By John Ruberry
A year ago a third presidential campaign by Joe Biden would have been greeted by guffaws from Anchorage to Key West. But the plummeting opinion poll numbers of struggling frontrunner Hillary Clinton have re-opened the trap door for the vice president. Clinton’s primary opponent is socialist Bernie Sanders–but few people think the Vermont senator can win in the general election. The three other Democratic major candidates, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee, are hovering around one percent in the polls.
Biden’s first run for the presidency, in the 1988 race, never made it past the autumn of 1987 after he was a confronted by a series of plagiarism allegations. His second plunge eight years ago effectively ended on the day he announced when he said of Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, … I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Biden’s campaign never recovered from that blunder and he dropped out the the race shortly after the Iowa Caucuses, but his fortunes dramatically changed when the clean Obama chose Biden as his running mate.
Biden is a gaffe machine–here are some of his greatest hits.
“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” June 17, 2006.
Is Biden proud that Delaware was a slave state?
“You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state … my state is the 8th largest black population in the country.” August 27, 2006.
Crazy Uncle Joe said this to Obama–and it was captured on video–after he signed the ObamaCare bill.
“This is a big f*cking deal!” March 23, 2010.
Here’s one that may especially haunt him.
“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate.” Sept 10, 2008.
Let’s not forget that in 2009 Biden revealed the previously secret location of a bunker built to protect his life and those of future vice presidents.
As is often the case with a backup quarterback on a losing football team, many Democrats are eagerly awaiting Biden’s turn at taking the snap.
But when Biden gets the ball–he’ll fumble it. And the boos will begin.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.