By John W. Lillpop
Those who worried that a Sarah Palin Vice Presidency would lower the intellectual standards for that high office are discovering that Palin would actually be a major upgrade from the fellow presently in the job.
That would be the affable and damn near clown figure Joe Biden who provides comedic relief for an administration that is in desperate need of a few laughs to offset the melancholy surrounding Obama's rapidly deteriorating presidency.
Over the past six months, Biden has obliged with a number of terrific laughs such as when he undercut Obama's call for calm during the swine flu scare by warning the public against flying in airplanes, riding subways, and other common modes of moving about.
On the economy, Biden undercut the president by declaring that the administration had “misread the economy," at the same time as Obama and other spin doctors were reassuring the media that the stimulus bill was working exactly as planned.
Dabbling in foreign policy just long enough to create mass confusion, Biden stated that, with respect to Israel, "The US "cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do. Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else."
Those charming words were in marked contrast to those of President Obama who advocated keeping Israel on a much tighter leash.
Showing no signs of slowing for the summer vacation season, Biden ignited a fuse in Russia with comments about the Russian economy and the nation's competitiveness with America.
Biden was quoted as saying that Russia's economic difficulties are likely to make the Kremlin more willing to cooperate with the United States on a range of national security issues.
Unfortunately, Biden's words contradict those of President Obama who, while in Russia less than three weeks ago, said that the U.S. wants to see a peaceful and prosperous Russia.
Nice job, Joe. Leave the president to clean up after you at a time when his plate is overflowing.
Clearly, there is a significant manpower shortage in the White House.
What Obama urgently needs is a "Contain Joe Biden" czar. The successful applicant must have significant experience in cleaning up after dumb animals and be well versed in abnormal psychology!