At a women's conference in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden touted Bob Packwood, a politician brought down by a sexual harassment scandal:
"It was Republicans who expanded access to the polls. It was Republicans in the Judiciary Committee that did motor voter. It's Republicans that were involved -- guys like Mac Mathias and Packwood and so many others," Biden said, praising politicians Democrats were once able to work with. "It wasn't Democrats alone. Republicans were the sponsors of raises in the minimum wage. I could go on and on. So I'm not joking -- this is not your father's Republican party or your mother's Republican party."
Packwood of course is Senator Bob Packwood.
"After Republican Robert W. Packwood was narrowly reelected to the Senate by Oregon voters in 1992, The Washington Post published a lengthy front-page story outlining the senator's unwanted sexual advances as reported by 10 women, mainly former staff members and lobbyists," the Washington Post writes of Packwood.
"The extremely detailed and convincing accounts of Packwood's gross misbehavior were appalling. Outrage toward Packwood in his home state of Oregon and across the nation grew by day. The scandal and legal entanglements surrounding it would lead the senator to tearfully end his political career in 1995."
Speaking in Iowa today, Vice President Joe Biden touted the "wisest man in the Orient." Here's video:
"You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy name Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient," the vice president shouted.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation's former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong.
The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?"
In his first foreign trip in the second term of President Barack Obama's presidency, Vice President Joe Biden is gaffing his way across Europe. Biden's three country trip has taken him from Germany to France and, finally, to the UK, where he's just finishing meetings.
I know a gaffe when I see one, having made many myself, and Romney’s 47 percent remark was no gaffe. It was an expression of a belief so deeply held, and so thoroughly validated in the circles in which Romney travels, that it required no fact-checking.
Jerusalem Regarding politicians, the press can keep only one idea in its mind at a time, a single defining characteristic. In Mitt Romney’s case, the idea is he’s gaffe-prone.
Romney doesn’t understand this. On the second day of his foreign trip, Romney and his family were amused as they read aloud the witty headlines in the British papers zinging him over his critique of the country’s preparations for the Olympics. Romney’s son Josh teased him. They all laughed.
Ol' Joe was off message again, talking to his home paper in Delaware just before today's health-care summit, which Obama has diligiently pitched as a truly productive, bipartisan gathering, despite all evidence to the contrary: