The Note: Clean as a Whistle


Just what the 2007 presidential campaign needed -- a little bathos, a little poetry, a little offensive language and a little exposed Achilles Heel.

Biden's blunderbluss, bungled blow is not just any old campaign gaffe -- although it did follow the textbook Drudge-to-Rush-to-cable news-to-network TV-to-late-night-TV cycle, albeit at lightening speed.

Biden's undoing was an unforced error, out of his own mouth, on the first day of his campaign, as the embodiment of what 99 Senators and all of his campaign advisers possessed with the tools of reason and hearing knew (KNEW!!) would cause him trouble above all else.

So while there is no precise parallel (many of the candidates like to jabber, but Biden is in a category by himself), the comparable moves would be as follows:

Hillary Clinton saying on the first day, "I would look to Bill constantly."

Barack Obama saying on the first day. . . exactly what Biden said, but in the first person.

John Edwards saying on the first day, "Not having a real job anymore means I have the time to do this right."

John McCain saying on the first day, "The way forward on Iraq starts with Iran and ends with North Korea."

Mitt Romney saying on the first day, " No, I won't take my orders from Joseph Smith -- they'll come direct from the Angel Moroni."

Rudy Giuliani saying on the first day, "A man's personal life and character has nothing to do with the job of the Presidency."

Chris Dodd saying on the first day, "Just like Joey Liebs, I. . . "

Tommy Thompson saying on the first day: "Working for the president was satisfying, even though he didn't know my name and the press forgot I was still there. But I loved having a driver. HE knew my name. Oh, yessir!"

Mike Huckabee saying on the first day, "As soon as I get the big chair, I'll be able to eat whatever I want. State dinner equals all-you-can-eat buffet."

Tom Vilsack saying on the first day, "I LOVE these jokers who jet in wearing L.L. Bean crap and think they know what it means to be a Hawkeye."

Wes Clark saying on the first day, "If you liked General Haig, you'll REALLY salute General Clark."

Sam Brownback saying on the first day, "The new 11th commandment is, 'Vote for the REAL Republican -- me.' "

Newt Gingrich saying on the first day, "I can no longer deny the nation my brilliance. Deal with it!"

Bill Richardson saying on the first day, "This isn't about ego."

Jim Gilmore saying on the first day, "We'll bring back the Confederacy, but we'll call it a 'free trade zone.'"

Dennis Kucinich saying on the first day, "I'm in it to win it."

With all eyes on his pretty little mouth, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) presides over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "Securing America's Interests in Iraq: The Remaining Options" at 9:15 am ET with former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Sen. Biden also participates in a webcast call with national supporters at 8:00 pm ET.

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports Sen. Biden indicated at the hearing this morning that he is signing on with the Warner nonbinding anti-surge resolution.

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