Oh, That Joe! (No. 21 in a Series) — Biden the Badger

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 26, 2008 4:31pm

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., is a concerned man.

“Folks, look, I’m a little concerned today,” Biden told a firehouse crowd at a fish fry Friday in Milwaukee, Wis. “You know, we badly need Wisconsin.”

"I was on a call this morning with the national campaign folks, which we do every morning," said the Democratic vice presidential nominee. "And they didn’t know I was on the call.”

What might Biden have heard that might have made him so concerned?

Distressing polling numbers from the Badger State — a battleground that he and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., desperately need in order to win in November?

“There was a suggestion made that maybe they wanted to know whether the Constitution allows you to change vice presidents at the very end here," Biden said.

Liberal blogs have been abuzz with speculation that Biden might relinquish the vice presidential slot, so was this it?

Not so much.

“I heard Ryan Braun’s name being mentioned,” Biden continued, referring to the Brewers All-Star outfielder whose Thursday night grand slam kept the Brewers tied for first place for a Wild Card spot.

“You know, didn’t you all dream of it when you were a kid — a walk-off grand slam in the playoffs!” Biden exclaimed. “God, almighty, 10th inning!

"Whoa!" Biden continued. "Man, oh man!”

Braun’s game-ending round-tripper gave the Brew Crew a vital 5-1 extra-innings win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, keeping the Milwaukee ball club in the thick of the National League playoff race.

“I tell you what, I’d be willing to let him be vice president if he’d let me take credit for that grand slam,” said avid sports fan Biden. “I tell ya, my Lord, you all must be ready today.”

With the firefighters loving every minute of Biden’s baseball banter, the loquacious Blue Hen referenced the Brewers upcoming series with rival Chicago.

“The Cubbies are in town, yeah, OK,” he said. “Well, I wish you all a lot of luck.”

“Man, I tell you, what I wanted to do was not sign autographs on the back of pieces of paper,” the senator said of his childhood dreams. “I was looking to sign autographs on baseballs. I never got that far.”

– Matthew Jaffe and Jake Tapper

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