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Monday, November 5, 2012

If Uncle Joe Was POTUS

People love clowns.  Well, not all people--some are skivvy-soiling scared of clowns--but generally speaking, we tend to laugh at them and enjoy their antics.  Then they become Vice President of the United States of America and we worry that we may have made the mistake of putting them in a position where they're one heartbeat away from the most powerful job on earth.  Such is the case with Joe Biden.

Imagine if Joe Biden was President.  We can laugh at him now because he isn't President, but he well could be and that would be anything but funny.  I can see him now, meeting with Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, and saying something like, "You know, you guys have the New York City cab drivers market cornered.  Then vot."  Or with Hamid Karzai, "How's it going, Hamid?  I'll have a vanilla cone, please."

We never seem to take the selection for VP all that seriously because we never think our President could somehow be forced out of office by a bullet or poor health, but it happened with William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abe Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, FDR and JFK.  In none of these cases did their Vice President bring the country down the road of perdition or ruin, but if Biden took the helm, I can see us going from first to worst in the world.

So tomorrow, when you vote, compare Joe-the-Village-Idiot-Biden with Paul Ryan.  Vice Presidents do count.