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A Letter to Joe Biden

Dear Vice President Biden, 

It was on Christmas Day, I believe, a few years ago. A family member on active duty was at Walter Reed recovering from a severe injury. Some of my family decided to forgo gift exchanges amongst themselves and instead travel to Walter Reed to spend Christmas with our family member there, along with the other troops. It was a unique and wonderful experience in which the family received at least as much comfort as they brought. Unhappily, I was not able to be there, but I received regular updates from the folks, including the story of your visit to the hospital.  

While I’m sure there was a divergence of political opinions in the room, I’m told everyone there sincerely appreciated you spending part of your Christmas with those who have given so much for us all. Indeed, they tell me that the common bond of having a family member on active duty made it seem more like a visit between military families than a visit from a sitting Vice President. And it is for that very reason, and out of respect for your son’s service, that I haven’t really leveled serious criticism toward you in the past.

As a retired military veteran, I respect what you did and felt that I had an additional insight into the kind of person you are. I separated Joe Biden the politician from Joe Biden the warm-hearted man who was kind enough to visit with my family during a difficult time. But in light of your outlandish and petulant demeanor in a serious debate of issues upon which rest the future of our children and grandchildren, I think a reassessment is in order. 

Watching Congressman Ryan try to respectfully engage you in thoughtful discourse was like watching Emily Post try to take a gorilla to tea. You reminded me of people I’ve had the misfortune of trying to rationalize with in the past … people with whom I couldn’t fit an uninterrupted word in with a shoe horn, and with whom I eventually abandoned all hope of ever being able to complete a sentence. By the way, had you alerted the Guinness Book of World Records that you would be going for the highest number of interruptions within a 90-minute time frame? During the 40 minutes and 12 seconds that Ryan actually spoke, you interrupted him 82 times, for an average of one interruption every 29 seconds. If Hooters had a Boob of the Month calendar, you would have secured your place in it.  

And if you weren’t jabbering like Gabby Hayes on ritalin while the Congressman was speaking, you were laughing at him. Was this meant to inspire confidence, or was it meant to distract the viewer from points that may have been injurious to your cause?  Because whether the issue was Iran’s nuclear designs, our shoddy treatment of our ally Israel, our weakening national security, a lethargic economy, the tax and regulatory burden on the entrepreneurial class, or healthcare, when your opponent raised substantive issues, you responded with laughter and contempt. Your performance was, in short, an abominable affront to the very idea of civil conversation.  

To my dilemma, then: Who is the real Joe Biden? Was it the gentle leader who took the hand of an injured service member and thanked him for his service? Or was it the clodhopping buffoon who galloped over another man’s words with nary a care for manners or substance? Was it the father of a veteran who spoke kindly to my family at Walter Reed? Or was it the unruly, overly animated, porcelain-veneered ass who did a disservice to the nation and his own office? Are you a good man who pretends to be a politician on the public stage, or a politician who pretends to be a good man in more private settings? Either way, it’s terribly disappointing, though I take subtle refuge in the fact that we have at least one thing in common. We both prefer Neil Kinnock’s words to yours. Meanwhile, as I look forward to a bit of laughter myself in November, I remain;

Yours Cordially,

Dave Carter

  1. Wylee Coyote
    Freeven: Now, please, someone explain the Neil Kinnock reference to me. I don’t know who he is. Did I miss his being brought up in the debate?

    Neil Kinnock was a British Labour politician who became briefly famous in the US in 1987 when Joe Biden was found to have lifted a section of one of Kinnock’s speeches during his Presidential run that year.  The plagiarism scandal doomed his bid.

    One of the secrets to Biden’s success is that he has so many jaw-dropping moments of chutzpah in his past that no one can keep track of them all.  (PRO TIP:  This works better if you’re a Democrat).

  2. Melanie Graham
    C

    Props Dave.

  3. Crow

    I suspect, Dave, that the monstrous truth is that the true Joe Biden is both, and just as sincere in both situations. People aren’t either/or propositions and managing them requires finesse.

    Biden’s feverish interuptions and irritable gesticulations just called attention to his underlying character: he lacks self-control. Once upon a time, this was considered evidence of a man unfit for high office. Today, it is almost a pre-requisite.

  4. HVTs

    It’s always a challenge to sort out which Dave Carter line is the most memorable, the most evocative. It’s probably time to start polling it. While one of you experts out there is deciding the appropriate ‘likely voter’ weighting, I’ll go ahead and cast my ballot for tea time with Emily Post and a gorilla.  In this case, it’s a toothy, white haired gorilla.

  5. Johannes Allert

    P.S. -  President Empty Chair must endure a lot of sleepless nights having you as his sidekick. Sucks to be him.

  6. Sandy

    Thanks again, Dave.  So much for pre-debate worries about Biden’s affability. 

  7. Keith Preston

    My wife and I knew all we needed to know about what a slimebag Biden is while reading Clarence Thomas’ autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son.  It should be required reading on Ricochet.

    Biden was chair of the Senate Judiciary during those hearings and promised Thomas all kinds of fairness and then proceeded to stab him in the back repeatedly and violate every promise of even-handedness in an effort to derail his nomination.  It was one of the most reprehensible examples of political skullduggery I have ever read about in a lifetime of interest in things political.

