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POLITICO: "Joe Biden in Winter"

Another Joe Biden article, but this one - from POLITICO's Glenn Thrush (formerly of NEWSDAY) - offers, I think, a few fresh insights from folks in the Administration and close to the Veep.

You can hear my interview with Glenn Thrush---

Audio Here

No question, Joe has been doing a media tour over the last few days...


Joe in his "winter" can still wow the ladies, at least according to this behind-the-scenes account in The NEW REPUBLIC about the Veep's recent appearance on "The View"...


Posted at 6:08am on February 27, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 8:26am
That's our Joe, he's a real smoozer, always has been. He's charismatic, no doubt. However, those same women who were so impressed with Joe Biden at the ABC-TV studios - if they had to choose between Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, or Joe Biden - my guess is Biden would come in third behind the two ladies.

Even Republican women want a woman President. It wouldn't surprise me if Hillary or Elizabeth were running in 2016 - and if there were a male G.O.P. candidate, a group of Republican women would tell their husbands they're voting G.O.P. [to avoid an argument] - but once inside the privacy of the voting booth, would pull the lever, push the button, punch out the chad for one of those DEM ladies.

So my guess is Biden won't get the DEM nomination, and either Mrs. Clinton or Ms. Warren will.

Now could the G.O.P./TEA party beat Hillary or Elizabeth if they ran a woman candidate that's not some nutjob like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, or Christine O'Donnell?

The G.O.P.'s Achilles Heel, I believe IS the TEA party. They have strong anti-female issues [anti-abortion; birth control - think Rick Santorum - anti-healthcare, etc.] as major parts of their platform, that most women, including good Republican women, are against, so the G.O.P./TEA Party might can get the fundamentalist Christian female voter who agrees with the TEA Party on those female issues, but would not do so well with the rest of the feminine voting population, Christian or otherwise, in my opinion.

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 8:54am
Sorry but IMHO both Joe and Hillary are too old and should listen to the advice offered in the Pope's quote.

I must not disguise myself from the truth, I am definitely approaching old age. My mind resents this and almost rebels, for I still feel so young, eager, agile and alert. But one look in the mirror disillusions me. This is the season of maturity.~Pope John XXIII

Mike: So Palin is a "nut job" but Warren isn't? Have you listened to Warren and her politics?

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 9:03am
Mike, I think you are wrong about Ms. Warren. She is not ready for the presidency. Hillary is a different story; she's been second in command, she's been a hard-working Senator for the state of New York, and she has been Secretary of State, knows most of the international players. In typing this, it just hit me that we haven't had anyone with that quality of experience land the Oval Office, since Eisenhower, and he got all of his experience from his generalship in Europe... Hillary has a shockingly powerful resume.

Your assessment of the Republican Party's Achilles heel, is correct... They may yell at mainstream Republicans as being RINO's, but the truth is, the Tea Party extremists have made the Republican Party the party of DINO's, as in extinct....

The gay bill in Arizona is just another nail in the coffin. It is proof no one cares what Tea Partiers think... America has moved on, and like a kicked-out little kid beside the road throwing a gigantic tantrum, and his parents deciding to teach him a lesson and pull back onto the highway and temporarily leave him there, Tea Partiers are standing by the road with no idea of what they now will do.

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:38am
Mike and kavips: Let's just see how "irrelevant" the Tea Party is in 2014... I will concede the "movement" has died in the deep blue state of Delaware but not across the entire nation. Quite a few quality Tea Party-type candidates have popped up to challenge the Progressive Republicans and Democrats in 2014.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 1:43pm
Kavips: Elizabeth Warren may or may not be ready, but my point was, either woman would beat out Joe Biden.

EarlGrey: Ms. Warren is in favor of Social Security and protecting the social safety net; that's not so crazy in my opinion. I don't know much about her, but on those things, I can agree with her. If she throws her hat into the ring, then we'll hear much more, I'm sure.

Sure, the TEA Party will get fundamentalist Christian women, but not mainstream Christianity, or Catholic women. The TEA will get Rednecks [male and female], but not others.

The TEA folks want to protect the wealthy at the expense of folks like me, so why would I want to vote against my self-interest [note the wealthy for the most part aren't voting against their self-interests, and becoming Democrats], so why expect the poor and working-class folks to vote against their self-interests?

The AZ Gay bill should have only covered those who are involved with the actual LGBT wedding ceremony/celebration; beyond that it is discrimination. Yet, folks like Al Mascitti [listened to him today] still are against even that; this is the one area where I agree with the TEA folks, but also know the nation is not going to back even that.

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:47pm
MFD: Uh...excuse me....I'm a mainstream Christian and I'm a TEA Party member. I'm sure there are many more of us too.

Allan: You know I admire you as a person and a journalist but your fascination with Joe Biden is really starting to wear on me.

Allan Loudell
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:37pm
Mr. Pizza---

Sorry, we're a Delaware station and the Vice-President's home is in Delaware, with his son the Attorney General.

Whether I'm personally fascinated with the Bidens is immaterial. (Honestly, at times I am, and at times the coverage gets redundant and I get bored.)

But as a Delaware station and website, of course, I'm going to thread to national media treatments of the Veep.

Allan Loudell

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 8:14pm
Understood, Allan. I know you're just doing your job.

Thanks for providing a plausible explanation. I feel better now.

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