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June 20, 2005
Perhaps Neil Kinnock Is Writing Again

Inexplicably, disgraced former presidential candidate Joe Biden, the senior Senator from Delaware, has tossed his hat into the ring for 2008. In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation", Biden answered the question most people wouldn't have bothered to ask:

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) said yesterday he plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 unless he decides later this year that he has little chance of winning.

"My intention is to seek the nomination," Biden said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I know I'm supposed to be more coy with you. I know I'm supposed to tell you, you know, that I'm not sure. But if, in fact, I think that I have a clear shot at winning the nomination by this November or December, then I'm going to seek the nomination."

After reading this piece by Dan Balz, Post subscribers will be forgiven if their first impulse is to check the masthead to see if the date says April 1. Biden's faux-honesty on his desire to run stands in stark contrast to his previous, abortive run at the presidency in 1987-8, which Balz mentions towards the end of his article. Even among a lightweight group of candidates that eventually produced the ill-considered Michael Dukakis as its standard-bearer, Biden didn't generate much interest. The only notable development of the Biden campaign was the discovery that Biden plagiarized the speeches of British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair's predecessor. After the revelation of intellectual dishonesty, Biden retired from the race in shame.

Now, twenty years later, the same man wants to give it another go. Perhaps this time, he'll either hire a competent speech writer or learn to plagiarize someone more obscure. However, he still won't be doing anything more than tilting at windmills, especially if Hillary Clinton decides to run, as expected. There's a reason the Biden campaign never took off in 1987: the man is a well-spoken fool who frequently mangles facts and confuses events. On the stump, expect Biden to be Howard Dean's gift to the GOP, when Dean himself takes a break from that position.

For instance, now that he's openly running for president, every speech and soundbite coming from Biden can legitimately be seen as nothing more than presidential politicking. Experienced and intelligent politicians wait to get stuck in that position, which is why they don't announce their intentions three and a half years prior to the next election. The only way Biden could have been more foolish is to pick Dick Durbin as his running mate.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 20, 2005 7:30 AM

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