11:36 AM, Mar 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
It's surely not worth trying to contemplate the idea that Joe Biden could be a viable presidential candidate in 2016--despite Politico's long feature this morning saying that the vice president's camp appears somewhat serious about the notion. (Literally, Joe Biden? Give me a break.)
But these lines jump out at me, talking about how Biden is seen by Obama aides:
The first part makes sense: Sure, those close to Obama find Biden amusing.
But I'm not quite sure how the second part follows. Has Biden really "proven his value as Obama's ambassador to white, work-class Middle America and as a surrogate who can throw a political punch without appearing mean-spirited"? When did he do all that?
The Politico article does not say. The only thing the article does do is back up the first point. There's this: "There’s Biden’s own reputation as a gaffe machine. And there’s the blunt reality that Biden, for all his energy and affability, has never been terribly popular nationally." And later, another reference to Biden's gaffes: "Stellar staff has always been Biden’s hallmark, a fact that belies his avuncular, gaffe-prone public image."
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