"It's his charm. It's his gift. It's his political liability, and it's part of an American conundrum. We beg for authenticity, and then when we get it, oh man, it's hilarious. [Vice President Joe] Biden can be fantastic when he's on his game. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, his speech got higher Nielsen ratings than either Bill Clinton's or Obama's. He killed the debate against Ryan, pumped air back into a campaign deflated after Obama's miserable first performance against Romney. Watching those performances, it's almost impossible to see him as a person once crippled by speech."
Satirical periodical The Onion
has long used Vice-President Joe Biden as a running gag for a series of articles depicting the VP
as a tattooed party animal often at odds with the law. The articles have been among the most popular on the site
Today, the real Joe Biden responds, calling the series "hilarious" while also correcting The Onion
; Joe has a '67 Corvette, not a Trans-Am.
Change has come to Google Maps.
The Cheney veil of pixels is gone from the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory. But don't look for sat photos to show you whatever it was that happened beneath the house.
If you missed the VP debate last night, you might enjoy this video of VP debate highlights in song and dance
by Michael Gregory. (Also available: Running From Your Shadow
, presidential debate highlights in song and dance.) DLYT
, the BBC
have all revealed that Republican US presidential candidate John McCain has picked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin
as his running mate on his 72nd birthday on the eve of the start of Republican National Convention
. Despite being wildly popular in Alaska, Palin has recently been involved in an investigation
over whether she dismissed a public safety commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
(because someone’s got to do it)
just confirmed that the Obama Campaign
has chosen Delaware’s 65-year-old Senator Joe Biden
as the presumptive nominee’s Vice Presidential running mate. With decades of foreign policy experience
(including a recent stint
in war-torn Georgia
), and as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
, can Biden help pull the ticket out of a neck
tie with Senator John McCain [more inside]
Canadian freelance writer and comic-book vandal
Chris "MGK" Bird surveys the field of Obama's potential running mates
“I would say ‘No, Hillary.’"
The 97 U.S. Senators who are not currently running for President reply to the question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”
Vice President Richard Cheney, a mystery and an enigma: Joan Didion pulls together what is publicly known about Richard Cheney
--his career history, his ideas, the way he works. "He runs an office so disinclined to communicate that it routinely refuses to disclose who works there, even for updates to the Federal Directory
, which lists names and contact addresses for government officials. 'We just don't give out that kind of information,' an aide told one reporter. 'It's just not something we talk about.'" Previously
"The job is waiting--there is no other job to do. ... Daniel Webster in the middle of the nineteenth century refused the vice presidential nomination saying 'he did not propose to be buried until he was already dead,' and Theodore Roosevelt at the beginning of the twentieth century accepted it but said he was 'taking the veil' and considered going back to finish law school to occupy his spare time." The American Prospect
investigates the workings of Cheney's Office of the Vice President
and discusses its unprecedented power. A stark contrast with the traditional role
of the vice president.
It was only a matter of time before someone recorded "Cheney's Got a Gun
" and made it into a Flash cartoon. Or the Dick Cheney Quail Hunt
game. After all, he's our Notorious V.P.
Obligatory post-debate thread.
Who do you think won? Why? Do the VP debates matter?
you are Fat Tony,
now you're just haggling
over the price." Thanks for the Churchill whore meme
, who flagged this comment
Justice Scalia: "If it is reasonable to think that a Supreme Court justice can be bought so cheap
, the nation is in deeper trouble
than I had imagined." So, what is
the going rate?
: "The next time you walk into a gay public place, be prepared for a chorus calling you everything from a quisling and a betrayer to a selfish, fiendish, nasty example of a human being." Michelangelo Signorile's open letter to the VP's gay daughter.
Iranian vice-president is blogging.
Mohammad Ali Abtahi is perhaps the only major politician who publishes his personal diary, and his secretly taken photos from official meetings (e.g. the ousted president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze
) on his weblog, which is unfortunately only in Persian. (via iranFilter)
How does one assure global stability in a world where there is only one strong power? John Perry Barlow (previously mentioned here
) thinks Dick Cheney has the answer
Have You Seen This Man?
Where is the Vice President of the United States? In the past, the VP was largely a non-actor; waiting in the wings for something bad to happen. However VP RC has hardly been that to President Bush. Is he "hiding," purely for security reasons, or is something else going on?
Has anyone seen or heard from Dick Cheney in a while?
Follow the link and go about 1/3 of the way down to find this part:
In Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney has remained at a secure, undisclosed location away from the White House, two administration officials told CNN. He had been scheduled to swear in Tom Ridge Monday as the new director of homeland security; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stepped in to deliver the oath instead.
Yes, I know you want the backup man protected, but does it also require that he not make a single appearance or statement?
So, what's up with Cheney?
As long as we're discussing vice-presidential candidates,
I thought I'd point out this gem about the Reform Party's offering.
Vice-Presidential Nominee Dick Cheney Didn't Vote in 14 of the 16 Last Elections.
I am not for either side yet
, but for me this does not help the Elephants one bit. Why should I even consider voting for Dick when a he dosen't even take the time to participate in our democracy?
USA Vice President Al Gore
really put his foot in it this time. Seems he urged students to drive drunk responsibly. That makes as much sense as urging people to participate in safe sex without protection. Smart Al.
Al Gore has decided on Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) as his VP nominee,
sez someone who ratted to the AP. I suppose there's a small chance they're just leaking this now to test public and media reaction before making a final fianl decision, but I doubt it.
Time looks at Dubya's Veep choice.
Here's what's interesting:
"In fact, by (the time of Sen. John Danforth's interview) Bush not only knew he wanted Cheney to be his Vice President; he also knew Cheney would say yes. But that was information that neither man shared with Danforth. He and 10 other would-be running mates had laid themselves bare before Cheney and his vetting team."
Why would Bush continue to put people through an exhaustive
screening process after he already made up his mind... Unless he was digging for dirt on rivals?
J. Edgar Hoover lives.