Joe Biden's Invented Quotation
2:01 PM, Jun 30, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Yesterday, millions of Americans received an important email (subject line: "This is important") from no less a personage than the vice president of the United States. Here it is:
Apart from its general amusement value (and even though he was just repeating lines he delivered weeks ago), there's one striking thing about this email:
It's undoubtedly a lie. It's inconceivable that "several Republican senators" would have told Joe Biden they'd voted against background checks because of fear of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. That might be the kind of thing you'd say to a close colleague of your own party—though even then, most senators have too much self-regard to say it to anyone, even if it were true. But there's no way Republican senators would say this to Joe Biden.
And the proof is in the alleged quotation. Biden claims GOP senators told him Cruz or Paul "will be in my district." But they're senators. They don't have districts. They would have said, if they'd said anything at all, "they're going to be in my state."
Lesson: If you're going to invent a quotation, at least make it a plausible one.
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