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Biden on Bush: ‘Brain dead’ and ‘beyond redemption’; White House declines to comment
At least twice this week in Iowa, according to reports by major news outlets, Democrat Joe Biden has called President Bush “brain dead.”
In the first, MSNBC reported that the Delaware senator was “almost apoplectic” about Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence: “That is what you might call tone deaf or brain dead,” Biden said at an event in Iowa City. “This is an administration beyond redemption … I was there with Richard Nixon. That’s how old I am. And folks, this guy’s worse.”
The New York Times offered this account of a Des Moines appearance on its Caucus blog: “This guy is brain dead,” Mr. Biden said to surprised applause and laughter from the crowd. “I know I’ll be quoted, I’ll be killed for that.” The post had nearly 1,100 comments as of late Friday afternoon.
The liberal blog Proctoring Congress offered up the brain-dead quote and asked readers to guess whether Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama or Joe Biden had said it. Extra credit if you guessed Biden “because he is the one candidate in the race who says what everybody else thinks.”
At conservative Townhall.com, the ironic lead-in is “Joe Biden shows how he plans to change the tone in Washington.”
Biden has a propensity to get into verbal trouble:
As our former colleague Walter Shapiro writes at Salon, “As a presidential candidate, Biden lives in a world seemingly free from fear about how his words will appear out of context. Back in January, as he was launching his presidential campaign, Biden stumbled badly in an interview in which he described Obama as “clean” and “articulate.”
And there was this memorable exchange between Biden and moderator Brian Williams in the first Democratic debate, on MSNBC.
Williams: Senator Biden, words have, in the past, gotten you in trouble, words that were borrowed and words that some found hateful. An editorial in the Los Angeles Times said, “In addition to his uncontrolled verbosity, Biden is a gaffe machine.” Can you reassure the voters in this country that you would have the discipline you would need on the world stage, senator?
Biden’s answer, in its entirety: Yes.
Don’t miss Biden’s take on Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney in the Times (Hint: he can’t wait to debate Giuliani because “I will eat his lunch”).
Update at 6:15 p.m. ET: White House spokesman Scott Stanzel tells us the White House won’t have any comment on Biden’s remarks.
From USA Today Blog