Now that several local “electeds” have endorsed the former vice president and party comrade for higher seating, maybe the comedy road show will soon land somewhere in Frederick.

It’s time for some serious laughter in the political arena, especially following the recent devastating and heartbreaking news around the country and here in Maryland.

Driving up Interstate 70 to “edgy” Baltimore of late, it was Mr. Delaware’s unintentional Bidenisms that eased the burden of heavy traffic and high speed.

Joe Biden is a funny guy. He does laugh a lot, and many times his off-the-cuff witticisms go astray. We know he’s in the battle for his party’s presidential nomination. He may be having a difficult time, but his words are giving would-be voters some grin-and-bear-it giggles.

In recent days heading for a Thurmont lunch, his latest almost had me lose control of the steering wheel and run into Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

Said Mr. Biden at the Iowa State Fair:

“Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” It was truly funny and inadvertent, and all politicists chuckled at the gaffe. He wasn’t being mean. And neither is this space.

Too often in these days of political mean spirit we all need a few chuckles, intentional or not, to break the spell of loathing so prevalent everywhere, not just nationally but locally.

Biden’s malaprops, in more courteous times, would be the gags on what once were late-night comedy shows. Uncle Joe’s speechwriters don’t get any credit for his unintentional funnies. They probably wish they did.

Despite the former veep’s speechifying, his opponents find themselves dragging anchor. He’s leading the way. If he manages to win the competition, now that will bring about some incredible prize verbosity that “scribes and Pharisees” will rejoice and columnize.

In my sports-writing days many moons ago, there was a college football coach down Carolina way giving a halftime pep talk. “We got to win. So stop being so dumb out there. That’s d-u-m.”

Other presidents have mixed up their orations. George W. Bush said: “One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures” — from a 2000 magazine item.

Who can forget Vice President Dan Quayle’s “correcting” the spelling of a 12-year-old who wrote “potato” on a chalkboard?

Returning to Frederick after visiting Baltimore the other day, I recalled that great baseball wordsmith Yogi Berra. He said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I did. Ended up at Harry Grove Stadium. Couldn’t get on Nymeo Field, though.

Now, it would be nice for the Biden Comedy Campaign to entertain Frederick County residents.

It would be better for him to wave a magic wand from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School (there are none at Frederick County Public Schools) to erase the recent mass criminal acts. But a few laughs from “Joe-isms” could be in order.

Harry M. Covert writes from Frederick. Email him at hmcovert@gmail.com.

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huskycats

When the madness is coming to a close, Michelle will miraculously appear and be the candidate. Think about it, Barack had not endorsed his "very dear friend" and veep for eight years. Michelle just wrote a book and is appearing on TV shows just like her husband did. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

gary4books

Never say "never." But I do doubt it. Not her style or inclination.

veritas

The Democratic convention commences on July 13, 2020. This gives Dems 11 months to come up with a sane, rational and gaffe-free alternative to The Uncle Joe Show, which, while highly entertaining, will be a certifiable electoral disaster. If Dems fail in such an effort, they’ll surely be stuck with one of the disagreeable, fire breathing socialist radicals who are currently huffing and puffing their way to the presidential nomination which also will ensure Trump’s reelection. Yo, Dems... better get on it.

awteam2000

Sounds like you feel the next election is for the democrats to blown. That doesn’t speak well for the Ttump.


DickD

Doesn't speak well for Trump, aw, but it speaks well for the country if Biden wins.


rikkitikkitavvi

You spelled Trump wrong aw.

awteam2000

That’s how Trump spelled his name in a tweet earlier this week “Ttump”. The excuse given for the typo was the ‘t’ is next to the ‘r’ on the keyboard. He’s a very busy president.

public-redux

And he has such tiny fingers.

gary4books

This is why horses still race and we have elections. One has to wait and see if they are right or not. Even when they claim "veritas."

gary4books

The number of "comment deleted" amazes me. Such effort expended to no good resuts.

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hayduke2

Yup, Obama was limited to 8 years or he would have had 12 or more. [lol][lol][lol]


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Dwasserba

Lighten up

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Dwasserba

Funny, I read this and perceived fondness for the familiarity of Biden. Anyone who thought Biden's comment "racist" ignored the rest of the quote as he rushed to correct himself somehow someway. Oh to return to when goofy s* was just goofy *, called out for what it is and not resulting in chants.

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gary4books

If the job can fit Mr. Trump's life style, it can fit Mr. Biden. It just takes scheduling and not so many long hours in crisis.


DickD

Harry, Biden may state some mistakes, Trump is a deliberate liar and con man. Take your blinders off.


rikkitikkitavvi

"May state some mistakes"? HAHAhahahahaha.

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gary4books

Mr. Trump's playbook. "Always accuse the other side or what you do first. Then when they turn the charges around, they are 'old and fake' news." We know Trump lies. You excuse it and charge Biden of lying. Good trick only if you make it work.




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threecents

[thumbup]Gary, it is like clockwork. You know Trump did something bad if he accuses his accuser of doing it.




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threecents

Everyone is a "racist at heart."


gary4books

Biden the "comic?" I remember Gerald Ford the "clumsy." And the press made this name for a former celebrated athlete. How they call it "branding." It is up to us to see if it fits or not. Just like the new logo for Frederick.

gary4books

"How" or "Now" and I will go with either.

elmerchismo1

"Party comrade"?? You stuck that in right at the beginning and then said no more about it. What do you mean?


awteam2000

Here the “Party Comrades” -

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-biden-endorsements-20190729-ptcrrsjzpzaxdivlztlcadgpb4-story.html

public-redux

Thanks for the link. I count only two local electeds on that list while the columnist wrote “several”. (“Several” is defined as “more than two but not many”). So I’m wondering who else the columnist knows about.

hayduke2

Why so bitter and why feel the need to name call veritas.. Someone is rubbing off on you.

public-redux

veritas, George Orwell had a thing or two to say about writing accurately. I commend his writings to you.



Your ad hom is duly noted. I expect better of you.



your adoring public

threecents

Is "schoolmarm" a derogatory term?


hayduke2

Can be when used to imply " any person whose attitudes and behavior resemble those often attributed to schoolmarms, as pedantry, priggishness, or prudishness"


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rikkitikkitavvi

"Polluting our conversations"? You folks can do that very well your own selves. You don't need help.

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gary4books

One of the least acceptable stories since the Uranium never moved and it was a business deal. How do you stay so innocent of the facts?


hayduke2

gary [thumbup][thumbup]


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