Jill Biden makes last pitch for steady centrist Joe Biden

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Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, made an 11th-hour visit to Perry Wednesday afternoon.


Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, made an 11th-hour visit to Perry Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, made an 11th-hour visit to Perry Wednesday afternoon, delivering her husband’s message of electability on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses.

Biden is good at what she does, but there was nothing new or even really substantive in what she said. She went into their personal history and related a couple anecdotes, driving home the message that Joe Biden has the seasoned strength to return the U.S. to a steady course in foreign and domestic affairs.

The thing she really stressed was Joe Biden’s being more electable with independent voters and in swing states, the crucial people and places in the November general election.

She also said Joe’s mainstream goals are more achievable than other candidates’, and she made a couple of offhand remarks disparaging “the far left,” presumably referring to the bigger ideas of Biden’s closest Democrat rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Jill Biden’s description of Joe Biden reminded me of the old comment about Lincoln being a “first-rate second-rate man.” Between his going for the swing voters and asking us to keep our expectations low about what he can accomplish, Joe Biden wants us to know he excels at mediocrity.

Biden is not my first choice, but even he would be a vast improvement on the stable genius currently impersonating the leader of the free world.

Joe Biden, left, took the oath of office of U.S. Vice President in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009, accompanied by Jill Biden, right. Photo by Chad J. McNeeley

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