Sen. Obama's gaffe factory
"My friends, I don't have to tell you, this election year the choice is clear. One man stands ready to deliver change we desperately need. A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States: Barack America!" — Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.,
But give credit where credit is due. Sen. Biden is much more than just a gaffe machine, the consummate Washington insider, a verbose defender of the status quo and now Sen. Barack Obama's running mate.
Sen. Biden is a racist, plagiarizing, tax-and-spend liar who helped Ted Kennedy introduce "bork" to the lexicon in 1987. And as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2001-03, he abetted in the resurgence of anti-U.S. socialism in Latin America by letting Sen. Christopher Dodd block the confirmation of key State Department diplomats because they were staunch anti-communists.
For the further edification of the 51 percent of Americans who say they've never heard of Sen. Biden:
He plagiarized a law-school term paper and later a speech by a British politician.
He cultivates a moderate image, but was graded the third most liberal senator by the National Journal. Who's No. 1? Sen. Obama.
While being drubbed by the Dukakis machine in the 1988 Democratic presidential sweepstakes, Sen. Biden falsely claimed to have graduated in the top half of his law-school class when he barely made it out of the bottom 10 percent. He also said he attended law school on a full scholarship, also a lie.