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Joe Biden to Gabrielle Giffords: “You’re Now a Member of the Cracked Head Club, Like Me”

Filed under: Buffoons,General — Patterico @ 7:28 am

It would be unbelievable if it weren’t Biden:

What is truly insensitive is the comparison between the two. On one hand, you have someone who is so brain damaged that they have no meaningful chance of ever saying something coherent again. On the other hand, you have Gabby Giffords. (Rimshot.)

The full quote is even . . . more Bideny:

“When I went up, she said, ‘Joe,” Biden recalled of his meeting with Giffords. “I said, ‘Now we’re both members of the Cracked Head Club.’ You know, I had two craniotomies. For real. They literally took the top of my head off. Twice. Now, the wags in Delaware, when the second operation occurred, wrote and said, ‘Well, it’s because they couldn’t find a brain the first time!’”

One heartbeat from the Oval Office, ladies and gentlemen.

101 Responses to “Joe Biden to Gabrielle Giffords: “You’re Now a Member of the Cracked Head Club, Like Me””

  1. That quote is going down in history.

    Patterico (f724ca)

  2. This kind of thing is nothing new with Biden. Which why I suspect Obama was surprised by his nomination (I still think his original plan was to be HRC’s VP). Choosing Biden is good judgement?

    Simon Jester (adf010)

  3. Eric Holder, Caroline Kennedy, and company, couldn’t have been wrong, that’s unpossible

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  4. The lack of a brain helps explain why Joe’s hair plugs were so successful.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  5. The dumbest Vice President in history. Every day, Dan Quayle wakes up and thanks God for Joe Biden.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  6. At least he admitted he was a crackhead.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  7. Sorry for going OT, but comments aren’t allowed on the latest sexting politician story, and I have to say something:


    J. (Proud New Hampshirite)

    Jay Tea (50e49c)

  8. #5 – Joe is [not] stupid. Actually, he is a smart, savvy and pretty good guy, respected and admired and well liked by politicians on both sides of the aisle. Also, he is considered by many in his own party to be a moderate, not a liberal, who often voted with Republicans on legislation. In fact, I have read that he was selected as VP to be a moderating influence on Obama, only to have been betrayed by the two-faced, back-stabbing cabal of Clinton, Geithner, Napolidumbo, Panetta and their ilk, who marginalized him …., like by precipitating vicious rumors that he was “the dumbest VP ever”. Like all of us, he has his shortcomings, but I like him. I think that he is a pretty good, old guy.

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  9. BTW, when Joe Biden doesn’t run for VP in 2012, it will be because he isn’t too thrilled about working with this current administration of chronic screw-ups, [not] for the phony reasons which will be put out by the Democrats’ shills in the media. You read it here first. :-)

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  10. Thanks Jay Tea, I saw that too and thought someone has to correct PP’s acknowledgement of his sleeping through geography class.
    NJ is considered one of the Mid-Atlantic States!

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  11. From Wikipedia:

    Defining the Mid-Atlantic

    There are differing interpretations as to the composition of the Mid-Atlantic. Sometimes, the nucleus is considered to consist of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, with additional states possibly included. Other sources consider New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to be the core Mid-Atlantic states, with others sometimes included. For example, since the 1910 census, the Mid-Atlantic Census Division has included New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, which combined with the New England Division, comprised the Northeast Census Region.

    ropelight (9289fd)

  12. Very funny rimshot. On the other hand you have Gabby Giffords. I’m still laughing.

    Jaynie59 (058ebb)

  13. Be that as it may, ropelight, “New England” ends at the New York state line. Maine, NEW HAMPSHIRE, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Six states, no more, no less.

    And we do NOT include New Jersey, dammit. Keep it away from us.


    Jay Tea (50e49c)

  14. Summit, N.J. – what? That’s just bizarre. Joe Biden’s nickname “Slow Joe” wasn’t created by backstabbing Obama cronies. It dates far back.

    He’s not considered all that bright by anyone I know of. He continued to be Senator for so long because of his connections to teh banking industry. His other nickname was “the Senator from MBNA”.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  15. I repeat: It is the line of succession that leads me to pray for the continued health of the current POTUS.

    BarSinister (e32ad2)

  16. Well, whenever Biden says anything that isn’t stupid or thoughtless, I ask myself who he plagiarized. As for being a great guy, I’ll take Clarence Thomas’ word on that.

