Biden is Royal Tenenbaum, Dan.
He not only brought us gravitas, he brought us one of my favorite presidential debate lines ever, "I knew John F. Kennedy. And let me tell you, you're no John F. Kennedy."
Whereas Bentson brought gravitas, Biden brings the teeth of a pit bull. Agnew might be a more apt comparison.
Biden obliterates the persistent fear lefties carry around, that if they talk too much or too clearly people will know what we really think. (Remember Dylan: "if my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head inside a guillotine.")
Biden's a big, bluff, talkative guy who believes what he says and knows whereof he speaks. He got in a bit of trouble for saying one of Bush's speeches was "bullshit." He stabbed Giuliani in the gut when everyone else was deferential to the weasel. He'll look across the podium at Mitt Romney and make him wet his pants.
I'm not a huge fan of manly-man types, but damn this would be a good year for Democrats to let it all out, outrage and all. Biden's a tremendous candidate for that.
And as for the comparison with Bentsen, close your eyes and imagine these two scenese:
1) Joe Biden and Barack Obama looking over the morning papers and shooting the breeze on foreign policy over coffee;
2) Lloyd Bentsen and Michael Dukakis attempting the same.
Check out David Brook's column in the NYT. He make a great arguement as to why Biden is a great choice.
The similarities are remarkable:
It is just you, Dan. Andy @4, well-stated.
Recommended line for the day, to be delivered by somebody like Bill Richardson or Chris Dodd: "I served with Lloyd Bentsen. I knew Lloyd Bentsen. Lloyd Bentsen was a friend of mine. Senator Biden is no Lloyd Bentsen."
Oh, and for God's sake, Barack Obama is no Michael Dukakis--although God knows the Republicans are doing everything they can to Dukakize him.
The Dems need more manly man types to obliterate the notion that we're a bunch of corduroy pants/birkenstock wearing girlie-guys with fanny packs. That's one of many reasons why I'm liking Biden more and more.
Now I'd love to hear him say vis-a-vis McCain: "subject + verb + I was a POW."
yeah, we get it, you don't like Biden.
You were wrong in your prediction!
Well, I met Lloyd Bentsen, and you're no Lloyd Bentsen, Senator Biden.
Bracing yourselves for the "Noun, Verb, Northern Liberal/Brain-tumor/Loose Cannon" campaign against him.
WTF? Bentsen had very little charisma or connection to folks across the country and came across as an entitled almost aristocratic Senator. Biden doesn't.
Oh, very nice to hear that it's good to be a "bluff, talkative guy who believes what he says and knows whereof he speaks" who sometimes gets into trouble for saying what one thinks and that it's good to "let it all out, outrage and all."
Yes, Dan, it's JUST YOU. What's the matter? Got insomnia again? Go take a nap! Go play with your kid. Go play with your boyfriend. DO ANYTHING but for the love of god stay the hell away from your keyboard for the rest of the weekend. We get it. Your prediction about Biden was wrong. GET OVER IT.
I think a better question would be: Is Joe Biden to Barack Obama in 2008 as Lyndon Johnson was to John F. Kennedy in 1960?
Yes, that's an open-ended question, with assassinations and escalations of wars in mind.
Personally speaking, I hope not.
As long as Obama doesn't remind you of the guy on the right...
Well if it isn't the kettle calling the pot black. A man who enjoyed sliding his hard cock into a slimy wet tight pussy when he was young (his brother's left overs at that). Now critizing someone who offers someone and so many others so much more important. A "man" who drools over images of females who "look" like emaciated men. You are a failure indeed.
So I guess DAN you can tell Terri(y?) your dick is really named DoCockIss. Yes!?
Yuck. That means you fucked a number of female "Lloyd Bentsens." As the quote goes--"I just threw up in my mouth a little bit."
I seen you today Hipster. You had a cigarette in one hand and a Stranger in the other. You smelled like stinking cigarette smoke as you puffed away feeding your loser addiction. Your ear lobes were sagging with ear plugs that went out of style five years ago. And those tats? The colors have faded and they are starting to merge into an ugly blob. Didn't you ever notice what tats look like on older men? You thought those fuckers would forever be in style? Would you like to wear the same fucking shirt every day for the rest of your life? And that tat on your neck-it shouts LOSER to everyone who sees it. But being a loser is your thing right? That's why you read the Slog.
Dan, you need to get yer eyes checked. Bentsen was fucking Matlock.
It's just you.
I have no idea what you're talking about. I do not remember anything about the 1988 election.
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