Bidenisms: A collection of the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

The vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
Oct. 23 2009 11:35 AM

This Week's Bidenisms

Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

The vice president produced two fresh Bidenisms this week. Please continue to send your nominations (with a link, please) to For more, and our stab at a definition, see "The Complete Bidenisms."

"Who would you pick—even if you don't like the SOB? Who would you pick? Arlen Specter."—Asking a crowd (at a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter) whom they would select for a fantasy political team based on "grit and gumption," Pittsburgh, Oct. 19, 2009

"My mom is 92. She lives with me. But she's an Irish Catholic, and she thought if she wasn't a Democrat, she'd go to hell. I don't believe that, but, you know, where she comes from, to be Irish was to be Catholic, was to be a Democrat. Scranton, Pennsylvania."—Explaining his mother's influence on his party identification at a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Edison, N.J., Oct. 19, 2009


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Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.


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