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Joe Biden is Dick Cheney in a Good Way

I’ve been rooting for Joe Biden for VP ever since the Obama/Hillary nastiness made that “dream ticket” an impossibility. I’m thrilled that Obama has shown the smarts to pick him. Biden brings everything to the ticket Obama needs: experience, straight-talk, military credibility (did you know he’s got a son in the National Guard?), working class roots, and did I mention experience? He compliments Obama’s weaknesses perfectly.

Biden is to Obama what Cheney was to Bush in 2000. But better. In 2000, aside from his governorship of Texas, George W. had a rather thin resume. Nice speeches, but was he ready to lead? Having Cheney on the ticket was an insurance policy for the voters; it reassured them that there was a grownup around to watch over the idealistic young president. Why, if an old pro like Cheney was willing to vouch for W’s foreign policy credentials, if he of all people was willing to hitch his wagon to W’s, then certainly, I, as a voter, should be confident as well, shouldn’t I? Biden does the same for Obama.
(Yes, of course, the Republicans are now trying to use Biden’s own words against him, saying that Biden–in the primaries–argued that Obama was not ready. But the quote they’re using is weak, and this one won’t stick.)

Another Cheney comparison: the attack dog thing. Biden, like Cheney, will speak his mind and say bad things about the other candidate that may not be politically correct. He’ll fire the shots but suffer few consequences because — after all — he’s just the vice presidential candidate. But Biden will do this better, because, unlike Cheney, he’s actually likeable. Cheney talks tough, but he’s also secretive, nasty, and anti-charismatic. Biden, on the other hand, comes across as a straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is, all-American kind of politician. He’s blunt and will be a great asset in attacking the McCain platform without getting too dirty. I salivate at the prospect of a Biden-Romney debate. Romney’s biggest weakness is his lack of authenticity. Standing next to Biden, he’d seem like a cardboard cutout, a fraud, a pretender to the crown.

Biden is not just a help politically. He is perfectly equipped to be an ideal vice president once in office. His voluminous experience in the Senate and in foreign policy combined with the willingness to give Obama honest feedback rather than blind allegiance makes him the best possible match for our hope-filled frontrunner. In choosing Biden, Obama has aced his first major decision as potential commander-in-chief. This decision speaks well for all involved.

The Satirists Dilemma

Check out my guest essay on Beatrice.com by clicking here.

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10 Days to go …

I’ve been a bad blogger this month.  I’m getting married in 10 days, and blogging has not been foremost in my mind.  More soon.

HuffPo #3 – I’m Going To Sue John Edwards For Plagiarism

Read my latest on Huffington Post here.  This is where I call out John Edwards — not just for lifting many elements of his sex scandal from my book — but also for having the audacity to do it so terribly.  I provide advice on how politicians can make the most of their sex scandals.  If you like the article, forward it to a friend.

John Phillips—er, I mean Edwards

Poor unoriginal John Edwards. Twenty-four hours later, my head is still reeling from the parallels between his sex scandal and the one I wrote about in The Scandal Plan. It’s eery. Check out these quotes I scraped together from HuffPo:

Elizabeth Edwards as Melissa Phillips:
“Elizabeth Edwards says her husband told her about the affair in 2006 and they worked through it. “This was our private matter,” she writes.”

Rielle Hunter as Tina James:
“Jay McInerney reveals that Hunter was the basis for Alison Poole, the main character of his book, Story of My Life. “It was narrated in the first person,” McInerney writes in the intro to the interview, “from the point of view of an ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old who was, shall we say, inspired by Lisa [aka Rielle].”

John Edwards as Ben Phillips:
“I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public.”

Crazy, no?

Of course, it’s a pity. I liked John Edwards. I liked his message. I liked his wife. And, yes, it’s sad to see this happen. But, in my own self-absorbed way, I can’t help but wonder how this will impact the fortunes of my little book. That’s the crazy thing about trafficking in political satire. What is good for business is usually bad for someone else.

I stayed up late last night crafting my official response to the scandal, and you will be able to read that soon. Until then, enjoy the media frenzy. Let the self-righteous indignation commence …

“I’m shocked! Shocked, I say!”