Biden's Self-Parody

I've generally shied away from offering much coverage of Joe Biden's campaign, either positive or negative, given the fact that it's not clear to me that he's actually running to become President or if he's running to get more air time. Well, courtesy of The Hotline's Norah McAlvanah, it looks like we may know more about that unknown posed above: Biden cares a lot about getting his face on TV and his name in David Broder columns.

With the second quarter coming to a close 6/30, Joe Biden gathered his high-dollar donors at the Phoenix Park Hotel last night and gave them this assessment: fundraising isn't everything. During the meeting --- part status report, part pep talk-- Biden said he's expecting to raise between $2-3M. Probably not the big gains they were hoping for, he realizes, but rest assured: the proof is in a different sort of pudding. It's in the press.

The message here is one of classic Biden assurance: what he lacks in money, he makes up for in money shots. "The press wants me in this thing," he said confidently. Biden instructed the group of $10K-and-over-donors to take a look at the papers and the recent slew of great coverage he's getting. And as if announcing endorsements, he proudly noted the winning reviews he's been receiving from David Yepsen, Adam Nagorney, David Broder, Mark Shields, and Eleanor Clift. [emphasis added]

Trying to lessen the meaning of a lack of grassroots support and even much financial backing by pointing to "winning reviews" from columnists who were more revelant in 1988 than they are for 2008 (that is, of course, if they were ever really relevant to the race in 1988...) is spin -- and pretty weak spin at that. And as noted above, it does little to shake the notion that Biden is not in fact in it to win it but rather in it to get on "Hardball" and "Meet the Press."

And it makes more clear Biden's June 2005 appearance on "Face the Nation" in which he announced that he would be running for President. In retrospect, this announcement was an effective way to keep Biden's name in the media's eye for a remarkably long amount of time by forcing reporters to at least consider his actions in the frame of his presidential bid. What's more, it enabled him to get on the cable talking head programs and the Sunday shows more easily.

I don't mean to begrudge Biden for how he's running his campaign. After all, there have been many candidates over the years who have run to advance a cause -- or even raise their own profile -- understanding that they have little to no hope of securing their party's nomination. But it's still interesting to see Biden be so open about his motives, even if unintentionally so.

Tags: 2008, Democratic primaries, joe biden (all tags)

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14 Comments

Re: Biden's Self-Parody

OMG!

I am so embarrassed for him now.

by BlueDiamond 2007-06-27 07:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

That quote is a freakin' hoot!

I'd only disagree in as much as in Bidenville, a suburb of Broderton, the Green Rooms of the Beltway and columns of the Washington Post are not just repositories of post-partisan wisdom, but a vitally important constituency.

by BlueinColorado 2007-06-27 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody
Exactly!!
Some "progressives" are lured by Biden's partition solution for Iraq - unaware of his total devotion to credit card companies and the crowd of DC elitists.
by annefrank 2007-06-27 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

annefrank,

What crowd of DC elitists is Biden totally devoted to? Seeing as how he rarely attends any events in DC, I wonder which crowd you're referring to? Care to mention any names?

Remember, he has commuted between Wilmington and DC since he won his Senate seat in 1972. A single father for years after his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash (luckily his two sons survived), he chose to commute back to DE to spend time with his sons every day. After he remarried, he continued commuting and still does to this day.

So, please, tell us which DC elitists he sucks up to.

by Norm91 2007-06-27 06:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

When I read these words,

"The press wants me in this thing," ,

I just shook my head in shame. I feel really sad for him now. That's so pathetic and embarrassing.

by BlueDiamond 2007-06-27 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

I swear he's running for Sec of State.

by MassEyesandEars 2007-06-27 08:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

The Senator from MBNA's Presidential bid was over before it started.  

by LionelEHutz 2007-06-27 08:24AM | 0 recs
Why pick on Biden?

The same is true for almost all the candidates and tease-candidates: Biden, Dodd, Kucinich, Gravel, Huckabee, Brownback, Hunter, Tommy Thompson, Nader, Gore, and Bloomberg.

I'm always amazed when people try to sprinkle these guys with some kind of magic "higher motivation to serve" dust. Politicians are a vanity driven lot. Need confirmation: gaze in amazement sometime at the collection of rugs and combovers on old geezers in the US Senate. Heck, Tommy Thompson wears a ferret on his top of his head...

by hwc 2007-06-27 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Why pick on Biden?

Yeah .. but what is it that Trump is wearing on the top of his head?     ;-)

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2007-06-27 09:48AM | 0 recs
Don't underestimate Biden's value

Joe Biden is the only Democrat running that has any real foreign policy experience. He adds tons of the credibility to the Democratic field on foreign policy. He doesn't stand a chance to get the nomination so he points out positive reviews he is getting to raise money and stay in the race. So what is wrong with that?

Joe Biden is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he knows his shit. If there is one thing we need right now it is someone that has real foreign policy experience because our current foreign relations are horrible. We desperately need a man of his caliber to remain in the debate.

by DoIT 2007-06-27 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

One of the smartest things Hillary Clinton has done was to stay off the Sunday morning circuit as senator. she knew there would be a great anticipation about her sort of coming out and that once she became more visible she'd easily exceed the low expectations people had of her. With Biden, we've seen him for the last 2 years on these shows so it's like, "oh Biden's on again -- big whoop" and we've already heard everything he has to say.  

by Todd Beeton 2007-06-27 09:19AM | 0 recs
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"Biden" and "money shots" in the same sentence.

Ewwwwwwwww.

by RT 2007-06-27 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's Self-Parody

I think he's running for Secretary of State in the next Democratic (Gore hoefully) administration. While I like Joe, Id rather see him in Labor or even Homeland security.

by sammy1 2007-06-27 02:40PM | 0 recs
Biden is talking out of both sides of his mouth

on Iraq.

Biden is trying to have it both ways: he says he would get "almost all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2007" and then turns around and criticizes other Democrats' plans as leading to chaos because they'll remove our troops from Iraq too quickly. Is that being a honest statesman that Biden claims he is?

Biden's plan calls for leaving a sizeable number of US combat troops in Iraq, then getting the Iraqis to stop fighting with each other, share oil revenue among Iraqis and adopt a decentralized federal government.  Sounds great - but you know what - it's not up to the US President to dictate to Iraqis how they should run their country.  And the last thing any Arab government is going to do is march hand and hand with an American President and change their Constitution because our President wants their Constitution changed.  

Yes, we need diplomacy when we withdraw our forces, but not a heavy-handed, America knows best approach. We've had seven years of arrogance with Bush, adding four more years with Biden will set in motion further conflict.

The candidate with the best plan for Iraq is Richardson because: 1) he call for a total withdrawal of U.S. forces and 2) Richardson has the foreign policy experience and expertise to wage the diplomatic offensive that will be necessary in conjunction with a US withdrawal.  Read more at http://www.richardsonforpresident.com/is sues/iraq

by Stephen Cassidy 2007-07-04 12:39PM | 0 recs

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