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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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dreadfulpenny81 wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
What People Don't Know CAN Hurt Them
I'm surprised that many voters here don't know the REAL facts about the Obama campaign and its choice of VP in Joe Biden.
First of all, Barack Obama didn't pick Joe Biden; Jim Johnson, former Fannie Mae CEO chose him because Johnson was tapped by the Obama campaign. Funny how that happens; Obama has two former Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac CEO's on his staff, both of which resigned under strained circumstances (Johnson resigned because it was brought to light that he was getting "sweetheart deals" from Countrywide and Frank Raines -Obama's Economic Advisor- resigned because of "accounting irregularities" or cooking the books). And right after choosing Obama's VP, Johnson resigned because he didn't want his scandalous past to "distract" voters from the Obama campaign. And isn't it just an ironic coincidence that Barack Obama receives the second hightest amount of PAC AND individual donations from Fannie and Freddie? The top three congressmen who get the highest amounts are (surprise, surprise) DEMOCRATS!
Oh, and what about the fact that Joe Biden's son took bribes for Daddy Dearest to the tune of $400,000? Oh yes! Joe Biden was being lobbied by credit card companies when legislation was on the table to make it harder for people to file for bankruptcy and at the same time, the same company that was lobbying Joe was bribing his son (they had him on the payroll as a "consultant"). http://www.charlotteobserver.com/politics/story/149712.html
But of course you don't see the mainstream media talk about all this. Why not? Because they've been drinking the Kool-Aid, just like everyone else who is suffering from "Obama fever".
Wake up, people! If you want a President who supports infanticide and is friends with terrorists and a VP who doesn't know that we didn't have televisions during the Great Depression and whose son took bribes for him, then by all means, waste your vote and wreck this country even more!
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