Opinion: Joe Biden update: About that guarantee that LeBron James would stay in Cleveland


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Fortunately for Vice President Joe Biden, he was not in Ohio on Thursday night raising political money.

Biden was in California raising political money.

Biden’s Buckeye problem would be that last week at a political fundraiser for Lee Fisher, a Democrat Senate candidate, Biden assured his Cleveland audience that Fisher was bound for Washington and that city’s top NBA star would choose to stay with the Cavaliers:


LeBron James is coming back,’ Biden promised.

On Thursday evening in a rather strange TV spectacle, free agent LeBron James announced in absentia from his once-adoring Ohio fans that he would sign to play with the Miami Heat. As in Florida. Not Ohio.

With the oil spill and jobs situation obviously under full control now, President Obama was in Nevada raising political money Thursday. He’s displayed somewhat more wisdom than Biden in recent weeks. A Chicago Bulls fan, Obama said he’d personally prefer that James stay in Cleveland, Illinois not being a state in presidential political play anytime soon.

Thursday Biden was campaigning in California for a Democrat senator, Barbara Boxer, the eighth fundraiser either he or his boss Obama have done for her this cycle. That’s the most they’ve done for anyone. She must be in real trouble against Republican Carly Fiorina.

In his endless remarks Thursday, Biden did not acknowledge his dead-wrong Ohio sports prediction or expand on his Senate prediction there. But speaking for nearly 40 minutes to some 200 Boxer fans in an Atherton backyard, Biden proclaimed:

“I never say anything I don’t mean. I sometimes say more than I should.”

Another reason Biden will not be on the Democrats’ 2012 ticket.

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