And frankly, private equity is generally not in the business of polishing things up for a low-multiple return. It's in the business of reinvention and rebirth, with fireworks at the end.

During this kind of overhaul, do jobs get lost? Unfortunately, in the early stages, they often do. It's nearly impossible to massively improve productivity by keeping everything the same. But are companies saved? Again, yes. That's the whole point of private equity. You're trying to get a business from terrible to terrific, from dying to thriving. In the process, some jobs may go, but in the best-case scenario, with success down the road, many more will be created. And by preventing a company from going under, jobs will certainly be saved. -- Jack Welsh
Hat-tip: James Pethokoukis
Posted by John Kranz at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

August 26, 2011


And don't even get me started on Joe Biden. He could show up at a Russian state funeral in a Speedo and pith helmet, singing the Alvin and the Chipmunks B-sides, and NBC's Andrea Mitchell would lead with the disturbing reports that Sarah Palin quoted Biden inaccurately on her Twitter account. -- Jonah Goldberg
Posted by John Kranz at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2011

A "balanced approach" to the deficit problem

Senator Jon Kyl went on Fox News Sunday yesterday to explain why he withdrew from deficit reduction negotiations over the President's conditional requirement that government revenues be raised as part of a "balanced" solution. "But isn't one dollar of new taxes for every three dollars of spending cuts a fair deal" asked Chris Wallace?

But you don't want to pile taxes on at a time when companies don't have the ability to invest and hire people. That's the primary reason we are opposed to raising taxes right now.

Treasury Secretary Geithner explains the real reason for insisting on tax hikes.

"If you don't touch revenues," Geithner said, "you have to shrink the overall size of government programs, things like education, to levels that we could not accept as a country."

What do you mean "we" Kemosabe? Investor's Business Daily opines:

Some factions just won't accept shrinking the size of government. Most in them run in the same tight circles as Geithner. Never hearing anything other than support for increasing the size of government, they assume that's what Americans want.

But quite a few Americans have been wanting to cut government for decades, and that number is growing as the almost intractable problems created by overspending have become more obvious.

From Social Security and Medicare to housing assistance and farm subsidies to, yes, even education, federal programs need to shrink or be eliminated. There's not a single item in the budget, including defense, that can't use some judicious trimming.

No Tim, America's economy has shrunk. Americans' net worth has shrunk. It's well past time for America's government to shrink.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:28 PM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

Our 47th Vice President gets the honors today:

"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," he said. "In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. ... No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years." -- VP Joe Biden

...and VP Gore invented the Internet!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:28 AM | Comments (4)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

If I honestly believed that Slow Joe Biden possessed two brain cells to rub together, I'd nod quietly and think "he's referring to patent and copyright protection that allow innovators to benefit from their creativity, and the free-market system that rewards them. That's what he's thinking." But Joe is not entitled to the benefit of the doubt. He honestly believes in government's role at the center of a command economy.

Or perhaps he was thinking of how Al Gore's Council of Scholars gave us candles, thereby eliminating our dependence on torches.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 28, 2010 12:05 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

By the way, the new picture's pretty cool.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 28, 2010 12:06 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I could be mistaken but I thought Al Gore's candles eliminated our dependence on electric lightbulbs.

Posted by: johngalt at October 28, 2010 3:08 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

You're right, jg - the torches are reserved for use with pitchforks, and tar. The revolution is on, and if there is still electricity, it will be televised...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 28, 2010 3:58 PM

September 21, 2010

Recovery Summer

Over already.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:14 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Recovery autumn?

By the way, whatever happened to the lost year of recovery between June 2009 and June 2010?

Posted by: johngalt at September 21, 2010 7:30 PM

March 24, 2010

jk Defends VP Biden

Man, I don't see what the big deal is. So, Vice President Biden dropped "the F-Bomb" at the signing ceremony for Health Care Reform.

Hell, I know I did! Let he who is without f%^&% sin cast the first stone!

Posted by John Kranz at 12:06 PM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I've got to second that motion. I've got to confess my swearing is way up since November of '08.

WAY up. I'm willing to give him a pass for vulgarity, just not one for stupid.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 24, 2010 12:22 PM
But Lisa M thinks:

I agree 100% with Biden's sentiment. Thought it was completely appropriate for the occasion.

Posted by: Lisa M at March 24, 2010 8:23 PM
But dagny thinks:

I will not give him a pass for vulgarity or for stupidity. The VP of the US SHOULD be someone who sets an example for our children in word, and deed. I would not expect my children to behave in that fashion.

Sorry, call me a prude if necessary.

Posted by: dagny at March 25, 2010 12:33 AM

March 10, 2010

Improving Our Standing in the World

Vice President Joe Biden was expected to spend this week nurturing the Obama administration's shaky relations with Israel and building momentum for a new peace process. Instead he may have accomplished the opposite -- by stumbling into a classic Middle Eastern trap.
Jackson Diehl explains Biden's falling into the trap that has been set for visiting American diplomats since at least the 1990s:
Over the years U.S. envoys from [Secretary of State James] Baker to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have learned that the trick is to sidestep such broadsides, expressing disapproval without allowing the toxic settlement issue to take center stage and derail peace negotiations. After all, most Israeli settlement announcements, including this one, are pure symbolism: No ground will be broken anytime soon, and even if the homes are eventually constructed they won’t stand in the way of a Palestinian state.

