Vice President Joe Biden will be in Chicago today to campaign for Illinois candidates, including Alexi Giannoulias – the mob banker running to replace Roland Burris in the U.S. Senate.
In the context of recent events, this campaign stop is particularly ironic.
Last week, Giannoulias stepped up attacks on his opponent, Mark Kirk, trying to label him as an exaggerator. Giannoulias’s own embellishments aside, the Chicago media has so far missed the obvious opportunity to call out Giannoulias’s hypocrisy for hitting Mark Kirk as an exaggerator while touting his support from Joe Biden.
After all, the vice president himself is a serial exaggerator. At one point during the 2008 Presidential election, MSNBC even hosted a conversation about Biden’s “embellishment problem.” (Sound familiar? THE WEEKLY STANDARD has covered Giannoulias’s own embellishments here, here, and here.)
We all remember the “big mistake” of Joe Biden’s career – the infamous plagiarized speech of 1988. But Biden’s embellishments continue to this day.
Here are a few of the most colorful examples:
· ABC News discovered that Biden’s helicopter was never “forced down” by enemy forces in Afghanistan – “a snowstorm had forced them down.”
· The Hill newspaper revealed that while Biden had claimed to be shot at in the Green Zone of Iraq, he later admitted, “I was near where a shot landed.”
· And as National Review Online wrote, Biden’s presentation during the 2008 vice-presidential debate was riddled with inaccuracies and embellishments.
If Joe Biden is prudent, he’ll respond with “no comment” if asked by reporters about Giannoulias’s attacks on Mark Kirk. Prudence and self-control, however, are not the vice president’s strong suits.