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POLITICO: "Joe Biden sidelined"

The lead story this Thursday morning in POLITICO goes over how Vice President Joe Biden hasn't played a central role in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations - despite all his Congressional connections - although doubtless the Veep has the President's ear. They had lunch earlier this week.

Come to think of it, we haven't heard much from the Veep of late, apart from that well-publicized Costco shopping tour.

Here's POLITICO's piece...



http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/joe-biden-in-the-bullpen-85022.html?hp=t1



You can hear my interview with one of the co-authors, Carrie Budoff Brown of POLITICO---


Audio Here

Posted at 8:19am on December 13, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 8:42am
Well VP Bidens' strength is in foreign affairs, not economics, so maybe Obama has chosen to keep the gaffes to a minimum as these fiscal-cliff negotiations are important, and the President doesn't want a "Biden moment" to mess things up.

teatime
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 9:51am


Biden told Fox News that the fiscal cliff negotiations are a big F-$#@%ng deal.

JimH
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 11:31am
Near the end of the campaign, I heard several news commentators remark on the vanishing Joe Biden. Now he is below the radar again. It may be a sign of changes to come.

One thought in my mind is the election is over. Obama really does not need Biden. Now is the time to focus all of the attention on Mr. Obama and the House Speaker. If the negotiations succeed, why share the glory with the old man in the Naval Observatory?

Does Biden have Mr. Obama's ear? I have to disagree on that point. Obama had lunch with Romney also. It means nothing.

Another thought is going through my mind. Mrs. Clinton is being talked about almost daily. James Carvel is begging her to run for the White House and is telling everyone else to bug off. Does HE have Mr. Obama's ear? Biden still wants to run. Could there be a deal/agreement to keep Joe under wraps as much as possible and keep his mouth Super-glued shut?

EarlGrey
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 12:55pm
As the Politico article points out...Joe is working behind the scenes with union leaders and progressive leaders. He is a bigger asset away from the cameras and his infamous gaffes.

If only these same "journalists" would dig into real stories...like the Benghazi survivors hidden by our State Dept from Congress. Hillary will soon take the stand to give her side of what happened...why not hear what happened from those who were actually there?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/12/12/Chaffetz-Benghazi-State-Dept

Allan Loudell
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 1:07pm
Just talked to CBS News Investigative correspondent Sharyl Atkisson about the Benghazi story yesterday. It represented a major segment on the second half hour of the "Delaware News at Noon". You may want to listen to the podcast, which has now been posted.

POLITICO is more a site for the POLITICS of stories than an in-depth examination of an international story of that sort. (But it will report on Congressional hearings on such an issue.) Different media outlets play different roles.

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 1:22pm
What I found interesting in the CBS interview Allan did yesterday, was how the CBS reporter has been shut out by Obama. So even the mainstream media get dissed by Obama.

mrpizza
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 6:51pm
Let's keep Joe Buffoon silent as long as possible! Maybe by 2016 everybody will forget he ever existed!

EarlGrey
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 8:07pm
Sorry I missed your interview with Sharyl Atkisson...she has done some amazing reporting on Benghazi and Fast&Furious.

Have you ever interviewed Eli Lake at The Daily Beast? He has done some serious reporting on Benghazi as well.

Also, just read that Hillary may not be testifying next week:
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/13/state_dept_clinton_may_not_testify_on_benghazi_1



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