National pundits have been touting John Hickenlooper as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, with perhaps a slot as Barack Obama's 2012 running mate as a warm-up. And lately, Hick's been sounding very vice-presidential -- if Obama is looking for a veep as gaffe-daffy as Joe Biden.
The most recent Hickenblooper came on Tuesday, when the governor offered a free-form introduction of Mayor Michael Hancock at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon, an intro that was less R-rated (it was a riff on singing in the shower) than it was incomprehensible. A group of black leaders have demanded that Hickenlooper apologize to Hancock -- charging that it was racist to make Hancock a sexual object. But that demand doesn't make any more sense than Hick's botched intro.
Last week's Hickenblooper was a lot easier to parse: He introduced Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia to a bunch of schoolkids as a "sex star." So far, no Latino groups have demanded an apology for that.
Still, Hickenlooper has a way to go to really give the current veep a run for his funny. Consider these classic Biden blunders:
• At a meeting in Missouri, Biden encouraged lawmaker Chuck Graham -- who is wheelchair-bound -- to "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya."
• At the health-care bill-signing ceremony in March 2010, an open mic caught Biden telling Obama, "This is a big fucking deal!"
• Introducing Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen a few days earlier, Biden said, "His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And...although, she's --wait -- your mom's still...your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul."
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And then there's this classic Bidenism uttered at a New Hampshire town hall meeting in September 2008: "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."
But only if Obama wanted someone who would be blooper-free. (Find more Bidenisms here.)
Coloradans didn't elect John Hickenlooper governor because he reads from a script -- or runs from a playbook. If someone had come up with a screenplay suggesting Hickenlooper's career trajectory -- from unemployed geologist to brewpub founder to mayor to governor -- no one would have believed it. Hickenlooper is a smart, funny guy, and if his unplugged comments are sometimes loopy, at least they're all his own.
By the way, there were actually awards given at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon where Hickenlooper attempted to introduce Hancock. Get details by reading "Colorado Business Committee for the Arts hands out awards...and unexpected entertainment."