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Biden: At Least 30 Percent of the Time We're Going to Blow It

2:27 PM, Feb 6, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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From a transcript of Biden's remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference:

The president and I were talking about something yesterday in the Oval Office -- which, to the press here, I'll not suggest what it was -- but the response was to the folks that were in the office with us -- was, you know, if we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, we stand up there and we make really tough decisions, there's still a 30-percent chance we're going to get it wrong. You, too. You, too. Because I can't think of a time, as a student of history -- and I've participated in this business as long as almost anybody but my chairman from Michigan. I think I've been here -- not a lot of you have served more than 36 years.

Is that how Democrats defined competence before the election?