    He’s truly a spawn of Satan in my book.

  8. Cper
    HVTs: It’s always a challenge to sort out which Dave Carter line is the most memorable, the most evocative. It’s probably time to start polling it. While one of you experts out there is deciding the appropriate ‘likely voter’ weighting, I’ll go ahead and cast my ballot for tea time with Emily Post and a gorilla.  In this case, it’s a toothy, white haired gorilla. · 1 hour ago

    I also like “Gabby Hayes on Ritalin.”

  9. Fricosis Guy

    I had no idea that Emily Post had tried to take Joe Biden to tea. Literally, of course.

  10. Mrs K

    Dave – You are a much better person than I am. You remind me that politicians are more than just characters in the public sphere. I have to admit that I have always had a negative opinion of the VP based on stories of how ugly he was to some people who appeared before him in the Senate Foreign Services Committee. And I think it was here in Ricochet that I read about the lack of respect the  young Senator Biden showed to Israeli PM Begin in the 1980s.

    But the same politician we dislike may also be capable of great acts of kindness. He may be someone’s beloved spouse or the hero in his children’s eyes. Thank you, Dave, for reminding me to be more charitable.

  11. liberal jim

    I guess if one could produce evidence that Stalin visited wounded troops on Christmas that would make him a warm-hearted and kind person.   Janitors clean toilets, politicians visit wound troops;  generally speaking I find the janitors to be the better people.

  12. GreenCarder

    Great letter, Dave.  

    Several days before the debate much was made of the fact that Axelrod, for my money one of the most odious individuals in politics, was taking over the VP’s debate preparation.  I think Biden’s whole performance had the Axelrod (& Alinsky) fingerprints all over it.

  13. Pencilvania

    Dave, will you really send the letter?  How interesting it would be to receive a reply.  If he’d read this it might actually make him think, for a minute or two.  

  14. Jimmy Carter

    bi-den [bye-den]

    noun

    1. an unruly, overly animated, porcelain-veneered ass who did a disservice to the nation and his own office.

    Works for Me.

  15. Railroad Bridge Guy

    Although it is wrapped in a thick blanket of ego, I believe that Joe Biden got into politics to help people. As the Right, we disagree with his means and methods. We don’t believe his intentions are evil.Joe Biden may be a decent man but the desire to win politically has challenged that decency. Now all that is important to Joe Biden is to win so he can continue to “help people”.

  16. HVTs
    Jimmy Carter:bi-den[bye-den]

    noun

    1. an unruly, overly animated, porcelain-veneered ass who did a disservice to the nation and his own office.

    Works for Me.

    Me too.

    Can’t resist . . . Did you hear the VP has a new Secret Service call sign? It’s “February.”  That’s because [bye-den] he’ll be working on (another) autobiography like Obama.

  17. Eeyore
    Dave Carter

    Eeyore

    Dave Carter:  Your performance was, in short, an abominable affront to the very idea of civil conversation.  

    Mr. Carter, in short, what you consider an affront is what they consider their golden road to victory. …

    And why in blazes is everyone calling me Mr. Carter?  I keep looking around the truck for my Dad, and he’s not here at the moment.  C’mon now, Mr. Eeyore. 

    In this particular case, sir, you gave the Vice-President his appropriate nominative of address and I was responding in kind. You didn’t begin your letter with Hey, [CofC]!

    I heard Alphonse when he jus’ say You sho’ do hang out with some sillyass folk, ma fran.

    And I respond to him…..uh……well…..So?

  18. HVTs
    Railroad Bridge Guy: Although it is wrapped in a thick blanket of ego, I believe that Joe Biden got into politics to help people. As the Right, we disagree with his means and methods. We don’t believe his intentions are evil.Joe Biden may be a decent man but the desire to win politically has challenged that decency. Now all that is important to Joe Biden is to win so he can continue to “help people”.

    “Nearly forty years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.” – Joe Biden

    I’m sorry … the only thing that “captivates” Joe Biden is his reflection in a mirror.  After 38 years in the Senate, can you name one piece of legislation with which he’s associated?  With his putative expertise in foreign policy, can you name one significant initiative he championed let alone got passed?  He’s a clown.  The Dimwit from Delaware and the Crook from Chicago … a dream team if you’re running against them.

  19. Dave Carter
    C
    HVTs

    Railroad Bridge Guy: Although it is wrapped in a thick blanket of ego, I believe that Joe Biden got into politics to help people. As the Right, we disagree with his means and methods. We don’t believe his intentions are evil.Joe Biden may be a decent man but the desire to win politically has challenged that decency. Now all that is important to Joe Biden is to win so he can continue to “help people”.

    “Nearly forty years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.” – Joe Biden

    I’m sorry … the only thing that “captivates” Joe Biden is his reflection in a mirror.  After 38 years in the Senate, can you name one piece of legislation with which he’s associated?  …

    Not right off hand, now that you mention it.  But as another member noted, I do remember the savaging that Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas suffered under Biden’s leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

  20. Dave Carter
    C
    liberal jim: …   Janitors clean toilets, politicians visit wound troops;  generally speaking I find the janitors to be the better people. · 2 hours ago

    I think you’re right on this one.