I have never had any respect and admiration for Joe Biden. Now I have less.
Oh, he has my genuine sympathy. But respect?
I went to the Congress about a year before Joe Biden. I was a lowly staff member working for a member of the House of Representatives. Less that a year after Joe Biden arrived I was outside a meeting room filled with Senators and House members. Biden and several staffers arrived late. After Biden went into the meeting, his employees commenced to tell stories about how stupid their boss was for about an hour.
I left in disgust. Before that I thought all senators were special.
Above: Joe Biden hides behind the Obama mantra of “Change.” But he’s been a Senator from Delaware for some 35 years. He claims he is a blue collar guy from Scranton, Pa., but he has a multi-million dollar house near his Mom’s in Delaware. Here he speaks during a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
You’ve witnessed some of Joe Biden at his normal, usual, incredible greatness since Barack Obama thought he needed someone smarter than himself on foreign policy. You saw, “I have a three letter word for what’s important to Americans! J-O-B-S.”
That’s classic Joe Biden. He also asked a state legislator who happens to be a paraplegic to “Stand up and take a bow!”
That’s Joe Biden.
But I never really had animosity toward Joe Biden until now. Before this he only amused me and gained pity and laughter. Now I have some distain for the man.
Joe Biden decided to pontificate on the issue of abortion at about the time of the Democratic National Convention. He seemed to be telling Catholics that abortion was OK and his Church was confused.
Pontificating should be left to the Pontiff, Joe.
In fact, Mr. Biden (along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi) was confused about abortion and Catholic Church teaching. Both earned repremands from multiple members of the Church hierarachy.
Did you see Joe Biden at the Catholic Charities dinner hosted by Cardinal Edward Egan last night? John McCain and Barack Obama were welcome. Joe Biden wasn’t welcome. Why? Because Joe Biden defies Catholic Church law and teaches his own version of Catholic Doctrine.
Above: Where’s Joe Biden? Not welcome. Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, Cardinal Edward Egan, center, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., laugh during the Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Biden, it seems, will do just about anything to get himself and Barack Obama elected to higher office. Biden has forgotten that in politics, and in life, there is a “high road.” Joe Bien has forgotten what “integrity” means.
So Biden has chosen the low road.
Case in point: Joe the Plumber.
Joe the Plumber is a regular guy. Joe the Plumber isn’t a perfect messenger and I love that. He brought to the fore issues about Barack Obama’s economic and tax plan.
Joe Biden is all over Joe the Plumber like a dirty shirt. Biden has pointed out that the Plumber lacks a plumbing license, might have a tax lien against him and maybe doesn’t even vote.
Who cares? Joe the Plumber still got Obama to say what he really believes in: redistributing wealth from those that earn to those that don’t.
On Thursday Joe Biden went to NBC, which is clearly “in the tank” for Obama and not at all impartial, having lost all journalistic integrity, just to trash Joe the Plumber. Biden opened the day on the “Today Show” and closed the day with Jay Leno. Trashing Joe the Plumber all the way.
Biden was trying maybe to kill the messenger and by discrediting him, hoping we’ll all forget about his point: that Obama’s tax and economic plan is socialism that makes no sense to Americans earning a living.
Joe Biden: going after Mister Average should be beneath you. You should be on the High Road. But you’re not.
I have more respect for Joe the Plumber than Joe the Jerk Biden. Any day.
A few after thoughts:
1. My Dad used to say, “You need a license to drive but not to say stupid things….”
2. When I called my Vietnamese-born wife (she voted for the first time as a U.S. citizen four years ago) and said, “Joe Biden says Joe the Plumber doesn’t have a license so we shouldn’t believe him,” she responded, “Oh, PLEASE!”
Above: A Plumber sent this to us…