During his career with the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez helped his team take home two World Series titles, even if he did engage in some embarrassing antics along the way.
An analogy or two could be drawn between Ramirez’s unusual behavior and Vice President Joe Biden’s missteps over the past week, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said on this weekend’s broadcast of “Inside Washington.”
“Biden is Biden,” insisted former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, now a columnist for Politico. “I don’t think he is going to be a disaster, because everybody knows he has a big mouth, and all sides know that. And he is going to shoot his mouth off. So this is just one more bump in the road.”
But Krauthammer said that “Biden is Biden” remark was reminiscent of the “Manny being Manny” line often used by the star athlete’s apologists to explain away his behavior.
“He is an embarrassment,” Krauthammer said. “The only reason I take it seriously and take umbrage is because the guy is so off the wall that you sort of expected [it]. He is like Manny Ramirez for the Red Sox. He catches an out with only one out in the inning, a man on base and he tosses the ball into the stands. You know, it’s Manny being Manny. So, this is a guy that nobody takes seriously. I think there is a fitness problem here. The bar … is [so] low because of all the crazy stuff he says that you got to ask yourself, is this a guy you want a heartbeat away?”