[Son of VP Biden and former DE AG Beau] Biden mentioned that Romney didn't seek a second term as Massachusetts governor, suggesting his failed economic policies hurt him. "I've never met a successful politician who didn't run again," said Biden, the Delaware attorney general.
The crowd collectively groaned.
And it wasn't a happy groan, either. Here are three reasons why this was a [Insert Male Name] Biden Opens His Mouth:
- Historically speaking... well, while I would agree that Woodrow Wilson was an unmitigated disaster for the Republic (served all of two years as Governor when elected President in 1912), I'm surprised that Beau Biden thinks so, too. I assume that he thinks the same of Teddy Roosevelt (same situation as Wilson when he was elected Vice President in 1900); admittedly, Beau Biden never 'met' either, but you'd think that the man would be more careful of the memory of two Progressive icons.
- While we're on the subject: the last time Barack Obama ran for re-election was in 2002, as a state senator. He has become rather infamous since then for playing the "find a better job in lieu of doing his current one" political game since then. Again, not quite what Biden said, but then a true [Insert Male Name] Biden Opens His Mouth moment is in the Dear God, did you stop to think about the implications of that before you said it? reaction it triggers in onlookers.
- Third, and most immediately importantly: Beau Biden made these comments at a North Carolina Democratic fund-raising dinner. North Carolina's current (Democratic) governor is Bev Perdue - who is, of course, not running for re-election, and not by her own choice*. Which is why the crowd, as newsobserver.com put it, "collectively groaned."
It's so nice to see one of the younger generation honor the traditions of his father. Particularly when the father is on the opposite political side than me, and the tradition in question is "Blurt out stupid things without thinking about them first."
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*She was also not at the dinner, due to
political leprosy strep throat.