I usually like Joe Biden's earnest, regular guy persona. The knock against him is that he's prone to putting his foot in his mouth. Almost every time he does so, I think it reflects poorly not so much on the vice president as the frivolous people who gleefully crow every time he phrases something poorly. They do so even when they know his intended meaning and that it is unobjectionable. It disgusts me when they do that. So I am often rooting for Biden amid his blunders.
But I didn't like his Thursday speech to the DNC. Oh, most of it was fine. He kept my attention, despite going on for almost 40 minutes, and his riff on a job meaning more than a paycheck was moving.
The section I didn't like was about Osama bin Laden. Biden sought to draw a contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney on that issue by harkening back to a 2007 incident about whether it would be prudent to strike inside Pakistan to kill the terrorist leader, even without permission.
As a refresher, candidate Barack Obama said that he would order troops into Pakistan to get bin Laden, a position that Hillary Clinton immediately criticized. And Romney 2008 criticized Obama too. When I re-read the relevant quotes, it seems clear that Romney was objecting to Obama preemptively and needlessly announcing that he would violate the sovereignty of a nuclear-armed ally, even though he agreed that it might be necessary. Clinton and Romney were both right to criticize Obama at the time; and Romney is likely being misrepresented on this issue.