Joe Biden Misdials With Call To Southie

Vice President Joe Biden’s groan-inducing call-in to the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in Southie yesterday shows he’s still swinging and missing on outreach, and will struggle if he wants to be a serious 2016 presidential candidate, political operatives told the Herald.

Biden droned on about his ancestors’ Irish roots and at times spoke over emcee state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, prompting snickers from the crowd.

“I know that the absolute last damn thing in the world you want is to hear from another Irishman, particularly on the telephone,” Biden said, before launching into a yarn about the heroics of Irish immigrants.

“Regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, sometimes you wonder what planet Joe Biden is on,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. He noted Biden is being eyed as a distant possibility to challenge Hillary Clinton. But he said quixotic acts like the St. Patrick’s Day call show Biden’s not honed his instincts.

“With the Hillary armada waiting in the wings, he has no incentive to be mindful of his words, because the writing’s on the wall — Joe Biden doesn’t have a prayer in 2016,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Jack Encarnacao and Laurel J. Sweet at the Boston Herald 

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