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Dominic Lawson writes in The Independent:  Joseph Robinette Biden – known to all as "Joe" – was once the most talked about American politician in Britain. Unfortunately for the senior Delaware Senator, all the talk was accompanied by incredulous laughter.

As part of his Presidential campaign 20 years ago, he lifted verbatim and without attribution Neil Kinnock's celebrated remarks: "Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to a University ... was it because all our predecessors were thick, those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up to play football?"


Biden told an audience at an Iowa fairground: "I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden's the first in his family ever to go to University ... is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright... who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football?"

Note the overt claim to spontaneity at the outset of the plagiarism; but it wasn't just that which left his run for the Presidency buried under an avalanche of ridicule. Read more.

Question: Is Joe Biden a liability or an assset? Was he chosen for his experience or to balance the ticket? And given the comments on Sarah Palin, what conclusions could we draw from the VP debate?


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grinninfoole wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I agree that Cheney has little respect for the Constitution. However, my point is that the office of Vice President has no legal authority to do anything, and if President Bush wished to do so, he could close Cheney down in a minute. All of Cheney's power has been delegated by the President.

As I type this, it occurs to me to wonder what Cheney's office budget is? Money = power, especially in Washington DC. I wonder if Congress could have trimmed his sails by refusing to allocate funds for him.
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