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How Barack Obama Is Making Vice President Biden A Prophet While Destroying His Career

There is a Politico piece out that addresses the rising unpopularity of Vice President Joe Biden. The gist of the article is that pundits are flummoxed by the Veep's sinking polls and the apparent inability to tie his predicament to any particular event.

A series of recent polls reveals that Vice President Joe Biden's popularity has significantly declined over the past year, lagging well behind President Barack Obama's and even his recent vice presidential predecessors.

His predicament is stumping pollsters and has experts wondering what, if anything, the erosion in his numbers reveals about the public's feelings toward Biden and his expanding role or if it is simply exaggerated by Obama's stratospheric popularity and the dismal state of the economy.

In a comparison of average vice presidential favorability ratings compiled by Gallup, Biden is less popular than both Al Gore and Dick Cheney were in their first year in office.

That comparison to Cheney will surely send the Left and Biden into spasms of fear and loathing. The humor in that scenario is worthy of a book but, as this is a post about the Gaffematic, I'll reduce it to much less.

Joe Biden has several problems. The first one is credibility. He signed his name (along with Christina Roemer) to a famously wrong estimate of how the stimulus legislation would hold unemployment below 8.5% for the mere price of one trillion dollars in government pork. After several months of 300,000 plus newly jobless voters it's no shock that some have begun to read the small print in what they were sold.

Oblivious to the rapidly increasing economic crisis, Biden did what he does best: he uttered a totally insane comment that the Stimulus Legislation was working better than the administration's wildest expectations.

Then there was the advice Biden offered on the Today Show, where he advised his own family members to stay off commercial airlines because of swine flu concerns. Delta, American and U S Air surely appreciated that on air plug.

One of the Politco's most interesting theories is that the Veep is wilting in the cosmic heat by virtue of its proximity to the Obama Star. This last example is perhaps the most enetertaining because of its embarrassing (and revealing) confusion of cause and effect. With thirty six years in the Senate under his belt, it's ironic that Joe Biden decided, at the apex of his career, to hitch a ride with the brightest political flash in the pan Washington has seen in a century. Somewhere in the Vice President's residence there must be an argument raging about these topics:

  • Feb. 2007 on Obama's appeal: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean that's a storybook, man."
  • Aug. 2007 on Obama's experience: "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
  • Aug. 2007 on Obama's threat to go into Pakistan after Al Qaeda: "The way to deal with it is not to announce it, it's to do it. . . . The last thing you want to do is telegraph to the folks in Pakistan that we're about to violate . . . their sovereignty."
  • Aug. 2007 on Obama's pledge to meet with leaders of rogue nations: "Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was president? Absolutely, positively no."
  • Sept. 2007 on Obama's Iraq plan: "My impression is he thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany. I've seen zero evidence of that."

The Education of Joe Biden...that sounds like a good book title. Why I Wish I Had Never Met Barack Obama may sell better in 2010.


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Comments (11)

Or could it be that:<... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

Or could it be that:

A) The MSM doesn't idolize & carry water for Biden like it does "The One"

B) Poll results for "The One" don't reflect reality (ask John Kerry about those exit polls).

C) Both

Joey came in on Barry's coa... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Joey came in on Barry's coat tails. IT'S ALL ABOUT BARRY! Biden was along for the ride, supposedly for his "foreign relations gravitas".
Things aren't going well in "foreign relations". The MSM well knows that Biden is a putz and famous for just "making shit up". He's the famous crazy uncle that everyone tolerates.

The Dead cat bounce down t... (Below threshold)
Ron:

The Dead cat bounce down that cliff is killing him.

And how does Biden's rating... (Below threshold)
Jim:

And how does Biden's ratings compare to Cheney's now? Just curious.

And how does Biden's popula... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

And how does Biden's popularity today compare to Cheney's popularity today?

BIDEN
Favorable - 42%
Unfavorable - 40%

CHENEY
Favorable - 37%
Unfavorable - 54%

Biden has a long way to go to catch up to Cheney.

Biden's first year is during a recession, Cheney's wasn't. It's not a fair comparison.

Prattle on, but look at Cheney's numbers. That's pretty sad.

Vic

Biden's first year is durin... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Biden's first year is during a recession, Cheney's wasn't. It's not a fair comparison.

Anyone else hear the whine in that?

That's okay VIC, we'll ask again in 3 years. Just to see what excuse you'll come up with then.

Vic...Nah. I'm tir... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Vic...

Nah. I'm tired of dealing with this fool...

Biden: just like his princi... (Below threshold)

Biden: just like his principal, the pretender to what presently passes for the "presidency" -- himself but a simpering sail-eared simpleton -- and, before them, just like John Julia Stimson Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Thorne -Heinz-Kohn-Kerry and Al-Fredo Gore-leone and like the entire recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, mass-murdering co-serial-rapist Billy-Bubbah Blythe (Cli'toon) Crime Family; really pushes both the definition and the envelope of "world's most dangerous dullard!"

Which is, I suppose, just one of the many ways one may say: "Democrat."

Biden is doing this to hims... (Below threshold)
epador:

Biden is doing this to himself. I wouldn't give anyone else credit for this.

Biden was selected to be VP... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

Biden was selected to be VP for one reason and one reason only: insurance.

Honestly? Looking at the qu... (Below threshold)
JustRuss IT1(SW) USN [retired]:

Honestly? Looking at the quotes above I think Biden would make a much better President than Obama. He seems to actually see reality rather than think reality based. Plus he can't lie worth anything! Wouldn't it be nice 223 years later to have another President who "cannot tell a lie"???

If Obama were to drop Biden for another Vice in the next election, he should pick someone with amazing poll numbers (in comparison to his own)...

But it won't be Hillary for a few reasons:

1. He couldn't stomach a VP more popular than HIM (false idols and all that)
2. He would be scared senseless of her being "a heartbeat away" literally.
3. Michelle will once again but the kibosh on it, can't stand that much testosterone competing with her.

Personally I would prefer Hillary or Joe




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