The Biden Follies Continue

At best, the vice president of the United States is cleverly lulling his opponents into a state of complacency before dazzling them–and the rest of us–with wit, intelligence, adroitness and cunning we never thought he had in him.

Or, you know, he could just be a bumbler of gargantuan proportions:

Vice President Biden just capped off one heck of a week with this doozy at a Democratic women’s conference on Friday. While talking about how the Republican Party has changed, Biden brought up a couple of former colleagues who often worked across the aisle.

This is the part where you link to the Washington Post story, and watch the video embedded there.

Done? Good. Now read the below:

If you missed it, you can be forgiven. “Packwood” is former senator Bob Packwood. And for those who didn’t follow politics in the 1990s, he’s not really the kind of person you should be speaking well of at a women’s conference.

The Oregon Republican resigned from the Senate in 1995 amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assaulting women. The Senate ethics committee had voted unanimously to recommend his expulsion.

This is the part where I write something along the lines of “imagine if a Republican did this kind of thing.”

And yes, this has been a bad week, even by Biden’s standards:

It’s been a rough week for Biden, who is no stranger to gaffes. On Tuesday, he used the term “shylock” to describe people who gave bad loans to members of the military. The word is generally recognized as an anti-Semitic slur, and he later apologized.

The next day, he referred to Asia as “the Orient” and said that “we’ll determine” whether the U.S. needs to send ground forces to fight ISIS. President Obama has repeatedly assured the American people that there will be no U.S. troops on the ground fighting ISIS.

At least that last gaffe has the virtue of being more attuned to reality than the president’s statements on the prospect of ground troops in Iraq. But of course, that doesn’t change the fact that Biden was talking out of turn when he made his pronouncement on ground troops.

As expected, we are told that Biden’s gaffes don’t matter because the “news media tends to overhype gaffes,” and that a gaffe only matters “when it motivates the base.” Funny; none of Ronald Reagan’s gaffes, Dan Quayle’s gaffes, or George W. Bush’s gaffes did much to motivate the base, but we’ll never stop hearing the end of them and we’ll never stop hearing about how they supposedly indicate that neither of the three was up to the demands of national leadership. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that Reagan, Quayle and Bush were/are Republicans.