    How did that partitioning of Iraq go, again?

    Simon Jester (20f04f)

  17. Bar, bar, bar, think again. Slow Joe would be a significant improvement over the double dealing Chicago Spendthrift.

    Seriously, Bar, BS Biden is demonstrably less intelligent and less energetic than Obama, hence, less destructive. And, as an added bonus easier, Biden is easier to ridicule. Plus, he’s white and can’t claim immunity from criticism on racial grounds. Think about it.

    ropelight (9289fd)

  18. Plus, there might be enough grown-ups in the Cabinet to actually want to find him medically unfit to continue in office; which would result in another President from Ohio (Yeah, I know, ain’t going to happen).

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  19. ==BTW, when Joe Biden doesn’t run for VP in 2012, it will be be because..==

    Last night one of our top local political reporters interviewed David Axelrod inside the National Obama 2012 HQ in downtown Chicago. I was actually quite surprised to see they had big Obama-Biden 2012 banners all printed up and hanging all over the place. I, too, have been thinking there’d be a change at the number two slot but those banners sure did look pretty authoritative and permanent.

    elissa (d88fd6)

  20. Greetings:

    Back in the early seventies, I was still riding motorcycles. One evening, a riding partner of mine dropped his bike after hitting a bunch of gravel in a curve. He went into a coma, then brain surgery, then another coma and then back to earth. After about three months, the hospital turned him loose.

    About a week later, we went out to shoot some pool at a local emporium. While we were in the men’s room, he collapsed back into another coma. A month later, he was back home but his short term memory was messed up for years.

    Surviving serious head trauma is serious business especially if you’re serious about continuing to survive. When I heard about the good Congresswoman’s appearance, I didn’t know if this was some kind of stunt by her much less than noble party leaders or her sense of duty. My guess is that I’ll never know.

    What I would really hate to believe is that someone other than herself put her health at risk over the idiocy that is the “debt crisis”.

    11B40 (d4166b)

  21. Whenever I see Sloe Joe I think of that episode of The Simpsons where they visit the farm of a relative and a chicken beats Homer at checkers.

    Icy Texan (e3eab9)

  22. elissa, they can’t afford to have anyone with demonstrated competence on the ticket for comparison with Teh Won.

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  23. DJIA continues down for ninth-straight day – though it is currently up a little from the days’ low.

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  24. elissa, thanks for the info. While not an iron-clad guarantee written in blood, (remember Tom Eagleton) it does speak volumes.

    And, thanks to you too Iceman, I’d be your wingman anytime.

    11B40, I too went down in a patch of gravel while making a slow left turn. It cost me one of my two front teeth, a few hours in the poky, and a tune-up by the Sky Cops. I don’t ride anymore either, although I keep thinking about a trip across the Everglades on the Tamiami Trail and then South to Key West, but then I always think better of it.

    AD, it would take an Inspired Act of God to put an Ohioan in the White House. However, it has happened before.

    ropelight (9289fd)

  25. I would be more accepting of the stories about Biden’s good heart if he hadn’t lied to Clarence Thomas to set him up for the lynching in his committee. I think he’s dumb (plagiarism twice) and no gentleman.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  26. #14 – Hey, we’re all entitled to our own opinions.

    If you take nothing else away from this conversation, please consider the likelihood that Joe Biden is probably the only sane member of this current administration, and as I said, I like him for a variety of what I consider to be legitimate and rational reasons.

    I don’t fault you for having a different opinion, or for disliking him, for whatever your reasons.

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  27. Summit, N.J., Joe Biden was actually added to the ticket on the belief that Biden was some sort of foreign policy expert.

    Do you really want me to dig up all of Slow Joe’s brilliant foreign policy positions and announcements?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  28. Please, SPQR. It would be as painful as reading whats-his-name’s shilling for Soros.

    Simon Jester (adf010)

  29. Um, the only marginally sane member of this administration. :-)

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  30. the nuclear freeze, opposition to the Contras, opposing the Gulf War,

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  31. Sloe-Joe’s misreading of History, and historical trends, are legion;
    and he is a Legend in his own Mind!

    He is our current example of assassination/impeachment insurance; without the integrity to call the job what it is (Not worth a bucket of warm pi$$), and return home.

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  32. Sloe-brained Joe, in response to 9/11:
    “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.”

    — Any questions?

