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Biden Left Out of Top Campaign Meetings
The Weekly Standard ^ | May 4, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 05/04/2012 11:15:10 AM PDT by iowamark

On Sunday evenings, President Obama meets with his top ten campaign officials to "gather for a confidential briefing on his re-election," according to the New York Times. Present at these meetings, which, we learn, usually take place after the president's Sunday golf outings, are a slew of White House and campaign officials.

"The attendance roster, which was confirmed by multiple people familiar with the list, reveals a mix of White House staff, including: David Plouffe, a senior adviser and campaign manager from 2008; Jack Lew, the chief of staff; Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse, senior advisers; Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff who has worked for Mr. Obama since his days in the United States Senate," the Times reports. "The campaign team includes: Jim Messina, the campaign manager, who sets the agenda for the meeting; David Axelrod, a senior strategist; Stephanie Cutter, a deputy campaign manager; and Larry Grisolano, a top political adviser."

But there is one person conspicuously missing: Vice President Joe Biden. (Hillary Clinton and the rest of the cabinet are also absent.) "Instead, the room is filled with a group of trusted confidants who were at his side during the last campaign," writes the Times, suggesting that Biden is not indeed a 'trusted confidant.

This is despite the fact that Biden has been termed "campaigner in chief." He remains a constant presence on the campaign trail, holding rallies and fundraisers, trying to woo supporters with his personality and words. But, likewise, he remains a gaffe machine, continuously tripping over his words and message at these events.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biden; joebiden

1 posted on 05/04/2012 11:15:16 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
well that's a shocker.

/sarc

2 posted on 05/04/2012 11:18:58 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("Oh no, I'm not sick, well I'm not physically sick anyway. Mentally I'm sick beyond any doctor's abi)
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To: iowamark
Bite-Me's going to be replaced by Hitlery . . . why do you think she's got a more receptive wig and had all that putty and bondo face work done at MAACO?

She's a liar. She'll be on the ticket to try to save this fool, and if he actually wins, he'd better hire a food taster and increase his body guards. Remember Vince Foster?

3 posted on 05/04/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: laweeks
Biden is not indeed a 'trusted confidant'
Axelrod is afraid of what SloJoe might say in public by accident.
4 posted on 05/04/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: iowamark
Either way, having a campaign strategy meeting without Biden is -- to paraphrase Gen. —Norman Schwartzkop -- "like going deer hunting without your accordion. You just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind."

Listening to Biden's inane comments for a couple of hours would probably make the rest of Zero's advisers want to jump out the window. Not that it would be a bad thing.

5 posted on 05/04/2012 11:29:07 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: laweeks

I hope not. I think it makes sense but i hope not because that ticket is way more formidable. Second term too he may not care so much and i could see him go that way as a last resort. Its my biggest fear about the election. I think it assures him a second term unless the economy falls off a cliff.


6 posted on 05/04/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: iowamark

Biden is a dope but he’s not a communist, nor does he hate America.

Why would he be included?


7 posted on 05/04/2012 11:37:12 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: iowamark

This is a big f***in’ deal!


8 posted on 05/04/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: iowamark

My guess is Biden is invited but can’t find the room.


9 posted on 05/04/2012 11:44:17 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: iowamark

Hey, Joe!.......That’s what we used to call A CLUE!...........


10 posted on 05/04/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: laweeks

Your theory makes all the sense in the world.

And yet I cannot picture Hillary willingly buying a ticket on this Titanic.


11 posted on 05/04/2012 1:35:19 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: iowamark
a mix of White House staff, including: David Plouffe, a senior adviser and campaign manager from 2008; Jack Lew, the chief of staff; Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse, senior advisers; Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff who has worked for Mr. Obama since his days in the United States Senate," the Times reports. "The campaign team includes: Jim Messina, the campaign manager, who sets the agenda for the meeting; David Axelrod, a senior strategist; Stephanie Cutter, a deputy campaign manager; and Larry Grisolano, a top political adviser.

What a group of ne'er do wells, America-haters, socialists, communists, incompetents, liars, and all-around delusional idiots.

12 posted on 05/04/2012 2:38:18 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Nor can I, but its not unlikely da Ho is hangin out hoping nobama will be de-invited at the dem convention. Hey stranger things happen and never count out the klintoons.


13 posted on 05/04/2012 3:25:48 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: iowamark

Biden’s only job is to pretend to appear even dumber than Obama.

His job is the most important in the campaign and doesn’t change.

Obama would have no chance if a person who let themselves appear of normal- or even near normal- intelligence was constantly next to him for comparison.

Hooray for Joe, his job never changes and no one knows how he manages it!


14 posted on 05/04/2012 3:40:23 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: iowamark
Plugs was out meeting with his team of comedy writers. No one can continually say the ridiculous shiite Plugs says by accident.
15 posted on 05/05/2012 5:17:28 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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