Joe Biden is a political anomaly. Unmeasured, he appears to say whatever comes to mind whenever it comes to mind. Thus, he speaks to Virginians about winning in North Carolina, talks to Americans about leading the world in the 20th century, and referred to VP candidate Paul Ryan as a Governor instead of a Congressman.
And although these examples are but the tip of the iceberg, Politico has dismissed them as part of “Joe being Joe.” In fact, the publication actually embraced the myriad gaffes as an example of Biden’s “spontaneity.”
Apparently, Biden’s handlers don’t even appreciate this brand of “spontaneity.” Either that, or the White House has simply ordered them to keep Biden from talking on the fly. For reports are emerging of efforts to “shoo” reporters away from impromptu question and answer sessions with the VP.
One thing’s for sure: when most people think about spontaneity, they think about buying a gift for their spouse on a whim. Very few, if any, think about standing in front of a racially mixed audience and saying Romney’s financial plan will “put y’all back in chains.”