    Icy Texan (e3eab9)

  33. Seems to me, this would be a good time to send a check for $200 million to the TEA Party!

    AD-RtR/OS! (3c6199)

  34. He also authored the FISA bill, which failed rather spectacularly on September 11th, the VAWA bill, that
    was reversed by the Supreme Court, the drug czar bill was ok,

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  35. Biden spoke to the European Parliament in Brussels. “As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, D.C., as the ‘capital of the free world.’ But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.”

    — Brussels is the capital of the free world, eh, Joe?

    Icy Texan (e3eab9)

  36. ‘His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she’s- wait- your mom’s still- your mom’s still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul.”
    —Joe Biden, on the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who is very much alive, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2010

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  37. Whoa — wait a sec: during the 2008 campaign, everybody wanted to know about McCain’s health. What about Biden’s? where was the scrutiny?

    john b (c6c316)

  38. I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway.” –Joe Biden, providing handy tips to protect against the swine flu and freaking us out, “Today Show” interview, April 30, 2009

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  39. From the Biden-Palin debate:
    “When we kicked — along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said and Barack said, “Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don’t know — if you don’t, Hezbollah will control it.”

    — Back here in reality-land nobody has ever kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. That’s the whole problem over there!

    Icy Texan (e3eab9)

  40. Stand up!

    JD (6e25b4)

  41. From the New York Times (really!):
    a human verbal wrecking crew. This is the fellow who nearly derailed his nascent presidential campaign last year by calling Obama bright and clean and articulate and who noted that you needed a slight Indian accent to walk into a Dunkin’ Donuts or 7-11 in Delaware.

    — nuthin’ but class. That’s our Joe. He’s had (as did Harry Reid) his ‘macaca’ moments, and the libs just looked the other way.

    Icy Texan (e3eab9)

  42. Stand up Patterico oh god loves ya.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  43. #19 elissa – You want to bet?

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  44. The bill that the House passed on the FAA, by the way, has upset Democrats because it cut off subsidies to rural airports – subsidies like the ones that Democrat congressmen like Murtha used to build ridiculous facilities at virtually unused rural airports in their districts.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  45. “Let it die, Rev; Let it die!”

    AD-RtR/OS! (3b92f0)

  46. Joe is [not] stupid. Actually, he is a smart, savvy and pretty good guy

    You have got to be kidding. Unless you think he’s spent his whole life doing a cunning That-Idiot-Ivan act.

    , respected and admired and well liked by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

    Well-liked I wouldn’t know about, but “respected and admired”?! Whom do you think you’re fooling? What quality does he display that could engender respect and admiration?

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  47. Milhouse, he stays bought.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  48. Better than Sarah!

    Jenny (61a90f)

  49. No, Jenny, he’s not. You’re probably being sarcastic.

    And Biden’s family is very trashy compared to Palin’s, but the MSM blacksout all the drugs and corruption and sleaze because, of course, it’s not ‘hypocritical’ for a democrat to behave like that.

    I never heard Palin plagiarize, say anything racist, or mock a recent extreme hardship with amazing clumsiness. I never heard her insist she’s got a higher IQ that her detractor, like some insecure striving egomaniac.

    Palin also has a more accomplished record than Biden. It blows my mind how furious some were that the GOP would nominate her while their nominee was conspicuously much worse.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  50. Biden is insurance for Da Won – Who would take a chance on Biden becoming president

    joe (4908b1)

  51. #46 – Well, well, if it isn’t Snow White’s petulant, little dwarf, Grumpy.

    On the advice of counsel @ #45. I’m going to “let it die”. Too bad you didn’t get here sooner. :-)

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  52. Ah, right, the idiot who can’t tell what a comment is responding to, when the quote is right there. Maybe relative to you Biden is a smart guy.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  53. Biden who tells a paraplegic guy to stand up is better than Sarah?

    Well maybe if she were a democrap who told a paralyzed guy to stand up you lefties would give her the benefit of the doubt?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  54. #48 – Thanks for your support, Jenny. Er, um, you were supporting me, weren’t you?

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  55. I was actually pleasantly surprised that our Vice President actually told the truth.

    The easily imptessed Dana (f68855)

  56. Oh c’mon, “bought”? That’s a stretch, don’t you think?

    Do I like him? Yes. Would I vote for him? Not a chance.

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  57. Joe Biden, he made some more noise
    But you know, boys will be boys!
    He made a wise crack
    ‘Bout the brains that he lacks;
    Joe! Go play with your toys!

