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Does Biden need to get his head examined?

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No, not for a touch-up on those almost-lifelike plugs. Is there something going wrong inside Sheriff Joe’s skull, other than his natural-born dumbness? Is he neurologically unfit to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Writing at Forbes, Dr. Henry I. Miller wants to know:

As the political silly season approaches its climax, the media seem preoccupied with minutiae that have little to do with suitability to hold office or what is good for the nation. Conspicuously absent is concern about politicians’ intelligence and mental health…

There are worse things for a politician than lack of insight – and the person selected by Barack Obama to be a heartbeat away from the presidency exhibits many of them. Joe Biden has problems with impulse control and reality testing; increasingly, his utterances suggest some sort of dementia…

Are these aberrations stupidity, dementia or personality disorders? To find out, shouldn’t there be some vetting or testing of people in, or who aspire to, governmental positions as critical as the vice-presidency? After all, we require bus drivers and hairdressers to prove their competence before they are permitted to ply their trades, and applicants to most police forces undergo psychological testing.

Biden should submit to a thorough neurological and psychiatric examination, with special attention to whether he is experiencing “transient ischemic attacks” – marked by impaired blood flow to the brain – small strokes, seizures, or suffers from a brain tumor.

Whoa, whoa, let’s not go overboard here. No, nobody would ever trust Joe Biden to drive a bus or cut their hair. What, are you crazy? But he’s hardly doing anything so important. He’s just next in line to be the most powerful human being on the planet, now that Oprah has gone away.

Yeah, okay, maybe Biden is brain-damaged, or mentally challenged, or stupid, or whatever you want to call it. So what? Is that any reason to go poking around in his head with your doctor-sticks and whatnot? Leave the man alone.

Joe is taking a little vacay in Delaware right now, but he’ll be back on the campaign trail before you know it. He’s gonna come right back and wow ’em in… uh…

Hang on. What’s the name of that one state? The one that’s shaped like a… Oh, what do you call that thing? It’s like a… um…

Whatever. The point is that…

Wait, who were we talking about?

(Hat tip: Hot Air)

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