Veepwatch: Biden Blasts Bush

Sen. Joe Biden is very much asserting himself these days. Yesterday, he laid out a comprehensive plan to solve the global food crisis. Today, he took the lead in responding to President Bush's attack on his party's presumptive nominee.

“This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset and make this kind of ridiculous statement.” “The President’s saber rattling is the most self-defeating policy imaginable. It forces Iranians who despise the regime to rally behind their leaders and spurs instability in the Middle East, which adds to the price of oil, with the proceeds going right into Tehran’s pockets. “The worst nightmare for a regime that thrives on isolation and tension is an America ready, willing and able to engage. And by the way, since when has talking removed the word “no” from our vocabulary? It’s amazing how little faith this administration has in the power of America’s ideas and ideals."

A lot of Democrats responded to President Bush today, but only of them called it "bullshit," and that's the soundbite that will endure.