Opinion: Joe Biden Gaffe update: He fires N.J. gov, moves another guy in
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For your Joe Biden Gaffe files:
Washington. Mandarin Oriental Hotel. LGBT fundraiser. Hauled in about $1 mill. 33% better than last year with Michelle Obama.
Maybe four dozen protesters outside, impatient with the Obama administration’s perceived slow pace on lesbian and gay issues. Signs: ‘SHAME.’ ‘Gay Uncle Toms.’ Chants: ‘Shame on You.’ ‘Boycott the Bigots.’
Inside, Biden spoke 20 mins. Lots of applause. ‘I am not unaware of the controversy swirling around this dinner and swirling around the speed or lack thereof that we are moving on issues that are of great importance to you.’
Boasted the new administration has appointed 60 gays or lesbians, including nine requiring Senate confirmation. Promised to ‘put some pace on the ball.’
Standing ovations as he pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and get passage of the Lieberman-Baldwin bill on health benefits.
Additionally, Biden promised to put a ban on workplace discrimination, get adoption rights for all and end the HIV travel ban.
Biden also praised Tim Kaine as the ‘great governor of New Jersey.’
One problem: Tim Kaine’s not governor of New Jersey.
Jon Corzine (right) is governor of New Jersey (Remember, he didn’t wear his seatbelt in the state patrol car for the big high-speed crash).
Tim Kaine is governor of another state, called Virginia.
He’s also chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Biden is from Delaware.
He used a Teleprompter.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photo credits: Getty Images (top and middle); N.J. Governor’s Office (bottom).