September 05, 2012

Jerry's Ink


I've got to come to grips with the fact that summer is over. This is the time of the year when I go into a funk and tell you what's really on my mind.

For example: Call me crazy, but I would rather see a picture of Prince Henry naked than see a picture of Queen Elizabeth naked.

Leave it to my fellow Republicans to screw up: Let's see how many people think we're a party made up of old white men. Let's get an ancient white man, Clint Eastwood, to get up and make an unscripted rambling speech to a chair before our candidate for President, Mitt Romney, speaks. Dumb.

Speaking of dumb, my column "Democrats for Romney" in The New York Post and The Independent was well received and got a ton of positive mail. My favorite was the letter from a gentleman who asked: Do you think your column swayed some dumb Democrats?

My answer was, "I can't sway dumb Democrats – I can only sway intelligent Democrats."

I was disappointed in Chris Christie's speech. I wanted him to sound like our next President should the country survive Barack Obama in 2016. He didn't.

Maybe when he loses about 100 pounds he will be a better speaker. He's a great Governor for New Jersey. He's a smart, brave man, and just who we need in the White House to lead us back to jobs and prosperity.

But the man who impressed me as being a great presidential candidate in 2016 was Paul Ryan.

What a great speech. What command of the subject and the language. He frankly overshadowed Romney, who made a pretty good speech himself.

I realized what a great speech Ryan made when I watched Brian Williams, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell scrambling to kill the effect of the speech a minute after the speech was completed.

"He lied . . ."

"He exaggerated . . ." they said. They sounded like they were getting their words directly in their earpieces from the Democratic National Committee. I like Brian Williams and consider him a friend, but this was not his finest moment.

Tom Brokaw, who was part of the group, seemed embarrassed by this open display of NBC's pro-Obama, pro-Democrat bias.

I expect the networks' (ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN) coverage of Republicans to be slanted, but I never expected them to be so obvious.

It ticked me off and made me dust off this column on Joe Biden, Obama's Vice Presidential running mate, which I wrote before the election of 2008.


Oh-my-gosh, that was close. Do you know what I almost did with that headline? I almost gave away the beginning of the next campaign speech by Joe Biden, the man whom Barack Obama has selected to be his Vice President – a heartbeat from the presidency.

Oh well, I started it so I might as well tell you about it. Joe Biden's words, in his next speech, are inspirational and will actually bring many loyal Democrats to tears. In this speech Biden will tackle our energy problem and will tell the American people, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

And when he talks about his opposition to our drilling for oil in Alaska and off of our shores, Biden will say about Saudi Arabia, "Never have so many owed so much to so few." Then he will close his speech with these inspirational words on why he and Barack Obama want to raise our taxes: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Wait a second you must be saying, these are words and thoughts you've heard before. Well, er . . . er . . .yes, but Joe Biden will tell you he just "borrowed" these words. You see, Joe Biden is a plagiarist.

Or as The New York Times so politely put it the other day:

"In September of 1987, when he was running for President, Biden was caught 'cribbing' from other politician's speeches."

"Cribbing" – what a cute word. Cribbing, it's sort of like Plagiarism Lite.

Here's how Biden screwed up:

In 1987 a British Labor politician, Neil Kinnock, made a dramatic speech describing his rise from his humble roots.

Kinnock spoke of his ancestors who played football after long days in the coal mines, and spoke how they paved the way for him to become the first in his family to attend college.

Kinnock started his speech this way:

"Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Why is Glenna the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?"

Cut to Biden, as a candidate in the presidential race in 1988, who started a speech at the Iowa State Fair this way:

"I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college?"

Then he went on to steal the rest of Kinnock's speech almost word for word.

Actually this was more than plagiarism. This might have been the first recorded case of identity theft.

If my memory serves me The New York Times was the newspaper that broke the story about Biden's plagiarism. They were backing that dufus Michael Dukakis in those days.

Biden's problems didn't end there.

More charges followed. A law professor said Biden had plagiarized sections of a paper in college. He admitted he plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school. He copied five pages word for word without attribution. Then it was charged that later he had plagiarized parts of speeches from Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

But last Saturday, when The New York Times heard Barack Obama had chosen Joe Biden to be his VP, they gushed about him as a "Senate Stalwart" and never revealed their role in nailing him in 1988.

Apparently The Times, which has justifiably fired any reporter caught plagiarizing in their newspaper (remember Jayson Blair?), feels there is no room for a cheat in their newsroom but feels it's perfectly fine to have a cheat as the Vice President of the United States, as long as he's a Democrat.

Perhaps the reason Joe Biden is so quick to use other people's words is that he is such a klutz when he uses his own words.

In an embarrassing attempt to discredit Obama during the recent primaries he described him as the first "clean" black candidate. Then he apologized.

Since we don't know whose words or ideas he may be stealing I urge you listen carefully to any speech that Joe Biden makes in the future.

Or, as Joe Biden might put it, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."

If you wish to comment on "Jerry's Ink" please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com.

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