Joe Biden

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Tina Fey Does It Again

Tina Fey reprised her role as Sarah Palin in yet another dead-on Saturday Night Live parody. This time, SNL guest Queen Latifah joined a sketch of the VP debate as debate moderator Gwen Ifill. Joe Biden, played by Jason Sudeikis, said that John McCain was “bad at his job” and “mentally unstable” and a “dear, dear friend.” He also debunked the notion that’s he’s a “Washington insider” by proclaiming that’s he’s from Scranton, Pennsylvania — “the worse place on earth” filled with “sad and desperate people with no ambition.”

Palin, who changed the moderator’s topics to suit her pre-prepared talking points and evoked Ronald Reagan‘s name for the sake of evoking Ronald Reagan’s name, had at least three devastatingly funny one-liners, including …

  • On fixing the economy: “We would ask what would a maverick do in this situation, and, then, you know, we’ll do that.”
  • On the cause of global warming: We don’t know if it’s man-mad or just “a natural part of The End Of Days.”
  • On her health care policy: “I’m going to ignore that question and instead talk about Israel. There’s a special place for Israel in heaven. And I know some people are going to say I’m only saying that to pander to voters in Florida. But from a very young age, my two greatest loves were always Jews and cuban food.”

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2008 Presidential Election: The Ultimate Quiz

Think you know Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin? Think again! Test your political (and pop culture) savvy against others by answering all 26 questions — and checking your score at the end. This quiz ain’t easy. So good luck.

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Obama Picks Biden, McCain Attacks

Barack Obama announced in a text message sent out to his supporters this morning that he’s chosen Joe Biden, who ran against him in the Democratic primaries, as his running mate. A senator from Delaware, which has a mere three electoral votes (there’s 538 total), Biden doesn’t bring a significant state to the Obama camp, although he is popular in his native Pennsylvania, a swing state that Obama lost to Hillary Clinton. Political experts say that Biden’s real value lies in his depth of experience: As a six-term senator and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he might alleviate concerns that the relatively young Obama “isn’t ready to lead.”

John McCain‘s camp wasted no time in attacking Obama’s decision by releasing the following ad (we have to admit, it’s clever):

What’s not included in McCain’s ad is the slip of Biden’s tongue that sparked controversy last February. He is the politician that referred to Obama as “clean” and “articulate” while observing that he’s “African-American” — a remark that is racist at worse and bone-headed and insensitive at best. He later apologized and clarified his statement by saying that he meant Obama was “fresh” and “new” and the “most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced [in a long time].”