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Ezra Klein | Biden’s one of the most successful Veeps in history or something

The irony, of course, is that the one bright spot in the White House’s dealings with Republicans has been Biden’s old- school, back-slapping, Senate-steeped, Washington-lifer approach. Turns out that sometimes an old dog knows the right tricks.

So don’t laugh when you hear that Biden wants to run for president. Biden is one of the most successful vice presidents in history, and one of the most successful politicians of a very difficult era. He may sometimes make himself a punch line, but he has the record of a heavyweight.


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  • cbenoistd

    I can assure you I’m not laughing, and I can guarantee I’m not alone.

    I guess Gore was good, Cheney bad. Just guessing.

  • cbenoistd

    Could you imagine the reaction if Sarah Palin had said this in any 2009 interview?

    "Russia has to make some very difficult, calculated decisions," Mr.
    Biden said. "They have a shrinking population base, they have a
    withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not
    likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they’re in a situation
    where the world is changing before them and they’re clinging to
    something in the past that is not sustainable."

    Mr. Biden’s remarks were the most pointed to date by a senior
    administration official on why the Obama administration believes its
    "reset" with Russia is likely to succeed, while previous efforts to
    engage Moscow by the Clinton and Bush administrations ended with little


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