Donna Noble: Come on, Agatha! What would Miss Marple do? She’d have overheard something vital by now because the murderer thinks she’d just a harmless old lady.
Doctor Who The Unicorn & the Wasp 2008
4th Doctor: Well, Lord Borusa, you and the other Time Lords are singularly logical, hmm? You’re also short on humour and imagination. You can’t offer distractions as I can. What’s for tea?
Cardinal Borusa: Tea?
4th Doctor: Tea.
Cardinal Borusa: Tea is camillia in dried form
4th Doctor: I know what tea is.
Cardinal Borusa: Well, what’s that got to do with the threat from the Vardans?
4th Doctor: See, you’re too single-minded. You’re as transparent as good, old fashioned glass.
Doctor Who, The Invasion of Time 1978
If there is one thing that is usually constant, it’s that the various factions fighting the political fight tend to agree on almost nothing. It doesn’t matter left right or center if one agrees with it the other simply does not.
So it’s a rare meme when everyone both left and right, media and entertainment tends to agree on something.
There has over the last 3 years been a single idea that I’ve seen expressed in almost every possible setting you can find:
Joe Biden is a gaffe machine.
Left and right, Hollywood and news services has made fun of the Vice President, his gaffes, his moves and everything else about him. SNL has used him as a running gag, Morning Joe constantly declares how they “love Joe” and how their show is a “Don’t attack Joe” zone whenever anything happens that they would normally hit him on.
You could fill a dozen blogs with moves by Joe Biden that people laugh or shake their head. The theme being Biden is a harmless fool on the ticket because either Hillary didn’t want the spot, or the Obama’s didn’t want Hillary.
To some degree all of this is true but this forget something vitally important.
Until he became the Vice President’s Joe Biden was a senator but not JUST a senator a VERY SENIOR senator. He was elected in the Nixon Landslide in 1972.
To put that in perspective when Joe Biden was elected Harry Truman was still alive and when he took office Lyndon Johnson was two weeks away from death. Roe v Wade decision had not been announced. Walter Cronkite and Huntley & Brinkley were on the news. Ronald Reagan was of California, MASH was in it’s first season on the air. The Godfather had not yet one the Oscar for Best Picture. The reigning Batting Champion of the American League was Rod Carew and the reigning MVP of the the Stanley Cup Finals was Bobby Orr and Jon Pertwee was playing the 3rd Doctor.
Or to put it another way, When Biden was took his senate seat. Ted Cruz was two years old, Marco Rubio was one, Rand Paul was Sarah Palin was eight, Rand Paul was a week away from his 10th birthday party and President Barack Obama was a twelve year old kid.
He sat in that senate for through Watergate, through The Iranian Hostage Crisis, Iran Contra, The first gulf war, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Clinton and Monica, Impeachment, Bush v Gore, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan.
The truth is a man doesn’t service 36 years in the Senate without learning a thing or two about politics neither does he serve the cause of liberalism that long without earning a few chits.
Obamacare passed with EXACTLY enough votes in the senate, the US Senate held off making a budget just long enough so it wouldn’t effect the re-election of the president, Biden forces the issue of Gay Marriage at a time when Barack Obama funding from the left is in danger.
I ask anyone who has seen Barack Obama in action, do you SERIOUSLY believe he would have any successes behind him if he didn’t have with him an experienced senator who was in office long enough to know every secret, every vote and where every single body is buried? Do you seriously think he would have any chance of motivating any Senator to do his bidding if this wasn’t the case?
And you’d better believe each person who wanted those things done aren’t aware of Joe Biden part in it.
I submit and suggest that Joe Biden figured out really fast that the “gaffe machine” business not only made him more endearing to the average person and has played it up over the years to disarm those who oppose him.
Bottom line Biden is an experienced Pol and now has 8 years of the vice presidency in his pocket to go along with everything else.
If anyone thinks Biden is going to be a pushover in 2016 they are sadly mistaken.