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Opinion: Joe Biden for president?

Ken Johnson
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Free Press Opinion Columnist

I suddenly like Joe Biden.

You know, our vice president. The guy the media tags as “gaffe ridden,” but harmless.

Maybe it was another Bidenism he blurted out, but it sure sounded like he is gearing up to make a run for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

That at least should make the primaries interesting, given that the Hillary is considered already nominated and sure to become president.

(Not that Joe is likely to become president anyway, but it feels obvious he’s going to try).

You may have missed the news that leads to this idea because his comment only appeared one time. It was just a random quote and easy to ignore since the national media generally follows whatever current line happens to be coming out of Washington.

Just then days ago — shoe in the mouth again — Biden commented on the amazing misfortunes of the administration. What did he say?

He said, in very straight-from-the-shoulder talk, “Hope and Change hasn’t worked. We need a new plan.”

Wow.

Guess he won’t be going to dinner anytime soon with Barack and Michelle.

And does that “rebellion” convince you he’s going to try to go for the gold? Otherwise, why would he even make such a comment? It’s not like Joe the party loyalist to criticize anything the Democratic Party does.

So far the national media has avoided picking up on Joe’s statement, given their total preoccupation with war and evil doings worldwide.

Maybe they’ll get around to it when they tire of endlessly blathering along the party line about how those awful Israelis are killing innocent civilians and children. CBS reporter in Gaza, Barry Petersen, with his goofy military helmet on, couldn’t spread the Hamas pitch any better if he was paid by Hamas. The helmet is a prop to show he’s in danger, bravely reporting the news with bombs and shells landing all around him. But he appears more like that old photo of presidential candidate Mike Dukakis poking up out of a tank.

It’s hard to generate credibility when you look like some sort of goofball on the Primetime news. It sure didn’t work for Dukakis.

In mid-1988, Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis was considered a sure bet to become the next president of the United States. He led the polls by nearly 20 percent. Within three months of this photo, which became a joke all across the country, Dukakis was an also-ran.

Let’s hope the CBS folks quit faking it and regain some viewer credibility.

GJ Free Press columnist Ken Johnson is founder of the Grand Junction Free Press and former owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. He spends his time between the Grand Valley and California.


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