Remember Him? What's Biden Been Up To — Is He Ready?

Remember Him? What's Biden Been Up To — Is He Ready?

Remember when we were all waiting for the magical text message to come? Cozy memories, right? And then we all found out Obama's VP pick was Joe Biden and then the Palin train came to town, and well . . . have people just forgotten him all together? He's out there alright, and saying things that deserve at least as careful a look as Palin's time with Katie Couric. To wit:

  • On Sunday, Biden let loose a fiery tirade saying, "John McCain said he'd follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. Well, let me tell you something: President Barack Obama will follow him to where he lives and then send him to hell." Zap?

  • But then there's this: In an interview also with CBS airing last week, Biden painted a lovely picture of how FDR had spoken to the country on television in 1929 to comfort them about the stock market crash. Even though Herbert Hoover was president in 1929 and no one had a TV until 10 years later. Did we hear much about that?
  • He forcefully declared the Democratic ticket against clean coal when Obama is for it, sparking a rash of ads.
  • And then this one from a debate last year, interesting when juxtaposed against the Hillary "sniper fire" from this year. "Let's start telling the truth . . . you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at." He later downgraded that statement to "I was near where a shot landed."

Questionable statements aside, the elder statesman is busily prepping for his big debate with partner Gov. Jennifer Granholm. To see his strategy, read more.

According to Politico Biden's strategy looks a little something like this:

  • Biden needs to do whatever it takes not to appear condescending. This includes referring to his opponent as Gov. Palin, not Sarah.
  • It's not Biden's job to point out Palin mistakes. Let the press take care of that.
  • He needs to realize that Palin is not his true target and that he needs to keep the attention at the top of the ticket.

Despite all the hype for the Battle of the Sexes and whether Palin's already won by gaming expectations, what will be the measure of success? Will he succeed by keeping the focus on the candidates? Has he gotten a free pass from the media lately? Is it OK to let Joe be Joe?