Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Biden Doctrine

Speaking at a fundraiser in Seattle last weekend, Joe Biden told the audience to “gird your loins” and announced what I am calling the Biden Doctrine:

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.…

"And he's going to need help. And the kind of help he's going to need is, he's going to need you - not financially to help him - we're going to need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially, it's not going to be apparent that we're right."

Great, another Vice President who wants a blank check. Joe Biden also said, "I've forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I'm not being falsely humble with you.” I think the more important question is how much foreign policy he remembers, and most important is whether he has any foreign policy judgment. I’m not seeing it here.

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