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Joe Biden update: He calls some fellow Democrats 'turkeys'

Democrat vice president Joe Biden either getting on or off of Air Force Two somewhere

(UPDATE: An update on Biden's schedule has been added to the end of this item.)

Vice President Joe Biden did not need Air Force Two Thursday night to travel across the Potomac River to McLean, Va., to the home of former Democratic Virginia Gov. and Sen. Chuck Robb.

It was, of course, a fundraiser, designed to help finance three freshman Democratic House candidates -- Glenn Nye, Gerry Connolly and Tom Perriello -- in their challenging reelection races 13 months from now in what once was a predictably GOP state.

Robb himself did not speak at the event. His wife, Lynda, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, introduced the trio of representatives.

But it looks like Joltin' Joe stepped in something again, rhetorically speaking.

About 100 supporters had paid $1,000 each to gather in the open-air pool house where Biden spoke. 

"I don’t have to tell you that you’re in a very competitive state,” the vice president said, according to the press pool notes. “You got some tough votes coming up.”

Biden called the three men “independent minded” and “damn competent,” adding, however, that they were all united on core Democratic Party themes, including energy policy and healthcare. 

“These guys are smart, "Biden asserted. "Some of the guys Chuck [Robb] and I have campaigned for are turkeys. Not all Democrats are created equal, while most Republicans are.”

The voluble Biden has a reputation for sometimes getting carried away in remarks, as refreshingly candid though they may be to some non-administration ears. Last fall at one gathering, a shirt-sleeved Biden paced the stage with a microphone and said Hillary Clinton would have been a better running-mate choice for Barack Obama to make, a gaffe that prompted the campaign to end most of Biden's media interviews then and there.

GOP candidates may also have some fun in coming months speculating to partisan crowds which Democrats the vice president had in mind as small-minded birds.

Biden became a U.S. senator way back when the 48-year-old Obama was a sixth-grader. And ran for the presidency himself twice. So he's campaigned with and for many Democratic politicians over all these years.

Perhaps understandably, on Thursday night the vice president did not proceed to list which fellow Democrats that he's campaigned who are the turkeys and which are the smart ones. And presumably Biden did not intend to imply that most Republicans are smart.

But he might be asked about all that in coming days by the media -- or even White House folks. And many fans of politics may be trying to guess which Democrats Biden had in mind when he likened them to those tasty but dim birds.

Obama was in Pittsburgh overnight as host for the G-20 summit and protests. He'll return to the White House this evening.

Biden is off to Georgia (the American one) this morning to briefly watch floodwaters. He'll return to Washington in the afternoon for what has become one of his frequent duties, swearing someone in. Before heading for Delaware, Biden will administer the oath to Paul Kirk. He's the senate replacement for the late Ted Kennedy. Kirk was just named to that spot Thursday morning by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

(UPDATE: 4:44 p.m. The vice president's weekend schedule has just been released. Here it is: "Vice President Biden will be in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday and Sunday. There are no public events scheduled.")

-- Andrew Malcolm

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It's always refreshing to hear from the Vice President of Delaware. I mean, he's up there...what? Three days a week now? Secret Service boys gotta be hating that. Then again, there's tax free shopping up there.

They really should let Biden out more often. He and Obama without a teleprompter are the best things the Republicans have going. "Poor Joe, he was born with a size 14 silver Nike in his mouth."

Like Podesta from Progressive or his brother Tony.

Folks, don't he just take the cake, the little sweetheart? PERFECT DEMOCRAP vice fraud-in-chief!!

Turkeys = Blue Dog Democrats?

Okay Joe, how about 3 political parties, the Dems, the Repubs, and the Blue Dogs?

Bumbling Joe was the only one who understood Kadaifi's speech at the U.N.

If democrats are turkeys. . . Thanksgiving cannot come soon enough.

This is the pot calling the kettle black!

Biden is exactly right on. No doubt the press will whine about his "gaffe" until he is all over apologies for telling the truth, but the truth shines out. Democratic Party leaders are unwilling to enforce even the barest minimum of party discipline, Republicans are only too ready to take advantage of this, and the result is bickering and chaos. I can think of at least five Democrat senators and at least 20 in Congress that need a swift kick and to be told "get in line or not one penny of party funding during your next election". The party refuses to do that.

Biden is a joke. The plagerist without a true original thought of his own.

Joe Biden ruined the lives of the great majority of men by co-sponsoring the Bradley Amendment, practically enslaving us under the guise of "child support", with all the injustice enforced by the Divorce Court.

I will vote against this man, and against all those he endorses.

Thanks to the nitwit that elected this group of traitors.

All these politicians are "turkeys" Joe Obiden is a celebrity politican that needs some walking paper. Please vote these "turkeys" out of office and SMASH THE NANNY STATE

pass the gravy please?

 
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