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12/09/2004

 

Biden for Prez


Go Joe Biden. The esoteric windbag – or is that pedagogic misanthrope – Senator from Delaware, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., told Don Imus "in the morning" that he might seek the Dem nomination in '08. [HT, Taegan Goddard.]

In 1987, when seeking the same nomination, Biden famously said:
I was thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I'm the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest? .... Those same people who read poetry and wrote poetry and taught me to sing verse? Is it that they didn't work very hard, my ancestors who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours?
British politician Neil Kinnock, the head of their Labour [sic] Party, had long before said:
Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to University? Why is Glenys [Kinnock's wife] the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?. . . Those people who could sing and play and recite and write poetry? Those people who could make wonderful, beautiful things with their hands? Those people who could dream dreams, see visions? Why didn't they get it? Was it because they were weak? Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football?
Same stuff. Biden was forced to withdraw from the Dem race.

I remember clearly at the time a reporter amongst a gaggle asking him about this plagiarism in a what looked to be a hotel lobby. Biden turned to the man, who I remember as being a little chubby, and angrily challenged him to an IQ test. (I thought: "Yeah, name the time, the place, and the test, Joe.")

Joe Biden wants to be President. Possibly his only qualification, if such it be, is that John McCain obvious believes Biden is the smartest man in the Senate. And he is a bright guy, don't fool yourself. But so is Geraldo Rivera, of whom Biden often reminds me.

And so I don't get attacked for plagiarizing, or whatever, I found the Kinnock quote, and the Biden version thereof, in a "web periodical" called The Idler. Biden, on the other hand, was also found to have plagiarized in law-school, puffed his academic record, and quoted sundry Dem politicians in various settings. He might have borrowed his IQ from Dan Rather or Al Franken.

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