In August 2008, Democrat candidate Barack Obama added Joe Biden to the ticket as his Vice President. Everyone understood that Biden was there to offset the vacuum that was Obama on foreign policy. That’s why it’s surprising that Biden is signaling that he intends to add Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy advisors to his team. One wouldn’t think he’d be looking for help.
Back in 2008, Joe Biden was running the risk of becoming a real-life Pat Paulsen, the comic who began running for president in 1968 and continued to run, billing himself as the “Perennial Presidential Candidate” for the next 28 years. Biden’s two runs were both pathetic. His first run in 1988 ended memorably after a plagiarism scandal forced him out. His second run 20 years later went down in flames the moment he said of Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy—I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” He trundled along for a few more months after that, but his primary turnout was so dismal he quit.
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