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Mathemishapmatics And Other Strange, New, Bidenesque Adventures

One can always count on Joe Biden for a doozy of a statement. At a time when Congressional Democrats need reassurance from the White House before they go ahead and vote for a turkey of a stimulus bill that will do nothing to jump-start the economy and is rightfully being panned in the arena of public relations, the Vice President comes out with this:

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged today that Democrats could face political repercussions in 2010 for their support of the $900 billion economic stimulus package.

“But when we do [approve it], I’m sure you’re going to be nailed in ads, `Well they voted on that’ 30 second ads,” Biden told roughly 200 members of the House Democratic Caucus gathered here for their three day annual retreat. “I promise you as [a colleague] once said to me, `I’ll come campaign for you or against you, whichever will help you the most in your district.’ And so will the president because, again, we’re all in this together.”

I am sure that this makes Congressional Democrats feel great because the White House has done a bang-up job thus far in helping its allies on the Hill out when it comes to public relations. And in the event that this weak tea did not do enough to disconcert Democrats, the Vice President followed it up with . . . well . . . what on Earth does one make of this?

The vice president also offered some trademark candor about the prospects of success.

He recalled a recent White House meeting with the president and senior aides in which they were discussing the many challenges the country faces. “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong,” was his message at the meeting.

So if the Administration and Congressional Democrats do everything right, they might still end up getting it wrong? And the Vice President has scientifically calculated matters to put the odds of getting it wrong despite doing everything right at “30%”?

If Joe Biden didn’t exist, we would have to have invented him. I don’t think that the Vice President has even come close to reaching his potential as an inadvertent comedian.