WaPo: Biden Has the ‘Gravitas to Ascend to the Presidency’

Posted by on May 03, 2013 at 8:10 am

This mental patient can’t go a day without embarrassing himself, but according to the Washington Post, he’s got gravitas.


When Vice President Biden arrives in South Carolina on Friday to headline a sold-out dinner for state Democrats, here’s what you can expect to go down:

Biden will stoke speculation that he wants to run for president in 2016 by pressing the flesh in the first-in-the-South primary state. He will show himself to be on a first-name basis with many of the local politicians and county activists who will line up to greet him. They will gush over his attributes — genuine, down-to-earth, rock solid on the issues. As Dick Harpootlian, the state party chairman, put it, “We’re tickled pink to have him.”

Yet by the time he leaves, the reality of being Joe Biden will sink in: A promotion to the top job is a long shot, at best.

For Biden, who, his family and advisers say, is weighing whether to run in 2016, several paradoxes are at work. He is beloved by grass-roots Democrats, but mainly as the avuncular No. 2 to Barack Obama. From the South Carolina Lowcountry to the Iowa heartland, there are no signs — none yet, at least — of a “Draft Joe” movement. “There just isn’t,” said Sue Dvorsky, a former head of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Biden clearly has the experience and gravitas to ascend to the presidency, but many Democrats say he may have been in Washington too long (since 1973) to win an election. He is President Obama’s governing partner yet is rarely seen as Obama’s heir apparent. For that mantle, and for the nomination, he is likely to face stiff competition in the form of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and, according to most everyone, the 2016 front-runner.

Clearly has the gravitas? Have they been paying attention?

Privately, Obama’s White House advisers often knock Biden as an unscripted politician drawn to the spotlight and prone to making gaffes. But what they see as a lack of discipline and polish, voters may admire as refreshing candor, supporters say.

“He’s genuinely witty; he’s spontaneous,” Shrum said. “I think it makes him much more real to voters.”

Makes him real? A real moron, if anything.

These outtakes belie the seriousness of his role. Some historians have begun calling Biden the most powerful vice president of modern times. Obama tasked him with some of the top priorities of this administration — the 2009 economic stimulus and middle-class recovery, the war in Iraq, fiscal negotiations with Congress, and the push for stricter gun laws.

Middle class recovery? Let us know when that happens.

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18 Responses to “WaPo: Biden Has the ‘Gravitas to Ascend to the Presidency’”

  1. Blue Hen on 3/03/13 at 9:11 am

    genuine, down-to-earth, rock solid on the issues

    This was the asshole that declared 2009 to be “recovery summer” and that we would immediately see 250,000 jobs a month being created.

    This is the asshole that advocates at least two felonies with a shotgun.

    This is the asshole that set a record for asking the longest question/speech during a SCOTUS confirmation hearing.

    This is the asshole that voted against Operation Desert Shield/Storm and in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    So. How does Shrum regard St. kermit the abortionist? The second coming of Dr. Schweizer?

  2. CitizenEgg on 3/03/13 at 10:31 am

    It’s confusing when old media fails to use words correctly. Of course, when they make wildly inaccurate claims and pass them off as coming from ‘some historians’

    The only hope he has for a ‘Draft Joe’ movement is if he opens a microbrewery.

  3. Frank G on 3/03/13 at 10:42 am

    “Some historians have begun calling Biden the most powerful vice president of modern times”

    skipped the Cheney years, did they? I suspect those “Historians” are all democrats

  4. mikee on 3/03/13 at 10:54 am

    Biden lost his VP debate to Palin.

    And Democrats think he has gravitas.

    Bartender, I’ll have whatever they’re drinking.

  5. Blue Hen on 3/03/13 at 11:30 am

    Yet another example of the ‘just making shit up at this point’. This is the same outfit that ran a gag article as serious news regarding Palin,and which also ran a hate filled rant laughingly called a book review, in which the reviewer bragged about not bothering to completely read the book. They also flat out lied about why they wouldn’t cover the martyrdom of st. kermit, calling it a “local crime story”.

    The washington compost; it’s everything beltway bandits want it to be.

  6. Rich K on 3/03/13 at 12:41 pm

    Well if Powerful is defined as screwing up every task put before him and failing miserably then Yes, Job Well Done Joe!

  7. Rich K on 3/03/13 at 12:43 pm

    Also, it would be fun to see him in a perpetual VP state till his death at age 80 something as Hillary’s 2nd in command.

  8. lyle on 3/03/13 at 1:16 pm

    “He’s genuinely witty; he’s spontaneous,” Shrum said. “I think it makes him much more real to voters.”

    If this is from Bob Shrum, I say “go for it, Joe.” Shrum’s backing of any dem asshole candidate has been the kiss of death. Besides this is all bullshit. Slow Joe isn’t going to challenge Shrillary.

  9. Boris_Badenoff on 3/03/13 at 3:04 pm

    When you write that a brain-damaged gaffe machine like Biden “clearly has the . . . gravitas,” you have completely beclowned yourself. It shows Rucker is in one of those media bubbles, like a kid born without immunities.

    Or he could just be an idiot like Joe.

    Nothing Biden has EVER done or said in his entire career contradicts the thesis that he was born an idiot.

  10. KenH on 4/04/13 at 10:49 am

    One wonders what exactly what it would take for the propaganda division to have a sudden lapse into reality…

    Molesting a child?
    Having a psychotic breakdown that can’t be airbrushed out?

    Ay yi yi
    Great Scott, to think these douchebags actually get paid to write this crap…

  11. gastorgrab on 4/04/13 at 9:56 pm

    Joe Biden, and every other joke Democratic candidate for president should be encouraged.

  12. eon on 5/05/13 at 5:26 am

    It’s now undeniable that an entirely different set of rules and standards are used by everyone inside the Beltway. Anywhere else Biden would be an embarrassment who would have been fired long ago.

    I could see Biden having the “gravitas” to be Hillary’s VP, though. For exactly the same reason he’s been The One’s insurance policy .

    A not so subtle way of the Capo di tutti Capisaying to America,

    You’d all better hope I stay healthy. How long do you think you’d last with this yutz in charge?

    clear ether


  13. ZZMike on 6/06/13 at 9:23 pm

    The Washington Post writers really ought to consult a dictionary to find out what “gravitas” means. It doesn’t mean “gaffe-prone loudmouth”.

    The “dynamic duo”: Obama and Biden: the Amateur and the Fool.