    The Limerick Avenger (f68855)

  58. I sure am amazed
    Joe Biden, he told the truth!
    His brain is missing.

    The Haiku Avenger (f68855)

  59. You like Joe Biden?

    Why because you can relate to him?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  60. Of course, Kernel will
    Be piss’d that I took his schtick;
    My knees are shaking.

    The Haiku Avenger (f68855)

  61. He was the favored recipient of AIG, Bank of America, Countrywide, Goldman Sachs,the late Lehman Bros, and a whole host of others, why do you think
    that was?

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  62. #52 – To refresh your memory, and to put events in their proper context, not the revisionist history that you post here, I politely asked you a question, and you replied very rudely, presumably to evade the fact that you couldn’t explain what was “ironic” about my sarcastic remarks about Joe Lieberman. Perhaps you should look up the definitions of the words, irony and ironic, in a dictionary before you get snotty, ya think? Man-up, and admit that you were a rude without any justification, or take a hike, you grumpy, old coot.

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  63. #63, stop lying. You asked an extremely stupid question, that revealed what an idiot you are. I answered accordingly, treating your question with the contempt it begged for. You now attribute a nonsensical motive to me, because you still can’t see what was right in front of your eyes. This has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with intelligence, of which you evidently have less than Biden.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  64. That was a movie, right? “The Vice-President’s Brain is Missing”

    Icy Texan (093cc2)

  65. #64 – Whatever

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  66. Unfortunately, Joseph R Biden was actually my senator for two years. He seemed like a nice guy, rode the train back to Wilmington every night, but was wrong about virtually everything; a stopped clock has a better accuracy rating than our Vice President.

    Which makes him as smart as our President. :(

    I will count myself as fortunate if some of my tax dollars go to paying Mr Biden’s federal pension in January of 2013.

    The Dana who used to live in Delaware (f68855)

  67. “Joe is [not] stupid. Actually, he is a smart, savvy and pretty good guy, respected and admired and well liked by politicians on both sides of the aisle.”

    Summit, N.J. – Absolutely precious. Even with his seniority, he’s such a savvy politician that his own party has never trusted him with a leadership position in the Senate. Who are you trying to kid?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  68. #68 – LOL, yeah, right, but they trusted him enough to nominate him to be next in line to become the most powerful man in the free world.

    Bad example, daleyrocks. Try again. You’re funny. :-)

    Argh!!! I can’t believe I’m defending a Democrat!!!

    (Actually, I’m not. I’m defending the man, not his politics.)

    Now, can we put this to bed, or do you want to belabor the issue just to be ornery?

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  69. they trusted him enough to nominate him to be next in line to become the most powerful man in the free world.

    I think part of the reasoning here was it was important not to upstage Obama. I was surprised they didn’t find someone with strong executive leadership qualities similar to Palin.

    But Obama had a cult of personality. Obama needed to be smarter and more accomplished than his VP. Biden is one of the few who was down to the job.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  70. #70 – LOL, biting my tongue here.

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  71. Not that there was ever any doubt, but Joe Biden as VP showed from the outset how fundamentally unserious Barcky was/is.

    JD (3da201)

  72. Now, mind you at the time, of his debate, he had been Chairman of the Foreign Relation, at least once,

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  73. I thought he said crackhead club the first time I heard it.

    JD (3da201)

  74. he had been Chairman of the Foreign Relation, at least once,

    Comment by ian cormac — 8/3/2011 @ 5:02 pm

    That’s true. He did have a leadership role, and he was an abysmal failure. A national embarrassment. A joke. You do not see Joe Biden in a foreign policy role. You see the person who should have been the VP doing that work.

    Instead, you see Biden glad handing at dog and pony shows, such as a beloved victim returning to work. He can’t even do that without becoming a further national embarrassment, though.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  75. “LOL, yeah, right, but they trusted him enough to nominate him to be next in line to become the most powerful man in the free world.”

    Summit, N.J. – Sorry, my example works just fine. VP is not a leadership position appointment by colleagues. He was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and only served a couple of stints as ranking minority member on the Judiciary Committee and Foreign Relations Committee? BFD! Hey, they did finally give him a shot at Chairman of the Foreign Relations seat in 2007.

    Sorry, Summit, not much Democrat love for Joe in the Senate. He was a non-threatening addition to the Obama ticket.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  76. “Argh!!! I can’t believe I’m defending a Democrat!!!

