Unethical Quote Of The Week: Joe Biden, Since We’ve Been Talking About His Deflating Brain…

“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C’mon man. That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?”

Joe Biden, answering CBS News’ Errol Barnett’s question about whether Biden has taken an tests to measure his cognitive ability.

Yikes.

1 Joe said just last month, “I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested.” Is he lying, or has he forgotten?

2. If Donald Trump asked a black journalist if he was a junkie, what would that be cited as evidence of?

3. Interesting analogy. If Barnett was a junkie, then he wouldn’t want to take a drug test. And Biden doesn’t want to take a cognitive test because….?

18 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: Joe Biden, Since We’ve Been Talking About His Deflating Brain…

    • In two words, so what? He’s a partisan historian. Anyone who offers a genuine prediction in August is a true idiot, or he’s trying to further an agenda. Either he really thinks no factors matter that we don’t know now,like debates and the VP choice, the Dowd report, etc, which is insane, or he’s assuming a lot of things that can’t be assumed.

      It also means he picked Carter in 1980. Let’s see—how many tough calls have there been since 198O? Easy ones: ’84, ’88, ’92, ’96, 2004, 2008. Tougher: 2000, 2012, 2016. So he flipped head three time in a row. Big deal. Lichtman’s arrogance isn’t even news.

          • Has he convened a grand jury? Is he seeking indictments? Where did this “report” concept come from anyway? Don’t US Attorneys charge (or not charge) suspects with, you know, crimes?

            • Bill,
              I have heard Barr explain to a couple of interviewers that Durham is not preparing a report – he is preparing indictment recommendations or something similar.
              pjk

          • Hah! That’s right. I’d forgotten what his report was about other than baseball vaguely. I think he also acquired former Arizona governor Fife Symington’s pardon from the Clintons as they scooted out the door.

  1. Actually…. you should quote the next couple of lines he said too, I remember that clip, and it was particularly painful. After asking if the interviewer was a junky, he said this wasn’t an issue because his physical and mental faculties were fine, except it took him four attempts to say “mental faculties” because he stumbled over his tongue. Biden was never a great speaker, but he used to be able to at least get a sentence out.

    • Doesn’t practically every job in the country require a drug test? Is it possible that Biden has been in politics for so long that he just wasn’t aware of this?

  2. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C’mon man. That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?”

    Joe Biden, answering CBS News’ Errol Barnett’s question about whether Biden has taken an tests to measure his cognitive ability.

    Here is what http://www.FactCheckersRUs.com has to say about the exchange:

    “Mostly True” Let’s break that statement down to its components, shall we?

    1. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C’mon man.”

    Joe has been thinking about the last time he took a written or oral exam, which was probably while he was in law school, because he had been thinking about getting licensed to practice law in Indiana to help his niece with her legal problem, which is a state that doesn’t recognize Delaware’s law licenture for the purposes of admission to the Indiana Bar Association. Additionally, most states don’t require a refresher bar exam to maintain an active license (ed. note: thankfully, Texas doesn’t require a periodic bar exam because I probably couldn’t pass one to save my life . . .). That means, that once he got his law license in Delaware, he was good forever – unless he wanted to be board certified but that is a relatively recent phenomenon and usually applies to people who specialize in a particular area of the law (patents, civil litigation, etc.). If Biden didn’t intend to practice law, then there would have been no reason for him to take board certification exams. Furthermore, Biden changed his mind about Indiana because he found local counsel to help out his niece with her legal problem. Therefore, there was no other reason to take the Indiana Bar Exam. All in all, Biden’s statement is mostly true.

    2. “That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?”

    Aside from the clumsy wording, Biden is asking the interviewer if he knows if CBS News has a stated drug testing policy for interviewers who meet with presidential candidates. Biden knows that CBS News does not, in fact, have such policy and any proper CBS News employee would know that. Biden, therefore, is actually asking if the interviewer is truly a CBS News employee. A “yes” answer would show that the interview is a rogue reporter sent by the Koch Brothers to derail his campaign. On balance, the question is neither true or false, but a clever chess maneuver to determine if the interviewer is a true CBS News employee or a Trump/RNC/Proud Boy plant. These are complicated times and one must be prepared at all times for someone to spring a trap.

    jvb

  3. “Next question: Which of these lines are from the 2020 Trump versus Biden presidential debate, and which of these lines are from the Saturday Night Life skit about the debate?”

    Bzzzt! “All are from both.”

    “Correct! It was a trick question! SNL could not write anything funnier or more ridiculous than what either candidate actually said, so they just copied the transcript from the actual debate. Fun fact: Surveys indicate the SNL version had more viewers than the original debate.”

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