By that measure, Biden flunked. Interrupted in the middle of what was supposed to be a day of love-bombing Israelis with speeches and other demonstrations of U.S. support, he kept Netanyahu and his wife waiting for 90 minutes into a scheduled dinner before issuing a statement that harshly criticized the interior ministry’s announcement. Biden chose to use a word -- “condemn” -- that is very rarely employed in U.S. statements about Israel, even though he and his staff knew that Netanyahu himself had been blindsided by the settlement announcement. So much for love bombs.

Whacking our VP is a fish-barrel activity at best, but I still have to point it because of two common themes:
  • The Obama Administration will "restore our standing in the world." In the past week, Secretary Clinton stepped in it in Argentina, suggesting that the US could arbitrate negotiations between Great Britain and Argentina on the Falklands. I thought PM Brown should have offered to mediate with the US and Spain on Florida -- where's that famed wit when needed?

  • Even my moderate friends still talk about "dodging a bullet" when "that woman!' was almost elevated to Vice President! Now we have different levels of Governor Palin appreciation 'round these parts, but the suggestion that she is far below VP Biden defies credulity.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:52 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2010

Quote of the Day

"How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?" [Candidate-Senator Barack Obama] demanded of his advisers on a conference call, a moment at which most people on the call said the candidate was as angry as they had ever heard him... -- via Allahpundit
Posted by John Kranz at 12:04 PM | Comments (0)

November 25, 2009

John Nance Garner, Call Your Office!

The Onion:

WASHINGTON—In keeping with a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition, Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially pardoned a 4-pound yam today at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. "Under my authority as vice president of the United States of America, I hereby grant this yam full and unconditional clemency," a smiling Biden declared as he gently patted "Spud," a Beauregard sweet potato grown in Louisiana and selected from millions of candidates yielded by this year’s harvest. "May he never find himself in a casserole. Right, little guy?" Like yams reprieved before him, Spud will ride as an honored guest aboard the second float of the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Parade before spending the rest of his life in the comfort and safety of a tuber petting zoo.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:45 PM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

Honors to James Taranto, nailing it that nobody panicked when the Vice President said something stupid and outlandish.

Under normal circumstances, for the vice president of the United States to say what Biden said would have risked setting off a panic. Fortunately, everyone discounts for the fact that the vice president is Joe Biden.

Unfortunately, if President Obama were unable to perform the duties of his office, the vice president would become president--and the vice president is Joe Biden. That's no reason to panic, only to be afraid.

UPDATE: Heh. Insty: "They told me that if I voted for McCain we’d have a Vice President who was a moron… and they were right!"

Posted by John Kranz at 4:28 PM | Comments (4)
But Keith thinks:

Everyone nod in agreement: Biden is the greatest insurance policy against impeachment in the history of America.

Yeah, we sure dodged a bullet with that Palin woman, didn't we?

Posted by: Keith at April 30, 2009 5:27 PM
But jk thinks:

Oh yeah -- she coulda been Vice-President!!

Posted by: jk at April 30, 2009 6:08 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

I believe it was Ann Coulter who originally said, in her inimitable style, that Biden's Secret Service nickname is "Assassination Insurance."

I still wonder how much his, Obama's and Pelosi's life insurance premiums went up once Hillary became Secretary of State...

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at April 30, 2009 10:44 PM
But Keith thinks:

Three heartbeats away from the Oval Office - and scarier still, she's prob'ly the most competent of the four, and I would never have thought I'd have said that in public.

I have this vision of Hillary doing that cackle of hers while the still-warm blood of the three of them drips from her fangs. But then I woke up and realized that vision couldn't happen; while the Prezznit and Biden are at risk, Pelosi is clearly already numbered among the undead, from the rigor mortis showing on that face of hers. Yeah, I'm going to sleep real well tonight with THAT going through my head.

Posted by: Keith at May 1, 2009 1:28 AM

February 27, 2009

Nobody Messes With Joe!

Insty links as "another day, another Biden gaffe:"

Wednesday morning on the CBS Early Show, Vice President Joe Biden asked, "But what I don't understand from Governor Jindal is what would he do? In Louisiana, there's 400 people a day losing their jobs. What's he doing?"

But that claim is wrong if you look at the numbers from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

"In December, Louisiana was the only state in the nation besides the District of Columbia, according to the national press release, that added employment over the month," said Patty Granier with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

"The state gained 3,700 jobs for the seasonally adjusted employment," Granier said of the most recent figures.

Those numbers are available on Louisiana's employment website, laworks.net.

I'm guessing he didn't have the website number.

I compared the reaction to Governor Palin the other day and I will stand by it. I got to thinking last night that President George HW Bush and the supermarket scanner is more illustrative. To refresh, because the wrong story has so much currency, President Bush remarked on the latest at the time barcode readers, remarking upon their remarkability. The press picked this up as Bush is so clueless he's never seen a supermarket scanner , then he's so elitist, he's never been in a supermarket, then he's so out-of-touch you'd better vote for Bill Clinton.