    (Actually, I’m not. I’m defending the man, not his politics.)”

    Summit, NJ – No, you called him a savvy politician. His colleagues obviously think he’s a clown as well as Democrat voters given how far his Presidential runs went. Are you going to continue to defend this bozo to be ornery or admit that you’re wrong?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  77. My guess, he goes with ornery.

    ropelight (9289fd)

  78. At least Biden is capable of making a joke at his own expense.

    I kinda like that.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  79. Jesus, I just said something nice about a Democrat.

    I probably need to have my meds upped a tad.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  80. “At least Biden is capable of making a joke at his own expense.”

    Dave – You’re just making the obvious point. Politicians love to blabber about themselves. Since Biden is a walking, talking joke, guess what’s going to happen? Need I say more?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  81. Instead, you see Biden glad handing at dog and pony shows, such as a beloved victim returning to work. He can’t even do that without becoming a further national embarrassment, though.

    Dog and pony shows are Joe’s speed. Keep him away from anything serious and with consequences that directly impact taxpayers.

    I can live with the national embarrassment. I can far less live with his taking part of any national decision-making.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  82. “Dave – You’re just making the obvious point. Politicians love to blabber about themselves.”

    They’re also usually pompous egomaniacs, who think their poop don’t stink.

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I haven’t heard the great God Obama engage in a whole lot of self-deprecating humor. To me he acts like he really truly actually believes he’s something special. I bet when he looks in the mirror he gets a tingle down his leg.

    At least Biden has a little humility.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  83. “Keep him away from anything serious…”

    They did.

    They made him Vice President.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  84. Biden is a joke at OUR expense

    Icy Texan (093cc2)

  85. “They’re also usually pompous egomaniacs”

    Dave – That’s one good thing I can say about Biden. His stupidity prevents him from having an overpowering ego.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  86. #78 – LOL

    Summit, N.J. (75c9eb)

  87. “His stupidity prevents him from having an overpowering ego.

    No doubt about it, he’s got a lot to be humble about.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  88. They nominated him for VP because he was supposed to be this foreign policy genius. That’s how they sold him, anyway. But it’s painfully clear that he’s an idiot. He only seems intelligent and knowledgeable to people who know nothing, and therefore believe whatever comes out of his mouth; he does have the talent of being able to bullshit confidently. Think of his debate with Palin: he came off as someone who knew his stuff cold, while she was reaching for answers; the only thing is that she was reaching for the correct answers, and found them, while he just made his answers up on the spot.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  89. Mr Surls wrote:

    At least Biden is capable of making a joke at his own expense.

    Fixed that for you.

    The always helpful Dana (f68855)

  90. The left also sold him (and clearly, many bought) as the gravitas, the mature and experienced man, the wisdom of the duo, the counterbalance to youth; the consistent, familiar and down-to-earth insider. See: See train to Delaware, Katie’s Diner, etc.

    Someone sure thought Americans gullible. And they were right.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  91. In truth, he’s really Al Bundy from Polk High,

    ian cormac (81c5c2)

  92. If Sarah Palin had said this Charles Johnson would have linked her rhetoric to the oslo bomber.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  93. In truth Biden is really Otis, Ned Beatty’s character from the Superman films:

    Lex Luthor: North… Why does [Superman] always go north?
    Otis: He wants to ski?

    Icy Texan (093cc2)

  94. going away
    worse than Howard Stern

    Jenny (61a90f)

  95. Jenny, wrong syllable count for haiku.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  96. Jenny, wrong syllable count for haiku.

    Comment by SPQR — 8/4/2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Maybe that’s an interpretive haiku in the Biden style?

    ppk_pixie (6f2250)

  97. Mr Cormac wrote:

    In truth, he’s really Al Bundy from Polk High

    Uhhh, no! Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High; Joe Biden never scored that much.

    The water boy doesn’t get to carry the ball.

    The Dana who never scored four touchdowns in a single game (3e4784)

  98. Pfew! That was close. I didn’t want to be #100.

    Summit, NJ (75c9eb)

  99. Now, the wags in Delaware, when the second operation occurred, wrote and said, ‘Well, it’s because they couldn’t find a brain the first time!’

    There wasn’t a third time because the doctors realized their search was in vain.

    Nate Whilk (3ec338)

  100. I’m trying to figure out how Jenny is worse than Howard Stern.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

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