Biden got 638 votes in New Hampshire primary.

Lately there has been some “buzz” about VP Joe Biden jumping into the Democratic primary race. The latest “love note” to Joe appeared in today’s New York Post. Although a reporter’s byline appears on the story, one gets the sense that someone on the Biden staff wrote the piece.

Let’s take a look at how well Biden did during the last New Hampshire primary. The following story is about the vice president after he was selected to run with Obama. It originally appeared in A Rake’s Progress, August 24, 2008. As you read, ask yourself how different things would be in 2016. My bet: Not much.

With his inside-the-Beltway media friends singing his praises as a “heavyweight,” you might guess that Joe Biden has a fantastic track-record as a vote-getting machine.

 

Once the fairy dust settles, it will become clear to Democrats that Obama couldn’t have made a worse choice.

 

Let’s start with the plagiarism problem. It won’t go away no matter how hard Howard Fineman and other liberal reporters try to minimize it. Cheating says something about a candidate’s character — and Biden has a long, nefarious track record as someone who is willing to steal ideas and words, to exaggerate and lie about his background to get ahead. People don’t like cheaters.

 

Second problem: Biden is on record as saying that Obama is not ready to be president! He didn’t suggest this, he came flat out and said it: “Obama is not qualified to be president.” So Obama picked him because. . . . More poor judgment from BO.

 

Third problem: Biden is Kerry lite. Biden has spent decades in the Senate and has accomplished nothing except to get old and become a senior “force” within the senate itself. Like John Kerry, over the years he has developed a senator’s sense of entitlement. He is lazy and self-indulgent. The reason he is so outspoken is that he feels invulnerable. It’s an affliction suffered by many long-serving senators. Assuming they have a lifetime appointment, they feel they can say whatever is on their little minds without consequence. And they do — sometimes with fatal consequences.

 

Fourth problem: Biden is a strategic nightmare for Obama. The “president of change” has selected the ultimate insider as his VP? Leading up to this announcement it was become clear even to the most dedicated Obama supporter than their man was drifting away from his core values (as nebulous as they were). Now he picks someone who says the Great One is not ready for the White House, someone who is more about the “politics of the past” than Obama’s favorite ex-foe, Hillary Clinton. What is Obama thinking? This is now a great opportunity for Republicans to show voters who is the real president of change. And they can thank Obama for giving him this opening. . . .

 

Fifth problem: Biden is an uninspiring, uninspired candidate. In the New Hampshire primary, he got a pathetic 638 votes. Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Richardson, even Dennis the Menace did better than Biden. No one want to see this guy, listen to him, vote for him.

 

Biden is day-old newspaper delivered late, day after day after day. Put it in the cat box. Wrap your fish with it. But no way are you going to read it or vote for it! I promise that after three weeks on the campaign trail, Americans will be zapping Biden whenever he appears on their TV screens. . .and that means fewer adoring eyes for Obama.

 

Nice work, Barack.

Remember when: “Hillary leads Dem candidates in character, honesty.”

Now that journalists and pundits are explaining Hillary’s current position in the polls to a lack of character, I thought I’d reprint this short blog post about an AP Poll from fellow HCQ editor, Rake Morgan:

The latest Associated Press poll shows that Hillary Clinton’s unwillingness to “disown” her past support for the Iraq war is creating confidence in her honesty and character among voters.

According to AP poll  results announced today (reported in the Huffington Post), 55% of voters say that honesty and character are more important than specific policy positions.

On that key trait, Hillary Clinton has a considerable lead over all other Democrats:

“Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York leads with 38 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois at 21 percent. Former Vice President Al Gore is at 14 percent and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards is at 10 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits.”

Curb your enthusiasm, Hillary!

Of course, I say this with all the sarcasm I can muster: Hillary needs to tone it down a bit! On the campaign trail she gets much too excited, is too passionate about her ideas, too passionate about running for president.

Yeah, right.

How else can we explain the latest New Hampshire poll that shows Bernie the Failed Socialist Sanders leading Hillary in the most recent Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll of Democrats? The most profound data coming from the survey is the revelation that voters would back Hillary if she got the nomination, but would do so “without enthusiasm.”

I lived in New Hampshire some 30+ years and can attest to the high percentage of nut-jobs in the state’s Democratic Party. The GOP ruled the state for so long, Dems thought they could say and think whatever they wanted because it just didn’t matter; they were going to lose, anyway.

But this is different. Yes, Sanders comes from neighboring Vermont, and my guess is that the Trump vision of a wall at the border separating Mexico from the U.S. would be more appropriate between Vermont and New Hampshire. We don’t speak the same language. The point, however, is that what Democrats in New Hampshire think does matter, at least this time. If given a compelling vision or cause to support, they will do so and do it enthusiastically.

Sanders has a vision. In fact, a review of his legislative accomplishments suggests that is all he has — a vision without deeds. Ask the “Black Lives Matter” group if Bernie has done much for them. On the other hand, his pseudo-socialist views play well at a time when people — especially young people — are sick of “the man” controlling their futures, ruining the planet, making them pay for their Internet connections. And Bernie knows this speech well enough to give it with enthusiasm and credibility.

Hillary, not so much. Sanders represents a movement that is attractive to young people. Hillary represents a scattering of ideas that seem just like more political goop (thanks, Gwenyth!). She seems tired, old, entitled, and too rich to be credible when she gives speeches about economic and political injustice.

It’s time for her to look more closely into her own heart and soul and discover what she really believes. I’ve followed her career for over 20 years and I don’t really know what she believes. What I do know is that reporting on her campaign is something of a snooze, and it’s been like that for months.

Wish I could write more today, but I need cup of coffee and an hour or two playing with my Flight Simulator.