By Jim Berlin
And the irony is he’s a nice guy. He’d be fun at the family barbecue and make for a rock-solid friend. You could trust him with your kids, your wife or your girlfriend.
But Joe Biden is still the most dangerous man in America – not for anything he’s done but for what he could do: He could be President of the United States, Commander in Chief of the most powerful army on Earth, leader of the only country on the planet capable of keeping the enemies of democracy in check.
We were put in this position by the hubris of Barack Obama. Like most young men of talent he assumes he is one of God’s favorite sons, destined to grow old gracefully and die in his sleep.
So we end up with a guy named Joe, a lightweight intellect with an undisciplined mouth, separated from the presidency by the fragile 10 ounces of a single human heart.
Unfortunately, hubris crosses party lines and is not confined to the young. John McCain was just as careless with America when he chose a running mate while she was still a political adolescent.
When selecting their Number Two, presidential hopefuls need to embrace the tradition of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Legend has it he appointed a person to accompany him in public, whispering in his ear each time he received a compliment: “Remember, you are just a man.”
And, the whisperer might add: “Men die unexpectedly. Choose with America in mind.”