Monday, October 06, 2008

The Spacey Senator

For a rundown of Joe Biden's numerous misstatements in his debate with the comparably erudite Sarah Palin, see here.

It has been a source of amusement that the senior Senator from Delaware has been lauded all summer as a foreign policy expert -- or as a constitutional one. One supposes that if a person speaks for long enough, others will begin to assume that he must know what he is talking about.

In fact, friends, including at least one Democrat, who have worked on Capitol Hill have told The Oracle for years that Sen. Biden is one of the dimmer bulbs in Congress -- certainly brighter than former Tennessee congressman Van Hilleary, but roughly in the same league with Barbara Boxer..

The press has spoken repeatedly since his nomination of Sen. Biden's "gaffes." But the term "gaffe" implies that the speaker has merely blurted out without thinking. Often, Sen. Biden misspeaks because he doesn't know what in the world he is talking about.


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