The jokes keep coming and I'll never wrong that right. But suppose it were true. The President in 1991 has never seen a supermarket scanner. Would the world really stop? Yes, if I worked for the opposition, I'd play it up. But we are not hiring a guy to keep the peanut butter shelf stocked.

Here, in 2009, we have a Vice President who doesn't know what a webpage is. Contra-GHWB, he is now in charge of a public liaison campaign to track a Trillion dollars of government spending. And he doesn't know the website number.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:05 PM | Comments (0)

February 24, 2009

Mixed-up, Muddled and Shook-up world 'cept for Lola

Welcome to Bizarro World, ThreeSourcers! The Refugee has attacked the heroic pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger. Now, I rush to defend Vice President Biden. Odder still, we're both right. BR makes a great case that Cap'n Sully has exceeded his area of expertise, and while I love a good whack at VP Biden, I have to say that this video goes too far:

Hairplugs? personal attacks? a dubious use of a racial epithet? A gratuitous swipe at VP Quayle? The Drug-czar reference is the only issue that belongs in a reason piece and the gaffes they chose are not his worst.

Posted by John Kranz at 7:34 PM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I've been losing respect for Reason for years. About the time I registered as a Libertarian, I thought them pretty decent. More recently I found I had to stay out of the gravitational pull of ReasonOnline, which was barely staying in orbit, and it appears that Reason itself has not.

It just defies Reason, y'know!

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 25, 2009 3:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Oh No! Libertario Delenda Est!

We did a fair bit of Reason-bashing around here during the election. Matt Welch had the McCain bashing book out, and I was alarmed at the ferociousness of their attacks on Senator McCain (probably well deserved) versus their basic free-pass to Senator Obama (considerably less deserved).

This finalized my belief that having a big-L Libertarian Party was counterproductive to advancing the little-l ideas which I hold so dear. Perhaps equating a magazine and a party is not fair, but they seem to have a lot of flaws in common.

Sorry to impugn your registered party, but feel free to take all the whacks at Republicans that you want. It's all but obligatory.

Posted by: jk at February 25, 2009 4:08 PM

January 25, 2009

Biden Mendacity Watch

Hey, John Stossel's playing:

Vice President Biden informed ABC News that "Everyone .  .  . says the scope of this package has to be bold. It has to be big." Everyone? Hardly. More than 100 prominent economists signed a petition against the stimulus package, and more than 200 signed a petition against the financial bailout.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:52 PM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

Biden Mendacity Watch

We don't have the quotidianhuckawhack® any more, maybe the Biden Mendacity Watch would be a good feature?

Professor Mankiw asks "Is Joe Biden disingenuous or misinformed?" Our VP asserts:

Every economist, as I've said, from conservative to liberal, acknowledges that direct government spending on a direct program now is the best way to infuse economic growth and create jobs.

Mankiw mentions that the statement is "clearly false" and enumerates several prominent economists who do not acknowledge.

What so disturbs me about Biden is this capacity for bald faled lies. He says things that you know he knows are untrue. When the facts are brought up the conservatives and liberals in the press say "Oh Joe's just being Joe. You know how he is." I'm sorry, that's not good enough. It should be a big deal every time the Vice President of the United States tells an untruth.

As far as "disingenuous vs. misinformed" I am thinking of a term that rhymes with "Flying Stack of Lit."

Posted by John Kranz at 6:23 PM | Comments (0)

January 18, 2009

The Most Unlikable Politician Since -- Anybody!

I remain cautiously optimistic about the President-elect, but I'm not so sure about our 47th VP. Luckily, he is confident enough in his own abilities for the both of us:

He said he would bring more to the job than any of his predecessors, except possibly Lyndon B. Johnson. “I know as much or more than Cheney,” Mr. Biden said. “I’m the most experienced vice president since anybody.”

Mr. Biden, who plans to resign his Senate seat Thursday, has focused on building a relationship with Mr. Obama, nearly two decades his junior. When he accepted the second slot on the Democratic ticket, Mr. Biden requested several things, including a weekly luncheon with the president, full access for him and his staff and freedom to range across all areas rather than being “siloed” in a handful of policy areas. Mr. Obama agreed.

Anybody? John Adams? Aaron Burr? Schuyler Colfax? TR? I'm in the middle of a book on Martin Van Buren and he outshines "the Senator from Baja Pennsylvania*" by a significant margin.

The VP-elect admits that maybe Lyndon Johnson (like his policies or not, he was a lion of the U.S. Senate) was maybe kinda sorta almost in Biden's league. How much of this is outrageous arrogance and how much is a complete lack of historical knowledge? The Vice Presidency is a funny job and VP Adams, Marshall, and Garner all famously lampooned their own office. But the office has been held by some political giants. And the newest occupant would do well to adopt some of his boss's humility.

Yeah, that Thomas Jefferson was an okay fellow but he was no Joe Biden!

* Hat-tips: Instapundit for the link and our pals at PA Water Cooler for the sobriquet "Senator from Baja Pennsylvania" great stuff.

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